Yelapa. Half the fun is getting there! We opted to take the ever ‘entertaining’ public bus (7 pesos one way) to Boca de Tomatlán, walk down into the town and hail a water taxi (140 pesos return).
A half hour ride in the crowded water taxi brings us to the dock of Yelapa. A short walk to a waterfall directly behind the village, a fantastic lunch at a waterfront village restaurant, a walk through the very photographic and quaint village, down to the beach, a short walk (knee-deep) across the fast-flowing river to the beach-front palapas, a piece of delicious coconut pie from the Yelapa Pie Lady and then a short stroll to a pier opposite the town for the water-taxi ride back to Boca and a bus back to Puerto Vallarta. A perfect day.
Much more on the charming village of Yelapa to come in a future post.
Routinely, we’ve been walking the Malecon (Puerto Vallarta’s boardwalk) in the morning along with all the others out there - be it the joggers, the serious runners, those out for a stroll, the odd stumblers, the people watchers on benches, the dog walkers, the multitude of vendors - you name it - it seems everyone’s out on the Malecon.
Not everyone though - a few enjoy the quietness of the beach - riding along on their horses or just sitting there, hypnotized by the repeative crashing of the waves.
It was inevitiable - eventually there would be food photos!
Having eaten at street vendors for over a week (which, by the way, has been amazingly tasty!) it was time for a sit-down meal with friends.
We decided on Gaby’s, a neighbourhood restaurant since 1989, grabbing a seat on the 2nd floor balcony while black and white movies played against the wall of the building across the narrow street. One block below were passing processions with marching bands, participants marching and singing, and gathering crowds and street vendors - all in celebration of the Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Gaby’s, a cocina de tradición mexicana (Mexican tradition kitchen) has a varied menu but this dish caught my eye. Chiles Rellenos (Nogada Style) - a poblano pepper stuffed with ground meat and other assorted tasty ingredients topped with a creamy nut sauce and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. Absolutely delicious. Billed as their ‘national dish’. YUM.
Apologies for grainy photo - taken with iPhone in low light.
CHILESENNOGADA - Gaby’s, calle mina #252 centro, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
It was Sunday morning and off we headed to Tonalá, a city within the Guadalajara Metropolitan area in the Jalisco state of Mexico. This city is considered the land of artisans. Much of the art that you see in Tlaquepaque and Guadalajara is made in Tonalá.
On Thursdays and Sundays, Tonalá hosts a giant street market that covers many city blocks and empty lots adjacent. Although we spent quite a bit of time wandering through this eclectic market of pottery, glass, and a wide array of handcrafted items (and much more), it was the side streets of this place, away from the hustle and bustle, that caught my attention.
I loved the brightly coloured storefronts, the unique doors and balconies that always grab my attention and the sounds of artisans busy at work in their studios.
This brightly painted mural caught my attention above a doorway to a shop opposite the giant street market.
Visiting Guadalajara for a few days - so much to see and little time. One of the many places we visited today was the Hospicio Cabañas, a World Heritage Site.
In 1937, upon a request from the Government of the State, the artist José Clemente Orozco was invited to paint the inside of the main chapel. In 1980, by official decree, the Cabañas changed its name to Instituto Cultural Cabañas and was converted into a place dedicated to diffusion of the arts.
More to come in future blog posts on José Clemente Orozco’s work exhibited in the Instituto Cultural Cabañas and the many sights around Guadalajara.
On a road trip to Guadalajara, Mexico from Puerto Vallarta. Some 35 kms north west of Guadalajara, we stopped by “La Hacienda de San José del Refugio” (Herradura Tequila Hacienda) for a tour. This gorgeous hacienda and working distillery is located in Amititan, about 15 kms east of Tequila, Jalisco.
My favorite photo of the day - much more to come in the blog later on regarding the history and making of tequila at the Herradura Hacienda.
Hidden streets and fantastic climbs to absolute beauty - the cross high above the hills overlooking El Centro. Then a hike down through Gringo Gulch, a stop for amazing tapas, a wade (ankle-deep) across the Rio Cuale and a final stop for a treat - the best chocolate in town in Zona Romantica.
Much more to come on Sylvie’s ”Power Walk the Hidden Streets of Puerto Vallarta” in a later post.
Day 4 - spent at Vallarta Botanical Gardens, at the 24 km marker of Highway 200, the only road south of Puerto Vallarta.
Took the public bus there (20 pesos!). The ride was half the fun - standing room only on return trip. Still fun!
Walked along the various paths and then hiked down to the river along the Jaguar Trail through native forest and back up- a great way to work up an appetite for some fantastic food back at the Hacienda De Oro.
Welcome to my travel photo blog. Photography has been a part of my life for a long time – back in the day the Pentax Super Program was always near at hand.
But it wasn’t until I started travelling around the world that photography became a vehicle for me to show others about the absolutely amazing and complex world we live in. My hope is to share with you glimpses of what I’ve seen. Enjoy!