Photo Essay: The Town of Yelapa, Mexico

the pier in Yelapa...

It was a three hour excursion and probably just  enough time to explore the town. So I grabbed my camera and my hat, headed to the beach and boarded the boat. From the  sands of the Las Majahuitas Resort, a place with a wonderful sunset,  we pushed off to sea. Next stop Yelapa.

The ride is nearly an hour from Puerto Vallarta, but it’s just fifteen minutes from Majahuitas. Yelapa, the beach town, is only accessible by boat and is a popular day trip. But more exists than sand, sun, and cervezas.

We arrived at the dock in Yelapa with instructions to meet on the beach by 2pm. I planned just one hour for the beach, so I had two others to use to explore. My agenda, walk the town and build up a thirst to enjoy a cerveza on the beach. It sounded perfect.

First up, I decided to climb.

The Mountains of Yelapa

Much of the town is built on a mountainside. So instead of the path to the beach, I made a right and started to climb up further into where the locals live. On my walk I snapped some images


donkeys carry all the supplies

the view of the water between the buildings...

flowers are popular in front of most homes

the hills are plentiful in Yelapa


every town has a church

The River in Yelapa

My second hour arrived and I decided to head deeper into the jungle along the banks of the El Tuito River. In dry season, water was barely visible, but when I noticed the size of the sandy riverbed I was able to grasp this was no small stream. I headed down deeper into the back country and eventually crossed over a large bridge to walk back on the other side. These photos are from that walk.

the large bridge I crossed, notice the sandy riverbed below

watched a little soccer (or football)

even in dry season, the banks of the river were very green

the walk was filled with butterflies, I captured one in flight.

After this, I finally headed to the beach for that simply cerveza and passage back to Las Majahuitas. A worthy expedition.

Tip: There is a hike to a waterfall, but realize if you go in dry season, the views will not be comparable to the water in “green” (rain) season.

Stay adventurous, Craig

This post is part of the Mexican March Madness of 2012. Also, I’d like to thank Las Majahuitas Resort for providing passage to Yelapa.


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  • Anna

    This looks amazing! Now I want to book a trip asap.

  • Sam

    Well done on catching that butterfly in flight, not easy – I’ve tried but not succeeded yet.

  • Craig Zabransky

    @Anna, wow, thanks. Yelapa is a unique spot, no doubt. And hey, I hope this gets you to book that trip to Mexico.

    @Sam, thanks. I agree it’s no easy task. But as you know already, it is well worth the effort. Lovely creatures.

    stay adventurous, Craig

  • Payje

    Looks like a great place! I especially loved the flowers in the paint buckets… probably born out of necessity but it looks really neat and artistic. Thanks for the post, I really enjoyed reading this!

    • Craig Zabransky

      @payje, thanks… supplies are limited up on those hills, not to mention flower pots might be a tad fragile for the journey. So yes, absolutely they are resourceful indeed. And glad you enjoyed the post, appreciate the comment.

      stay adventurous, Craig

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