Excursion to Yelapa
An ideal place to get away from it all is the secluded village of Yelapa, Mexico. Yelapa, which means "gathering place", is located along the southern edge of the Bay of Banderas and at the foot of the Sierra Madre mountains.
The privacy of Yelapa has attracted numerous writers, artists and expatriates, many who have resolved to settle in the area. At present, Yelapa still has no cars and only has a single pedestrian road.
From Puerto Vallarta, the best way to reach Yelapa is via boat or water taxi, which you can ride from Boca de Tomatlan or Playa de Los Muertos. The boats at Boca de Tomatlan leave every 2 hours, and the trip costs approximately 60 Mexican pesos. Meanwhile, the boats at Playa de Los Muertos leave twice a day, and the trip costs around 100 Mexican pesos. The trip takes about 45-minutes. A one-day tour of Yelapa is usually not enough to explore all of its wonders. Yelapa's flourishing jungle is home to interesting creatures, such as iguanas and guacamayas. Also, don't miss the two astounding waterfalls and the El Tuito river.
A variety of activities can be enjoyed in Yelapa, including swimming, snorkeling, parasailing, fishing and horseback riding. Shopping for Mexican crafts and clothing is also popular in Yelapa.
The beachside palapa restaurants in Yelapa serve a wide assortment of fish and seafood. Beach vendors sell delicious pies of all sorts of flavors, such as chocolate and coconut. Yelapa's special raicilla is also a must-try.
If you plan to stay overnight, you can reserve a room at several hotels and resorts in the area, such as Hotel Lagunita and Verana. At night, head down to the yacht club to dance the night away.
Organized excursions to Yelapa, Mexico from Puerto Vallarta usually include tour guides and meals in the cost. Some excursions even include the free use of snorkeling gear.