We set out to Yelapa as a last minute trip; you can only reach Yelapa and several other communities by water – so the taxi is a small boat. They have boats for touristas and boats for more local use; everything has to be brought to these communities by boat, so you may get building supplies, foodstuffs and whatever else. We chose to go on the local boat. By planning on going last minute, we didn’t check the weather – maybe not the best choice. We encountered 2.5-3 meter. swells! This made for an interesting ride, seeing as the boats were only about 6 meters in length.
We stopped along the way to a couple other small outposts [Caletas, Majahuita and Punta La Boca] before arriving at our destination. As has been happening to us all along the trip we discovered a side story to our intended adventure. We met Marie, who is setting up another organic farm in the region. She is working for Organic-Select in helping to train farmers to adapt to the organic style of farming. With all the restaurants and the wonderful farmer markets in the area [Puerto Vallarta, Punta de Mita, Sayulita, and surrounding areas of the Coast of Jalisco and Rivera Nayarit Mexico] the demand is growing. So, we decided to eat at Fanny’s Place, whose family is converting their entire property to organic farming.
We ordered a grilled Red Snapper – presented right out of the net, simply grilled with butter, garlic and finished with lime. It does not get any better than this! Fresh tortillas, rice and beans accompany it.
Then it was time for a tour of the garden. It was not hard to believe everything will grow very well out here; the lushness of the jungle is amazing. Back home in our little garden we battle deer and rabbits – here it is iguanas and crabs! They are starting with greens, tomatoes and will be adding on as the season progresses.
While in Yelapa, you can horseback ride to the waterfalls, soak-up the sun and parasail. We simply relaxed and enjoyed the sound of the surf. The taxi back to Boca de Tomatlan was not as adventurous, but the stop at the whiskey distillery – Los Compadres – was a great finish to the day. There will be more on Los Compadres; just as soon as I get back from helping to harvesting the corn for the mash up in the hills.