That was a huge sigh of happiness! Hoo Haa! Johnny and I are loving it here in Yelapa. Honestly, in the beginning I thought, ok, nice place, a little special, but not sure if I will be back. Today, day 4 we’ve got the hang of it and we’re feeling the magic and have already made inquiries about a longer stay later in the year. It’s a shame that one can’t translate ‘magic’ into a photo (or at least I can’t)…it’s the every day village life, the diverse terrain, the sounds of the ocean, birds, roosters & children along with the aroma of Mexico that make it all work!
This morning we went on horseback with a guide to the larger water fall and truly glad we went by horse and took the guide – the routing is rough and he knows the paths of least resistance!
The ride is about one hour upriver, up and down hills with a little rocky terrain and the need to cross the river twice. The river valley is gorgeous, the weather was perfect, warm, sunny with a nice breeze. The saddles were SOOOO comfortable, they are wooden saddles and the horses are smaller than you would get if in Canada trail riding. Very comfortable! Johnny, who had never been on a horse (one donkey 8 years ago), was terrified, he put a bit of rum in his coffee this morning to calm the nerves before the ride. He did well and thoroughly enjoyed the day. You can only go so far by horse, then you have to park them 🙂 climb through a hole in a gate and then walk about 15 minutes up and down some hills and scramble over some rocks until you get to the glistening waterfall! We had our bathing suits on under our riding clothes and refreshed ourselves in the cold, clear water. The river bottom is all sandy, no rocks, it was amazing! Then the hike back to the horses, the ride back to the outskirts of the village and we had the guide leave us at a great little restaurant (near the blue bridge), el Manguito is the name of the restaurant. Johnny had a shrimp quesadilla with spicy pico de gallo and I had the best coconut shrimp I’ve ever had with a thick coconut cream sauce, YUM!
Our afternoon was spent at the beach at Casa Garcia, now it’s cocktail time, and the evening is unplanned!