Yelapa is a hidden paradise easily accessible by boat from Puerto Vallarta. Located in the state of Jalisco in Mexico, this small fishing village has also been a peaceful retreat for the rich and famous including Bob Dylan, Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, and Dennis Hopper. Although none of them were there the day we visited, the village’s charm was more than enough to keep us happy.
Hiking to Cola de Caballo waterfalls
While it’s not the biggest or most impressive waterfall we have seen, the Cola de Caballo waterfalls are the non-beach related highlight of Yelapa. The 20-minute jungle hike is fairly easy, and the reward is a cold water swimming hole that was loved by most of the visitors, despite being too cold for me. The waterfall itself is barely a trickle.
There is also a second waterfall that is a two-hour walk from town. We didn’t visit that one.
Getting to Yelapa
Taking a boat to Yelapa
The best way to get to Yelapa is by boat, and there are several leaving daily from Puerto Vallarta. We opted to take an excursion arranged by our cruise ship. For us, this was the right choice, as our boat had an engine failure on the way back and required a Coast Guard rescue. This is not as exciting as it sounds. The highlight was the open bar while we waited for our tow.
Taking a Tour to Yelapa
If we are ever lucky enough to visit this piece of paradise again, we will go on this Yelapa and Majahuitas Beach Adventure. This seven-hour tour sails from Puerto Vallarta to both Yelapa and Majahuitas offering snorkelling, kayaking, swimming, and the waterfall hike above. It includes continental breakfast, lunch, and an open bar on the sail back to Puerto Vallarta.
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Driving to Yelapa
There is now a road that leads to the outskirts of Yelapa, but it is used for commercial purposes. Even the village’s official site recommends avoiding the road and taking a boat. Nothing more needs to be said about it.