The SpaceWe call our house Casa Cuentos (House of Stories) we all take our story with us where ever we go. Here you can celebrate your story and add a page or two.
The approximate (website hidden) Earth location is 20degrees (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)degrees 26'26.94"W.
Casa Cuentos, a ruin when we first saw it, is a rustic Casa with a Palapa (woven palm) roof, a well equipped kitchen, comfortable beds, hot shower. Only five minutes away is the beach where sometimes you can watch whales and dolphins in the bay. Generally the waters in Yelapa bay are good for swimming. There are restaurants with great food along the beach, in the Pueblo (village) and up river.
Close to Casa Cuentos is Dago’s store stocked with 20L reverse osmosis and bottled water, cheese, eggs, fresh vegetables, tinned goods a small selection of wine and spirits and cleaning materials. There are other such stores up river and in the Pueblo. So if you wish you can eat at home. Simple and compact Casa Cuentos’ kitchen has a two ring electric hob, smoothie maker/blender, French press and herb/coffee grinder (take your favourite coffee, or tea) and you'll find more than enough cutlery and crockery. There is on demand hot water.
Casa Cuentos has sleeping accommodation for three adults, two upstairs and one on the lower area. We have mosquito nets in place but mosquito’s are not really a problem, there are however flying creatures, insects and dust in the roof that might be a minor disturbance for visitors during sleep and that might arrive during the day, for that reason we place the nets. There is also a sense of traveller romance that sleeping under a net engenders.
Please do not expose the nets to naked flame. Please do not use candles on the upper sleeping area. Please do not smoke in bed.
If you take a walk through the garden you will find a ruin we call 'The Sanctuary' El Santuario, which in the long term will be independent of Casa Cuentos, offering privacy for reading, yoga or taking the sun without being overlooked. When we stay with our family and friends we place tents there to extend the accommodation.
In Yelapa you can swim, snorkel dive, fish, rent a kayak, paddle board or just do nothing while watching the world go by over a margarita. You can stay close by the casa and relax in gardens where humming birds and butterflies visit the abundance of flowers.
By taking the path that follows the river upstream there are waterfalls and bathing places to enjoy and if you don’t feel like walking you can go on a horse.
There are many paths to follow and hikes through the forest or up adjacent heights and if you are feeling brave you can hike up to Yelapa Tapa and para-glide down to the beach (if you have the skill).
When the wind is right there is the parachute ride straight off the beach towed by a powerboat.
Frequently there is live music at one of the restaurants – look out for flyers on trees and power poles. There is a disco on Saturdays at the Yacht Club and Manguitos (up river past the bridge) also host musical events.
If you yearn for the ocean, you can hire a man with a boat to take you fishing or book a trip to Las Islas Marietas, a day out to small islands in the Sea of Banderas where you can enjoy snorkel diving in the wonderful clear water and a meal of freshly caught fish.
Yelapa, so local folk-lore tells, was one of Bob Dylan's hangouts in the 60's, and it is undeniable that there are some wonderful musicians and artists living in or frequently visiting Yelapa. The village is small and familial.
There is cell service most places in Yelapa and wi-fi in many locations – the nearest wi-fi to Casa Cuentos is at Hotel La Lagunita and Angelinas Gardens beach restaurant.
There is a Medical Centre where treatment is available for all at the point of delivery. Currently there is a Dentist who visits Yelapa on Thursdays, her office is in the Pueblo, behind Mimi's Bar.
When we met La Lomita, where Casa Cuentos and El Santuario stand, it was a ruined and unfriendly landscape - but no longer! With the help of Perlas, Gonzalo and Esperanza, Leo and Suje, Felipe, Kiko, Juan-Carlos, and many more local people it has come to life again! Thank you all.
The extensive gardens are constantly being cultivated. Many plants have edible fruit or leaves and some have medicinal properties but don't sample anything without knowing it's safe!
It is necessary to cross the river when going to the Pueblo. Generally you can cross at the river mouth, it's best to wear shorts or roll up your pants, and there is a bridge about 10 minutes up river.
There are no cars in Yelapa. Mules have traditionally been used to transport materials and commodities and still are but also there are some quads and motorbikes.
Be aware of mule trains and vehicles, stand back out of their way!
-a first aid kit and sunscreen plus your favourite pain killers, hang-over treatment, regular medications and treatments for allergies.
-a sewing/repair kit.
-flash-lights and spare batteries/bulbs.
-closed toe shoes for walking in the jungle and at night in case of sharp things, rocks or scorpions (check your shoes before you put them on for creatures who might be sheltering there).
-your own snorkel and mask.
Canoe rental is available at Hotel La Lagunita, Garcia rentals and Casa Isabel.
Prices vary according to the season.
Low season +/- May - October $65 CAD/night
High season +/- November - April $90CAD/night
We prefer you don't take pets to Casa Cuentos, sorry! Guest AccessYou are welcome, and encouraged, to use El Santuario – the Sanctuary as it is a really special space with a lovely view looking out to the ocean the valley. You are privileged in having the privacy for reading, yoga or sunbathing.
When we stay with our family and friends we place tents there increasing the accommodation. This can be arranged for you if you ask but there may be a minor change in price.
The large garden area is for your pleasure, however we ask you not to play ball games, badminton or Frisbee there, the beach is both close and more suitable for that kind of activity.
Some plants have fruits but be sure before you sample. Flowers are intended to enhance your visual experience so please avoid picking apart from small scale harvesting for decoration in the casita. Excessive Hibiscus growth can be used for teas.
Some plants have spines and prickles. Be careful when moving amongst the vegetation!
Interaction with GuestsSadly we do not live in Yelapa. If you need to contact us you can use email or (website hidden). We have various people living locally who help support our endeavours by way of repairs, construction, gardening and cleaning. When we have a booking a gardener will come to water two or three times a week but no one else. If you want the house cleaned and bed linen changed during your stay please let me know in advance and arrangements will be made.
Contact numbers/direction for emergencies and repairs will be supplied when bookings are confirmed. The NeighborhoodI love the grandeur of the huge trees.
I love the birds that frequent the area.
I love the abundance of butterflies.
I love the Lemon Grass and Hibiscus and Bananas and Papayas we have planted.
I love hearing the sound of the ocean when I am in bed.
I love being so close to the beach and the safe swimming - but I always check on the weather/tidal conditions.
I love going to Yelapa because I get at least two boat rides as part of the trip.
I love the Raicilla!! Getting AroundThere are lots of Water Taxis every day to and from Puerto Vallarta, Boca de Tomatlan and a few to Pizota. Ask around for the first and last service.
There are buses to Puerto Vallarta and Tuito from Boca de Tomatlan and they are cheap but give yourself enough time.