Part 1: Sunset surf session at La Punta
The three main beaches to surf in Puerto Escondido are Zicatela, La Punta and Carrizalillo; La Punta is located right at the far end of Playa Zicatela and is known for having less ferocious waves but quite a strong current to paddle against. I only managed to get to La Punta once during my time in Puerto and that was as a spectator, but you don’t always need to be on a board to enjoy the views…or the animals.
Looking back towards Zicatela from La Punta
Playa Zicatela + Puerto Escondido in the distance (this doggy’s owner was out for a surf, so I served as a short term replacement human)
My buddy Taine from the Hostel Vivo Escondido with random beach doggy
Surfers making the most of some great conditions
Clouds above the rocks which form ‘the point’ of ‘La Punta’
How about those clouds in the distance! Mesmerizing…
This little nut-bag also decided that sitting next to me was the best place to hang out for a while
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Part 2: Puerto Escondido to Sayulita
I must say I really enjoyed my time in Puerto Escondido and especially my stay at the Hostel Vivo Escondido, it was refreshing to meet lots of new people from a wide variety of countries and to hear their stories; not only about travels around Mexico and Central America but also about what brought them here in the first place.
At 36-years-old I think I was expecting to be an outlier in terms of age, when in actual fact the median age in the hostel was closer to 30 than it was to 20. I’ve also met quite a few people who were on career breaks or who, like myself, were sick of working themselves into an early grave in a job that had lost its meaning. I appreciate that I’m more likely to meet these kinds of people in a Mexican hostel, but it does strike me as more than mere coincidence that so many people seem to be craving a new direction. We’re on the verge of something, and that something feels like a major societal change.
Anyway, getting back to the matter in hand; flying to Mexico City and then to Puerto Vallarta.
No extra charges for plastic-wrapping this time folks
(I knew that electrical tape would come in handy!)
The first leg was with Aeromar on a smaller twin prop plane which tends to get affected by turbulence quite a lot. For some reason I got a window seat but that worked out pretty well in the end:
Shortly after take-off from Puerto Escondido. Gotta love a propeller seat! Lake Manialtepec runs right up to the coastline and mixes with the sea at high tide, sometimes resulting in some very confused crocodiles and very fast moving surfers
Flying high over Mexico
The approach into Mexico City
Two hours’ layover in Mexico City airport was pretty uneventful, the second leg to Puerto Vallarta was with AeroMexico on a larger jet engine flight so was generally a lot smoother.
Take-off from Mexico City
Love a good cloud formation
Descent into Puerto Vallarta airport
Flights from Puerto Escondido through Mexico City and west to Puerto Vallarta cost me about £155 GBP in total. I decided to try this alternative route back to Sayulita since last time I’d flown into Guadalajara and taken the 5-hour bus ride to Sayulita; I’m happy to report that flying into Puerto Vallarta seems like the much better option. I then opted for the cheapest road travel from Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita via a local bus service which costs just $40 Pesos (about £1.80 GBP).
Bear in mind that you’ll have to walk out of the Puerto Vallarta airport arrivals area (i.e. through the doors and outside of the building) and turn left, walking passed all the offers of taxis and minibuses which can cost around $500 Pesos (about £25 GBP – if you want to use them), round the corner, over the pedestrian bridge and then the local bus stop is right there just outside a little convenience store. The bus makes regular stops and is bumpy as hell so bear that in mind if you’ve already had a long journey and just want to get to Sayulita quickly.
Part 3: Back in Sayulita
Reminds me of England…
Just around the corner from the Suites the following day; locals explain that the new cobbled streets (at the top of the picture) weren’t planned properly and so all the heavy run-off water gets funnelled into this dirt road, causing some serious erosion
The main beach hasn’t escaped the rainy season either
This used to be one large, flat open beach
‘Playa de Los Muertos’ looking a bit battered
Now there’s a moody tropical storm every day
Some of the driftwood is pretty cool though
Storm out at sea #biblical
Tune in next week to see what rainy season is like in Sayulita…and if you can surf in it!