Yelapa is a small village at Banderas Bay’s south end. One of our goals in reaching Banderas Bay by early March was to rendezvous with Nancy Israel, a sea captain who Eulalie worked with at Salish Sea Expeditions. Nancy was in Yelapa for a yoga retreat at the Sky Temple, a remarkable spirtual high in the Yelapa hills. Yelapa may be reached by boat, horseback, three wheel vehicles, or walking. As a result of its isolation, Yelapa has a strong indigenous community. As noted in an earlier post, Jesus drove us to Yelapa in his panga. We returned to LaCruz by water taxi to Puerto Vallarta and bus to LaCruz.
Yelapa’s water front.
Horses and donkeys outnumber other transportation modes on Yelapa’s narrow, cobbled streets.
The beach beacons from the walkway from town.
Eulalie and Nancy Israel. Two Salish Sea Expedition captains reunited in Mexico.
Nancy was in Yelapa for a week long yoga retreat at the Sky Temple.
The Sky Temple is perched high on the hill above town, where it catches the morning sun and afternoon breezes.
The Temple’s yoga room, catching the morning sun.
Perfect for getting one’s zen on.
We were fortunate to be able to rent the room off of the yoga floor for our night in town.
Judith Roth, the guiding spirit behind the Sky Temple.
A crazy good music scene exists side by side with the more contemplative spiritual retreat and local vibe. We danced every song that Tarzana and the Ranters played at Manguito’s. It was the Ranters last performance before their lead guitar headed to California. They left everything on the floor, as did we.
Jenny Reed added her harmonica stylings to the Ranters’ blow out performance.
The high speed water taxi took us to Puerto Vallarta.