Mexico week 6: Mexico in our hearts
Mexico in our hearts
Surfers Village Sayulita
Our last destination of our transit through Mexico is the surfer’s village Sayulita. This is an hour’s drive from Puerto Vallarta . It wasn’t on our schedule at first, but we’re so glad we finally added this seaside town to our road trip! What a place. One of the best places we have seen in our life. Think of expansive beaches with beautiful palm trees, a clear blue sea and the most beautiful and cosiest shops and beach bars out there. Most of the people who come here on vacation are surfers and hippie types. All very kind people. Forget Bali and Tulum. Here’s Sayulita!
Our first days in Sayulita were perfect. We went out for dinner, looked at the open starry sky in the evening and enjoyed the view of the beautiful ocean. However, we will not soon forget the (originally) last day of our stay here.
On our last evening in Sayulita, after a delicious dinner, we decided to have a drink together at a typical beach bar as you often see here. Bryan chose a mojito and Sigrid a mango flavored daiquiri. She shouldn’t have done that. The hours that followed were hell. All evening and night she had to vomit without stopping. Until about 11 a.m. in the morning. Afterwards she had to be in a local hospital on an IV because of dehydration. Exhausted and ill was not how we had envisioned our departure here.
Normally we would now leave for Mexico City. Our hotel and plane tickets had been fixed for a long time. But it was irresponsible to travel this way. It was clear that this was not going to work. So we canceled everything and extended our stay in Sayulita. All in all, this was a huge extra cost, but we had no choice. Avoid illness yourself on vacation with these tips.
It was as if ‘something had turned’ against us in the last few days. Everything had to go wrong. It is not easy to remain calm yourself. There were some moments when we were clearly annoyed and sometimes didn’t know what deserved this accident. Maybe it’s superstition, but in Guanajuato we went to the Mummy Museum and a lot has gone wrong since then. We therefore thought that this could be related and that it gave us bad karma. Now that we’ve erased all our photos from this visit, things are going back just a little better. Call us crazy, but there’s something about that museum…
After our setbacks, we decided to enjoy our last days in Mexico even more. The wonderful town Sayulita really makes up for everything. A day of relaxing on the beach or driving around the island on a quad or golf cart, or even on horseback or donkey. Everything is possible.
Because we had been sitting still for a few days, we chose to look for some action and adventure again. We went, together with a nice family from Belgium, to the petroglyphs of Altavista.
Altavista is a place in Mexico an hour’s drive from Sayulita. There is a nice walk that leads you through the petroglyphs. These are images on rocks created hundreds of years ago. The petroglyphs are carved into the rocks. There are several drawings that used to be very important, such as a straw man drawn for a good harvest.
In addition to these impressive carvings, you will also find water and a beautiful forest in Altavista to walk through. It is a peaceful place where you can enjoy a short but intense walk. At the end of the forest, there is a small river where you can relax. Please note: there is little water in the spring due to the drought.
After this brisk walk, we went to Chacala. This seaside village is close to Altavista. You won’t see any tourists here, but the locals enjoy their holiday here. We ate delicious fresh fish on the beach with a Corona in hand. Nice end to this day with even nicer people!
Looking back on our 6 weeks in Mexico, we can’t help but smile. We have seen and experienced a lot, but in our memory this whole adventure has been a very positive experience.
We fell in love with this country and carry Mexico in our hearts. It has lived up to our (high) expectations more than ever and we regret having to leave here. We could have stayed here much longer. But as said in our previous blog post, we will definitely return someday. This country has stolen our hearts.
Mexico is a beautiful country. If you ever get the chance to travel there, we can recommend it to everyone. This country really has a lot to offer. A tip for everyone who goes: Take enough time for it. There is so much beauty to see and so much fun to experience! And enjoy, because before you know the adventure will have passed again…
Now that we have left Mexico, we obviously already have new destinations that we want to visit. We complete our trip by flying to the United States. We will also visit a lot of new beautiful places here. Curious about our first stop in the USA ? Be sure to read our message here next Friday! You can also always follow us on Facebook or Instagram for updates about our trip around the world. See you then!