1/9/2015 – Punta Perula

We left Puerto Vallarta on January 6.  Other than about a gazillion topes (speed bumps), the road was good to very-good until somewhere around La Cumbre.  Then we hit a few kilometers of road construction that slowed us down but, fortunately, didn’t last too long.  We took the 2nd turn-off into Punta Perula and found the Punta Perula RV park down by the beach on the north end of town.  We pulled in and stopped.  Pretty quickly, Henry, the manager came walking up to welcome us aboard.  Said he hadn’t expected us for a few mored days as our e-mail had said we’d be in PV for another week.  I was impressed that he even remembered I’d sent him an e-mail.  He recommended a nice spot up next to the shady community get-together area and just a couple rigs away from the beach.

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Pretty tight little community of snowbirds here at the RV park.  They all head down to the beach for some group swimming around 3:00 and then meet back under the shade for happy hour around 5:00.  Last night they had Karaoke, though Lulu and I passed on that, and today Lulu is teaching a bunch of the ladies how do make micr-macrame’d Peruvian friendship bracelets.  

Yesterday we joined our Swiss friends Daniela and Pascal, who we’ve camped with before, on a panga ride out to an island in Chamela Bay that has some fair snorkeling and is also a bird sanctuary.  We hiked up to the top of the island to see the brown and masked boobies as well as some turkey vultures. 

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The vegetation was such that this was not a path that one would veer off of.

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We finally got our propane bottle picked up for filling yesterday.  Hopefully it’ll be back today but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.  In the meantime we only have our electric hotplate for cooking.  Despite the control knob on it, the hotplate is essentially full-on or off.  Not a lot of variation between.  So cooking is pretty much out of the question.  Last night, after the sun finally went down, we wandered into town for dinner.  I had a cheeseburger and fries (EXCELLENT fries, by the way!) and Lulu had carne asada tacos.  We’ll probably return tonight because Lulu wants a burger and fries and I’d kind of like to have some tacos.  I may have to get an order of fries to go along with the tacos.

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It’s been very hot and humid here.  Daytime temperatures are in the 90s.  At night it cools down but doesn’t get really cool until three or four o’clock in the morning.  We had dinner with new friends Russ and Debbie a couple nights ago.  They have travelled extensively in Mexico and we wanted to pick their brains about places to see.  The upshot is that we have changed our plan a little bit.  First off, going all the way to Chiapas, across to the Yucatán and then back up the east coast to Texas before summer hits means we would be doing a lot of driving and not much staying anywhere.  Besides that, apparently December and January are the best months to visit Chiapas and Yucatán.  Before and after that, it’s just too hot.  As hot as it is here right now, I can believe it.  So, we’re going to amble our way down to Playa Azul, somewhere around 420 kilometers down the road.  At that point we’ll turn inland and head up to higher ground where it will be much cooler.  This will give us a chance to see some of the interior places on our way back north.  We’re looking forward to seeing Patzcuaro, San Miguel de Allende, Morelia and the nearby Monarch butterfly preserve, San Luis Potosí, etc.  Right now we plan to enter the US somewhere that puts us in eastern New Mexico (though we will probably have to exit into Texas to do that.  We’d like to take in NM on our way back to “home” in Puerto Peñasco.  We’re kind of sad to not make it to Zihuatanejo, Huatulco, Chiapas, and Yucatan this trip but, there will be other trips.  You can only see so much at a time.  And, to tell the truth, I’m looking forward to some cooler nights ahead once we leave the coast.  Could do without the humidity and the damn biting bugs, too.


About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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18 Responses to 1/9/2015 – Punta Perula

  1. parrot17 says:

    When you get to San Miguel, do yourself a favor and visit Guanajuato City. Much more interesting, beautiful, and -most important – far fewer Americans (less pricey). It is only about 90 minutes from San Miguel. If Guanajuato had an ocean, I would be living there! (Kevin)

  2. SailVivacia says:

    Steve, you and Lulu are just ahead of us. We’re leaving Banderas Bay (La Cruz) tomorrow and plan to be in Bahía Chamela by mid-day Sunday. If you’re still going to be there, perhaps we could get together. Alan & Elizabeth

    • sryoder says:

      We’ll still be here. Be good to see you. There are 5 sailboats here right now although that’s 2 more than we’ve seen most of the time we’ve been here.

      • SailVivacia says:

        Will we be able to see “your” beach at the trailer and bring the dinghy in there?

      • sryoder says:

        Oh yeah. Chamela Bay is one long , pretty flat beach from Punta Perula all the way to Chamela. PP is at the north end. At the northernmost end you’ll see a bunch of palapas and pangas on the beach. Continuing southward the mpst prominent landmark is a big orange wall. We’re just a short bit south of that wall. There is some surf here but the beach is flat and there are no rocks to worry about when landing. If you land anywhere near the orange wall and we don’t happen to see you (we’ll be watching for new boats coming in), just walk south a bit until you see a bunch or RVs and then a low white wall. There’s a path with greenery on both sides of it and an under-construction wooden walkway. That’s our RV park. See you tomorrow.

      • SailVivacia says:

        Thanks, Steve. We’re looking forward to it!

  3. Nita says:

    We are enjoying following you along on your land cruising.

  4. gdmobbs says:

    I do know if your “to amble our way down to Playa Azul,” might include a stop at Coconutz RV Park in Cuyutlán, or not, but just wanted to advise that because of a Telcel error, our posted phone number is out of service, until we can get a new phone physically down to Cuyutlán. We have it, but it might be in transit when one might call. We should have it there sometime before next weekend. If you need to contact us before that time, my cellphone number is three three – one one three five – one five nine zero.

    • sryoder says:

      Thanks gdmobbs. I finally located Cuyutlán on the map and it looks like you’re a bit off of our path for this trip. Maybe next time.

      • gdmobbs says:

        Sorry, I just assumed you were headed down the coast. We are 23 miles south of Manzanillo.

      • sryoder says:

        Actually, we are headed down the coast. My map shows Cuyutlán off the road between Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara. But, twenty three miles south of Manzanillo sounds like an excellent place to stop after a couple days at San Patricio Melaque. Can you send me GPS coordinates or give me good directions to find you?

      • gdmobbs says:

        GPS Coordinates: N 18 55 8.64 W104 4 20.98 or 18.9190667 -104.0724944

        As I recall you do not normally take the toll roads. If you were to, headed south from Manzanillo, just past the toll booth, exit right on to a two lane road. Toll is 123 pesos, I think. On the free road you will go through Armeria before heading slightly northwest toward Cuyutlan.

        More information at http://travcotravels.com/coconutz-rv-park/

        I should be there this weekend.

      • sryoder says:

        Gracias. We’ll see you in a few days.

  5. dave says:

    HI there I just read your piece on Perula and the rv park. I also go there and every year and Henry is a great Host I also have a trailer in the playa del oro rv park in rocky point space number 6

    • sryoder says:

      Hi Dave. We really enjoyed our stay at Punta Perula. We’ve sold our little trailer in Puerto Peñasco so we won’t be there nearly as often as we used to be. We bought a little house in Bisbee, Arizona and are spending our time fixing it up. We do see some winter trips down to Mexico in Flipper in the future. Not this winter as we want to experience a Bisbee winter at least once before deciding it’s too cold. Spent last winter in Puerto Peñasco and it was cold there. In the future I can see us at Punta Perula or Lo de Marcos in the wintertime.

      • dave says:

        yep Puerto penasco is a bit cold in the winter really not much different then Tucson is.
        I retire in a little over a year and plan on spending most of the winter down around Perula
        We are trying to learn the bus system so we can utilize it

      • sryoder says:

        You’ll love it and  highly recommend retirement as a way of life.  Wish I could have started when I was about 30.

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