Birds of Paradise

Being from Canada, there are a number of birds around Puerto Vallarta and Yelepa that I am not familiar with. Here’s some photos of local birds I’ve seen during my walks around both towns.

These birds hang out along the River Cuale and supposedly in the mornings you can see quite a number of them resting in the trees. I happened to be walking over the bridge and saw these two resting, making a perfect photo op.

20120527-104531.jpg

In Yalepa while visiting John Thompson, a well known local artist, we came across this relative of the mocking bird we have in Canada. John pointed out that this bird is rare and I was lucky to get a good shot.

20120527-104627.jpg

These two pink birds were spotted up in one of the trees as we were making our way back to the beach. John pointed them out to us and said these also were rare! It really was our lucky day.

20120527-104649.jpg

While not as pretty as the birds listed above, these big birds reminded me of turkeys or vultures and were hanging around the river bed in Yalepa.

20120527-104702.jpg

Does anyone know what type of birds the these are? Let me know in the comments!

Water taxi to Yalepa

For the longest time I’ve wanted to visit Yalepa, a small village south of PV, and the easiest way is catching a water taxi from Los Muetos pier. The taxi takes about 45 minutes and costs about 125 pesos one way. There is a sign right at the pier and a guy who will sell you a ticket.

20120114-113518.jpg
I believe the water taxi goes to Yalepa every hour or two but if you just missed one then have a seat at C&C’s, order a margarita and enjoy the scenery while you wait. When the taxi comes they will yell out for everyone to get into the boat. Now one thing to think about is you will probably get your feet wet because you’ll be wading up to the boat. Getting in and out of the boat is a bit cumbersome so if you aren’t that nimble then you may want to book a day cruise trip there instead.

20120114-113955.jpg
The last taxi leaving Yalepa is around 5pm so make sure you are on the beach waiting for it or you may be spending the night. Not that it’s a bad thing, Yalepa is beautiful!

20120114-114434.jpg