On February 1, 2018, we returned to our tree house at the Ana Ruth’s hotel in Bucerias Mexico. I call it a tree house because the biggest parota tree in Bucerias is right beside the Ana Ruth’s hotel on Espinoza Calle, and we live on the roof. You can see the hotel behind the tree. The beach is on this side of the tree. The giant 400 year old parota tree is still home to the 13 yellow-crowned night herons.
These birds kept us entertained every day for 2 months. My wife and I are life-long learners and we treat every experience as a positive learning situation. Night herons usually arrive in mated pairs and it takes them a while to decide whether they like the tree enough to make it home. Once they do, that’s where they stay for years.
We like to experience new adventures every day and this year was no exception.
We went Bird Watching with Luis Morales from BirdinginSanPancho to the Nuevo Ixtlan Terminals de Agua, in the Vallejo Sierra Madre mountains just north of Bucerias. Not only did we experience birds such as the chachalaca,
but the countryside was very pastoral and beautiful as well.
We drove into the state of Compostela on old cobblestone roads, and stopped many times to check out lots of interesting birds.. We do love nature and especially trees and birds, and we had this opportunity to be guided by Luis Morales, from “birdingsanpancho”, one of Mexico’s leading ornithologists. We wanted to see what the “hot springs” were all about, and Luis was taking another couple there,so we went along.
One tree that we encountered, was the capomo tree.
This tree has a very shaggy bark on its trunk and is super tall. It produces seeds that are ground into a fine powder, that has been touted as “the new super food.” When the powder is mixed with water, the result is a coffee-like brew. Chachalaca birds love to gather is the upper branches. These large noisy birds can’t be missed. The countryside along this bumpy roadway is beautiful. You might want to visit the hillside town of Altavista, or stop in La Cucaracha and see if you can spot any people. By the time your reach the hot springs, you will be ready for a light lunch and a warm bath in the natural spring mountain waters.
The annual Dog Show in Bucerias is always a very interesting and special event.
It was a warm sunny Sunday, and the local animal activists were hosting a dog show at a progressive seniors’ centre in Bucerias. The proceeds from this event, were going to help sponsor the spade and neutering programme that is so badly needed in many Mexican communities. Mexicans love their dogs, but sometimes they don’t have the means to provide these canines with a safe and healthy home. The dog population in Mexico, needs monitoring, and this event was going to do something about that. We enjoyed the various dog contests, and we all agreed that the dog owners were just as fascinating as the dogs.
There are any botanical gardens in Riviera Nayarit and surrounding area, and they are all worth visiting. Francisco Landin is the owner of our hotel, Ana Ruth’s, and he also owns a natural jungle paradise on the ocean side of highway 200 between Bucerias and Sayulita. It was a hot afternoon and we bumped along a mountain rocky roadway, and headed into a climax forest to see what we could see. The mountain stream, the towering dancing fig trees, and the ever popular parota and kapok trees protected us from the hot afternoon sun. We sat beside a mountain stream and sipped on fresh mango and pineapple juices, and munches on homemade tamales. The sheep, goats, and strange Mexican cattle joined the party.
Beaches are plentiful along Banderas Bay. Bucerias beach is just about 30 minutes up the coast from the large hotels that hug the shoreline of Neuvo Vallarta. The beach at Bucerias is great for swimming, biggie boarding, wind surfing and more, and every weekend, all the local Mexican people join the tourists for a warm and exciting day at the beach.
Bucerias beach is just about 30 minutes up the coast from the large hotels that hug the shoreline of Neuvo Vallarta. The beach at Bucerias is great for swimming, biggie boarding, wind surfing and more, and every weekend, all the local Mexican people join the tourists for a warm and exciting day at the beach.
The Malecon in old Puerto Vallarta, is a busy, artistic, boardwalk along the PV shores, which shouldn’t be missed, if you are ever in that famous town.
Destiladeras Beach is long, flat, wide, with beautiful sand and turquoise waters.You can take local bus transit from Bucerias and travel for a few coins to Destiladeras Beach which is just outside of La Cruz, not far from Bucerias. The amenities are plentiful and there are umbrellas, tables, washrooms, and great food and drinks available. Surfing at Sayulita is also not far by bus. It is about 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta and 25 minutes north on coastal highway 200 from Bucerias. This “hippie” community hosts a yearly international surfing competition every February. It will take you back to the 60’s and you might even feel like you’re in the Beach Party movie of 1963 with Frankie and Annette.
We hope to return next year!