If you have been to a few beach towns, you invariably find that the same sarongs and beach towels are found across the globe. One of the charms of Sayulita is that it has a strong artisan culture, largely because many artists from around the world have chosen to now call it home. As a result, there are some wonderful stores worth stopping by and taking a look - whether to purchase a unique souvenir or to simply be inspired by the beautiful artisanal products of Mexico.
Located just 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita is an interesting mix of a town. Famous for it's surfing and Bohemian vibes, it is home to both expats (from Europe, US & Canada) and local Mexican families that have lived here for generations. You essentially have two choices when it comes to lodging here - you can either choose to stay in town, close to the beach and nightlife, or in a private home in the surrounding hills. Regardless of where you stay, you will fall in love with Sayulita - everyone does. There is a something special here.
For those of you that read my Destination: Argentina Post, you will recall that spending time at an authentic Argentinian ranch (estancia) was a really important wish list item for me when planning my trip. I fortunately stumbled upon Estancia Los Portreros which far exceeded any expectation that I could of had for staying on a ranch in South America. Warning: the pictures do not do it justice!
Gauchos are the traditional cowboys of South America and can be found in Argentina as well as Uruguay & Brazil. Their livelihood is based on taking care of cattle and horses and traditionally were a nomadic culture that went from ranch to ranch helping as needed. They are a national symbol of Argentina, much like the US cowboys, and are known to be strong, honest, silent types, with expert horseman skills.
Buenos Aires is a city bursting with color, you will see the full range from soft pastels to vibrant jewel tones. The beautifully painted frescoes throughout La Boca to the quaint little flower shops on each corner, reveal the love for color here. This post is nothing but a shameless display of my favorite eye-candy moments...who doesn't love a little color therapy on a gray winter day?
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