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Taste of Lo de Marcos

Get ready for the 5th Annual Taste of Lo De Marcos Each year this annual Fundraising Events gets more and more popular and its time to get the party started! The Taste of Lo De Marcos will be held Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 3:00 until 8:00 pm at Luis Echeverria #9, Lo de Marcos, Bahia de Banderas, (just east of the town plaza). The…
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Military Checkpoints! To Be concerned or not?

Among the most prominent differences between traveling in Mexico and the USA and Canada are the military checkpoints set up throughout the country. For a first time traveler, the sight of freshly graduated soldiers with military rifles can be quite unnerving. Military Checkpoints have been built and manned as an effort to stem the…
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Charity Bingo At La Penita Seniors' Centre

Starting November 14th Charity* Bingo, every Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:30 pm La Peñita Seniors' Center Calle Bahia de Guaymas #18 (near CFE) Come and have some fun, bring your friends and support your community. Cash prizes and a special "Progressive Blackout Bingo Jackpot" prize that builds each week until it's won. *GEMA is…
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Puerto Vallarta Is Changing Their Cruise port

This article on the ever changing face of the Puerto Vallarta Cruise ship Port, has been copied in its entirety from TravelPulse.com. Puerto Vallarta's Changing the Cruiseport Game OCTOBER 20, 2017 PHOTO: Cruise ship docked in Puerto Vallarta. (photo via Flickr/Brian Holsclaw) Puerto Vallarta has long been known as the smiling…

Cruise Ship Arrivals / Departures At The Port of Vallarta

For informational purposes, we have listed here the scheduled arrival and departure times for various cruise ship lines into the port of Vallarta, up until the end of 2017. And, just in case you were wondering, here are the passenger capacities of the various ships arriving here. These numbers do not include the crews. Next to the…
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Playa Canalan Is Now Restricted - For Paying Tourists Only

The following is the Google translation of an article recently published by Realidades, Tepic. Local residents are no longer allowed to use the Playa Canalan in El Monteon. Tourist developers privatize another beach in Nayarit, they do not want the "rabble, metiches or onlookers"(Local residents) to disturb the guests, under the…
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The Riviera Nayarit: A Sea Turtle Sanctuary

Approximately one million hatchlings are released every season in the 13 different turtle camps located all along the five coastal towns of the Riviera Nayarit.  The Riviera Nayarit is a Sea Turtle Sanctuary with turtle camps located in Nuevo Vallarta, Carreyeros, Sayulita, San Pancho, Lo de Marcos, Punta Raza, El Naranjo, Boca de…

Rob's Ramblings: Crocodile Tour

I just had the opportunity to visit "Cocodrilos del Nayar" near Las Varas. This is definitely worth a visit if you are looking for something else to do in Jaltemba Bay. The cocodrilario is located at km 77.5 just north of the El Capomo cut-off, and south of Las Varas. Watch for the Cocodrillos signs on a blind curve. Vicente,…

Watch Full Movie Online Minions (2015)

Minions (2015) HDDirector:Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin.Writer:Brian Lynch.Producer:Christopher Meledandri, Janet Healy.Release:June 17, 2015Country:United States of America.Production Company:Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment.Language:English.Runtime:91Genre:Family, Animation, Adventure, Comedy.'Minions' is a movie genre Family,…

Watch Full Movie Online Lucy (2014)

Lucy (2014) HDDirector:Luc Besson.Writer:Luc Besson.Producer:Virginie Besson-Silla.Release:July 14, 2014Country:France, United States of America.Production Company:Universal Pictures, TF1 Films Production, Canal+, EuropaCorp, Ciné+.Language:普通话, English, Français, Español, 한국어/조선말.Runtime:89Genre:Action,…

Watch and Download Movie The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Book (2016) HDDirector:Jon Favreau.Producer:Jon Favreau, Brigham Taylor.Release:April 7, 2016Country:United Kingdom, United States of America.Production Company:Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Fairview Entertainment, Moving Picture Company (MPC).Language:English.Runtime:106 minGenre:Family, Adventure,…

Watch Full Movie Online Blood Feast (2017)

Blood Feast (2017) HDDirector:Marcel Walz.Release:June 23, 2017Country:United States of America.Production Company:Gundo Entertainment.Language:English.Runtime:90Genre:Horror.Movie 'Blood Feast' was released in June 23, 2017 in genre Horror. Marcel Walz was directed this movie and starring by Robert Rusler. This movie tell story about…

Lo de Marcos Hosted its First Tianguis of the Season

Lo de Marcos hosted it's first Tianguis on Saturday, November 1, and it was well received by everyone in attendance. Even though it's early in the season, nearly 50 vendors, all of which were preregistered, showed up with a wide selection of wares including: Handcrafted leather jewelry, books and purses Handmade silver, leather…

Golden Age Backpackers: Traveling to Amatlan de Cañas Hot Springs

It was a late summer morning while sitting at our Powell Lake cabin sipping my morning coffee staring out the window watching the rain pelting off the front deck's surface and listening to the gentle lake waves lapping against the shoreline that my thought reflected upon our two night March…

Back Roads of Nayarit: Remembering Hurricane Kenna

This past Saturday, October 25, marked the 12th Anniversary of Hurricane Kenna crashing into Mexico's Pacific coast. Back in 2002, the storm hit land near the fishing and tourist town of San Blas, just 2 hours north of Jaltemba Bay. Sustained winds, which reached 160mph, dropped to 140mph before the storm hit the coast destroying…

Back Roads of Nayarit: A Trip to Tequila

Encouraged by the rising price of Tequila, and because I haven't been there for a few years, my traveling partner and I decided to visit, (you guessed right) the pueblo of Tequila. This time instead of the jeep we decided to go first class and in air conditioning. I loaded my little Nissan with an ice chest of goodies, a sample of…

Back Roads of Nayarit: Trip to the Waterfalls at El Cora (Part 2)

In Part One, we had just arrived in our jeep at the Pueblo of El Llano, where we were going to look for a guide to take us to the lower waterfalls at El Cora. We, consists of the author, Vicky Flores, my partner in our business adventures of a Bed and Breakfast and Back Road tours, and our guests, Jeff and Jane Hill. We pull in to…

Back Roads of Nayarit: Trip to the Waterfalls at El Cora (Part 1)

For a long time we had been thinking of the trip to the waterfalls near El Cora. From the top near the village – a dangerous undertaking. From the bottom – unknown trails and roads. There are three falls. Vicky, my traveling companion and licensed tour guide, had been to the top pool and falls, but not the middle or the bottom. We…

Back Roads of Nayarit: Hidden Beaches and Help for the Poor

The author and Vicky Flores, who is a nurse at a local hospital and also his partner in the small bed and breakfast, “Mi Casa es Su Casa,” and Jeep trips to the BACK ROADS OF NAYARIT, are going on another discovery trip. Today we found a true gem. Many years ago a Guadalajara family purchased a parcel of land that included a beach…

Back Roads of Nayarit: Trip to Santa Isabel and Amado Nervo (Part 1-3)

Part 1 – We are dedicated, both as a hobby, and in an effort to find new places to show tourists, to explore all of the BACK ROADS OF NAYARIT that we can. Our vehicle is a 1985 Jeep CJ7. Modified with a jump seat in front, and with extra cushions in the back, we can carry 6 persons comfortably. Late models cannot. On this trip, in…

Back Roads of Nayarit: Trip to Punta Raza

It's another beautiful day in paradise. That being Rincón de Guayabitos, in the state of Nayarit, Mexico. My traveling companion Vicky, and I, have decided to check out an area that is not all that far from Guayabitos. Although I have been there numerous times, I have never made a thorough exploration. This is also a place is known by…

Back Roads of Nayarit: True Adventures in Paradise: Platanitos, Crocodiles, etc. (Part 2)

In Part 1, we departed from Rincón de Guayabitos with four of us in the jeep. We stopped at Zacualpán to help some poor Huicholes and then toured the outdoor museum. We then went to Turtle Beach and had a look around. Reboarding the jeep, we leave Turtle Beach and return in the direction we had come. Noting a hand written sign that…

The Marietas Islands: Nayarit's Pride and Joy

The Marietas Islands (Islas Marietas), located off the coast of Nayarit in Banderas Bay, are an archipelago composed of two small islands and two islets of volcanic origin. They are uninhabited and are only 8 km from Punta de Mita, the most exclusive destination not only on the Riviera Nayarit, but also in all of Mexico. These Pacific…

New Tianguis in Lo de Marcos Scheduled to Open November 2014

El Tianguis Lo de Marcos is set to be a courtyard-style shopping center with many unique vendors commencing in November 2014. Imagine being able to buy such items as homemade cookies, custom-made piñatas, hand blown glass, garden fresh produce and more, all in Lo de Marcos, Riviera Nayarit. The tradition of buying and selling in…

Back Roads of Nayarit: True Adventures in Paradise: Platanitos, Crocodiles, etc. (Part 1)

We were sitting around the front room having happy hour with our Bed and Breakfast guests, Dave and Lenore Boroughs, and talking about having an adventure. It was decided that we would drop over and see Turtle Beach, since neither of us had been there for a few years. Turned out we found a couple of new things, like a very needy group…

In Memory of Bob Howell

Bob shared himself widely, with community, with family, old friends and new, strangers, and even strange people (an inside joke for you, Bob, on the remote chance that you are listening to me). Although Bob belonged to everyone, if you were lucky, Bob would give you a little piece of himself, an exclusive gift that was totally yours. Bob…

Back Roads of Nayarit: Trip to El Malinal

A couple of years ago I read about a small coffee pueblo, high in the mountains, that overcame the great coffee depression that is very existent today. A man named James Kosalos in the state of Washington imported an expert from Brazil, trained the growers and introduced modern processing equipment. This resulted in the production of…

Day Trip to Chacala

For a change of scenery, consider a day trip to some of the other towns and villages around this part of Jaltemba Bay. Our group of 6 friends makes a trip to Chacala every year we are here. It’s about 30 minutes north of La Peñita on the road to San Blas. Turn left on the road to Chalaca just before you get to Las Varas. It’s marked…

Compostela: The Overlooked City

As our departure date approaches, this question presents itself... Where will the next day trip take us? Like a thunderbolt, the answer flashes from the road atlas page. There centered in bold print is the destination - Compostela, a colonial city. We’ve driven past the Nayarit city on our way to the Mexican interior, but never paused…

El Molote Hot Springs

As our Mexican holiday season slowly draws to a close, the desire to be on the road again beckons. Our destination was to visit the source of El Molote hot springs, a rustic spot to enjoy an amazing soak in a natural setting without the hustle and bustle of commercial enterprises. The hot springs are located in a picturesque fertile valley…

Quadding Over the River and Through the Woods, to an El Capomo Coffee Plantation We Go

Some friends invited my dad and I to join them on a quad ride a few weeks ago. Their plan was to visit a coffee plantation near the town of El Capomo, Nayarit, Mexico. We packed a small cooler, lubed up with suntan lotion, grabbed our sunglasses and cameras and we were ready for our afternoon adventure. George and Donna Steensma arrived…

Day Trip to El Cora Cascades

When first arriving in the Riviera Nayarit, contentment is achieved by enjoying the sun’s warm rays and splashing in the sparkling Jaltemba Bay waters... while listening to the Zac Brown Band sing “I got my toes in the water, a_ _ in the sand. Not a worry… life is good.” After two or three months of sun and surf, it’s time to…

Hike from Los Ayala to Punta Raza (North Beach) #2

This Los Ayala/Punta Raza trail update was submitted by Lori Schneider-Wood from Sicamous, British Columbia. Lori leads this hike nearly every Tuesday between January to mid-April. On average, she has 6-20 hikers who join her each week. The group meets promptly at 8:30am at the south end of Los Ayala Beach, before the trail begins,…

Travels with Charlie

Some of you will know either me or Charlie, others won't, but that doesn't matter. What is important is the amazing, crazy journey that we had. Now if you do know Charlie, you will understand; otherwise, you may want to meet this crazy guy. Well it all started out as innocent dinner conversation. Friends of ours were discussing going…

The Secluded Marieta Islands

The half dozen fishermen, conversing and patiently waiting for customers, suddenly were out of their seats at our arrival at the Cooperativo de Pescadores (Fishermen's Cooperative) in Punta Mita. The closest one to me asked, "Quiere pescar o tour de Las Islas?" (Do you want to fish or a tour of The Islands). I noticed a look of disappointment…

Nature's Changing Palette of Color

Swimming in the sparkling waters of Bahia de Jaltemba interspersed with early morning jungle hikes comprise much of our group’s weekly activities, with the weekends reserved for downtown dining. The challenge being to determine just what our dining experience might be. Will the evening’s restaurant selection feature Italian, Mexican…

The Island of Mexcaltitán: Riviera Nayarit's Hidden Gem

The Island of Mexcaltitán is without a doubt one of the Riviera Nayarit’s hidden gems. A tiny island in the municipality of Santiago Ixcuintla with only 1,800 inhabitants, its name comes from the Mexcalli Náhuatl words “mezcal” and “titlán,” which mean “riches and abundance.” According to legend, Mexcaltitán is the birthplace…

Hiking "The Easy" Trail from Los Ayala

The dawn of a bright sunny Sunday morning motivated Doreen and I to leave our bungalow and hot coffee early to hike “The Easy” trail located above Los Ayala. This was our second exploratory hike of the season to determine which of the jungle trails were clear and suitable for forthcoming group hikes. With perspiration dripping from…

Our First Quad Adventure: Rincón de Guayabitos to San Pancho

As the swirls of dust cling to your clothes, and dirt crusts your skin, the beautiful sights of the off-road experience hold you captive. Fields of pineapple, corn, various vegetables you pass, as you travel through the valleys. Then you pass through the small towns, where the children greet you with their big smiles and waves; their…

Platanitos Amongst "Five Beaches to Discover on the Pacific Coast" of Mexico

The recommendations for the Riviera Nayarit keep on coming! This time the kudos come from SocietePerrier.com, an international website which focuses on music, art, travel, nightlife, cocktail culture, mixology, fashion and global interests. The article, written by Edna Pedraza - designer, fashion coordinator, contributor to MEOW and…

Rob's Ramblings: Sailing to Las Islas Marietas

After a busy 3½ day Spay & Neuter Clinic in Rincón de Guayabitos, with 243 animals sterilized and consultations performed, the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) Team took the day off to unwind on Islas Marietas (Marieta Islands) in Banderas Bay on Monday, November 18. Thirty-five team members sprung for a day on the "Ally Cat,"…

San Pancho Surfing

We heard there was a surfing competition happening in San Francisco, or San Pancho, on August 3-4. We waited until Sunday morning to go with our pack of dogs... three to be exact. It was a beautiful day, there was sun but also a breeze, and we knew that the surfing would be fun to watch... and the dogs would be able to have some running…

An Adventure to Find the Charcoal Ovens

It was a bright and beautiful morning. I bounced out of bed with the excitement of the day that laid before me. I had been invited by Tom Plattenberger to go on an ADVENTURE, and knowing how he loves to drive up into the mountains and seek out new and different things here in this beloved country... I WAS READY! Lunch and drinks, cameras…

Rob's Ramblings: Hike to El Cora Cascades

The next trip is to the El Cora Cascadas or waterfalls near San Blas. From Jaltemba Bay, head north to Las Varas and take the highway marked San Blas. Just before Santa Cruz you will see a new Pemex on the right, at the intersection of Hwy. 76 to Tepic. Turn right toward Tepic and at roughly km 10 in the town of Tecuitata, turn right…

Rob's Ramblings: Hike to Boca de Tomatlan and Las Animas

Do you want to get some more exercise and get to know the surrounding area a bit better? This article is about a few area hikes, one south and one north of Jaltemba Bay. One is fairly easy and the other fairly strenuous, but both will take you into some fantastic scenery and through some other views of Mexican life. This is the first…

La Peñita Quad Squad Rides the Copper Canyon

Some people dream about their retirement and some people live their retirement. The quading group in the La Peñita RV Park live their retirement. What started out with just four or five quads in the RV park years ago has expanded to over 20 quads plus UTVs. Our adventures have taken us on day trips around our area to overnight trips…

Golden Age Backpackers: Petroglyphs near La Luz del Mundo Church in Los Ayala

Visitors and snowbirds wintering in the Jaltemba Bay area have probably visited or certainly heard of Alta Vista, a fabulous Tecoxquin (“Throat Cutters”) archeological site. What most visitors do not realize is that there are numerous, but smaller ancient sites displaying petroglyphs located right in our own backyard. One such…

An Unexpected Adventure

While staying in our hotel in Guayabitos, we were lucky to get to know one of the staff members. Juan was a likeable and helpful Mexican that had lived in California for several years. He said he liked to practice his English and we enjoyed learning more about this area and his life. One day he told us he was going to borrow his uncle's…

Tosia's View: Day Trip Adventure to Playa Naranjo

One of the local beaches we love spending time on is Playa Naranjo, located about 6 kilometers northwards, as the crow flies, up the coast from La Peñita. But, to reach it by vehicle one must access it via Lima de Abajo, a small village that is a quick 5-8 minute drive north of La Colonia via Highway 200. You will first see a sign…

Golden Age Backpackers: Los Toriles Archaeological Site

With roosters crowing and dogs barking our morning coffee time began early giving us extra time to reflect and plan our day’s activities. Our day’s goal that emerged from our early morning conference of two was to leave our beach paradise behind for the day and travel inland to visit a prehistoric location, Templo de Quetzalcoatl,…

Tiangus in La Peñita: An Extraordinary Shopping Experience!

The Tianguis in La Peñita de Jaltemba is a large open air market, full of colour, culture, tempting aromas and shopping at prices that will make you grin from ear to ear! Definitely, a must see if you are on vacation in Jaltemba Bay, Nayarit! Year round, merchants in the market at La Peñita offer an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies,…

TOP 10 Things To Do in Rincón de Guayabitos, La Peñita and Los Ayala

There is so much to do here in Rincón de Guayabitos, La Peñita and Los Ayala. We, at Jaltemba Bay Life, have updated our list of fun and interesting things to do to ensure that you take advantage of everything our area has to offer, no matter whether you're vacationing here for a week or live here year-round! You can read about our…

Golden Age Backpackers: Aguas Termales de Nuevo Ixtlan

Escape the hustle and bustle of busy Rincón de Guayabitos to enjoy an amazing country-style hot pool soak with your friends at Aguas Termales de Nuevo Ixtlan. Pack a picnic lunch, swim suits and include folding chairs if you wish. Aquas Termales de Nuevo Ixtlan is a small inland oasis set among shade-providing trees with a relaxing…

The Signs at the Petroglyphs at Alta Vista

For anyone who has hiked the petroglyphs at Alta Vista, you’ll remember the distinctive green signs posted along the self-guided trail. These signs provide hikers with interesting information about the archeological site, the petroglyphs (rock carvings), as well as a little history of the area and its people. There are 15 signs in all…

Hiking the Petroglyphs at Alta Vista

The petroglyphs at Alta Vista are well worth visiting. They are located about 35 minutes north of Rincón de Guayabitos and La Peñita. There, one can hike the ancient trails of the Huichol Indians at the archeological site of La Pila del Rey (The King’s Fountain) along the Las Piletas Creek and El Copo Volcano. Although it is not the…

In a word Chacala is…

Hmmm... one word can’t say it... not a sentence or a paragraph. It takes a few images to let you see. Chacala is rich in natural, human and ecological history. It’s a lush tropical jungle cozying up to a perfect sandy beach in a geothermic-volcanic region of a series of intensely pristine mini bays… virtually identical in latitude…
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Old Cemetery in La Peñita

The old cemetery in La Peñita is a little worse for wear these days, but nonetheless, it is still a charming and restful place. It is located on the very north end of town and is snuggled in between the beach and Calle del Mirador. Much of the destruction occurred back in 2002 when Hurricane Kenna barreled through the Jaltemba Bay area.…

Body Boarding in Rincón de Guayabitos

We’re not baby boomers. We’re baby zoomers. Like the Mazda ad says, “Zoom. Zoom. Zoom.” We zoom on a moving highway also known as the great wave. I’ve been a life-long non-athlete, so what was I doing out in the ocean, body board in hand, with those huge waves pounding mercilessly towards the shore and me!? It was all at the…

Los Ayala - A Different Kind of Mexico

Just a forty-five minute drive north of Puerto Vallarta, at the foot of the Sierra de Vallejo Mountains, lies the lovely seaside fishing village of Los Ayala. Easily accessible by rental car, taxi, or bus, the drive there is half the experience, with lush, dense jungle on display alongside the highway, separated by surf towns and seaside…

La Peñita de Jaltemba – A Working Town

La Peñita de Jaltemba is the largest of the four towns that make up the community of Jaltemba Bay. A long, leisurely stroll up Guayabitos Beach, which lies just north of Los Ayala, will get you there. As will a short ride on the colectivo, a unique Mexican form of transportation. It's a Volkswagen van that seats eight comfortably but…

San Sebastián del Oeste and Mascota: Part 2

The ancient interpretation of the word “Mascota” is the “place of deer and snakes.” Thankfully the only snake we saw was a dead one, lying in the middle of the road! Mascota is not a touristic town. Its population is just over 13,000 and the economy is based on agriculture. The town is set in a picturesque valley amidst lush emerald…

San Sebastián del Oeste and Mascota: Part 1

One of many reasons for my lifelong love affair with Mexico is the sheer diversity of the country. I am continually amazed that one can be cavorting on sandy beaches in warm blue ocean waters or hiking through tropical rain forest, yet within a few hours’ drive one is seemingly transported to a completely different world. This other…

Driving by the Dump, The Kapok Tree, Up El Monteón Creek, and Hiking a Ridge

Last hot, hot summer, Bruce and I took up on an invite from Lenor and Terry Coomber to join with Dawn and Brian Blevings for a trip to the swimming holes up El Monteón Creek. We had a nice day bobbing around in one of the many pools that people have scooped out of the gravel creek-bed. We gorged from coolers full of snacks and icy beverages.…

La Tovara National Park: An Endless Adventure

The La Tovara National Park is located just 1½ hours from Rincón de Guayabitos near the town of San Blas, and offers the largest collection of birds in Mexico, a clever film set and adventures in the jungle. Chencho, our tour guide, has a pet word that explains everything, and walking through the marshes of La Tovara with him becomes…

Rincón de Guayabitos

Rincón de Guayabitos is a small colorful beach resort tucked up in a corner (rincón) of Jaltemba Bay, a stretch of the Pacific Coast of Mexico known for it’s wide sandy beach and waves that lap more often than they lunge. Everyone heads for the water in Guayabitos with no fear of being pummeled or drug out to sea. They romp around…

Update: Nuevo Ixtlan Hot Springs, the El Tonino Way

The Easter holiday must have lit a fire under the men who do the building here at the Nuevo Ixtlan Aguas Termales. Just two weeks earlier, there were piles of rocks and sand; now there are 5 new pools to splash in and wooden doors on the banos! The holiday vacationers had found their way to the hot springs the day I took my friends there,…

Destination: Nuevo Ixtlan Hot Springs, the El Tonino Way

Taking a new back road tour in Mexico is always exciting to me, and when the end goal is the Aguas Termales of Nuevo Ixtlan, I’m up for the challenge. All the twists and turns, pot holes and washouts, not being able to see over the hood of the truck because it’s so steep and looking straight down into ravines from the edge of the…

Hike from Los Ayala to Punta Raza (North Beach)

Earlier this week, David and I went on a group hike with 17 others. Lori, the hike organizer, had taken this trek several times. In an effort to make the hike more accessible to others, she arranged for a clean up crew to clear the trails and mark them with red and yellow plastic tree markers earlier in the season. We met at the south…

Tour of Coffee Plantation in Mesillas

My husband David and I have been wanting to visit a local coffee plantation for years, and we just never seemed to find the right time. So when one of our guests asked if we could arrange it, we jumped at the chance. David called Esteban at Piña Colada Restaurant in Guayabitos, and we were set. Esteban picked us up at 9am and we headed…

Hike from Los Ayala to El Monteon (via Punta Raza)

My alarm went off at 6am this past Friday morning. It was very foggy, drizzling, and cool, and I was perfectly content snuggled in my bed. But David and I had made plans to join our friend Helmut on a walk from Los Ayala to El Monteon via Punta Raza, and I was really looking forward to it. We met (there were ten of us in all) in front…