Hiking & Photography Adventure: Yelapa Village and Waterfall Hike

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Embarcadero Restaurant

506 Calle de las Garzas

Boca de Tomatlán, Jalisco


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Beginners and seasoned photographers welcome.

Yelapa is a small village accesible only by boat, it´s tucked into a bay located south of Puerto Vallarta. Visitors can stay half a day or stay in one of the few hotels to exten the stay in this little piece of paradise.This Photography Excursion is perfect those who like off-the-beaten-path adventure and enjoy a good hike through nature.

We begin our excursion by taking a boat early in the morning that departs from Boca de Tomatlán -only 11 miles south of Puerto Vallarta-. Once we arrive we have breakfast and then we begin our 1 1/2 hour hike to the waterfall. We´ll be crossing a river a few inches deep several times, once we arrive we´ll enjoy a couple of hours framing, composing and taking photos. At this point a dip into the cool water of the pool that lays at the feet of the waterfall will be too tempting to be resisted so please bring your swimsuit.

We´ll head back to the village and catch the last afternoon boat back to Puerto Vallarta. Make sure to make reservations ahead of time in any of the existing hotels here should you wish to extend you stay in Yelapa.


  • Enjoy an off-the-beaten-path adventure with photography enthusiasts.
  • Small group to keep it intimate.
  • Many opportunities to snap photos, from the moment we meet in Boca de Tomatlán to take a water taxi ´till the moment we come back.


  • An easy 3 hour (total) hike from the village to the waterfalls and back.
  • You´ll have the chance to photograph people and landscape.
  • Get useful composition photography tips from your PhotoWalk Leader.
  • Learn how to adjust the ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings and how to make the most out of it.


All day Photography Excursion.

Operates rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.

Runs December 9th

Activity level: Medium

Starts at: 8:00 am. Please arrive 20-15 minutes in advance.

Duration: 7-8 hours.

Max group size: 7

Meet up place: Embarcadero Restaurant

506 Calle de las Garzas, Mismaloya, Boca de Tomatlán, Jal.

What to bring:

  • Camera and all the gear you would like to use.

  • Tripod and filters are a plus should you want to make long exposures.

  • Hat and sunscreen.

  • Bug repellant.

  • Comfy amphibian shoes or water-proofed hiking boots.

  • Dry bag.

  • Swimming suit.

  • Power bars

  • Water bottle or hydration pack.

  • Remember to bring your memory card(s) and a fully charged battery.

  • Cash -many places accept only cash-.


  • Round trip in water taxi: Boca de Tomatlán-Yelapa & Yelapa-Boca de Tomatlán.
  • Professional Photographer as your Photography Excursion Leader.


  • Transportation to the met up point or any transportation during the PhotoWalk. Except for the water-taxi fair which is included.
  • Meals.
  • Gratuities.


For this tour you need to be in good physical and health condition, the hike is not hard but we´ll walk a total of 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

Amphibian shoes are a plus. Water proofed hiking boots will also be fine.

Take into consideration the weight of your gear. 3 hours carrying a heavy bag can be fatiguing.

You can bring a dry bag if you like, not necessary but will give you peace of mind when crossing the river. At this time of the year it is only about a foot+ deep.

Tripod and filters will also be a plus should you want to take long exposures.

Bring the lense(s) you feel comfortable with: wide angle, kit lense, anything will work in providing lots of fun when capturing images.

Bring your swimming suit and towel.

Bring power bars and water and anything you´d like to eat once we get to the waterfall. Buy them ahead of time before even taking the boat that will depart from Boca de Tomatlán.

The water-taxi departs at 8:00am and will make some stops before arriving to Yelapa. We´ll take the 4:00 pm water-taxi to Boca de Tomatlán and should be arriving to shore around 5:oo pm. From here you can take a taxi, get an Uber or a bus back to Puerto Vallarta. More details about how to get to Boca de Tomatlán will be provided after booking.

Boca de Tomatlán is a village 11 miles south of Puerto Vallarta.


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