Christmas Day at Yelapa – Jalisco, Mexico

Christmas Day at Yelapa – Jalisco, Mexico

After an amazing day at the city, It was time to visit the Gorgeous Town of Yelapa for Christmas day. We woke up around 7 am to watch this gorgeous sunrise once more. It’s been magical waking up every morning seeing the different colour of the sky. I can get used to this every morning. How I wish I wake up this early back home.

After a wholesome Mexican breakfast, we got ready to head out to the Marina Port thru a taxi from our Hotel. They don’t pick you up from your hotel, you have to go and venture out on your own and it makes it more fun!

As we drive out I was greeted by the gorgeous creamy pink sky over the mountains.

After 25 minutes on the road, we have arrived at the Port, We waited for an hour and a half before we were able to board the boat. I must say that is a lot of time wasted sitting. (I could have been shooting somewhere already).

The boat ride was over 2 hours long, tho the staff made sure we were quite entertained with some music in the background and of course a constant of  eyeing for a whale or dolphins along the way.

After 2 hours, almost near Yelapa, we took a snorkelling group, again It has to be done with groups and you have to wear the ugly lifesaver.  The adventurous girl in can’t really do anything but to follow, I wasn’t allowed to go swim on my own without a lifesaver hence no gorgeous underwater shots. (One of the reasons why I hate doing group tours, there is no freedom and just have to follow the group and most of the time you don’t get to really enjoy the trip)

We parked right here to do some paddling and kayaking too, I myself didn’t have time to do this because we can only do one thing. I just admired the beauty in front of me which is the reason why I am here.

Some of the fishes underwater taken by the GoPro Hero 5.

After snorkelling, we had some fresh cucumber and turnip with some fresh lime squeezed on top, garlic sauce and lastly seasoned chili on top. YUM!

Our chef also started grilling chicken, fish and beef for our lunch. Oh the smell was divine!

After our snack, we had to take a small boat to head to Yelapa to start our adventure on horseback riding.

Such a beautiful place! I have always been scared of horses because back when I was 18 and doing modelling a horse threw me over during a shoot. And I never rode a horse the same ever again.

To be honest I had some mixed emotions. First, I was starstruck how gorgeous horses are. Secondly, I felt so bad about riding them. I was so scared as I didn’t know how to control the horse .

The horse that was given to me is always hungry! always opting out to head to anything with leaf!

Eventually making our way to a gorgeous scenic route to see the falls of Yelapa.

After a 20 minute horseback riding, we have reached the top and was given 10 minutes to enjoy the falls. It was good we opted out for riding the horses or else the whole group will be in the photo. The others chose to hike instead. It was so sad that we were only given 10 minutes. If I went on my own I could have stayed for an hour. hence, not much of photos taken. lol

But all the pain was worth it! How gorgeous is this? and how often is it I get to ride a horse? Everything was just as magical as I wished for Christmas Day.

I was in my element.

Going back was another story. It was so funny as we are all soaked from the fresh water of the falls. Tho totally refreshing… Our horses started on acting up, my horse fell and I scream so much as a flashback of the previous encounter occurred in my mind. hahaha, and the other horse in front of me started running with a screaming Spanish lady, probably scared for her life. But we are all fine, we all started laughing and understood that this day is truly unforgetable Christmas.

And another round of Salad.

And then it was time to say goodbye..

And look at this guy sticking his tongue out lol.

After horse back riding, we stayed on the beach for another 40 minutes.

It felt like home as back in the Philippines we have an exact same place like this that we used to go.

Afterwards we head back to our boat around 4pm to finally have our lunch and endless margaritas.

Everything was made on board.

We had some laughs as the boat started to catch big waves and eating properly was really hard. Everyone enjoyed their meal and drinks. We also had some people dancing on the boat and then eventually a raffle to win a bottle of tequila. Guess who won?

We Did!

After another 2 hours back ride to our Hotel. We arrived around 6 pm super tired and totally forgotten about the Christmas Dinner reservation we did. We slept the night away and never to be awaken anymore till the next day.


  1. January 16, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    It sounds and looks like you had an amazing time 🙂 xx

  2. January 16, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    That horseback ride looks like it was SO AMAZING! Your photos are all gorgeous!

  3. January 17, 2017 / 10:58 am

    I’ve actually always been afraid of horses, but once I went to Iceland and did some horseback riding and it wasn’t all that bad, really. 🙂 This was a wonderful travel post and made me want to go to Mexico for sure! 🙂

  4. January 17, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    seriously envy of your trip, looks like you did a tone of activities, what is usually I do when we travel. But this place looks awesome

  5. January 18, 2017 / 12:11 am

    OMG I’m so jealous of your travels! I can’t believe you had a bbq over the ocean! That’s so amazing!

    Maggie S.

  6. January 18, 2017 / 1:38 am

    Really sounds like you had the most amazing day! You probably tanned so much on that boat and snorkelling with a GoPro is my dream!
    Your pics are such a beautiful quality too, wow!!!!! Can’t wait for more

  7. January 18, 2017 / 2:38 am

    Wow what a way to spend Christmas Day! Such a fun adventure, but I know what you mean about tours and not being able to do what you want on your own time. I can’t believe they had a grill on the boat! That is so cool. What a gorgeous way to horseback ride to see sights and waterfalls. Such an incredible trip. xoxo, Christine

  8. January 18, 2017 / 6:00 am

    hello Darlene!!!!
    Such a great experience.Love the people of Mexico they ‘re always happy and dance everywhere .
    Love to see the snorkeling and all nature pictures from the boat. I wishing to be there and take cheers w tequila and have fun.
    many kisses from a frezzy Italy,

  9. Chardline Chanel-Faiteau
    January 18, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    This looks like an AMAZING TIME! Your images really captivate you along the entire way. Did you use the GoPro Hero 5 for the durations of the whole trip?

  10. Coco
    January 18, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    This place looks amazing, I’d love to visit it some time! The magnificence of Nature… Baci, Valeria – Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

  11. Coco
    January 18, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    I’m charmed by the magnificence of Nature! Thank you for sharing this amazing travel diary . Baci, Valeria – Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

  12. January 18, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    All I am thinking right now is that you are one amazing girl! I have always been impressed by your adventures and glorious captures and style on instagram but now I’m just speechless at your adventureous spirit. My favorite part was the horseback riding ! I would love to do that !!

  13. January 19, 2017 / 12:31 am

    I’ve been seeing bits and pieces of your photos on Instagram! It sounded like you had the most wonderful Christmas ever! I loved seeing all the photos of your adventures!

  14. January 19, 2017 / 10:27 am

    I’m blown away by how beautiful Yelapa looks. This is totally my kind of trip, outdoors with loads of little fun activities to do. Your photos on your horse are adorable. I’m glad your experience was way better than your last one.

    xo, Jo

  15. January 19, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    What gorgeous scenic shots! Love that waterfall.

  16. January 19, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    Group trips are tough. I am far too independent for them as well, I like to do my own thing. It means sometimes I miss the big attractions, but I really would rather not be taken around by other people so, it’s okay.
    Horse riding on Christmas day would be very memorable!
    xx Jenelle

  17. January 20, 2017 / 1:11 am

    What a gorgeous post and magnificent travel experience! I have never been on a horse, but I would love soon, Can’t wait to visit Mexico. Thanks for sharing, beauty!

    Xx. Gina

  18. January 20, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    oh my god your trip is SOO well recorded! Honestly whenever I’m on vacation I suddenly don’t know how to take pictures LOL. These photos are giving me major wanderlust!! It seems like such an amazing adventure, definitely a must have when you need some time off social media to just enjoy nature and experience a different lifestyle and culture.
    I never learned how to swim so I can only admire you going snorkelling haha! It honestly seems like such a fun trip with so many adventures and memories.


  19. January 21, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    It seems like you hadn’t a blast at this vacation! All those horse rides and boat trips – seems like a dream! Love your palm print swimsuit so much!

  20. January 21, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    What a lovely way to spend Christmas day! You’re such a cutie on the horse and I love that floppy hat you wore. The waterfall looks so refreshing and the beach looks like a dream too. I hope I can visit Yelapa someday!

    Love, Liz

  21. January 22, 2017 / 10:20 am

    I love the horse ride up to the waterfall ! I am totally with you about being with a tour group cos you can’t do things on your own time and pace and takes away a lot of fun in the experience.
    I am Glad you overcame ur fear of horse riding!

    Kisses from Singapore,

  22. January 22, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    Your travel photos in Mexico look amazing. It looks so warm and looks like you had a lot of fun! I rode a horse in Hawaii before haha and my horse started running and leaving my tourist pack. It was actually a little scary so they switched me to a different horse. I’ve tried tour guides before as well, and it definitely takes away from the organic fun of doing things your own pace.

  23. January 24, 2017 / 2:35 am

    Oh my gosh, your Christmas day certainly was so much better than mine. I’m so jealous of your amazing day. I understand the rush feeling going on a tour with a group, but it looks like you still had so much out of it. I love horseback riding, even though it could be scary sometimes. I’m glad you were ok haha.

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  24. January 24, 2017 / 9:44 am

    I loved reading about your trip to Yelapa, truly feels like we could live your trip through your gorgeous photographs. The city looks absolutely stunning. And it must have felt so amazing to overcome your fear of horseback riding. I still need to try that one day. I would love to visit Yelapa soon.



  25. January 24, 2017 / 10:19 am

    What a wonderful time you must have had! I love the gorgeous shot of the waterfall! Too bad you only got 10 minutes there. When I was younger I used to show horses and occasionally would “break” them aka being thrown from a horse multiple times until they allow you to ride them! It’s always scary and especially if you get the breath knocked out of you! Glad you got to have a more pleasant experience horseback riding this time!

    Manda |

  26. Maryam
    January 24, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    What a great post and beautiful pictures. I’m glad you had a great time. The food looks so delicious!

    xo, Maryam

  27. January 24, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    This seriously looks so amazing. You’re giving me major FOMO. Looks like I’m really gonna need to plan out this year’s Mexico trip! Thanks for the inspo

  28. January 24, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Oh my goodness- I can’t imagine a more magical Christmas Day! The snorkelling looks incredible and that waterfall looks like the dreamiest place to enjoy a dip! Good on you for getting over your fear and doing the horseback riding- it looks incredible! I’m loving your bikini too

    Rachel xx

  29. January 25, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    All these pictures are so stunning- making me so jealous! Seems like you had an amazing time, I know I would with that yummy food and beautiful scenery!

  30. Hadasah
    January 25, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    Hi sweetie,
    Yelapa for Christmas day was an amazing choice. I loved all the pictures specially the boat ride!!!
    Everything looks awesome!!!

  31. January 26, 2017 / 2:30 am

    How amazing. It sounds like a really incredible Christmas! I love that first sunrise shot and your swimsuit is super cute! Also love those cute horses.

  32. January 26, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Omg! What an amazing trip! I know what you mean about the whole group thing, you want more freedom to go see the cool stuff. But overall looks like it was a great and well planned route. The beautiful mountain views, waterfalls, horses, and amazing food have me swooning right now! 🙂

  33. January 27, 2017 / 1:10 am

    This sounds like a really cool way to spend Christmas. I’d really be down for that. Wow what a day … you guys did so much no wonder you were OUT at the end of the day! Also your horse hehe only thinking about food eh lol

    All the photos are stunning, especially that first one: STUNNING!

    Bisous, Josie

  34. January 30, 2017 / 10:30 am

    Wow this is like heaven! So beautiful and such a great place !! Hope you had a great time althought I can see you had a great time and that makes me happy !! Wish you a great week babe <3

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