Loving these gorgeous photos of Yelapa, Mexico by talented, Mexico-based photographer, Jillian Mitchell. These are from a wedding she photographed last fall and I’ve been obsessed since stumbling upon them. Yelapa is a tiny, remote fishing village just 20 miles south of Puerto Vallarta. Located in a small, mountainous inlet, the village has no roads, no cars and is most easily accessed by a 45 minute boat ride. Though it may not have the best beaches in Mexico, the mountains cascading down to the water front make for a beautiful view and much of the charm comes from its remoteness. This is likely what initially drew the likes of Bob Dylan and Dennis Hopper to its rocky shores and secluded villas. The wedding took place at Verana, a gorgeous boutique hotel perched up in the hills overlooking the sea.
If you enjoy the photography, be sure to check out Jillian’s tumblr as well.
When I was a sophomore in high school I attended an international Model UN conference in Mexico City. Afterwards I stayed behind and my mother and brother joined me for a bit of spring break exploration of the city and surrounding areas. I loved Ciudad de Mexico, with its seamless fusion of elegant old world tradition, cutting edge contemporary culture and chaotic urbanization. However, it was a small town just outside the city and up in the mountains called Taxco that truly captured my heart. Apparently my late grandmother (the first real traveler of my family) explored Taxco during its heyday as the center of Mexico’s silver production and trade. In fact one of the few things I inherited when she passed away years ago is a beautiful Mayan silver pin-turned-necklace that she picked up while there. Later when my father was working in Mexico City in the 80’s he and my mother would take weekend trips up there when she visited. So when we returned in 2005 it was truly a walk down memory lane for her. Although the last silver mine will be closing soon, the town is still heavily associated with silver craftsmanship and roughly half of its residents still work with silver in some capacity. As a visitor though, much of the appeal of visiting Taxco is in wandering through the narrow cobblestone streets through white Spanish shophouses that swell over the hilltops.
As you can see, its hard not to be charmed by la bonita y encantadora ciudad de Taxco
Taxco, Mexico by David Bank
Plaza Borda y Templo de Santa Prisca by Jose Mazcona
Secreto de amor by Domingo Mery
Untitled by Sam Grant