This is the second installment ofÂ our trip to the state of Nayarit, Mexico.Â It's about a forty-five minute drive north of Puerto Vallarta (in the state of Jalisco).Â
Our friends asked us to buy them a hammock.Â With thisÂ goal in mind we took a taxi to La Penita, the town just five minutes or so north of Rincon de Guayabitos, where we were staying.Â Here is the clever sign outside the shop.Â I was enchanted even before I walked inside.Â
It was refreshingly cool and colorful.Â The lovely english speaking owner was just finishing with some customers and we listened and watched her presentation.Â The hammocks come in various sizes and materials. I tried out the hammock above for a blissful mini siesta and was sold on the spot!
Now all we had to do was to pick out the size, material and color.
Here is a shot of the owner and her dapper and delightful Egyptian father (who was visiting from Montreal!).Â Â We thoroughly enjoyed our conversation.
We were also entertained by her pet, a brilliant Mexican Macaw.
I got to feed it some peanuts...one of many thrills on our vacation.
On another day we explored the area south of Rincon de Guayabitos.Â First we stopped in San Francisco, also known as San Pancho (a nickname for Francisco).Â It is a popular surfing spot as is Sayulita, ourÂ subsequent stop.AÂ stunning young woman was selling her creations right on the sand in San Pancho.Â I was mezmerized by her jewelry and her beautiful self designed clothes.Â Her friend was also wearing unique home made clothing.Â I found out later that these people were Huichol Indians, decendants of the Aztecs.Â You can learn more about them here.Â
We found more bead art in Sayulita just south of San Pancho.Â We eagerly picked out our favorite pieces from the lavish spread.Â I will post a video taken in Sayulita where a rodeo was taking place.
In the end, these are the pieces we brought home...
As you might imagine, I am eager to go back for more shopping! Viva Mexico!
Here is a link to a very short video of downtown Sayulita:Â http://www.gather.com/viewVideo.jsp?id=11821949021863011&nav=Namespace