Ukulele Vacations, Yoga Vacations

Activities with Learning on Vacation

For a small town, Melaque and surrounding areas offer a lot of activity options.

The activities listed below are just some of the fun things you may want to do.The first section explains more about the activities that are offered as part of the package. The second section is a  list of other activity options.

 

Activities recommended in the package:

(all activities are optional of course)

Morning Activities include:

 

Hiking with Lola (Dawn’s dog) to the Mirador – a lookout approx. 30 minutes from the hotel. This hike is on a dirt road with an easy slope. Some community members chose to jog or cycle up the road.

 

Biking – bikes are available for under $2/day (and are included in the one group bike trip). There is a beautiful lagoon on he other side of town. Or you can bike anywhere!

 

Yoga – a local yoga teacher offers a class from 8-9am. Participants might chose to walk or bike to yoga. 90 pesos (approx. $6 CAN) per class.

 

The beach –  walk, sit, meditate, enjoy a coffee…

Birdwatching – up the mountain, by the lagoon, or just outside your window.

Sleeping In – always a good option!

 

Planned Excursions

 

Bike trip to Jaluco – This morning ride will take us out of town and onto the back roads where you will see farmer’s fields and small communities. We will stop at a Fonda – small restaurant, owned by a fabulous cook named Rufina. Rufina will prepare us breakfast, fresh squeezed orange juice and special coffee. Fortified, we will return to the hotel on a shorter, more direct route. The bikes we rent are not new, but are all in good working order.

 

Lunch in Colimilla – This outing includes taking the local bus in Melaque (you can think of it as a tour bus as it will take us all over town) to a nearby town, Barra de Navidad. From Barra we will take a short boat ride to a restaurant in a village called Colimilla.
We will enjoy a leisurely lunch there, and then return to Barra. Barra has excellent shopping, a small museum and some great café’s and restaurants. People will have free time to roam in Barra for a few hours until we meet at the rooftop of the Alondra Hotel for sunset. After sunset, there is the option to dine in Barra. The return to the hotel will need to be by taxi at the cost of 90 pesos ( approx.. $6 CAN )for up to 4 people.

 

Other recommended destinations/excursions/activities:

 

Cuastacomates, a nearby beach town, has a lovely beach and snorkeling. There are reastaurants along the beachfront with umbrellas. All are welcome to relax and enjoy time unrushed, even just with the purchase of a drink. A nice option for a beach afternoon.  Early morning, it is a great walk to Cuastacomates (approx.. 45 minutes each way).

La Manzanilla is a nearby town that is reachable by public transport (12 pesos/$1 CAN) or by taxi (180pesos, approx. $13). La Marsnzanilla is known for it’s crocodiles, arts community, and excellent long beach.

A Sunset Mangrove Crocodile and bird watching tour in La Manzanilla will be offered to the group (optional) for 400p (approx $30) per person.

Boca de Iguanas  is at the far end of the La Manzanilla beach. There is a boutique hotel/restaurant there (not much else) accessible by car or by a long walk on the beach. A beautiful spot with good food.

Birding

Snorkeling

Horseback Riding

Skim Boarding

Surfing

Paddle Boating

Fishing

Yoga Classes

Acupuncture 

Massage 

ask Didi for more information and to help arrange any activities you are interested in.

 

Vacations

FAQ’s

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We hope that these Q and A’s will answer questions you have had too. Contact Dawn at learningvacationsmexico@gmail.com if you have a question that isn’t answered here.

  1. Do I need to bring my own Ukulele/Yoga Mat?

Yes please. We do not have spare ones for you, and they are not available to buy.

2. What about sheets and towels?

Sheets, pillows, blankets, and hotel towels are provided. Please bring your own beach towel/sheet if you like to lie on the sand. Most commonly people sit in plastic chairs at the beach. It’s popular to use a “pareo” as a wrap around, towel, beach cover – they are made of light cotton and large enough to lie on comfortably. They are for sale all over (for about $10) or maybe you have one?

3. Is there WIFI in the hotel?

Yes. Please note that internet access is sometimes sporadic here,  but it should work most of the time.

4. What can we expect regarding the food?

You are in for a treat. Mexican food is delicious. Some put lime and chili on everything. We will leave it on the side for those who want to take the right amount for them. The food is fresh and tastes more delicious in Mexico. Our chef will use only the finest ingredients and introduce you (if you haven’t enjoyed them already) to local dishes including and not limited to….tacos, tostadas, tamales, pozole…. We will also respond to the specific preferences of each person (one of the benefits of being a small group). We guarantee the food will be generous in quantity, fresh and delicious.

5. Should I bring cash/ get pesos ahead of time?

If it makes you comfortable to have some Mexican currency from the get-go, by all means change a small amount; however, the best exchange rate available is at bank machines. There are a couple in town. Most venders prefer pesos. We can make a visit to the bank on the first evening so you are comfortable with how to find it (and how to switch the machine to English if your Spanish isn’t strong).

6. What about tipping?

This is a personal choice and depends on the quality of service. I would personally recommend 30 pesos (approx. $2CAN) per day for the hotel room cleaning- either daily or as a lump sum at the end of the week.

At restaurants, similar to home, I leave 15-20% based on service. For inexpensive bills I often leave more than 20%. Tips are not expected but they are very appreciated. Especially in November (the end of the low season) workers have very little money and it makes a huge difference to them and their families.

The one service that I do not tip for is taxi service. It felt strange at first but I often find the driver raises the fare anyway, so I figure their tip is included. Once again, a personal choice.

7. Is it dangerous?

I feel very safe here (even safer than Toronto and I feel safe in Toronto too). The same basic safety rules apply. I believe you will feel very comfortable here and be surprised at how friendly and warm the local people are. Melaque is very family oriented. You will see many children out (even until 10-11pm) and children are welcome everywhere. If you have any specific safety questions, please let me know.

8. What about the water?

It is recommended not to drink water directly from the tap. Even the local people use filtered water and definitely all restaurants use only filtered water and wash fruits and vegetables carefully.

Filtered water will be made easily available to you. Almost everyone here uses water from s “garafon” – a large plastic container. Full containers are sold from trucks that drive around the neighbourhood. The hotel will provide all the water you need. Feel free to fill up water bottles at the hotel.

It is fine to shower in the tap water.

9. What gets flushed down the toilets?

Because of different plumbing – only pees and poos get flushed. Toilet paper is to be thrown into the garbage beside the toilet. This can be strange at first. Please make an effort to remember as paper down the toilet will clog the system. Having said that, I have forgotten on occasion.

10. Do the local people speak English?

Some do, but the majority do not. If you make an effort (even just using “Por favor”- Please and “Gracias”- Thank you) you will notice how friendly and patient most people are. It’s is easy to get around without Spanish- those in the service industries at least know to help you get what you want and need.

11. How much spending money should I budget for?

You will need money for 1 lunch (we are going to a seafood restaurant – I would recommend budgeting on spending $20 though it could be much less depending on what you want), and for 6 dinners. How much you spend on dinner depends on where you go (given a variety of choices I would estimate dinner costing between $5-$20 each night).

You will also want money for drinks and snacks between meals. If you like to drink at night, keep that in mind too. Alcoholic drinks are cheaper here.

You might also want to buy gifts. There are many beautiful things. I personally love the textiles. There is also jewelry, ceramics, carvings, ….

For someone who chooses less expensive meals, buys a few small gifts and a moderate number of drinks I’d say that $200-300CAN will cover the week.