|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Welcome to the beautiful private eco preserve of Los Chonchos, a hidden paradise about a twenty minute boat ride south from Yelapa. The resort consists of twenty bungalows and a restaurant set in twenty five acres of exotic jungle with three pristine palm fringed beaches.
Casa de Pirata is the only property right on the beach, and just a short stroll from the beachfront restaurant, yet remains incredibly private, with its own pathway winding through coconut palms and banana trees.
There's great trekking up in the jungle, a sea kayak at your disposal, and you sleep to the sound of waves breaking on the shore.
Our casa is a traditional Mexican open-plan palapa - simple but comfortable, with rustic furniture all made by local craftspeople. There's a queen bed with open ocean views, an ensuite inside/outside bathroom with hot shower, and a basic but well equipped kitchen with a gas stove, fridge freezer and mobile/laptop recharging station. There's also a drinking fountain if you'd prefer to drink bottled water.
Outside there are decks on two sides of the palapa with amazing views across the main beach and out to the open ocean - great for whale watching ! There are a pair of loungers, hammock, an outside dining bbq area, and a rinse shower on the pathway to the beach.
We also provide two sets of snorkelling gear, life jackets for kayaking, fresh bedding, towels and light cotton robes.
Los Chonchos eco resort is only accessible by boat, or on foot, so totally peaceful, and just the best place to unwind and immerse yourself in nature. No news, no shoes...
Water comes from a spring high up in the hills above, and power simply solar or propane - pollution and noise are kept to a minimum as this is a big turtle nesting site.
It's also a fantastic place to see humpback whales, dolphins, mantas (they leap here!), iguanas, frigate birds, macaws, pelicans, bats, butterflies and dragonflies. There's great snorkelling straight from the beach, with an amazing variety of fish, and the chance of seeing mantas, eagle rays and turtles if lucky.
The beach is a good 50 metre swim, or for really serious swimmers, our third beach just around the corner is way, way longer... and it's often the case that yours are the only footprints in the sand ! Between the two is a small pebbly cove which is great for beach combing.
The support crew here are just lovely - they'll meet you and off the boat, get you settled in, and be on hand should you need anything during your stay.
Alphonso runs the restaurant on site (2-3 meals a day average around $75 per couple), and can also bring next-day groceries... and Arturo runs an excellent fish and seafood restaurant in Chimo, a totally univaded and charming fishing village an hour's trek along the coast. He'll even give you a boat ride back if stranded with too much shopping !
Or take the water taxi for an excursion to Yelapa, which has a wider choice of stores, and a good range of activities from yoga to pony trekking up to the lovely waterfall.
Further afield, trips can be arranged for whale watching (migration season is October-March) and Los Islas Marietas - a top dive and snorkelling site in the bay.
The boat taxi Nayeli leaves from Boca de Tomatlan at 0900 and 1500 daily, returning at 1100 and 1700, and you should allow an hour to get to Boca from Puerto Vallarta airport.
On booking, we'll of course send you a full information sheet, and be on hand with any questions you may have, or whatever we can help with to make your stay as wonderful as possible !
hi - I'm michael, english, but was raised in East Africa, Uganda, and have spent several years living in rural France and have freelanced extensively around Australasia, so something of a gypsy....
I trained in fine art, then taught photograpy before moving into visual effects work for movies. I currently live and work in Singapore for Lucas Film.
my daughter Lara has just finished high school and is taking a year out travelling before starting a degree in creative writing. She's also big on singing, dance and drama.
I'm a really keen swimmer (rubbish on dry land..) and love snorkelling, kayaking and most watersports. I'm into music, yoga, reading, photography and travel - I like to escape cities where work always tends to be and to get back to nature.
I've also just started training as a glider pilot, which is something I now wish I'd started years ago... I had no idea how magical it is !
mike shirra purchased this cabin in 2014
I came to stay here for a week in September 2014, in the rainy season, simply fell in love with the place, and didn't hesitate to go ahead and buy it.
los chonchos is just so special, and a total escape and sanctuary from the modern world. I love that there's no car access, no traffic, no noise... all you can hear are fantastic sounds of the nature all around, and here you just feel totally immersed in it. dragonflies, fireflies, bats, pelicans, frigate birds, humpback whales, dolphins, mantas, turtles, iguanas, parrots - and an amazing variety of fish to snorkel with. Also the beach is a good 50 metre length, and I loved swimming up and down it.
Also, the support crew, Gabriel, Ruben and Arturo, are just a delight - and the main reason I'm now trying to learn Spanish !
this is the best located shack in terms of the beach, and second closest to the restaurant, and has a complimentary sea kayak at your disposal. fantastic views from the deck, lounge and bed, either to the beach, the open ocean, or the sierras of the opposite shore of the bay of banderas. the palapa's made with traditional materials, design and techniques, and most furniture has been hand crafted my local artisans.
My wife and I just returned from a month in Chonchos staying at Pirata and couldn't imagine a better place. This was our second time in Los Chonchos, we went for a week for our honeymoon a few years back and fell in love with the area and have always wanted to go back for a longer stay. Pirata is a beautiful and private palapa right on the beach - the only one directly on the sand. It gives you the benefit of being able to watch all the action (or lack thereof) as the water taxi arrives and people relax on little beach while also the privacy of no one being able to watch you! We sat on the hammock daily and saw tons of humpback whales, manta rays, and dolphins right from the deck. Keep in mind, these are open air homes in the jungle and operate on solar power so they can have some interesting days - but that's what makes them so great! This is a vacation like you have never experienced before and would be hard pressed to find elsewhere or beat. The scenery and setting are unreal and the people (both residents and renters) are some of the best friends we've made over our two trips there. We've only been home for 3 days and are already trying to plan our next trip. Mike and Lara (the owners of Pirata) are amazing to work with and were even able to help us out while we were there with a small issue (and that's without us having cell reception or email to get in touch with them) still not sure how they did that! In all honesty, if you're lucky enough to have stumbled upon this little piece of paradise book in now and go. Every step of the trip is an adventure and it will be the most relaxing, private, and beautiful vacation you will take.
I would never again want to go to Puerto Vallarta without spending a couple nights at this very special place. This place plus Alphonso's cooking was a high light of the trip. Sure it's not a 5 star resort but in a lot of ways better. It's not for everyone but for the ones that enjoy nature it as close as you can get.
Los Chonchos is an amazing place and Mike and Lara's bungalow is a perfect place to enjoy it. This is the closest bungalow to the small arrival beach and it's perfectly set up with everything you need to relax, cook, enjoy the views and explore the area. Mike and the other folks at Los Chonchos are so friendly and helpful. If you're looking for a remote place to enjoy the breathtaking coastline this is the spot to go.
We had a great stay in chonchos. We hiked to chimo twice. A nice little fishing village with 2 resturants. Also took the water taxi to yelapa for a day. Very fun. During our stay the waves were bigger than normal which made swimming dangerous and kayaking impossible. Everyone we met was extremely nice and very helpful. I would recommend a stay at Los chonchos to any body looking for a one of a kind getaway.
This bungalow is the perfect setting for as close to ocean living we could expect. Beautiful sounds of crashing waves, clean drinking water, and excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, and tossing a frisbee.
Like minded people staying at the eco preserve are friendly yet respectful of your space.
Solar powered for simple living, so don't expect to power up all those devices. Leave them home and the result will be a true vacation. Lights out when the sun goes down was fine, fine, fine.
Loved the tranquil fishing village in Chimo that can be reached by kayak or trail hike for the adventurous. Return with simple provisions and a full belly of authentic Mexican seafood.
I booked Mike's palapa for a couple nights as part of a solo travel trip. I wanted a spot where I could kick back, read a couple books, think pensively and get a great tan. Mission accomplished!
I was pleasantly surprised with the unit and its furnishings. The photos don't do it justice. It is beautiful. For seating, it has two comfortable deck chairs, a hammock, a loveseat couch, arm chair, and a table with four chairs. The kitchen was easy to use and had the essentials: fridge, two burners, coffee press, tea kettle, cutlery, dishes, etc.
It was great that there were extra towels and a clothesline.
To maximize your experience, bring your own food with you or take the hike to Chimo once a day and eat like a king. For about $25USD, my lunch included ceviche, grilled octopus, two lobsters, tortilla chips, and 10 beers--not too bad!
It is amazing to go to bed to the sound of ocean waves breaking literally 20 yards off your deck. Consider bringing ear plugs as it may get loud when the ocean is rough. Also, the beach 5 minutes away on the hike to Chimo is surreal and super isolated.
Know also that if the weather is rough you may need to hike to chimo with your bags, so pack lightly.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£10|
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.