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Day Trip to Las Juntas y Los Veranos

Gretchen DeWitt - PEACE Mexico
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May 22, 2012

Las Juntas y Los Veranos is a small village in the municipality of Cabo Corrientes and not part of Puerto Vallarta. Population is listed as 560 persons living in 332 homes. It is an approximate forty-minute curving drive south along the lush, beautiful coastline on highway 200, a two-lane pitted asphalt road that is currently being paved.

Passing the landmark bird-inhabited Los Arcos in the Bay of Banderas and before arriving at the Botanical Gardens, one arrives at Las Juntas y Los Veranos. The name of the town comes from the two rivers that join there ("las juntas") and because it is a place where people went and still come in the summer ("Los Veranos") to cool off.

A Don Crispin tequila sign, an "ejido" office and a few terra cotta painted stores mark the town`s location. Friends are interested in looking at property on which to build, and so the three of us drove down and turned at the town onto a dirt road. We had only gone a couple of hundred yards before spotting a long cement wall, also painted terra cotta and a sign that read, "El 5 to Sol."

Impossible not to stop. The nursery is not a large one, but is filled with beautiful and unusual plants.  I bought a Brazilian fruit tree with a strange name, two tropical cherry trees and night blooming jasmine. If there had been space in our car, I would have purchased more.

We continued up the road into the sloping countryside, passing a scattering of homes and livestock and hills covered with a mix of oak, pine, amapa, cedar and palm trees. After a half-hour of meandering, we retraced our way back to the highway and drove down towards the river to the "OK Corral" restaurant for a fajita lunch.

Crossing the street to the low river to cool off, we were entranced by the old wooden ship-like creaking from the cluster of tall, breeze-blown bamboo. The breeze also hinted of sewage, so we forewent our plans for a shallow dip and headed back to Vallarta, stopping at Punta Negra beach for a swim in the glittering bay.

PEACE Mexico is a nonprofit organization working in the areas of education, animal health, environment, and economic development. The organization works hand-in-hand with communities in the Bay of Banderas area and beyond to increase educational and economic opportunities that support an improved quality of life.

  Learn more about Peace Punta de Mita

  Learn more about PEACE Orgullo en la Comunidad

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