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Yelapa, Mexico; The Hidden Paradise

Yelapa, Mexico; The Hidden Paradise

Yelapa Mexico Massage SchoolThe region of Jalisco in Mexico is famous for beautiful beaches, ancient architecture, and authentic native culture. Puerto Vallarta crowns the northern coastline of this naturally stunning area and is one of the world’s favorite vacation stops.

If you’re seeking a less-crowded getaway that still offers first-class accommodations, Yelapa is the destination for you. A short boat trip from Puerto Vallarta will take you to this hidden gem in the Bahia de Banderas Bay.

General Information

Yelapa is a small village roughly 50 miles south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The area enjoys a temperate climate year-round, which makes it a great place to visit in all seasons. It is situated on the western coast of Mexico, where the best beaches in the world can be found.

It is possible to drive to Yelapa. It is faster, however, to travel by boat. Whichever method you choose, don’t worry about renting a vehicle. In fact, motorized vehicles are mostly prohibited in this intimate space. Several companies offer boat and over-the-road shuttles to major towns surrounding this tiny village.

Yelapa has only recently gained reliable access to electricity. Even though it now offers all the modern amenities like phones and internet, you can still use this secluded spot to take a break from the constant hum of electronic “comforts”. Ditch your electronics and reconnect with the beauty of nature.

Things to Do

For those staying at hotels and resorts in the region, or those just passing through to other locations, Yelapa offers a variety of fun activities to fill a day trip.

  • A variety of locally-owned restaurants let you taste the traditional cuisine of the region. Many of them are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Need a sweet treat while on the go? The famous pie ladies that roam the beach make their food fresh daily from locally sourced ingredients.
  • Experience the vibrant culture of music and art. Yelapa is known to harbor an array of successful musicians and artists.
  • Rent a horse for the day and take a leisurely stroll along the shore.
  • Local artisans offer kitchenware and other high-quality, handmade novelties you can buy as gifts for your loved ones or yourself.
  • When you’re done on the beach, follow the road through the village to reach their 150-foot natural waterfall.
  • Raicilla is a drink brewed only in this region of the world. Similar to tequila and mezcal, it is made from the leaves of the agave plant. Many establishments in the village offer this traditional drink that pre-dates written history.

Relaxation, shopping, and culinary delights are only a few of the activities a visitor to Yelapa can enjoy.

Accommodations

For those who want to stay, the village has a few options. Locals often rent rooms to visitors for extremely reasonable prices. Or check out one of the 3 major-brand hotels that dot the village. Whether you’re looking to stay for a night, a week, or several months, you are sure to find affordable and comfortable lodgings for your stay.

Keep in mind that services may vary. If you are on a budget, ask your host about meals, laundry, and other services you may need during your stay. It is unlikely that you will be able to book a room online before you leave, so have a backup plan.

Yelapa takes caring for their environment seriously. Recycling is a part of village culture. Respect the locals and their land during your visit. Separation centers are available to help you sort your refuse for easier processing.

Don’t get stuck with the average beach vacation. Try Yelapa, the hidden paradise.

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Top 10 Benefits of Attending Massage School Abroad

Top 10 Benefits of Attending Massage School Abroad

massage school abroadAre you considering joining a massage school? Have you considered studying massage therapy abroad? For various reasons, people choose to attend an international massage school compared to studying locally. While some options in the country might be appealing, not all might work for you. The biggest choice you’ll have to make when choosing a massage school is whether to attend in your country or abroad.

Here are the top 10 benefits of attending massage school abroad:

#1: Opportunity to learn traditional massage methods

Locally, numerous kinds of massage programs are available. While most of them are true to their origins and source, others are slightly altered. By studying at an international massage institution, you can have the opportunity to study the original form of a massage program.

#2: Perceived valuable certification or degree

Most certainly, different types of massage therapies are more valuable in the U.S. unfortunately; these programs might not be taught at the local schools. That explains why your certification or degree might boast a greater perceived value if you study abroad.

#3: Affordability

Another incredible reason to study massage therapy abroad in a country like Thailand is the fact that it’s pocket friendly compared to the west. The people are not only friendly and the country beautiful; the standards of living are also affordable. That gives you more reason to study massage in a foreign country.

#4: Opportunity to hone your language skills

In the field of massage therapy, you’re bound to interact with clients of different languages, race, religion, and political affiliation. To ensure you have an easy time in your therapy profession in terms of language, it’s prudent to study about the program abroad. That way, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in new languages.

#5: Career opportunities

Upon the completion of your study abroad and you return home, you’ll come back with a new perspective on culture, willingness to learn, great education and a set of language skills. The combination of all these is highly attractive to your future employees.

#6: For personal development

Studying abroad is effective at bringing out your independent nature. Study abroad student become explorers of their new country. In the end, they discover the excitement and curiosity that they harbor.

#7: To find new interests

International students enjoy a wide variety of new interests and activities that they might never have discovered. When not in class, you can discover what the new country has to offer in terms of entertainment, sports, nightclubs, dancing, movies, plays, concerts etc.

#8: Sample new cultures

Chances are high that when going abroad to study, you’re leaving your country for the first time. The different cultural perspectives of the host country will certainly wow you. You get the chance to sample new traditions, customs, foods, as well as social atmosphere.

#9: Regionally relevant content

Traveling abroad to study in a certain cultural and geographic context can go miles in enhancing your academic studies. Ideally, massage programs tailored around a particular topic includes introductions to experts and admission to local perspectives and information sources.

#10: Opportunity to learn more about yourself

Just imagine throwing yourself into a completely new environment? While it might sound a little bit frightening, it’ll definitely help you figure out exactly what you are great and poor at. You can then focus on improving on your weaknesses even when in a foreign land. Ultimately, you’ll be able to learn so more about yourself.

In Summary

Studying massage therapy at an international school brings with it an array of benefits. The above are some of the advantages of attending massage school abroad.

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8 Peru Adventures for Your Bucket List

8 Peru Adventures for Your Bucket List

mototaxi abroad massage schoolIs adventure your thing? Are you into discovering new places, meeting new people and sampling different cultures? Then the best destination for all these is Peru. The most popular destination in South America, this country is not only beautiful, but also breathtaking. From sliding down its magnificent desert’s massive dunes, to cruising the Amazon River, there’s plenty of things to do and places to visit in Peru.

The following are the top 8 Peru adventures for your bucket list:

Bucket List #1: Cruise on the Amazon River

Taking a river boat cruise is one the best ways to experience the Amazon River. A cruise gets you closer to nature. It also presents you the opportunity to travel up the tiny tributaries, which feed the river. To board a cruise to sightsee the Amazon, it’s recommended that you take several days to explore Iquitos first. Iquitos is one of the biggest cities in the world that’s only accessible by plane or boat. From the city, you can head to the Amazon. This journey offers the perfect balance between luxury travel and adventure travel.

Bucket List #2: Walk the Inca Trail

For some people, hiking the Inca Trail might be daunting. Fortunately, different routes at the trail vary in level of difficulty and length. Before climbing the trail, it’s prudent to prepare yourself adequately. For instance, you can take part in some exercises to ensure you are fit before climbing up the mountain. That will give you an easy time on the D-day.

Bucket List #3: Visit the Lake Titicaca Islands

Did you know that Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigation water body? Now you know! Several tours depart from Puno to this Peru bucket list. They range from overnight island stays to quick day trips. If you have time, visit different islands so that you can sample what each culture has to offer.

Bucket List #4: Check Out The Sand Board Huacachina’s Massive Dunes

The little hippie enclave that surrounds a green lagoon will surely mesmerize you. Tucked in between massive sand dunes, this hidden oasis goes by the name Huacachina. The cool stop is certainly worth adding to your Peru travel itinerary. Since the town is pretty small, covering it within a day on foot is possible. What makes this place a must visit, in addition to sand boarding, is the perfect playground for thrill-seekers.

Bucket List #5: Enjoy Your Night Inside A Tree House

Do you desire Tarzan’s life? If yes, then there’s place right at the heart of the Amazon Jungle that can give you the opportunity to enjoy the adventurous life of Tarzan. Treehouse Lodge is located along the Maranon River shores. It’s just one-hour ride from Nauta town. There’s nothing more beautiful than falling asleep to the tropical sounds of rain showers and then waking up to chirping of birds.

Bucket List #6: Fly over the Andes

The dazzling snow-capped mountain peaks that reach up to the heavens are gorgeous to say the least. Flying over the Andes will mesmerize and leave you awe-inspired.

Bucket List #7: Hike the Rainbow Mountain

The walk from and to the Rainbow Mountain is a one day long stagger at more than 14,000 feet. You trace a dirt path between the startling red rock and looming peaks of green. The route is beautiful. It passes local villages built from glittering and stone mountain streams.

Bucket List #8: Isla Ballestas

Catch a boat to the islands to view penguins and sea lions frolicking around within their natural habitat.

The above are the top 8 Peru adventures for your bucket list.

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