San Carlos Adventures

This time last year, Tyler and I were on our way to our honeymoon! So it only seemed appropriate to go somewhere new for our 1 year anniversary where we could get our scuba diving certificate. Tyler insisted on going to San Carlos Mexico, and I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive mostly because he really didn't describe the experience all that well saying that there would be sea lions, a somewhat dirty beach and amazing fish tacos. However, as I sit here In San Carlos, I have to admit it is a pretty amazing secret! We haven't been here all that long, but we did take an amazing hike through the Canyon of Nacapule that everyone should put on their "to do" list.

Some of the wayfinding found on the trail as well as the huge Palm trees and all their fallen branches!  

Some of the wayfinding found on the trail as well as the huge Palm trees and all their fallen branches!  

A quick snap shot of the canyon we had climbed out of with the lush green surrounded by desert.

A quick snap shot of the canyon we had climbed out of with the lush green surrounded by desert.

We started our adventure just trying to find the canyon itself. After a bit of navigation with only a sketchy map as a guideline, we headed in the right direction on the most wash-boarded dirt road we had ever been on, in a Jetta that sounded a bit rickety if you went to quickly. As we continued, we honestly just looked out for homemade signs like the one above. Eventually we pulled up to a barb-wire fence and gate with a few people gathered around ziplining. So we gathered our water, sunscreen and headed out in hopes of finding the canyon! 

It wasn't too rough at first, but as we reached the beginnings of the canyon it not only went from dirt and cacti to palm trees and bugs, but too a much rockier terrain. However, the cool factor went WAY up! Not only were we relatively close to a beach, we were standing in a desert and a jungle all at the same time!  Unfortunately, we never saw the chipmunks with vocal cords or a mountain lion, but the contrast of the atmosphere/scenery was so intriguing!  After about 3 hrs, we finished up our hike and headed back in town for some delicious drinks and fish tacos! 

The view up out of the canyon.  

The view up out of the canyon.  

So far I have been pleasantly surprised in how lovely and different San Carlos has been, and the hike was just one adventure from this week. It may be a bit tricky to get to San Carlos, but if anyone is wanting a completely new experience from beaches to hiking, this is it! 

I hope everyone has had a wonderful, sunny Memorial Day weekend and are enjoying this short 4 day week as much as possible!

Do you have any big travel plans coming up this summer? Any place we should add to our list?

Happy Travels! 

-a.