On the drive into the rainforest in the Sierra Madre Mountains above Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is a unique scene that gets into what I feel is the real Mexico. Much like the rural South in the United States that I’ve known and loved for most of my life, there seems to be a unique friendliness in the simple architecture of the structures adjacent to Puerto Vallarta’s Rio Caule as it rises into the mountains.
I was a passenger in an open-air vehicle on a typically hot June afternoon in Puerto Vallarta as we drove up the dusty mountain road. There were so many wonderful views along both sides of the vehicle.
We were driving into the mountains to enjoy an afternoon of zip lining in a beautiful canyon along the Rio Caule with Canopy River. The experience turned out to be one that took me back to childhood, when my favorite ride at waterparks was floating down the river rapids.
But before we could get up into the mountains to zip line and float the Rio Caule, there was an interesting ride up the mountain with its interesting scenes along the way.
I’m not really a photojournalist; I’ve always felt strange about photographing people, especially when at their everyday lives. We drove by open storefronts with people hanging around, and I did snap a few shots.
I found this random basketball court unique. I thought it was way too hot to be playing, and possibly the area kids thought so too since no one was out. Or maybe school was still in session. I’m not really sure.
There were many buildings with interesting colors. This basic green one caught my eye.