It must have been in 2009. I had just started my rental and photography business and had contacted rental owners in the area to let them know about my 360° panoramas, maybe they were interested in my services; photos and panoramas of their houses.
So on a Tuesday I received a phone call. It was one of the owners I had sent an email to the week before, Oliver.
He told me he was very interested to have 360° panoramas of his house, Casa Colibri, at the private community Punta el Custodio, 2 hours north. He and his wife Rachel lived in Alaska, but they were at Casa Colibri at the moment. Oliver invited me and my little family to come over for the weekend, make the panoramas and photos, and just be their guests. Everything would be taken care of, we didn’t have to worry about a thing.
I remember telling my wife, when she came home that afternoon, that I had a surprise. That we had an invitation for the weekend, that I didn’t know where we were going, but that it looked very nice on the old photos on the internet.
So we left for Casa Colibri, Punta el Custodio, that Friday afternoon early. The 2 hour drive is amazing, through the mountains, passing Sayulita, at Las Varas you turn left, into rural Mexico. Here you don’t see tourists anymore, just amazing landscapes. The roads are all very good, so it took us less than 2 hours. The last 800 meters you have to drive up a not so steep hill, a dirt road, a big contradiction to what awaits you, once Luis, the velador, or night watch, opens the gate for you. You enter a paradise, a small, private community with only 14 villas and houses.
A small lane, covered in shadow by high palms, chalatas, Bougainville and other exotic plants took us to Casa Colibri, where Rachel and Ken, Oliver’s long time friend, were awaiting us. Well, in fact they were just doing their own thing, but the moment they saw us we received a warm welcome and they showed us the house.
Casa Colibri has a very spacious open living area with open kitchen, under a huge palapa, and the 4 bedrooms are build each under their own palapa, so all the guests have a lot of privacy. It didn’t take long or Oliver started preparing dinner, a daily event when Oliver and Rachel are at Casa Colibri. The big marble dining room in the center of the living area seats 14, and most of the time these seats are taken. Friends and other owners, passing guests are invited to join a delicious meal and have discussions about whatever you can think of.
Since then we have been back many times. We have become friends with most of the owners, all the most wonderful people. I already was a rental agent at that time for villas and houses in and around Puerto Vallarta. In 2012 eight of the owners and me decided that I it would be a good idea if I started marketing their houses, and help with the inquiries. I couldn’t have asked for a better job..
If you ever have a chance to sneak out for a week, go to Punta el Custodio!
You can see a lot of photo’s I made of the houses, and more info about Punta el Custodio on my website, please click here to check it out!