Oh man. We had such an awesome time in Chacala. We sailed straight from Mantanchen Bay in pretty light and variable winds but the day was beautiful and we were all excited to see what was next. Chacala had been recommended by more cruisers and friends than pretty much any other harbor, so the bar was set pretty high. Truth be told, I was expecting a let down but that never materialized. From the moment we sailed around the point I was smitten.
I think that Chacala is billed as a sort of eco-resort town. There are a bunch of mini mansions, all tastefully decorated with a great color pallet. The centro consists of the beach and a single (parallel) street, and there is no grocery store to speak of. It was almost comical to be asked to visit the port capitan in a town this size, but I did it anyway and was almost shocked when the process took all of 5 minutes.
We spent a morning walking around town and ended up at a little cafe for lunch. I was not expecting the truly superb food we were served, nor the eclectic music. In the hour(ish) that we were there we heard spanish opera, Bjork, Jarabe de Palo, Creedence, Ella Fitzgerald, and you can just let your mind riff from there. It was a breath of fresh air.
When we got back to the boat we were invited for sundowners on Cat Two Fold. We were joined by the crews of Bella Star and Anon, and ended up having a little 3 guitar jam session. We got back to Convivia with enough energy to reset our stern anchor (an absolute necessity in this spot). I look forward to another visit to Chacala before we cross the pacific.