We were super excited to discover Sayuliya this summer until we read about the "Virus" everyone is discussing here. Unfortunately it was too late to get a refund, so we tried to take as many precautions as we could:
- We started taking probiotics 2 weeks in advance, 1 cap/day ($23/box at Walgreens)
- We started taking Pepto the day before our arrival, 4x2 caps/day ($4.99/box at Walgreens)
- We washed our hands 9-10 times a day and carried soap everywhere with us (real soap, not a hand sanitizer, which doesn't work again the norovirus)
- We never went to the ocean (the water was very dirty anyway, as of last week there's still some waste poured directly into the river/the ocean)
- We ate only at supposedly "safe" restaurants
- We never had any drinks with ice cubes
- We drank only bottled water (they cost only $10 MXN for a large one at Super Mi Tienda and $15 MXN for small ones at restaurants)
- We brought some Immodium and Cipro with us
Despite all this, the first of us got violently ill within 16 hours, and the two others within 24hrs.
- Day 1: Nausea, severe diarrhea, upset stomach
- Day 2: Severe diarrhea, Headaches, Body aches, upset stomach - Took Immodium at this point
- Day 3: Severe diarrhea, Headaches, Body aches, No appetite
- Day 4: Severe headaches, Body aches - Took Cipro at this point
- Day 5-6-7: Headaches
- Day 8: We got a blood and stool test performed which confirmed the virus was gone
We were lucky enough not to get some fever.
We spoke with two different taxi drivers who told us the same thing, which can be easily verified:
- The virus has been around since 2008 but got media attention only since 2012, and became out of control for the past two years
- It goes back and forth depending on the time of the year and amount of people in town but it's always here
- Most people on this forum (villa owners, hotel owners, small business owners), need to keep a constant flow of people coming to the city and will often claim "the virus is gone", "restaurant took measures", etc. - don't listen to them
Anyway, back in NY, we just lost $4,300 and 8 days of vacations, the three of us are really pissed off. If it's not too late, cancel your stay, if it's too late, you'll most likely get sick, good luck. If you have kids CANCEL anyway, I can't imagine how bad they would feel, especially toddlers.
At the very least, be prepared (even more than us) and document yourself.
Check this article (Published 3 days ago): greenecoservices.com/swimming-in-sewage-in-s… "Earlier this year, an outbreak of a virus called norovirus invaded Sayulita, infecting hundereds of locals and tourists every week and it spread quickly! It causes diharrea and vomiting and it spreads by contact, touching a contaminated surface, eating contaminated food, or swimming in contaminated water. It has affected businesses and generated bad reviews for Sayulita [...] a study to understand the black water situation in Sayulita"Edited: 02 September 2017, 13:49