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Address: Guadalajara, Mexico
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This small island located in Lake Chapala is home to an old fort from the...

This small island located in Lake Chapala is home to an old fort from the

Mexican Revolution.

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very historical, more than you would think

Have been here 5 times over the years and every year the people from Mezcala make it better they are constantly renewing and cleaning, it would be nice to have more plaques... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Miami Beach, Florida
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Miami Beach, Florida
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Have been here 5 times over the years and every year the people from Mezcala make it better they are constantly renewing and cleaning, it would be nice to have more plaques explaining all the different buildings

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Thank mototyacht
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Nicely preserved. Take a boat to get there and highly recommend Xavier with Xaobe Tours. Interesting history from period when 1000 indigenous held off 8,000 Spaniards, to fortification, to rebellion during independence period to prison. A must see!

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Thank IrishTodd
Roseville, California
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 25 October 2016

I thought the trip to the island was worth while and I found it to be very interesting with the history behind it. I would recommend a trip there and see where the prisoners were kept. It reminded me of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, CA

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Thank edcarter2016
Guadalajara, Mexico
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Easy to visit by boat that you can take from the nice Mezcala small town "Embarcadero", about 15 miles feast rom Chapala town.

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Thank edmund033
Los Angeles, California
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71 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2016

While Ajijic is a better known town on the beautiful lake Chapala, this quaint little city a little away really provides you a flavor of the original native - spanish interactions that may have taken place in this country. The Presidio islands with the spanish military base (and the place where the Mexican war of independence was fought), is a... More 

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YUMA
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175 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2015

Mezcala is a sad little town, so be prepared. If you take the bus from Chapala you will get off when you see the twin towers of a church, about 45 minutes. Walk down the main street hill till you reach the lake. We were accosted by a teen wanting to be our guide--nice kid but we didn't need a... More 

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6 Thank eliana23
Ajijic Jalisco Mexico
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2015

Not what I expected at all. A full fort on Mescala Island! Dating from 1812 War of Independence. Recently restored as a tourist attraction yet no one goes. Easy to reach by car or bus from Chapala and Ajijic. Take a flashlight as the site is not lit. No souvenir stand either, so take water. Can easily be seen in... More 

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3 Thank EleanorinAjijic
Chula Vista, California
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60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2012

Went with someone very knowledgeable about the history of the island. We visited during sping break, and it was not crowded. You have to take a short boat ride and you're there. We split the cost of the boat with another group. If your speak Spanish there are tour guides available, usually a young kid who works for tips. My... More 

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6 Thank Mamatita
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2012

We drove from Ajijic to the little town of Mezcala, parked right near the plaza and walked down the the lake. The people we were traveling with had been before and had a name of a guide who we asked for when we got to the pier. They called him and he was there in about 5 minutes. The boat... More 

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7 Thank Angela G
Guadalajara
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66 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2012

Getting there is the biggest problem since even when the lake is calm in a small boat the passengers in front usually get wet...and not that much on the island to do except sight see over rough ground.

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