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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This town is a must see when visiting Guadalajara. It's a small town with a nice lake called Chapala. They sell souvenirs, garrafa ice cream, drinks and have some nice little restaurants around the area with good sea food.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank yaragon01
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Do take a tour at least to this beautiful and peaceful area. Lots of expats living there. No problem with finding persons whom speak English, Lots to look at and purchase....

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Colleen R
Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

I was hesitant at first because I was aware that the area is a retirement haven, particularly for Canadians and Yanks and if I wanted to listen to English I could have stayed home. What a nice surprise on this Monday before All Hallows Eve...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank davidgO9556RK
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Very wide lake, not very deep, A little polluted. Trip to Island was fun and interesting. Fortunately the scorpions were not in season but the ants sure were.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank fitandready
Reviewed 22 August 2018

The art, landscapes, architecture, people, food - It's all wonderful. PERIOD. Have a blast - we did!!!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Bill D
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Very large lake, Chapala great small town, very peaceful and charming. Great place to visit. A most to visit, good casual restaurant.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank juliogrupo
Reviewed 21 July 2018

We came to Lake Chapala to escape the summer heat and found it to be cool and comfortable the 4 days we were there. The town is bustling with tourists, many of whom are Mexican. Since its founding in the 1800's it's been a place...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 7 July 2018

Ajijic and Chapala is definitely worth going to see, if only even for the day, especially Ajijic. There's a lot of fun little art galleries and great restaurants.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ds1973
Reviewed 27 June 2018

A great weekend getaway. The magic of the largest man made lake in Mexico. Steeped in history, local culture and the most friendly people anywhere.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Norm P
Reviewed 25 June 2018

Lake Chapala is Mexico's largest natural lake the remnant of an ancient sea. A short drive (less than a hour) from Guadalajara, the lake area is very popular on the weekends. Because the towns of Chapala and Ajijic have such large populations of American and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Response from Lesleyann1 | Reviewed this property |
OOPS. Forgot. Try Caldwell Banker in Chapala for long term rental or I have friends in Centro Historico GDL who have a restored rental property.