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Many Americans and other foreigners help make up the 20,000 people living near this picturesque lake, the country's largest inland body of water.
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Reviewed yesterday

Lake Chapala is an enormous lake, the largest in Mexico. But more interesting here is the town of Ajijic. Cool and unique art everywhere around the town, and also in the many shops. We did find the prices were quite high, many of the things...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Rachel T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ajijic & Lake Chapala is a perfect day trip. I purchased a seat on a regularly scheduled bus tour from the historic square in Guadalajara for about $20 USD. Lunch is on your own at a very good lakeside restaurant. A short boat ride on...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank lisa h
Reviewed 26 January 2019 via mobile

If you enjoy Mexican culture, fine cuisine and the local economy this is not the place for you. The largest fresh water lake in Mexico is vast and gorgeous. The views are breath taking and a must see, however not from the town of Chapala...More

Date of experience: November 2018
4  Thank xandrekworthington
Reviewed 23 January 2019

Lake looked dirty when I arrived in November. Be aware when you re travelling! During the winter months it could be rough and not pleasant.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank MarinaToronto
Reviewed 5 January 2019 via mobile

El Lago de Chapala This is one of the biggest lakes in Mexico and is located in Jalisco state close to Guadalajara city and offers a lot of things to do; like a boat ride to the el Alacrán Island or around the lake; the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sokey71
Reviewed 28 December 2018

The lake is beautiful, if not perfect. For some time, it had been about half full and had problems with high levels of fertilizers coming in from the west. Recently the rainy seasons have been stronger, and it appears less water is flowing out, so...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank J2580IHbrucer
Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

Went on a day trip to Chapala and Ajijic while visiting Guadalajara. Both are right on Lake Chapala, Mexico's largest lake. The view of the lake is great while walking on the malecon (boardwalk). There are plenty of places to shop and eat as well....More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank johncA8642RG
Reviewed 16 November 2018

This recreational town is fun and there is a little island called Scorpion Island that’s touristy but you have to visit and have a beer or lunch with a great view of the little town of La Chapala. Parking is very difficult so if you...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Dan B
Reviewed 9 November 2018 via mobile

We took the bus from Chapala which allowed us to take in all the beautiful scenery - the lake shore, fauna, horses and cows. Once we got to Mezcala, it was an easy walk through the center of town to the Malecon. (The two-steeple church...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank debbieandchipw
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Lake Chapala is the largest lake in Mexico, and is surrounded by mountains. There are many activities on the lake such as, skiing, swimming, fishing, sailing, boating and wind surfing. Many visitors will sit close to the lake and relax and become stress free. People...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Megan T
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5 July 2018|
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Response from livewisely | Reviewed this property |
You're right. I don't know where in my review that I said it was small. Of course, it's not!