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Reviewed yesterday

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....

Thank Colleen R
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 to find the malecon empty of tourists and the lake at its highest level in a very long time. As the late morning wore on the number of school children increased as there was a career fair (?) set up under marquees which took a good amount of space on one side. Quite enjoyable. Opportunities to take a boat ride were presented but we declined, not my cup of tea. I did take up an offer to buy and eat a small plate of little fried fish with fresh lime and chili sauce from a elderly vendor. I have forgotten the name of this local delicacy and while not bad it’s something I would probably not eat again. A cold beer did help. This place must buzz on the weekends so I crowds aren’t your thing go during the week. It is about a 45 minute drive from GDL.

Thank David G
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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.

Thank fitandready
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Reviewed 22 August 2018

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

Thank Bill D
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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.

Thank Julio L
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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 for tourists to escape the city, and Guadalajara is close enough to get there easily; the trip takes an hour or less by car. There is bus service but I recommend the car because of the difficulty of getting accurate schedules and departure/arrival locations. There are mariachis and other musicians on the malecon day and night; many good restaurants; our hotel, Toca Madera, was moderately priced, very comfortable, and the staff were very friendly. I don't recommend breakfast at that hotel as the service is slow and the menu limited. Other places in the area are much better. The items for sale along the malecon weren't of a high quality, but in nearby Ajijic there were many beautiful original pieces of handcrafted Mexican art. Ajijic is a short bus/cab/Uber ride away. I highly recommend going there. We would go back to Lake Chapala in a heartbeat.

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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.

Thank ds1973
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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.

Thank Norm P
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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 Canadian retirees, the variety of restaurants is unusually broad for small Mexican towns. English is widely spoken with any restaurants offering English language menus. This lake is for looking, there is very little water sport activity. If you like Spring, the climate is nearly perfect.

Thank LostInSpace
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

It was lovely to get out into the countryside and visit beautiful Lake Chapala and nearby little town. We spent our time wandering the little streets and exploring.

Thank Winkle11
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