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“Enjoyable day trip for the family”

Romantic Lake Chapala
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Full-Day Lake Chapala Tour from Guadalajara
Ranked #18 of 146 things to do in Guadalajara
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Great get away from Guadalajara. We took an uber out, and it wasn't that much money. We spent 6 hours at the lake and the surrounding areas. We did an hour tour on the water for 700 pesos, not sure if that was a lot or a little.

After the hour on the water, we drove around to the surrounding towns to see the local sights and have some lunch. I really enjoyed it.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Entertaining place to wander, eat, take in the sites and relax! Gorgeous little town center. Not the best place for shopping, prices were much higher for same items than in Guadalajara mercados.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Lago Chapala is about 1 hour south of Guadalajara and 45 minutes from the airport.
it is the biggest lake in Mexico, with nice scenery and at least one Island.
there are are two pueblos, Chapala and Ajijic on the Northern part of the lake, that
house a large expat community, of North Americans and serve as a weekend getaway for Guadalajara. these 2 towns are loaded with good restaurants, charming hotels,
spas and festivals.
the lake itself only has small fishing boats!! why? shallow, or ???? they grow fruit, berries in this region, and the fruit is everywhere. delicious!!! there is one town in the mountains about an hour and a half by car, called Mazlamita, which is very charming and worth a side trip also.
so if you combine the lake with Guadalajara, your vacation will be a home run!!!

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

We had never been to the Chapala lake and it was beautiful. The boat ride was about 45 minutes and it was relaxing even the kids enjoyed it. Nice little town.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

As we were only in Guadalajara for 2.5 days, we didn't think we'd have time to see the main city, Tequila and Lake Chapala. Turns out we did because we hired a private driver from our hotel ($70/day). On our last day, our driver picked us up from our hotel in Old Town Guadalajara and drove us out to Ajijic and Chapala for a half day, then took us directly to the airport which was only 30 minutes away. (Ajijic and Chapala are only 15 minutes apart by car and Ajijic is much more quaint with better shopping. If I were you I'd hit Chapala first to see it, then go to Ajijic for lunch at one of the restaurants in the plaza). In Chapala we ate at a restaurant overlooking the lake, then walked along the boardwalk. Unfortunately we didn't have time to take a boat out to the island though they didn't seem to be anything special and not many people were using them. Overall, Chapala was cool to see but wasn't anything extraordinary.

Date of experience: February 2018
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