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Romantic Lake Chapala

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Address: Guadalajara, Mexico
Phone Number: 303-394-6920
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Great climate & people

The lake is at a relatively high level after many years of diminished water levels thanks to a year high rainfall in 2015. The lake shore scenic walk area is much improved... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Bob M
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CA, USA
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135 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely local town.....with a lot of tourism. The lake is huge and loaded with a great deal of natural beauty.

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Thank Marc L
Puerto Vallarta
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great weather year round. Ajijic is a great little town to spend the weekend. Enjoy coffee and smell the colours of Chapala.

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Thank hector_vallarta
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The lake is at a relatively high level after many years of diminished water levels thanks to a year high rainfall in 2015. The lake shore scenic walk area is much improved and the Sunday market area cleaned up but still colorful and fun to walk through.. There are 3 or 4 good restaurants in the area with reasonably priced... More 

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Thank Bob M
Keremeos, Canada
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181 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were kind of disappointed with the polluted looking lake with only water plants and garbage at the shoreline. The town is quite charming though.

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1 Thank captainronanejo69
Langley City, Canada
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Lake Chapla area is amazing. I think it has the most perfect temperature. My wife and I have traveled all over Mexico, we think we found the place to retire. With 20,000 expats and all kinds of organizations to be part of, we are rotarians, there is a never end list of thing you can accomplish.

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Thank Bob1286
Mexico df
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64 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This great spot is 1hr 20 minutes from Guadalajara on a normal day but my luck brought me here in a very busy day full of traffic and a hassle to get a decent parking space. BUT i had a splendid lunch thx to a restaurant close to the water and a very good walk around the malecon, that was... More 

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Thank JARamosCaceres
YUMA
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149 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Lake Chapal is lovely but not the sort of beach you may be expecting. The lake has swampy edges, rather than sand, that often stinks. You can take boats out and everything but you can't eat the fish--lots of pollution. So 'romantic' isn't what I would call it, by any stretch of the imagination.

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Thank eliana23
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

We spend 2 days around the lake of Chapala, cute little villages and nice area for walking and hiking. Food in the area was very nice.

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Thank Hans J
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

The other reviews here encouraged us to grab a taxi and head out here on our first day in Guadalajara. We knew we wouldn't have another chance during our trip so we did it, even though it was late afternoon. OH! The taxi driver was friendly and informative and kind and very helpful..(it helps that we're fluently English/Spanish bilingual). Once... More 

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1 Thank Lorenia R
Lutz, Florida
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114 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

The lake provides a perfect climate, rated second in the world by National Geographic, and peaceful views that relax and lessen stress if everyday living. Added to the picturesque setting are the Mexican people, gentle, friendly, and most versed in English. The area has a high population of retired US and Canadian citizens. Great restsurants and shops saturate the area... More 

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