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Chapala Malecon

Lake Chapala Waterfront, Chapala 48300, Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Chapala
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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Columbus, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Very busy yet not stressful with the weekend crowds. Lots of vendors and great people watching. You almost forget about the lake view. Lots of expensive(for Mexico) restaurants along the lakeside, but relaxing place to have a drink and lunch.

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Chapala, Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Yes, the lake is down right now... but that doesn't spoil the fun of walking on the malecon and enjoying an ice cream cone or sitting on a bench and watching the families enjoying their time together. A favourite thing is to finish the walk at the far end by the pier and have lunch at one of the 'all... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The lakeside walk is delightful. I try to get at least 10,000 steps a day and that's no problem, thanks to the Malecon.

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Seattle, Washington
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We visited towards the end of high-season so the lake had receded quite a bit. Fountain at the pier entrance was full of very dirty water and the sculptures had some type of netting covering them -- not sure what that was about. Very colorful fishing boats were strung along the pier. I'm not certain what type of fish is... More

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American in Arabia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
8 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Strolled down the Chapala Malecon for about an hour and enjoyed it immensely. As it was a weekday, there were no crowds, which made it very pleasant. The views of the lake, fishing boats and mountains were splendid as I made my way under the shade of the ubiquitous palms planted along the promenade. A must-do when in the area.

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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We were fortunate to stay in El Pequeno Hotel, just a block away from the malecon--a great place to stroll at almost any hour and watch people and clouds. Weekends are busy with all the visitors from Guadalajara, families and lovers chatting and slowly ambulating, the many stalls with their gee-gaws, the skateboarders showing off their stuff. It was the... More

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We spent a day in Chapala and most of it was walking the promenade a the near by area. There are many vendors and restaurants. We took a lot of photos of the boats , lake , mountains. Relaxed with and ice cream cone on one of the branches. Rely loved the mural painted on the ceiling of the little... More

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Chapala, Mexico
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

What a great way to relax and breathe deeply after a hectic day or week. Feel the breeze on you body and through your hair. You can sit awhile and space out with the natural view of the lake and mountains. There is a great energy from the lake. There are many restaurants along the malecón. Some days you can... More

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Chapala, Mexico
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Clean, safe, plenty of foods at various prices, lots of clothing and jewelry, various souvenirs. Ample meter parking, Close to other stores and restaurants.

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Ajijc Mx & Meaford On
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Permanent market moved away from the shoreline. Very fine job at renewing the look of the malecón (Lake Chapala shoreline walkway) completed for the recent Pan-Am games in nearby Guadalajara (2010). The Spirit of the Lake island and statue were built out in the lake which unfortunately receded so much that the "island" is now reachable on foot.

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