We drove from Ajijic to the little town of Mezcala, parked right near the plaza and walked down the the lake. The people we were traveling with had been before and had a name of a guide who we asked for when we got to the pier. They called him and he was there in about 5 minutes. The boat ride over was 300 pesos roundtrip and our guide told us to pay him whatever we felt he was worth. The trip over was super calm and a very nice boat ride..and we all were given life jackets just in case. It was very quiet for tourists although there was a big mexican family having a family day near the dock. The guide (Cesar) spoke pretty good English and told us all about each section of the walk ensuring we didn't miss anything including the big tree on the way in and even how the land across the water looks like a crocodile from afar! The 'buildings' are being restored and the guide told us about the church, jails and even the captains quarters. A great way to spend a day! I would highly suggest going with a guide..ours was only 18 but was very professional and knew the great history of this neat place.
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