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Historical island in Lake Chapala, Jalisco,

Mezcala, located in the the largest freshwater lake of Mexico, has played a significant role... read more

Reviewed July 11, 2017
Carlos H
Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, Mexico
very historical, more than you would think

Have been here 5 times over the years and every year the people from Mezcala make it better they... read more

Reviewed May 23, 2017
Miami Beach, Florida
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This small island located in Lake Chapala is home to an old fort from the Mexican Revolution.
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Reviewed July 11, 2017

Mezcala, located in the the largest freshwater lake of Mexico, has played a significant role throughout the history of Mexico. Some of the old fortifications, quarters and church still remain. The island can be reached for a few pesos by boat from the village by...More

Thank Carlos H
Reviewed May 23, 2017

Have been here 5 times over the years and every year the people from Mezcala make it better they are constantly renewing and cleaning, it would be nice to have more plaques explaining all the different buildings

Thank mototyacht
Reviewed December 20, 2016 via mobile

Nicely preserved. Take a boat to get there and highly recommend Xavier with Xaobe Tours. Interesting history from period when 1000 indigenous held off 8,000 Spaniards, to fortification, to rebellion during independence period to prison. A must see!

1  Thank IrishTodd
Reviewed October 25, 2016

I thought the trip to the island was worth while and I found it to be very interesting with the history behind it. I would recommend a trip there and see where the prisoners were kept. It reminded me of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco,...More

Thank edcarter2016
Reviewed September 13, 2016

Easy to visit by boat that you can take from the nice Mezcala small town "Embarcadero", about 15 miles feast rom Chapala town.

Thank edmund033
Reviewed February 20, 2016

While Ajijic is a better known town on the beautiful lake Chapala, this quaint little city a little away really provides you a flavor of the original native - spanish interactions that may have taken place in this country. The Presidio islands with the spanish...More

Thank ZiaChaudhuri
Reviewed July 7, 2015

Mezcala is a sad little town, so be prepared. If you take the bus from Chapala you will get off when you see the twin towers of a church, about 45 minutes. Walk down the main street hill till you reach the lake. We were...More

6  Thank eliana23
Reviewed January 24, 2015

Not what I expected at all. A full fort on Mescala Island! Dating from 1812 War of Independence. Recently restored as a tourist attraction yet no one goes. Easy to reach by car or bus from Chapala and Ajijic. Take a flashlight as the site...More

3  Thank EleanorinAjijic
Reviewed April 16, 2012

Went with someone very knowledgeable about the history of the island. We visited during sping break, and it was not crowded. You have to take a short boat ride and you're there. We split the cost of the boat with another group. If your speak...More

6  Thank Mamatita
Reviewed March 2, 2012

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...More

7  Thank Angela G
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