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Romantic Lake Chapala

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Address: Guadalajara, Mexico
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At our arrival to the outskirts to the Chapala, it magnificent view of the lake dimensions may be apreciated. The is a local crafts market located on the side of t)3 town... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Brownsville, Texas
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Mazatlan, Mexico
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our tour operator cancelled our trip and wanted to take us to another one instead, we said no, and took a taxi to the bus station, taxi heard us we were dissapointed with this cancellation...this was the only day we could do a day trip.. he offered to take us for $500 pesos...round trip for 3-4 hours... he even took... More 

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Brownsville, Texas
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

At our arrival to the outskirts to the Chapala, it magnificent view of the lake dimensions may be apreciated. The is a local crafts market located on the side of t)3 town bordering the water. You may fing a good drink, a eye catching finger food or just a place to apreaciate the beauty of the area. Visit don't have... More 

Thank TonyandHilda
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Reviewed April 21, 2017

My brother lives lakeside in Ajijic along with 30,000 more gringos. I live in Oaxaca where there are probably less than 1,000 gringos so I was curious to see his home. There are several cities around the lake but Ajijic is one of the best known. The lake is beautiful but most residents advised against swimming in it. Ajijic is... More 

Thank Oaxacaone
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Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

Chapala is the largest lake in Mexico around 200 kilometers long. The lake itself is kind of dirty and there are not much of a wildlife going on. Some tilapia sand catfish lives in the lake. If you are near it's worth to eat at some of the nearby restaurants but I would not travel from far to visit.

Thank Magnus G
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Reviewed April 11, 2017

Large lake. Flea markets on the shores are interesting. I might be more interested walking around town and checking out the local life, but the lake itself wasn't really fantastic or anything.

Thank Rachael V
San Diego, California
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Reviewed April 5, 2017

Lake Chapala is over an hour away drive from Guadalajara, and the lake's coast is full of small artistic shopping full of ceramic, paintings, etc. There are plenty of small restaurants serving tasty and inexpensive food. There are inexpensive boat rides availale to the "Isla de los Alacranes" island, which is a small site with some restaurants and plenty of... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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Reviewed March 25, 2017 via mobile

Relatives brought a group of about 10 last week to visit. About 40 min or so outside Guadalajara. Quiet little town, with shops. Churchs, and many vendors. Bought ice cream on lake shore and watched the "flyers" perform their pole dance as they hang upside down and slowly circle the pole as they come down. Artistic and beautiful to watch... More 

Thank AliciaLosAngeles_CA
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Reviewed March 21, 2017

Chapala is an absolute gem! Beautiful lake with plenty to see and do. A walk alongside the lake is a must! Loved the mercado down the little town's "downtown" area. My son even ate fried crickets there!

Thank Bertha T
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Reviewed March 16, 2017 via mobile

The Monte Coxala is a unique looking restaurant located in the Chapala area Raquette club. There's a guard at gate but just tell him you're going to restaurant. Truly delicious margaritas and authentic, of course, Mexican food. Worth the drive out of Guadalajara, about 1 hour from centro. The drive goes past all the berry farms.

Thank Kendall C
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Reviewed March 3, 2017

Very popular vacation spot for both Mexicans and tourists. Lovely scenery and lots of great restaurants.

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