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“Village of Ajijic, lakeside ... "Land of Eternal Spring"”

Romantic Lake Chapala
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Ranked #18 of 181 things to do in Guadalajara
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Having spent a month visiting this beautiful area, I can certainly vouch for that climate claim ... and more. The attitudes and values are that of regular life everywhere in the US, 50 years ago. There is a respect and genuine friendliness and helpfulness shown, throughout. The people are decent, honest, clean, and kind ... and the service industry is anxious to always be just that. My favorite hotels are actually, quite different ... each one fitting different preferences / needs than the other. Simple and clean, the economical, wonderfully run Hotel Perico is on the Libramiento road, on the side of the mountain overlooking the lake, with beautiful grounds and family facilities. While on the lake in the village, the Nueva Posada is built to look quaint, is also peaceful, clean, and reasonably priced. All family owned and managed, they have an excellent onsite restaurant, as well. There are many other wonderful places as well, of course, but I fell in love with these two, in particular. From morning to night, walking around in this village is such an ongoing pleasant experience ... so many shops, restaurants to stumble into ... so much beauty and pleasantry..... There is a "Gringo" population here, too (maybe about 15%) ... mainly being Canadian & American. Around the corner and down a couple of blocks, is the Lake Chapala Society ("LCS"), the American enclave, on beautiful garden grounds .... I have been here a couple of times, and can never hardly wait to get back!!

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Very relaxing walks along the malecon, lots of restaurants and you can take a tour bus to show you around Chapala and Ajijic (also on the lake) a nearby picturesque town where many ex-pats have made their home.

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Reviewed August 26, 2012

if it weren't for the gazillion gnats and mosquitoes you would want to hang out a while, but the lake is better enjoyed from higher points at a distance, nice villages, very rustic in the area

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Reviewed August 26, 2012

Over the past 5 years, there have been major renovations to the Chapala and Ajijic lakeside waterfront. New malecon's for strolling, well-lit at night, launches that are able to take you out on the lake, are all available.

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Reviewed August 12, 2012

I had heard so much about Lake Chapala over the years, that I had to check it out during my trip to GDL. It's a massive lake (largest in Mexico), however, it was so incredibly underwhelming I was shocked. I got there and said to myself: this is it? It's roughly an hour drive south of Guadalajara Centro and there is maybe 3-5 minutes of scenic driving.

Personally, I could have skipped this lake on my trip to GDL and have been completely fine. Perhaps there are some better areas that I missed, but the part that I saw was just touristy restaurants and underwhelming views.

I felt bad, because my friends in Mexico kept on saying: "isn't this great?" It seems like the lake level has dropped and the water didn't look like water I would want to swim in!

One positive is you can buy a beer or a michelada and walk around the lake. Drinking alcohol in public places is certainly a great thing in my book.

If you have a lot of time on your hands, its worth a look -- if not, skip it.

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