Just 35 minutes from the City of Guadalajara, Jalisco is the Municipality of Chapala, a town known for its wide range of activities and tourist gems. In addition to having one of the most important natural beauties in the state, Lake Chapala, the largest in Mexico and a beautiful boardwalk, is very close to the newly named Pueblo Mágico: Ajijic, making it one of the must-sees to explore.
Jalisco has the Safe Travel Seal granted by the World Travel and Tourism Council, so the establishments provide security measures and follow all the appropriate protocols so that tourists and locals can enjoy their stay in the also known “Rinconcito de love ”, where you can visit sites such as:
Mezcala Island, also known as “The Island of the Presidio”, was the scene of important historical events in the state, as well as a cult center for the civilizations of Jalisco since pre-Columbian traces such as obsidian points are found on the island. ceramic ornaments and pieces. There are also various sites of interest such as The Virgin and the Tree of Life, La Capilla, and El Fuerte.
Considered a bastion of Chapala, the Old Railway Station, which currently houses the González Gallo Cultural Center, opened its doors in March 2005, and in January 2006 the Regional Archeology Room was inaugurated, which offers a collection of archaeological pieces from some regions of Mexico, mainly those found on the banks of Lake Chapala, among which the offerings to the lake and Tláloc stand out.
Activities such as kayaking, paddle surfing and water skiing are among the most practiced in Lake Chapala, where you can get tours that will guide you to perform these sports while observing the local fauna. Sport fishing is also very popular and is a must stop for largemouth bass fishermen.
If you still want to have more outdoor activities, one of the best options is to visit the Chupinaya hill, where you can safely go hiking during the 5-kilometer long journey. This nature trail offers different scenarios depending on the season and shows different points to enjoy for nature lovers. You can also rent bicycles and ride the new bike path, a 28-kilometer lane that runs from Chapala to Jocotepec, thus encouraging sustainable mobility in the area.
Get to know the colonial architecture of Ajijic, recently named Magical Town of Jalisco, this town is located in the municipality of La Ribera de Chapala and is recognized for its religious festivities, for the Sayacas carnival, artistic and cultural activities and its colorful murals.
You will be able to acquire valuable handicrafts made by local artisans and to complement the trip it is recommended to enjoy traditional carafe snow while the sunset sets on the Malecón de Chapala. With approximately 2 km in length, this recently remodeled boardwalk offers a quiet walking tour where you will get to know the extensive gastronomic range that goes from charales to international food in restaurants overlooking the lake, cafes, and galleries.