Chapala is a municipality in the Ciénega Region of
Jalisco State, Mexico. Many north Americans reside in this town, attracted by the mild climate and lower Mexican cost of living.
Understand [ edit ]
Chapala is located in the central zone of the state. Chapala is also the name of the biggest lake of the country. Chapala means "place of Vases"(Nahuatl); "really wet place" (Coca); or "place of grasshoppers over the water" (Nahuatl).
History [ edit ]
Originally Chapala or Chapallan was a pre-Hispanic settlement whose earliest
antiquity is found in the twelfth century AD,when migration of Nahuatl tribes
from the northwest, reach this latitudes, finding the north shore of the lake
highly populated as referred by Fray Antonio Tello, franciscan friar and chronicler.
Climate [ edit ]
It is temperate, thanks to Lake Chapala, which provides freshness, and
does not reach the levels of heat or cold that is in the towns to their
Buses leave every 20 minutes or so from the old bus station (la central vieja) in
From Guadalajara, follow the signs to the Airport, then go ahead to "Chapala"
Get around [ edit ]
Small enough to walk around. When you come out of the bus station, turn left and follow the main road to reach the lake and the main church.
The Lake. Nice newly designed (2009) lakeshore walk with playgrounds, food stalls, restaurants and markets stalls selling bits and bob.
The parish of St. Francis of Assisi.
The main square with the mercado.
Art exhibits at the Old Train Station.
Take a boat out to "isla de los Alacranes"(island) on the lake.
Browse the weekly market (every Monday from about 9am to 2pm) winding all the way up Calle Alvaro Obregon just to the left off the main highway (Francisco Madero) going toward Guadalajara.
Markets beside the lake where they sell traditional and not-so-traditional things from Mexico.
There are nice restaurants by the shore of the lake. Many of them have live mariachi music.
Alfredo's California: International
Beer Garden: International
Café París: Coffe
Chapala Haciendas: International
Chef Place: Shellfish
Don Juan: Shellfish
El Arbol del Café: Coffe
El Patio: International
El Pescador: Shellfish
Nido Mexican: Mexican
Pensando en Tí: Mexican
Ajijic Tango ( Ajijic tango), , Morelos #5 , ☎ 62458 . Great restaurant in Ajijic, mostly fine cuts and pizzas edit
Apart from the restaurants you will find lots of drink stalls along the new lakeshore walk selling
Just plain cold Mexican beer
Hotel Villa Montecarlo, , Hidalgo 296 . The Villa Montecarlo Hotel is on the shore of Chapala Lake. edit
Hotel Quinta Real (La Floresta)
Hotel Amorcito Corazón (Ajijic)
Lake Chapala Inn. A a very nice B and B right on the Malecon overlooking Lake Chapala. Wonderful breakfast and they even have a pool.
Contact [ edit ]
Get out [ edit ]