The town of Chapala is located on the shores of Mexico’s largest natural lake, Lake Chapala. This lake is 53 miles long and 17 miles wide. If you walk to the shoreline you will see a type of weed (water hyacinth) that has proved to be a voracious pest in recent years. This weed is multiplying rapidly and clogging waterways of the lake. This weed has seen increased persistence due to the dropping water levels of the lake, because of the increase populations on its shores and in nearby towns.
The town of Chapala is located about 25 minutes from the Guadalajara airport. The main road into town is called Avenida Madero. If you follow this road towards the lake you will eventually end up at the lake and a pier. This pier is a good place to get some photographs. At the base of the pier many vendors sell their goods. It is here that you will also find vendors selling a particular type of fish (white fish) caught in Lake Chapala.
Lake Chapala is home to the largest community of former United States and Canadian citizens outside of the US and Canada.
Several other communities nearby to Chapala, such as Ajijic and Jocotepec are also home to large numbers of former United States citizens. Jocotepec was founded in 1529.
Mezcala Island is an island found in the middle of Lake Chapala. Tour boats leave each day for this island. There are the remains of a fort here left over from the Mexican War of Independence.
Recommended Restaurants in Ajijic
The best steak you have ever tasted is at “Bruno’s” restaurant. Also a delight is Jack’s “El Oso Dorado”. Not only is Jack a colorful character, but his food is excellent and is cooked by the well known great chef, Concha Taggert. This restaurant is off the beaten path, on the cutoff highway to Guadalajara, and should not be missed.
~ Kathy (a resident for 18 years)