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  • Location:Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)
Visit the charming villages of Chapala and Ajijic, which border Mexico's largest natural lake. This half-day tour from Guadalajara takes you by minivan to Lake Chapala (Lago de Chapala) where you’ll enjoy a scenic boat ride to Scorpion Island (Isla de los Alacranes). Then, head to Ajijic for a stroll down cobblestone streets as you take in the romantic atmosphere of its galleries, quaint shops and colonial-style buildings. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 13 people.

Highlights

  • 5-hour tour to Chapala and Ajijic from Guadalajara
  • Ride a boat across Lake Chapala to secluded Scorpion Island
  • Admire lovely views of the lake from the mountain village of Ajijic
  • Enjoy free time to explore the town's boutiques or restaurants
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned minivan included
  • Small-group tour limited to 13 ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Lake Chapala and Ajijic Half-Day Tour from Guadalajara

Admire the colonial architecture in Ajijic

After hotel pickup, your guide will transport your small group by comfortable minivan to the town of Chapala, located approximately 27 miles (45 km) south of Guadalajara on the shore of Lake Chapala. Surrounded by mountains and renowned for its lovely scenery, the lake has become a hotspot for North American retirees who are drawn to the region’s incredible year-round weather.

Take a scenic boat ride across the beautiful lake to Scorpion Island, a small and secluded isle accessible only by watercraft, including popular canoes. While you take in the gorgeous landscape, your guide will point out the many types of birds, including pelicans, that inhabit the lake. You’ll see a unique perspective of the lake from the middle of the island, which offers a few outdoor restaurants serving local specialties like charales – tiny, crunchy dried fish eaten with salt, lime and chili.

Just 10 minutes from Chapala on the lake’s north shore, an enormous tree welcomes visitors to the small town of Ajijic, famous for its many horseback riders and moderate summer temperatures. Your guide will provide an overview on the history of the town and the importance of the lake to the region.

Enjoy more lakeside views as you walk down the cobblestone streets lined with charming restaurants, bars and art galleries abundant with local textiles. Admire the colonial-style whitewashed buildings and enjoy some free time to explore the quaint boutiques on your own.
If you’d like, you can purchase lunch (own expense) before your guide returns you to your hotel in Guadalajara.

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

Enjoyable, but watch out for the mosquitos on scorpion island. Bring pesos for lunch.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2014

Although the tour itself was recommended, the guide/driver spent too much time on his cell phone while driving. I'm a person who's convinced that cell phone usage while driving increases the risk of accidents. No accidents occurred during my tour, but I would have preferred if Viator had a policy that guides who also serve as drivers should not use their cell phones while driving.

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2015

THE DRIVER WAS NICE, BUT I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE I WAS ON A TOUR, BUT THAT WE JUST HAD SOMEONE DRIVE US TO CHAPALA AND WATCH OVER US - THE BOAT TRIP TO THE ISLAND WAS O.K./NOT MUCH TO SEE WHEN YOU GET THERE, BUT I ALSO THOUGHT THIS WAS INCLUDED IN THE FEE - WE HAD TO PAY EXTRA FOR THIS BOAT TRIP - AND... NEVER WAS TAKEN TO AJIJIC!! I THOUGHT THE FEE OF 50/PER PERSON WAS GREAT WHEN I READ WHAT I THOUGHT WAS INCLUDED, BUT AFTER THE TRIP AND SPENDING 100./FOR 2 - WE COULD HAVE TAKEN A TAXI FOR WHAT WE RECEIVED - DID NOT FEEL LIKE A TOUR AT ALL!!

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2014

Just okay. Not one of the best tours we have done. Lake Chapala is really low and there are smells. The island that you visit is very expensive.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this February 2015

Lake was very dirty there was debris link plastic bottles floating everywhere and the water just look horrible.
All we could think about is what disease could we catch if any of the water hit us or if the boat tipped over.
Also, the we got stuck in the 1st 10 minutes out due to fishing line or some sort of net got caught in the motors propeller. The boat owner did not have any tools to fit it so he did it by hand which took about 15 minutes. After he got it loose we asked to be returned immediately. The travel time from where we were staying was too long for this tour. Our Travel Guide Ricardo was great, he did take us for a walk and drive showing us other parts.

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