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Half-Day Guided Tour of Lake Chapala from Guadalajara

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Zapopan, Mexico
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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Visit Lake Chapala for gorgeous landscapes, food, and sights on a full-day tour from Guadalajara. See the ranch home of popular Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez, stroll on the shore of Lake Chapala—the largest lake in Mexico, then visit the picturesque town of Ajijic before stopping to purchase lunch at a typical restaurant on the lake. Includes guide, transportation by air-conditioned minivan, and pickup and drop-off at select hotels.
  • Full-day tour to Lake Chapala, from Guadalajara
  • See the ranch of renowned singer Vicente Fernandez
  • Get great photo ops from Lake Chapala
  • Visit the main plaza, church, and a restaurant in the town of Ajijic
  • Includes guide, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off
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Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Food and drinks
Av Mariano Otero 1917, Victoria, 45060 Zapopan, Jal., Mexico

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Estacion Turistica GDL

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Half-Day Guided Tour of Lake Chapala from Guadalajara?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Guided Tour of Lake Chapala from Guadalajara.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day Guided Tour of Lake Chapala from Guadalajara?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Guided Tour of Lake Chapala from Guadalajara.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Guided Tour of Lake Chapala from Guadalajara?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Guided Tour of Lake Chapala from Guadalajara.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Guided Tour of Lake Chapala from Guadalajara?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Guided Tour of Lake Chapala from Guadalajara.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Half-Day Guided Tour of Lake Chapala from Guadalajara?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Guided Tour of Lake Chapala from Guadalajara.

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Reviews by Viator travelers
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Chápala and Ajijic
rjkeppeler
, Jul 2019
My mother, sister and I went in this tour. We had a very nice time with our tour guide and driver. The day went by too fast, and the best place we ate during our trip to Guadalajara was the La Nueva Posada
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One Day I Will NEVER get back!!!
gracearciero
, Aug 2018
Ramon was the name of our driver from Guadalajara to Lake Chapala. I hesitate to call him a guide because I do not want to insult the people who make their living being Guides. He was terrible at best. Was unable to provide even rudimentary insight toe the architectural sites we were seeing (Churches) as to when they were built, etc. Dropped us off at Lake Chapala and stated, "..you should have been here last week. They cleared the lilies from the lake and they seem to have grown back already." Great insight. Lake Chapala through his information was a waste of time. Onward to Ajijic. Drove us through the residential area where all the Canadians and Americans live. Parked next to the "Beach" area. Then we walked some 4-500 meters uphill to the city center area where a magnificent church was. No info on the church. Took us to a small shop where his female friend, I guess, tried to talk us into buying some overpriced bottled of flavored candies and tequilas supposedly made by her family and found NO WHERE else in Mexico. Why he couldn't park at the square we will never know. Walked back to the beach and the van expecting to stop somewhere for a "guides" perspective.....Nothing. Boarded the van and drove off. (Found the candies and Tequila in San Miguel De Allende the next day much cheaper). If Ramon spoke for more than10 minutes during the entire 9 hr "tour", I didn't hear him. My suggestion to anyone reading this is to rent your own vehicle, get a brochure from the hotel Concierge and go on your own. It will be more interesting than using this tour. Normally VIATOR is great. We have used them all over the world with great results. NOT THIS TIME.
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Tour guide was great- Tour company? Not so much
mmpst19
, Jul 2018
This was a total clusterfu*k. Every other time I’ve done a tour the tour begins after they pick you up. This time, they picked me up early and drove 25 minutes across town to pick up two other people- who were going on a different tour (we waited 20 minutes for them to come down) and they then brought us to the main office where we all sat and waited another 30 minutes. They then drove back in the direction they picked me up to go to the lake. Our tour guide was great, but I wouldn’t book with this company again.
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Antonio was a excellent tour guide...
Joyce M
, Mar 2018
Antonio was a excellent tour guide. Spoke excellent English and very knowledgeable in the history of Mexico. Took very good care of all of us. We also had a excellent driver for this tour. Highly recommended.
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Very informative tour leader...
Christine R
, Jan 2018
Very informative tour leader, Antonio. Antonio is an area native and fluent in the local life. He had wonderful recommendations for our free time shopping and dining.
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I enjoyed the tour. the driver Antonio...
Dave Y
, Dec 2017
I enjoyed the tour. the driver Antonio spoke great English and very informative.
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I was very fortunate to have the...
Doug A
, Apr 2017
I was very fortunate to have the tour guide, Paco, to myself which allowed a great deal of flexibility on the schedule skipping the visit to Vicente Fernandez's ranch, stopping at a liquor store to buy some gift tequila. Paco's English was very good, and he was knowledgeable and friendly. I was surprised by the amount of time I was left by myself to wander and explore not a bad thing, but somehow I had been expected more guiding and it worked out well. Lago de Chapala is very scenic, with steep mountains coming right down to the water in many places, and the number and variety of waterbirds was amazing. The second stop, the nearby town of Ajijic, was charming with its art galleries, cobblestone streets and attractive promenade along the lake shore past flowering trees in riotous color. Lunch at Los Telares restaurant in Ajijic was excellent try the chilled shrimp dish 'camarones aguachile verde. I had the place almost to myself, and it was soothing and relaxing to linger over my meal listening to the fountain in the courtyard. Travel tips: The rainy season in Guadalajara is July - September, which meant that the weather in late April during my visit was ideal high 70's - low 80's F with very low humidity but that also meant the hills and mountains were brown and sere, and frequent and numerous wildfires partially obscured the views with smoke. Also, Chapala Lake is a favorite weekend destination for the Guadalajara metro area, so if you can visit on a weekday, the crowds will be much, much less. Finally, if you're not used to the strength of the sun this far south, it is intense and sunscreen is a must!
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The tour guides were very nice and...
MA T
, Feb 2017
The tour guides were very nice and told interesting stories about every site we visited, from the bus station, through the way to Chapala Lake, Ajijic and back. I really enjoyed it and overall I think the tour was worth my time and money. Thanks
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