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Half-Day Guided Tour of Lake Chapala from Guadalajara

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  • 6 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Estación Turística GDL, Tour operador terrestre
    12 de Diciembre 3070, Jardines Plaza del Sol, 44510 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    locate at Mariano Otero avenue and Turquesa Street continue straight thru Mariano Otero to northwest you will find a mall inside local 5-A.

Pickup points

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Start time

10:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

We offer pickups at every hotel in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, you just have to contact us to arrange the time and place depend on your hotel, or you can come to our meeting point located in Av. Mariano Otero #1917 local 5-A plaza Turquesa, or look for us in google maps as Estacion Turistica GDL, you must be there prior 9:45 a.m.

What To Expect

Antigua Estacion De Ferrocarril Chapala

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Lake Chapala

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Malecon de Ajijic

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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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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Great tour to Chapala lake
Tatiana_V, Nov 2022
This trip was one of my favorite during Guadalajara travel. Since we were the only ones who purchased the trip, our tour was converted into private. We had enough time to walk, explore the lake and to take a boat for lake cruise. Amazing trip! Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Chapala is one of our favorite places! We are delighted to have been able to share it with you. We hope to see you soon!
Good tour if you have 6 hours to kill
Adam_L, Sep 2022
the trip covered everything it was supposed to, transportation was comfortable, it’s not a must see but it’s fun
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience with us, we hope to see you again and show you the incredible places that Jalisco has!
Chápala and Ajijic
Rosanna_K, 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
One Day I Will NEVER get back!!!
Gilberto_A, 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, " 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Tour guide was great- Tour company? Not so much
margie_P, 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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.
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.
I enjoyed the tour. the driver Antonio...
Dave Y, Dec 2017
I enjoyed the tour. the driver Antonio spoke great English and very informative.
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!
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
Maravilloso , hermoso lugar.
Hugo_P, Oct 2021
Todo muy bien. Me gustó, me fascinó, me encantó el viaje. Fue maravilloso, excelente. Paisajes muy bonitos y la gente muy amable, atenta.


Product code: 21380P3

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