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TOP SIGHTS IN RIBERA DE CHAPALA

Ajijic

Beautiful Magical Town located on the shores of Lake Chapala.

The word Ajijic comes from the Nahuatl language, Axixic, which means "place where water springs forth." This beautiful cobblestone town with some colonial structures has become the destination of thousands of foreigners mainly for its climate and beautiful landscapes.

Its history dates back to pre-Hispanic times and it is a cultural icon of Mexican "charrería" and Golden Age cinema.

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Antigua Estación de Ferrocarril de Chapala (Railroad Station)

It is a stately building with a clear French style reminiscent of the Porfiriato era and was built in 1920.

The building has been renovated and transformed into the González Gallo Cultural Center, where workshops and a variety of cultural activities are offered.

The center offers attractive art exhibitions and provides insight into local history.

 

Location

González Gallo 1500, Sin Nombre, Chapala, Jal.

Isla de los Alacranes (Scorpion Island)

It is considered one of the most mystical places in the region. This is one of the main ceremonial centers of the Wixárika or Huichol culture, so if you need a spiritual retreat, this can be a good option.

It is located in the center of the lake and has some houses and restaurants that offer regional cuisine. There is also a small chapel dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe.

You can take a boat from the Chapala pier, and the journey takes approximately fifteen minutes. Since 2017, it has been declared a Cultural Heritage by the state of Jalisco.

Jamay

The meaning of its name has been a subject of debate.

For some, it means "Place of King Amulteca Xama," and for others, "place where adobe bricks are made."

The town stands out for the monument to Pope Pius IX, which is unique in its kind.

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Jocotepec

This pleasant town not only offers an incredible view of the lake but is also framed by the Sierra de San Juan Cosalá.

It has a beautiful main square and picturesque arcades where you must try the traditional birria, one of the typical dishes of the state.

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Malecón de Chapala

It is a beautiful and peaceful place where you can enjoy spectacular views of Lake Chapala.

 

You can stroll along the boardwalk and contemplate the beautiful landscape, including the lake and the imposing mountains.

Mercado de Artesanías de Chapala (Crafts Market)

During your visit to Chapala, you must not miss its crafts market.

This colorful place offers a wide variety of objects not only from Jalisco but from all over the country. However, the pieces from Tlaquepaque and Tonalá still stand out.

 

Location

Ramón Corona 20, La Cristianía, Chapala, Jal.

Mezcala

A small island that can be reached by boat in a journey that takes approximately fifteen minutes.

It is a place with a significant historical value and resembles a fortified city. Battles were fought here during the Independence era, and from 1819 to 1855, a prison was established, of which enormous roofless galleries still remain.

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Poncitlán

Its name means "place of cilacayotes" (type of squash), "next to the chilares of the riverbank," or "place of the god Ponze."

In the area, you will also find the Foco Tonal Ceremonial Center, a mystical site aimed at achieving inner peace and spiritual growth. You can participate in ancestral rituals and various holistic therapies or enjoy equine therapy amid its beautiful green areas and classic castle.

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San Juan Cosalá

It is a town with an ancient history, founded by the Cocas and Náhuatl tribes, and its name means "Place among Snakes."

It is famous for its thermal waters with healing and relaxing properties, which have been the reason for the establishment of a series of hotels that also offer spa services, where you can enjoy unique treatments such as jet therapy and mineral mud therapy.

Location

It is located approximately 19 km, about half an hour from Chapala.

Tuxcueca

A small town with a pier and two modest temples.

One of the temples is dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe, and the other to San Luis Soyatlán.

From here, you have an incomparable view of the García and El Picacho hills. You can also observe birds from the pier.

 

Location

It is located approximately 65 km, about an hour and fifteen minutes from Chapala.

3 Must See Attractions in Ribera de Chapala

Lake Chapala

Cajititlan Lagoon

Barranca de Oblatos

THE LARGEST LAKE IN MEXICO SURROUNDED BY A MOSAIC OF BEAUTIFUL TOWNS

 

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