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28 Photos of Lake Chapala, El Malecon de Chapala – Beautiful Mexico

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My first impression of Lake Chapala wasn’t a good one. I made my opinion only by the stories I heard about the influx of expats and tourists to Lake Chapala and Ajijic in the past decade or so. However, after visiting the Malecon in Chapala for only a few hours on one Monday morning, as we traveled home to Michoacan from Guadalajara, I finally saw the appeal of Chapala, the lake, and the surrounding towns. Lake Chapala is beautiful Mexico.

Sure, we saw white people on the Malecon, several in fact. We even had a long talk with a cheerful and energetic man from the North about living in Mexico and how our whole family came to be here. But we were not inundated with expats and the place did not have a tourist feel about it. Maybe that is because it was a Monday morning. I don’t know. But the fact remains, I liked it. I liked Lake Chapala and I wouldn’t mind spending some more time there and learning more about this part of Mexico.

I think when you see the photos below you will see why :-)

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28 Photos of Lake Chapala, El Malecon de Chapala - Beautiful Mexico

28 Photos of Lake Chapala, El Malecon de Chapala - Beautiful Mexico

28 Photos of Lake Chapala, El Malecon de Chapala - Beautiful Mexico

28 Photos of Lake Chapala, El Malecon de Chapala - Beautiful Mexico

28 Photos of Lake Chapala, El Malecon de Chapala - Beautiful Mexico

28 Photos of Lake Chapala, El Malecon de Chapala - Beautiful Mexico
Can you spot the stork?
This little girl was quick to make friends with Sawyer and they spent most of their time together.

28 Photos of Lake Chapala, El Malecon de Chapala - Beautiful Mexico

28 Photos of Lake Chapala, El Malecon de Chapala - Beautiful Mexico

28 Photos of Lake Chapala, El Malecon de Chapala - Beautiful Mexico

28 Photos of Lake Chapala, El Malecon de Chapala - Beautiful Mexico

28 Photos of Lake Chapala, El Malecon de Chapala - Beautiful Mexico

28 Photos of Lake Chapala, El Malecon de Chapala - Beautiful Mexico
Wheelchair or not, we travel ;-)

28 Photos of Lake Chapala, El Malecon de Chapala - Beautiful Mexico

Even Grandma Lottie, the 93-year-old expat, enjoyed the view :-)

28 Photos of Lake Chapala, El Malecon de Chapala - Beautiful Mexico

Which direction are you headed?

Danza de Los Voladores – An ancient tradition involving the flute and flying, with a rope of course! But I still would not be brave enough to try this, rope or not!

28 Photos of Lake Chapala, El Malecon de Chapala - Beautiful Mexico

I hope you enjoyed the photos of Lake Chapala and el Malecon de Chapala! Next time I visit I would like to see more of this part of beautiful Mexico and I promise to share the photos with you here on Los Gringos Locos :-)

Signing off, Tina

Originally published January 26, 2020

6 thoughts on “28 Photos of Lake Chapala, El Malecon de Chapala – Beautiful Mexico

  1. JKUBAN says:

    Tina,
    I cannot express my gratitude enough for you taking the time to write these articles about your family experiences in your lives there in Mexico. You are warrior indeed…Despite trials and errors and everlasting memories you and your family will have in the many years to come, I applaud you for marching on each day, rain or shine.
    I currently work for the County of Los Angeles, but in 8 more years, I will be eligible to retire with full benefits. I am seriously considering Chapala, my medical being paid in full upon retirement won’t mean anything there in MX. The change in life style, calmer pace than here in Los Angeles/Long Beach, CA., the cost of living, the scenery, the people and much more… Wow! I almost wish I can retire 2morrow ;)
    I just applied for my passport this past Wed @ the post office, $168.00 OUCH! (Normally something like $113.00 but by the time the USPS adds in their processing commission, their photocopy fees, etc. $168.00). I want to visit say in October after the rain, to meet residents there in Chapala, and periodically throughout the year so i won’t be a total stranger when the day comes. (It’s only myself)
    Thank you again Tina for writing these articles. God bless you and your family always!

    • Tina Marie Ernspiker says:

      Thanks so much! I just saw this comment. I don’t know how I missed it :-( I hope you are able to fulfill your dream of moving to Mexico. Things are crazy now with the coronavirus but we are happily still here, social distancing at home. Have a great week!

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