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Chapala Lake and Ajijic Tour from Guadalajara

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Guadalajara, Mexico
Chapala Lake and Ajijic Tour from Guadalajara

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore the luscious lakeside villages of Ajijic and Chapala on a full-day tour from Guadalajara. Admire the scenic splendor of Lake Chapala (Lago de Chapala), Mexico’s largest natural lake. Wander the cobblestone streets of picturesque Ajijic as you appreciate the colonial majesty and provincial charm of its architecture.
  • Full-day tour to Chapala and Ajijic from Guadalajara
  • 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
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Local professional billingual guide (Spanish and English)
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10:00 AM
Pick up available at the hotels in the center of Guadalajara. If you are not staying in a hotel or if your hotel is outside the coverage area, we will tell you the closest meeting point to your place of stay. The Drop off will be in 3 different meeting point: expo zone, minerva zone, downtown zone.
Meet your guide at your hotel and climb aboard the air-conditioned minivan to enjoy the scenic journey to the charming village of Chapala. The village enjoys a picturesque position among dramatic mountains and undulating hills and is famed for its incredible natural views and wonderful climate.

Absorb the enchanting scenery as your guide informs you of the fascinating birds that inhabit the island, pointing out pelicans and other rare species. Observe a unique perspective of the lake from this verdant vantage point before purchasing delicious local specialties from the scattering of authentic restaurants on the island.  

Return to shore and commence the short journey to the traditional town of Ajijic. An ancient tree heralds the entrance to this charming place, famed for its horseback riders and refreshing summer temperatures. Listen as your guide unravels fascinating stories of the town’s history and relationship with nature.

Whitewashed buildings, artisan craft shops and cultural monuments beg to be discovered during your free time in Ajijic. Browse bespoke boutiques for unique souvenirs or purchase a hearty Mexican lunch in one of the many excellent eateries in the town. Return with your guide to Guadalajara in the comfortable minivan when the tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Lake Chapala
We begin our tour to Chapala starting with the visit to the old station of the French facade train whose construction was completed around 1920. To continue with the beautiful boardwalk, we walk and admire the view of the largest lake from Mexico. By December 1955, Lake Chapala was in one of its worst droughts, that is why it is decided to take the virgin of Zapopan and make a pilgrimage looking for the miracle of the rain, as a result of this event in June 1956, it rained so much in the storm that it recovered and thanks to this miracle a thank-you mass is celebrated every year on the 1st of July.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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Malecon de Ajijic
We will continue our visit through the Floresta, a place where foreigners are looking for retire fleeing the extreme climates of their cities. We stop in Ajijic and free time is given to know. We board the truck and We will transfer to Piedra Barrenada, where the tourist is recommended to take the food at his expense. We conclude at the meeting point indicated by the guide and we undertake our return.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Amigo Tours Mexico
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chapala Lake and Ajijic Tour 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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Chapala Lake and Ajijic Tour from Guadalajara?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Chapala Lake and Ajijic Tour from Guadalajara?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "Best to wear really comfortable shoes because of the cobblestone streets, especially in Ajijic." See review
  • "Nice lunch out on the lake, and an option to take a boat out onto the lake." See review

Reviews

4.5
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star-5
Long but fun day
CathyCreno
, Jun 2022
Wear comfortable shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy. You will do it all. Great day at Lake Chapala and the arts town Ajijic.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear CathyCreno, thanks for posting your suggestions for other customers, We are glad to know you had a nice experience. Mariana, Amigo tours
star-5
A day trip to Lake Chapala
Christopher_f
, Mar 2022
Our guide, a retired architect, was eager to share his knowledge along the way. The stop at the ranch of Vicente Fernandez was interesting because of the late entertainer’s status in Mexico. The lake and the towns were attractive and the restaurant at the end was a pleasant surprise. Great view, good food and service.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Amig@ Excellent comment, thank you very much for letting us know your point of view and your experience. It has been a pleasure to serve you. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Relaxing trip to the lake
Kieran_W
, Mar 2022
Air conditioned transport from Guadalajara to the lake. Easy and relaxing day out with a few interesting stops. Opportunity to have a wander round and grab a beer in Chapala and Ajijic before lunch and a mini boat trip before returning stopping to buy local candy. A nice day out.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear Amig@ Wow! Thank you very much for your assistance with this experience, we are sure that part of the experience is put by each one of the participants. Thank you very much. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
It was a fun day!!
Beny_T
, Jan 2022
Jesus as our tour guide he was very well trained n knowledgeable of the Tour to Lake Chapala. We were picked up on time from our Hotel. It was a very nice experience, we had a fun day!! Thank you Beny
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Amig@ Wow! Thank you very much for your assistance with this experience, we are sure that part of the experience is put by each one of the participants. Thank you very much. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Wonderful tour
Francisco_P
, Jan 2022
First off, the communication with the tour provider was excellent. They confirmed our pickup time and were there at exactly the time they said. The bus was comfortable and the tour guide very knowledgeable and very attentive to our needs. Our stops in Chápala and Ajijic had ample time for us to explore all the town had to offer and to taste the local food. The weather was wonderful , be sure to take a light jacket as the Chapala Lake is a bit windy. It’s absolutely beautiful and boat tours are available from local providers there. Make sure to take plenty of water on the trip. The stops were very good and we were told all the history of all the places we went. I will be recommending this tour to everyone , it was absolutely great and our tour guide Carmen was absolutely wonderful.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Amig@ For us, it is very pleasant to know that the service you took with us was to your total satisfaction. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Chapala and Ajijic getaway
Sonya_H
, Dec 2021
Highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Guadalajara area. Lake Chapala and Ajijic are a lovely little get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Our tour guide Norberto was fantastic. He was extremely knowledgeable, and went out of his way to make sure we were having a good experience. It was a very enjoyable trip.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Amig@ We are delighted to hear that you had a pleasant experience. Thank you very much for letting us know. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Best tour in Chapala and Ajijic
Andre_G
, Dec 2021
Best tour in Chapala and Ajijic. Norberto gave us detailed explanations about the history and the culture of each city. We visited lakes, markets and churches. Learned many interesting facts about the city’s origin and culture. After the tour was over, Norberto helped us find an excellent restaurant for lunch with a beautiful view of lake Ajijic. Would recommend this tour for anyone!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Querid@ Amig@ Muchas gracias por recomendarnos, nos encanta saber que hemos cumplido el cometido de llevarte a vivir las mejores experiencias. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-2
Wasn’t what we Expected
Liliana_D
, Sep 2021
Tour guide was great at the history telling part but we didn’t really get to explore Ajijic, we only sat in van and then we’re dropped off at a restaurant that tour guide chose. We were hoping to have time to look around shops in Ajijic. We wouldn’t recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Amig@ Thank you for letting us know your comments. We are investigating what happened with our colleagues, as your satisfaction is our goal, however, we are told by our staff that the restaurant that was suggested to you and that you decided to go to, was to your liking, both the food and the view. We do not force our clients to visit specific restaurants, we only suggest them. However, we will reinforce with our team the points you suggest, and we reiterate our thanks for your confidence. We are sorry if the experience did not meet your expectations. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Nice day
Peter_H
, Jun 2021
We enjoyed this tour. It was a good mix of commentary by the guide with free time. Ajijic is more interesting than Chapala. Our guide was terrific.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Dear Amig@ Thank you very much for your comments.We are pleased to hear that you had a pleasant experience. It has been a pleasure to serve you. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-3
Need better guides
Steve_M
, Jun 2021
Tour guide was not very engaging. Although the sites were nice. He spend more time talking with the driver.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Dear Amig@ Thank you very much for your comments, we will verify what happened and we will work on it, to continue providing extraordinary experiences. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Would book again!
Jessica_A
, May 2021
Chapala was by far my favorite stop. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and even offered extra stops since we had extra time
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Dear Amig@ Thank you for your comments. We are glad to hear you had an excellent experience. We look forward to seeing you soon. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Day out at the lake.
David
, May 2021
Really good way to see the lake and surrounding towns if you are new to the area.. Really informative guide who knew a lot about not only the local area but also other parts of Mexico and it's history and culture. I really enjoyed the day and would recommend it to anybody who either just wants a single visit or to somebody.who maybe is considering a longer stay and wants to get an overview of the region.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Dear Amig@ Thank you very much for your comments, we are very happy to hear that you had a pleasant experience. We look forward to continuing to serve you Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Day trip to the lake
Laura_G
, Mar 2021
Fun trip outside of Guadalajara...beautiful resort town and Ajijic was quaint and pretty. Nice lunch out on the lake...and an option to take a boat out onto the lake.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Dea amiga Thank yoy very much for your review. Gracias Tracy, Amigo Tours.
star-5
Excellent!
Morgan
, Jan 2021
My guide Berenice was amazing! She’s the kind of person who has a natural passion about history and storytelling and was able to talk about not only Chapala and Ajijic, but pre-contact cosmology, linguistics, architecture, food production, the Porfiriato and more. Lago de Chapala is extremely serene (I visited on a weekday), with picturesque fishing boats, beautiful boardwalks with palm trees, and lots of pelicans. Best to wear really comfortable shoes because of the cobblestone streets, especially in Ajijic. Definitely take this tour!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Dear Morgan We love reading your comments, thank you very much. Tracy, Amigo Tours.
star-5
Pleasant trip to the lake
Susan_B
, Jan 2021
I enjoyed walking around Ajijic. The guide was helpful. But I enjoy the wandering around by myself. I would recommend the tour.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Dear Susan Thank you very much for your valuable comments. Tracy, Amigo Tours.
star-5
Wonderful Tour
Tryphina
, Jul 2020
I attended this tour in July 2020, and I thoroughly enjoyed everything about it! My guide, Bernice, was very knowledgeable, friendly, and a good photographer :-) The two towns are both charming and beautiful. The driver was wonderful as well. He kept the van clean and was very consistent about providing hand sanitizer as I entered the van.
star-5
Fun day trip
rwendellr
, Feb 2020
Great tour, and beautiful scenery. My guide, Alejandro was great. The pacing of the tour was just right. The restaurant by the lake was lackluster though--you're really just paying for the view, and the food was not great. Other than that, highly recommended tour.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hello! Thank you so much for your comments, we're glad to know you had a wonderful time with us in the beautiful Chapala Lake. We work every day to provide the best service to all our clients because we love what we do. We hope you to come back soon. Best Regards, Amigo Group
star-5
Ajijic and Lake Chapala
Maryjane_B
, Jan 2020
Berenice was a wonderful guide and the bus was comfortable. The Malecon at Chapala was fun and I enjoyed lunch at The Peacock restaurant in Ajijic. Two peacocks strut around a peaceful, shaded garden with good food and drinks.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hello! Thank you so much for your comments. Berenice is very glad due you enjoyed the service. Remember that we offer many other experiences from Guadalajara and all around the world. Please come back soon! Regards, Amigo Group.
star-5
Relaxing, beautiful day at Chapala and Ajjijic!
JODI_F
, Dec 2019
The ride was bumpy but the guide, service and locations were charming. I enjoyed the authentic food and mingling with the locals at the market best. Highly recommend it!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hello! We're glad to know you had a wonderful time with us in Guadalajara and in the beautiful Chapala Lake. We work every day to provide the best service to all our clients because we love what we do. We hope you to come back soon. Best Regards, Amigo Group
star-5
Great guide, on time pick up and small groups!
Melinda_B
, Nov 2019
We really enjoyed our experience and thought the services from the tour guides were professional and courteous. It was a nice half day experience so we weren't too exhausted afterwards. Lake Chapala is really a pretty area and the guide showed us a couple other places along the way mentioning history or famous people. It was a pleasurable day and only 3 of us on the tour.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello! Thank you so much for your comments, we're glad to know you had a wonderful time with us. We work every day to provide the best service to all our clients because we love what we do. We hope you to come back soon. Best regards, Amigo Group

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