Exploring Towns Around Lake Chapala in Mexico.

Video of Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Below you’ll find our YouTube video featuring Chapala.

We go to the Malecon and show you the sights. Launched the drone for sweeping views of the town from over 200 feet. Later, Dave and I take a walk through nearby streets.

Bustling sidewalks and storefronts. Sounds. Smells. Colorful. Artful. Quintessential Mexico.

You’ll see how much a new motorcycle will cost you.

Thinking of living here? We come across some apartment listings with prices.

For photos and maps….keep scrolling.

We’re living in Mexico. Back in June we loaded our truck with some stuff and drove south of the border. We didn’t have a place to live only a general plan to get ourselves to Lake Chapala. We made it. Rented a condo. Set up life. Now we’re exploring, learning, and making videos to share the experience. Visit our MEXICO playlist on YouTube.

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We launched the drone from the Malecon. Got sweeping views of the town from west to east.

Chapala – looking northeast
On the Chapala Malecon
There are a few piers you can walk out onto.
Standing at the end of a pier, looking to the north.
Pony rides at the Malecon

Interactive Map of Chapala – click to zoom in/out – change view from satellite to map, etc.

BELOW: Screenshot of where we launched the drone – RED STAR & YELLOW LINE the direction we walked.

Screen shot of the Malecon
Chapala: Mural

Things To Do

At the Malecon, there are booths with vendors selling various Mexican made goods. There are restaurants, food carts, children’s rides, games, a skate/bike park, and all the goings-on of life in Mexico. You could also hire a boat to take you out on the lake. There are islands to visit. One has the ruins of a prison. Stroll along the waterfront or relax on a park bench.

Within a mile radius of the Malecon, there are banks, restaurants, coffee shops, hardware stores, motorcycles, appliances, party stores with giant pinatas, churches, floral shops, clothing, shoes, ice cream, fountains, murals, home goods, garden supplies, produce, juice bars, arcades, grocery stores, colorful old buildings, and more. You will probably see dogs. Maybe people on horseback. You will surely encounter music.

Driving Notes

If you’re driving, keep in mind one-way streets are quite common in Mexico. Chapala is no different. Watch your mirrors on narrow streets. A lot of busted side mirrors on cars from hitting telephone poles, other car mirrors, poles, etc.


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