Things To Do In Ajijic: Hiking Trail

Something to do in the Lake Chapala area: Hiking the trails in the mountains behind Ajijic.

In the video below, we explored a portion of the El Tepalo Loop trail.

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The map below shows where we accessed the trail – noted by the Red Pin: El Tepalo. The map is interactive. You can zoom in & out, etc.

NOTE: A lot of streets in Ajijic are one way, so be careful so you don’t turn down one the wrong way. The way we drove IN is noted by the blue route. Our approach was from the west.

You can view the actual trail map with many details at this link, which takes you to the site.

About the Trail

Named: El Tapalo Loop

Length of loop – 4.7km (2.9 miles).

Elevation is above 5000 feet.

Trail difficulty: Moderate – Be aware of loose gravel/rocks. The ground can be muddy/slippery in places. The video was filmed in late September. Flowing water crosses the trail in a few places. There were rocks to step on for crossing these spots. After rain, it’s possible you might have to walk through water to cross. The trail is on the side of a mountain….so UP & DOWN parts. Some areas were like rocky stairs….almost climbing. Beware of ankle sprains. There are dangerous drop-offs.

Lots of vegetation. Shady. Small waterfalls. In the dry season it may not be as green and there may be no water flowing.

Bugs may depend on the time of year. In late September we noticed a lot of small flying insects – bug spray recommended. May not be needed at other times of the year.

BRING WATER. Maybe snacks. Depends on your level of fitness.

On the day of the video, we only hiked to the waterfall. We intend to go back and do the complete loop. Will update this post with anything relevant at that time.

Flora & Fauna

If you’re like us and you enjoy learning about the nature of areas you visit, check out this link to Naturalist.Org. Specifically the link takes you to the “Chapala, Jalisco” information. They have photos of various Fauna & Flora of the area. It’s organized and searchable with photos.

Elevation & other tools

Another website,, came in handy for figuring out the elevation of where we hiked to. The site offers other tools as well.


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