aliso viejo, California
December 11, 2001
If you enjoy horseback riding, Chapala might not be the place to do it; in fact, Mexico in general is not known for their great horseback riding adventures. I, however, do go frequently. It's just the thrill of riding a horse for under $5/hour. The horses are frail and malnourished, so don't expect much. You can ride around the shoreline or through town. The horse know where they are and they'll return home when they want, especially if you're inexperienced riding--they'll know, you can fake it; at least I couldn't! :)
If you have a few hours to spare go out to Isla de los Alacranes (Scorpion Island). There aren't any Scorpions there, so I don't know how it got that name. The trip isn't anything spectacular, but it's relaxing. The boat ride take up to an hour (provided the engine doesn't break.)
We ate at the Gran Hotel Nido. It was quite nice, but a little more expensive. The hotel has a lot of history in the town and there are plenty of pictures showing Chapala when it was at its prime.
Getting to/from Chapala doesn't have to be difficult. If you're with 2-4 people, grab any taxi in Guadalajara and go. Negotiate a price first. I believe we paid $20-25. You can also take a bus from the Guadalajara bus terminal. The fares are very inexpensive and leave every hour (I think).
For more a personal, historical anecdote of El Lago de Chapala, see Lago de Chapala II-Then and Now
From journal Mi casa es su casa in Guadalajara