An August 2006 trip
to Jalisco by pinguinigal
Quote: I took a trip to my mother's home in the State of Jalisco this past summer and was able to do some general sightseeing.
Attraction | "Agua Caliente Parque Acuático"
"Agua Caliente Parque Acuático" translates into Hot Water Aquatic Park. To be perfectly honest, almost any US water park you can think of is more high tech, aesthetically pleasing, new, cleaner, etc. But you must remember that not every country has the same type of budget. Compared to the alternatives, Agua Caliente is as good as it gets. I have a six year old cousin who lives an hour away who packed his bag 48 hours in advance because he was so excited to go. If you are looking for US standards, don't go. But if you are looking for a place where your young kids can have fun then by all means make the trip here--you won't find anything better.Villa Corona is a small town with not much in it except Agua Caliente. Driving into town, starting with a few streets away from the park you will find people selling food and goods along the road. Rotisserie chicken is a big seller, you can stop and pick one up before going into the park so you can eat it while there. You can also buy inflatable rafts or innertubes. The price to get in was 10-15 dollars and it grants you entrance to whatever parts of the park are open. On slow days (like Wednesdays) parts of the park are closed, so make sure that you call ahead to find out what days everything is open. There are two small stores inside: one sells tanning lotion, sun blocks, sunglasses, shirts, bathing suits, etc.; the other sells candy and food. I absolutely do NOT recommend eating there. Actually, I'm advice for you is to stay far away from it. Food is borderline style, it is all microwaved. Hamburgers should not be microwaved, after 3 minutes it tastes disgusting. No refunds given. Stay FAR AWAY.There are some BBQ pits scattered about and lots and lots of tables. Bring your own food. What I like about this park is that there is real grass and trees. There is still pavement and all, but there is nature surrounding it all. The main pool is a large wave pool, every 30 minutes or so a loud siren is heard and the large pool starts churning out huge ocean like waves. It's a blast! There is a kid section that my cousin just loved, small animal statues in shallow pools that you can climb through, bridges, castles etc. There are of course the water slides (called toboganes) for the older kids and adults. There are probably a total of 8 or so different sections in the whole park, so even when some sections are closed off you have lots to choose from and if you are taking kids, they won't be looking at whether or not the paint is chipping in the changing rooms or not. They will love it and have fun regardless.
Telephone: +52 (387) 778-0022
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 22, 2006
Agua Caliente Parque Acuatico
52 (387) 778-0022
The great thing about this market is not so much the market itself, but the city and what you can do while you are there. The market stretches out for maybe 5 blocks total. It is located on the street adjacent to Lake Chapala. There is ample parking on the other side of the market. It's not that big, but there are a lot of vendors selling jewelry, toys, food, drinks, clothes and other goods. The market is not the real reason to go of course, so it does not specialize in any one thing in particular. Walking down the Pier you can pay to go on a tour of Lake Chapala, and remember you can always bargain. The boat ride we went on cost 15 dollars and we got the whole boat to ourselves. The boat ride lasted a little over 30 minutes, the tour guide will talk to you throughout the tour about the lake, a little about the history as well as point out the "rich houses" on the horizon from the influx of American retirees in the area.
There is only one bathroom in the immediate area, and you have to pay to go in, so bring some change. Try the ice cream and the corn. There are also a few restaurants in the area (even an Italian one if you're tired of Mexican food).Keep an eye out for the memorial in the middle of the plaza as well.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2006
North shore of Lake Chapala