Mezcala Island, Guadalajara

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  • Nicely preserved. Take a boat to get there and highly recommend Xavier with Xaobe Tours. Interesting history from period when 1000 indigenous held off 8,000 Spaniards, to fortification, to rebellion d...  more »
  • If you do not have and car features, then Isla de Mezcala visits from Guadalajara is not obvious, because of the lack of direct connection. But if you're staying in Chapala, the island and the sympathetic village that gave name to sure there are on your wish list, because from there it's an easy connection. From the Terminal de Autobuses in Chapala, on Avenida Madero about 500 metres inland from the Malecon, a bus runs every half an hour to the East on the shore of the Lake Mezcala. In front of this sleepy village where you are as good as any tourist can see, is 4 km far in the Lake the Isla de Mezcala. In the fortress on the island loved 1812 to 1816 the Mexican independence fighters 4 years against a superior force of Spaniards and royalists. The sympathetic boatswain José Venegas (tel 331-440-7602) brings you to the island with his boat La Gaviota, gives you a tour of over an hour, also brings you back, all for less than 300 pesos (roughly 15 euros). The bus does from Chapala three Quartet shared over and you pay 16 pesos one way. You can also by boat from Chapala, but that is 3 hours back and 3 hours back and costs 1,500 pesos. And then lay them straight away on the island and you're missing the village Mezcala, that sure is also worth a visit. So best by bus to the village, and then by boat to the island. After your return in the village, eat on the terrace of restaurant El Socio at the dock. Simple but very good, typical Mexican, and dirt cheap. I had the pescado a la mexicana afterwards camarones and cheviche with two bottles of beer for only 200 pesos (10 euro)! But, PLEASE NOTE!!! The last bus back to Chapala is relentless at 19 hours. Do you miss that, then you have a problem, because there are no taxis in Mezcala ... In Chapala in the bus station there are buses every half hour to 22 hours, and that is also true, in the direction to Mezcala (and beyond) but not back ... Note: the name Mezcala has nothing to do with the liquor Mezcal. It is a pre-Columbian name and means "Moon rock".
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  • I thought the trip to the island was worth while and I found it to be very interesting with the history behind it. I would recommend a trip there and see where the prisoners were kept. It reminded me ...  more »