Laguna de Chapala region

Laguna de Chapala, Mexico's largest lake (80 km by 50 km) is set in beautiful scenery, and is perhaps the most-photographed body of water in all of Mexico.
Most of the towns in this region (often collectively known as 'Ribera') are popular resorts, particularly with retired North Americans and Mexican day-trippers. Local agencies never tire of pointing out that the Chapala region (known as 'Lakeside' to overseas residents) has the largest expat North American community (circa 45,000 inhabitants) anywhere in the world. Much of the expat population lives in and around Ajijic although many spend only winters in the area, returning north for the warmer months. Much as with Puerto Vallarta and other Pacific resort areas where Americans and Canadians predominate, the degree of integration is very much along economic lines, but there is little tension, and no discernable resentment such as is occasionally found in San Miguel de Allende or Oaxaca.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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