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East of the charming town of Chapala lies a serene and picturesque region waiting to be explored. Comprising a collection of Mexican villages and communities along the tranquil shores of Lake Chapala, including Santa Cruz de la Soledad, San Nicolas de Ibarra, Vista del Lago, Los Galapagos, Tlachichilco, and Mezcala, this area is a pastoral and bucolic paradise that nods to a bygone era.
As you venture into the eastern region of Chapala, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time, to an era when Chapala and Ajijic were quaint and undiscovered gems. Here, the landscape is dominated by agriculture, and a profound sense of peace permeates the surroundings. The area offers breathtaking vistas of the serene lake waters and the majestic mountains that cradle it.
Santa Cruz de la Soledad, San Nicolas de Ibarra, and Tlachichilco are villages where families have lived for generations. This deep-rooted connection to the land and their culture infuses these communities with a unique vibrancy. It’s a place where traditions are cherished, and newcomers are welcomed with open arms, making it easy to feel at home in this close-knit environment.
For those who prefer a quieter and more secluded lakeside experience, Vista del Lago, a gated community, and Los Galapagos, a small and quaint residential community, have become popular choices. These areas offer the opportunity to enjoy lake and mountain views, surrounded by the natural beauty and tranquility that characterize this part of Lake Chapala. Vista del Lago is one of two 9 hole golf courses with a country club along the north shore of Lake Chapala.
As you explore this region, consider taking historical excursions to places like Mezcala, a timeless indigenous village, and Mezcala Island, which was never conquered by Spain, preserving its unique heritage. Additionally, a visit to the goat farm, Galo de Allende, offers a fantastic day trip to learn about cheese making. You’ll also find a variety of restaurants in the area, where you can savor delicious local cuisine.
The eastern region of Chapala is a true gem, offering an authentic glimpse into the past, where pastoral beauty, agriculture, and tranquility reign supreme. The villages of Santa Cruz de la Soledad, San Nicolas de Ibarra, and Tlachichilco are living testaments to the enduring traditions and hospitality of their inhabitants. Meanwhile, Vista del Lago and Los Galapagos provide a serene lakeside living experience for those seeking a quieter retreat.
Whether you’re captivated by the nostalgia of yesteryears or drawn to the serene beauty of lakeside living, this pastoral and bucolic region east of Chapala on Lake Chapala’s shores beckons with open arms. Come and explore this tranquil haven, where time seems to slow down, and the beauty of nature and tradition blend seamlessly.