Lake Chapala Towns

Lake Chapala Towns For more than 5,000 expatriates, mostly Canadian and American, attracted by a climate described as “eternal spring,” the shores of Lake Chapala, Mexico’s largest lake, have become a permanent home. Ringed by mountains, the Lake is 42 kilometers (25 miles) south of Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city. It lies at 1,525 meters …

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Chapala – Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

CHAPALA   In 1521-22, Franciscan evangelists, sent from Spain by Catholic King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to Christianize the natives, baptized Chief Chapalac, and named him “Martin of Chapala,” master of the people, owner of the land. In exchange, the Taltica Indian chief destroyed his god, Iztlacateotl. In 1538, Franciscan Fray Miguel Bolonia founded the …

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