Chapala is a town and a municipality in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Due to its location on Mexico’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Chapala, this town is a popular destination for weekend tourists, primarily from Guadalajara, a large city about 28 miles to the northwest. Chapala and its neighboring town of Ajijic are also popular destinations for expatriates from the U.S. and Canada seeking temperate weather and a laid-back lifestyle.
The sun breaks over the horizon and spills its golden light over the colorful hillside homes of Chapala, Mexico. Enjoying a cup of coffee, I consider the plans for my day. My attention turns to the statue of Cristo Rey atop the hillside, arms spread wide, as if offering a suggestion to explore the streets below. The sun shining brightly, it is a good day for walking the streets of Chapala, camera in hand, no other agenda required.
I make my way through the beautiful courtyard of my apartment, pausing briefly to pay homage to an avocado tree that greets me daily. Just down the street and around the corner, I run into a neighborhood dog who appears unimpressed with my enthusiasm and my camera.
As my walk continues, this pooch’s lack of enthusiasm is replaced with the smiling faces of residents making the most of a beautiful day. Colorful storefronts begin to fill with customers looking for goods and conversation. The air is filled with the sweet smells of the panaderia and the savory food items offered by street vendors.
I stop to admire the architecture of the towering Parroquia de San Francisco, seen above. Taking a break in the shade at the Malecon de Chapala offers an opportunity to capture this beautiful church from another vantage point. The Malecon is a beautiful boardwalk or promenade along Lake Chapala, Mexico’s largest freshwater lake. The beauty of the Malecon de Chapala can be observed in my journal entry here.
As the sun gets lower on the horizon, the skies become overcast. Chapala lights up as I begin to make my way back home.
The day ends where it begins and I arrive home just in time to catch remnants of a sunset as storm clouds approach. It appears the rain will be heavy tonight.