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Transportation in Lake Chapala

Transportation in Lake Chapala and Guadalajara is excellent. A modern four-lane highway (not a toll road) connects Lake Chapala to Guadalajara; a short fifty minute drive. Guadalajara, a city of 6 million, can take some getting used to for driving around and finding your way.  People tend to move from lane to lane as they please and turn signals are more the exception than the rule. Street signs can be nicely placed up high and out of sight or perhaps behind a tree and one-way streets are everywhere.

Transportantion in Lake Chapala and Guadalajara Requires a Sense of Humor

However, once you get used to it, you will manage very well. Keep your sense of humor because getting lost at first is almost a certainty as the numbering system on streets carries no logic and most people use landmarks when giving directions.  Police officers are great people to ask directions of and often they will escort you there if that is easier than trying to explain the directions.

Just recently, Guadalajara and Lake Chapala have GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) capability and so those who are slightly less adventurous can be assured that they will have some help.

Driving in Lake Chapala is no problem at all, although in high season (our winter months), especially on weekends, the main carretera (highway) can be very busy.

The main carretera in Lake Chapala connects all the villages that lie along the lakeshore from Chapala to Jocotepec. Chapala's main streets are wide and paved and although parking can be scarce, it is quite easy to get around.  The interior streets are cobblestone.

Like the other small villages around the lake, Ajijic streets are also cobblestone and parking is even scarcer.  There is a central plaza in all the villages and you can usually find a Taxi cab there.

There is a paved cyclopista (bike path) running the whole length of the lakeside, which is wonderful for walking or riding bike.  It's a great way to stay in shape and socialize along the way with people you meet.  We love taking the dogs walking on Sunday mornings; waving as we go at the cars from people we know beeping their horns at us as they pass by.

Transportation in Mexico

Transportation in Lake Chapala and Mexico

More than 4,000 kilometers (2,400 mi.) of four-lane highways have been built through government concessions to private sector contractors since 1989, of which 3,500 kilometers (2,100 mi.) have been constructed since 1994. The vast majority of these expressways are toll roads, as in most other developing countries. (Originally awarded under Build-Operate-Transfer concession schemes, most of these private highways have since been "rescued" by central government financial intervention to save the operators from bankruptcy.) 

The 26,622 km (16,268 mi.) of government-owned railroads in Mexico have been privatized through the sale of 50-year operating concessions. In the 1980s and 1990s, the government allowed the private operators to abandon nearly all passenger rail service. A plethora of private intercity bus lines serve the nation. Passenger rail service to the Copper Canyon region still operates, due to the remote nature of the area and tourist ridership. 

A number of international airlines serve Mexico, with direct or connecting flights from most major cities in the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and Latin America. Most Mexican regional capitals and resorts have direct air services to Mexico City or the United States.

One of the best things about the Lake Chapala area is its close proximity to the International airport in Guadalajara… Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport. It is south of Guadalajara and only 30 minutes from the Lakeside area. It makes traveling easy for you, or friends and family visiting. Around three years ago, the airport started an expansion project that doubled its operating capacity. This renovation included a new Terminal 1 concourse and four additional taxiways. The new Terminal 2 was recently inaugurated. They’ve also added a new three-level parking complex with new multi-lane exits that eases traffic congestion in the area.

The airline transportation that operates in Mexico is very good. You will find Mexicana, AeroMéxico, American Airlines, Delta, Continental and United. Flying from major cities in Canada or the U.S. to Guadalajara can cost around $800 US. It can be cheaper if you are flying to the coast in Mexico. Read "Guadalajara Airport" - International & Domestic Flights."

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