January 25 to January 31, 2010
A great day trip in the Chapala region is the boat trip to Mezcala Island.
This historical island was an unconcuered fort during the Mexican fight for independence from Spain. Later it was an island penetentary. Today it is being slowly restored
To reach the island you must drive east from the town of Chapala along the north shore of Lake Chapala. It's only 11 miles (18 km) on a paved road to the town of Mezcala where you catch a small boat to the island.
Mezcala Island From the North Shore Road
North Shoreline of Lake Chapala
Boarding The Boat
Town of Mezcala From Offshore
Approaching The Island
Aerial Photo of Mezcala Island
First View of the Ruins
Inside the Newly Restored Fort
Hospital Building Under Restoration
Every Prison Has Its Wall Carvings
The Return Boat
Our Captain Gets us Safely Off The Island