It’s one of those days that attract north-of-the-border folk to lakeside. Previous days’ rains give way to small puffy clouds dotting a blue sky. Humidity is down, and a gentle breeze gently grazes the lake. A great day for a boat ride.
Even though it is 6:00 pm on a Friday, it looks like we have beat out the after-work crowd from Guadalajara. Carlos, our boat operator, shows us the published price (MXP 460) for a ride to Alacrances. With little discussion, he eyes our crew and drops the price to 400 for an hour’s stay on the island. We’re off to Alacranes.
After easing away from the dock area, Carlos revs up the outboard motor for a speedy 5 km ride across Lake Chapala. Egrets and other waterfowl spring into flight as we skim by. Our on-board pets enjoy their first aquatic journey nestled in our children’s arms.
A helpful attendant assists us after we dock, and we find around the small fishing island. Although two pleasant restaurants are open and ready-to-serve, we have our own picnic ready.
On a short walk to the other side of the island, we peek inside a Catholic chapel. The well-kept chapel is a stone’s throw from a sacred rock from the Huichols, the island’s original residents. As in the rest of Mexico, native practices and Catholicism peacefully co-exist, if not intermingle.
We find a lakeside spot shaded with a palapa hut and mature banana trees. We watch the sun work its way into the hill-fringed horizon as While we enjoy sandwiches and a carrot cake (compliments of “El Chef” bakery), we are mesmerized by an undulating patch of lirio sprouting around the dock. Equally intrigued by the lily pad-like greenery, our Springer Spaniel tries her paws at walking the patch. She ends up practicing her doggie paddle instead, to the squeals of our little ones.
Carlos purposely gives us more than an hour on the island and meets us with the boat. We finish packing our belongings and our memories of a pleasant afternoon on Lake Chapala.
Would you like to tour the island with us? Watch this video and let it transport you into our family tour of Alacranes Island.