January 25 to January 31, 2010

 

Mezcala Island

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 from Road

Mezcala Island From the North Shore Road

 

Town of Mexcala

North Shoreline of Lake Chapala

 

Boarding The Boat

Boarding The Boat

 

Town of Mezcala

Town of Mezcala From Offshore

 

Approaching the Island

Approaching The Island

Picture From Air

Aerial Photo of Mezcala Island

 

Fort

First View of the Ruins

 

Fort

Fort

 

Fort

Inside the Newly Restored Fort

 

Fort

Prison Ruins

 

Hospital Ruins

Hospital Building Under Restoration

 

Carvings

Every Prison Has Its Wall Carvings

 

Boat

The Return Boat

 

Captain

Our Captain Gets us Safely Off The Island

 

 


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