Lakeside Guide to Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico

Hike to El Tepalo Falls

At a Glance

This short hike to a waterfall in the hills north of Ajijic is especially popular (and wet) after it rains.

More Info

The Sierra de San Juan Cosalá on the north shore of Lake Chapala is lined with trails and regulars who go hiking.

One of the most popular hikes for Ajijitecos is the short jaunt to El Tepalo, which is a moderate hike along the bottom of a creek bed. It’s waterless in the dry season and turns into a series of waterfalls during the rainy season (June to September).

The best time to go is two or three days after a heavy rain when the recent water still flows through the creek, which crosses the hiking path several times. If it hasn’t rained in a few days, you likely won’t run into any water (or waterfalls) at all. It still makes for a great hike.

Street View


Galeana 150


Photos of Hike to El Tepalo Falls

Fine Art Photography of Lake Chapala

Cornerstone in Mezcala

Cornerstore in Mezcala, Jalisco

People shop at a cornerstone in Mezcala, Jalisco.

Purchase This Fine Art Print
Purchase This Fine Art Print
An altar for friends and family members, including a teenager, made by his grandmother, Beatriz.

Deciphering the Meaning Behind the Day of the Dead Altar

See this Photo Essay
See this Photo Essay