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Historical Fort 1800's

This island housed a fort which held off the Spaniards in 1821. The war lasted four years and it... read more

Reviewed 11 February 2018
Ben G
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Coldbrook, Canada
Historical island in Lake Chapala, Jalisco,

Mezcala, located in the the largest freshwater lake of Mexico, has played a significant role... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Carlos H
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Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, Mexico
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This small island located in Lake Chapala is home to an old fort from the Mexican Revolution.
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Reviewed February 11, 2018

This island housed a fort which held off the Spaniards in 1821. The war lasted four years and it was the indigenous insurgents who cleverly held off the Spaniards from taking what was rightfully their land. Following the war, the Spaniards became friends and helped...More

2  Thank Ben G
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Reviewed July 11, 2017

Mezcala, located in the the largest freshwater lake of Mexico, has played a significant role throughout the history of Mexico. Some of the old fortifications, quarters and church still remain. The island can be reached for a few pesos by boat from the village by...More

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Reviewed May 23, 2017

Have been here 5 times over the years and every year the people from Mezcala make it better they are constantly renewing and cleaning, it would be nice to have more plaques explaining all the different buildings

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Reviewed December 20, 2016 via mobile

Nicely preserved. Take a boat to get there and highly recommend Xavier with Xaobe Tours. Interesting history from period when 1000 indigenous held off 8,000 Spaniards, to fortification, to rebellion during independence period to prison. A must see!

2  Thank IrishTodd
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Reviewed October 25, 2016

I thought the trip to the island was worth while and I found it to be very interesting with the history behind it. I would recommend a trip there and see where the prisoners were kept. It reminded me of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco,...More

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Reviewed September 13, 2016

Easy to visit by boat that you can take from the nice Mezcala small town "Embarcadero", about 15 miles feast rom Chapala town.

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Reviewed February 20, 2016

While Ajijic is a better known town on the beautiful lake Chapala, this quaint little city a little away really provides you a flavor of the original native - spanish interactions that may have taken place in this country. The Presidio islands with the spanish...More

Thank ZiaChaudhuri
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Reviewed July 7, 2015

Mezcala is a sad little town, so be prepared. If you take the bus from Chapala you will get off when you see the twin towers of a church, about 45 minutes. Walk down the main street hill till you reach the lake. We were...More

7  Thank eliana23
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Reviewed January 24, 2015

Not what I expected at all. A full fort on Mescala Island! Dating from 1812 War of Independence. Recently restored as a tourist attraction yet no one goes. Easy to reach by car or bus from Chapala and Ajijic. Take a flashlight as the site...More

3  Thank EleanorinAjijic
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

Went with someone very knowledgeable about the history of the island. We visited during sping break, and it was not crowded. You have to take a short boat ride and you're there. We split the cost of the boat with another group. If your speak...More

6  Thank Mamatita
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