Chapala really is a beautiful little city surrounded by magical little towns or pueblos, We keep coming back to San Juan Cosalá whenever we visit Chapala. San Juan Cosalá is about 25min from Chapala, The reason why we love going to San Juan Cosalá is that it has a few hotels that offer natural hot spring pools. It was Mia’s first time ever in San Juan Cosalás hot springs.
Mia and I stayed at the same hotel my parents used to stay when I was Mia’s age, Hotel Balneario San Juan cosalá. As a fair warning, The entrance to use the hot springs pools are a little expensive but for just a little more you can get a room and the entrance to the pools are included. The Hotel also offers adults-only area if you’re not traveling with kids. The hotel also has a spa that will bring you back to life.
kids play pool
hot spring pool
KIDS HOT SPRING POOL
LAZY RIVER FOR KIDS
HOT SPRING POOL
You don’t have to worry about cold pool water! The water use for the pools is from an undergrown hot spring so the pools are always nice and warm. There are also a few temascales is like a natural vapor room. The water contains natural traces of magnesium, calcium, copper, silicon, aluminum, potassium, lithium, sodium, and sulfur. Effects of thermal water on the body, Increases body temperature killing germs and elimination toxins also increase the hydrostatic pressure of the body thereby increasing the blood circulation and oxygenation. The hotel has beautiful gardens and breathtaking views all around.
I can’t even tell you how amazing the food was. The hotel has its own restaurants and a home made ice cream stand. You can also travel out to Ajijic about 10min drive there are plenty of restaurants all with an amazing view of Lake Chapala. One bonus of Chapala is that there are quite a few different restaurants for everyone’s taste and preference. Here are some of my favorite restaurants and dishes we had:
El Globo for breakfast: I had the Chilaquiles and a cafe de hoya, Mia had the pancakes and orange juice. (this was across the street from the hotel about 3 min walk)
Frida for dinner: The restaurant had four different vegan tacos on handmade Tortillas and I just had to try all four with a pineapple agua, Mia had two vegan tacos. (The restaurant is in Ajijic about 10 min drive from the hotel)
WALL ART FROM FRIDA
AUTHENTIC OLLAS DE BARRO
If you’re wondering what to pack Chapala and the surrounding towns are very casual, but there are a few fancy restaurants. Honestly, I would just bring one bathing suits and cute comfy skirt. If your just stopping by and don’t have a bathing suit don’t worry they sell bathing suits at the corner of the hotel.
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