Tuesday, March 20, 2012

La Isla de los Alacranes

La Isla de los Alacranes (Scorpian Island - Lake Chapala)

Bill bought a "speed boat" a few months ago and has been working on the steering and controls. He actually just bought the boat and trailer and had to match it up with a motor he had. He launched it a few days ago and it's moored in the Chapala public boat harbor. So because I'm heading for the coast soon he wanted to give me a ride.

Pretty bumpy ride for a light boat over the waves. Most everything else on the lake are heavy pangas that plow thru the waves. Smoother coming back with the wind.

Every little restaurant of about 8 has their own moorage/dock. Someone comes out to help you tie up. They know you want to look around the island so they offer to take your meal order and have it ready when you get back. The island is not very long and is narrow but because of the lake level we couldn't make it to the east end. Meal was just OK but a nice setting.

A few of these signs around the island

Boat docks


A few of these around the island too

The ride back with sailboat and island in the distance

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Guadalajara light rail system

The Guadalajara light rail system (Spanish: El tren ligero de Guadalajara), which is operated by SITEUR (Sistema de Tren El├ęctrico Urbano, Spanish for Urban Electrical Train System), is a light rail system serving the municipalities of Guadalajara, Zapopan and Tlaquepaque, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. It is owned by the state of Jalisco, and operator SITEUR is a state authority. Opened in 1989, the system currently has two lines: line 1, running from north to south, with 19 stations, and line 2, running from downtown to the east, with 10 stations.

A great alternative when bussing from Melaque or Colima to get to downtown Guadalajara is with Primera Plus and their buses that stop at Periferico Sur and the Metro station.

The stop after Periferico is the Metro station (you will see a Burger King on the right). Get off there, take the pedestrian overpass to the other side of the Periferico, board the train and will be in Centro in about 15-20 minutes. Get off at the Juarez stop, change trains and go one stop east to surface at Plaza Universidad at 16 de Septiembre and Juarez, a short walk from several hotels in Centro, such as the San Francisco Plaza, Francis, Regis, etc. A 6 peso ride with no traffic worries and shaves 25 minutes off the bus trip and about another 20 minutes quicker than a cab ride from Tlaquepaque back to Centro. So at least 45 minutes quicker than going to the central camionera and cabbing it back to centro, if that is your destination.

Station Espana

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