Walking Along Jocotopec's New Malecon
Chapala, Ajijic and Jocotopec have all built beautiful new malecons and parks along their shorelines. Each one is unique. I like them all. Jocotopec doesn’t seem to get as many visitors as Chapala’s but it is just as beautiful.
I was there on a Sunday with some friends. We walked the malecon and had a picnic on the back of their tailgate. I guess that could be called a tailgate party. At least it is as close as I have ever been to one. I am not a great sporting event fan. Okay, I am kind of lazy. I admit it. It was a beautiful day. We had the place to ourselves until about one in the afternoon.
We considered taking a boat ride but it as too pretty just walking around on the malecon. Once, last year, I took that boat ride. It is nice and lasts about an hour and a half. The owner is fun. He let me and some children steer the boat. We all got a kick out of doing that. People were taking photos of us. There was loud music playing from speakers and children were dancing in the isles. I guess I am just a child at heart.
The city had planted many flowers along the malecon and everything was clean and well cared for. I saw several gardeners. I loved all the trees.
As you walk towards the left, past the trees, you will come upon a large open area where the children can play soccer.
We sat on benches by the water for a long time, enjoying the view. Then we walked back to the parking area. It was starting to get busy. Lots of cars were filling up the parking lot and we were glad we had arrived early enough to get a spot under the shade of a tree. We bought food from the stands that were setting up. I had a barbeque beef sandwich and then homemade ice cream.
People came in with their horse trailers and got their horses ready for rides. That looked like fun. But again, I was feeling lazy that day.
We just walked along the roadway back towards the main road. There are many places to picnic or just rest on the grass.
There are also permanent exercise machines along the walkway. And of course, there are slides and swings for the children.
When I was there, I saw beautiful water sculptures. Children loved to splash around in the water. I haven’t been back for a few months. Someone told me that those sculptures were removed for some kind of large performance and never got put back. I hope they are wrong.
I enjoyed seeing the sculptures. It is always nice to watch children playing in water. It brings back my childhood memories. I loved splashing in the hose on hot days. It was a hot afternoon when we were there. I wanted to jump into that water too. But I am now an adult and I am far more conservative and careful. I didn’t want to go around the rest of the day in wet clothes. I recommend Jocotopec’s malecon to everyone I meet. It shouldn’t be missed, even if you are just visiting this area for a few days.
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