No doubt about it: Sunday is the busiest day on the Chapala Malecon.
Almost every day we exit our apartment and walk a couple of blocks down to the Lake Chapala waterfront. Mondays, the malecon is relatively deserted. A few folks wonder there. Some sit and watch the lake. Lovers embrace. A handful of children play.
Then, as the week progresses, more and more activity comes too. And it all culminates on Sunday.
It’s so busy, in fact, that parking is blocked on one end of the malecon, which is normally crowded with vehicles.
Instead, vendors of various goodies proliferate. Dulces (sweets), bamboo mugs, beverages of all sorts, plasticos–toys, kites, animals and other bric-a-brac, and helados (flavored ice). Ice cream too!
With its numerous benches and grassy areas, families and friends hang out, listening to music, talking, playing.
Others take a cruise on the lake:
More walk out on the two large piers that extend from the malecon into the lake.
There are rides of the kiddies, that swirl and gesticulate and emit obnoxious squeals and sirens and sometimes even deafeningly loud music:
And then there’s the bands, roving groups of local musicians, who will give you a personal concert.
It’s a day to relax and enjoy, to feel the warm sun and the light breeze.
Surprisingly enough, what you won’t see are people swimming. Oh, a few here and there, most children splash around by the short. The water is certainly clean enough, yet it’s brackish near the shore and very shallow. In the photo above, for example, as far out as the barrier visible out in the lake, I’ve seen workers in the water, still visible from the waist up.
We don’t know why this is. Maybe it’s modesty. I’ve yet to see any women down by the lake wearing bikinis or even one-pieces. It’s quite rare to see any hombres (guys) wearing shorts, jeans and trousers are the order of the day. Maybe someday, someone will give me a plausible explanation.
But we don’t really need one. It’s quite enough to just enjoy the Chapala malecon and the natural beauty that surrounds us here in Chapala.