<< PLEASE NOTE: the road running from the lake up past Hacienda Alta, to the Chapala county courthouse complex at the end of that road, is going to be completely rebuilt and re-paved, after the newly elected presidente of Chapala takes office in October, 2021. For this reason, the government has not been doing anything about fixing the potholes on this road.... >>
First, you want to get onto Gonzalez Gallo, the paved road heading east out of Chapala along the lake towards Santa Cruz and Vista del Lago. If you already know how to get on that road heading east of Chapala along the lake, skip down to the section titledThe Left Turn and the Road Up the Hill
Getting to the Paved Road Heading East Out of Chapala
Entering Chapala from the north
When entering Chapala via the libramiento from Ajijic, or the highway south from Guadalajara - you'll go past the Soriana supermarket on your left. Take the next turnaround in the road to head back up towards Soriana, and turn right onto Pepe Guizar before you reach Soriana.
Follow Pepe Guizar to the end & turn left on to the road which runs along the lake all the way to Mexcala, you will be on a nice smooth asphalt road. At this point, follow the directions in this section: The Left Turn and the Road up the Hill
Entering Chapala from the west(via Hildago, the road along the lake from Ajijic, past Walmart, Super Lake...)
As you enter Chapala, there will be a big intersection at a stoplight with a fountain on your right. Continue straight through that intersection and go straight through town until the road “T’s” on Gonzalez Gallo, a big boulevard by Cristiana Park. Take a left and go straight; eventually the cobbestones will change to an asphalt road. Once you reach this asphalt, you are one mile from the left turn to get to RDP and Hacienda Alta. Follow the directions in this section: The Left Turn and the Road up the Hill
Approaching from the east(Tlachimulco, Vista del Lago, San Nicolas etc)
Drive west (towards Ajijic) -- just before the turn up the hill, you'll pass the Lucky Dog animal shelter on your left. Go 0.35 miles past Lucky Dog.
You´ll see road signs on your right, first a white one (Juzgado Penal de Controly Oralidad) and then a green one (La Hacienda => )
Turn right at the green sign, onto the asphalt road and it´s exactly one mile to Rancho del Paso.
The Left Turn and the Road up the Hill
COMING FROM CHAPALA you will turn left (north) up into the hills 1.1 miles after getting on the ASPHALT paved road out of Chapala.
As you exit Chapala heading east the road will change from bumpy cobblestones to nice smooth asphalt, with restaurants on each side of you -- “La Letra CH” on the north, and the "Penguinos" seafood shack on the lake side. Follow that asphalt out of town to the east for 1.1 miles. You will see the "O Shirt" store on your left, this is about 1/2 way to the turn. Just before the turn you will see a big green sign on the right that says “CEINJURE CHAPALA, JALISCO, SALA DE JUICIO ORALES Y JUZGADOS”, this is where you turn left. (Photo below)
If you find yourself going past Santa Cruz, San Nicolas, or Vista del Lago YOU HAVE GONE TOO FAR, you've missed the turn up the hill.
Once you turn, follow the (pot-holed) asphalt road up the hill, through the little village of La Hacienda, and continue on the asphalt up to the top of the hill, where you´ll see a green lawn and a tall stone wall to your right. Don't turn off onto any side roads.
The first gate in that wall is Hacienda Alta.
Big Green sign at the turn onto our road
Turn left here
Look for a BIG stone wall on right, covered with bougainvilleas – there are two entrance gates in that stone wall. The first gate is the one you want, it says "Hacienda Alta" at the top of the gate. There is a buzzer with an intercom to HA2 on the right hand side of the gate; the buzzer and intercom for HA1 is on the left hand side of the gate.