(Hacienda Alta is a small gated housing development; Rancho del Paso contains the equestrian facilities and the owners' home)
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 toThe 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 Gonzalez Gallo, 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. At this point, fyou 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 THE WEST you will turn left (north) up into the hills 1.1 miles after getting on the 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 “CEIJURE 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 TO FAR!
Once you turn, follow the 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. The second gate is Rancho del Paso.
Big Green sign at the turn onto our road
Turn left here
The Road from the Highway to RDP Follow the asphalt road up the hill for 1.0 mile, proceeding over the potholes and a " right, left” S-curve through the tiny village of Hacienda La Labor, and continue to the top of the hill.
Look for a BIG stone wall on right, covered with bougainvilleas – there are entrance gates at the south end and north end. The south (first) gate is for the Hacienda Alta subdivision; the north (second) gate, says Rancho del Paso on top of the gate and has an intercom to the stables and owners' house.
Entrance to Hacienda Alta
Rancho del Paso Entrance
Map from Chapala, noting the turns
For Out of Towners
Hacienda Alta and Rancho del Paso are located just east of the town of Chapala, Mexico, on the north shore of Lake Chapala, the largest lake in Mexico. Lake Chapala is 45 minutes south of Guadalajara, the second largest city in Mexico. "Guad", as the locals refer to it, is a cosmopolitan metropolis featuring all the city amenities one would expect from a first world city--culture, shopping, night life, first class medical facilites and business services. Guadalajara International Airport (GDL) is served by a number of U.S., Mexican & International airlines, and features direct service to numerous cities in the U.S. and Canada. And best of all, the airport is south of Gaudalajara, so once you land, you're only 30 minutes from Hacienda Alta and Rancho del Paso. As shown on the map below, the Rancho is easily accessible from the Guadalajara-to-Chapala highway, and downtown Chapala.
It is only a 12 - 15 minute drive from the Walmart in Ajijic, to the gates of RDP. Less than 10 minutes to the golf course at Vista del Lago (further east), the tennis courts at Cristiana Park, the Gonzalez Gallo Cultural Center, the Chapala Malecon, and stores such as Pharmacia Guadalajara and Soriana.