Where Healing Happens, Naturally.


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We’re reimagining health care from the ground up.  


The result is a passionate team of Ayurvedic, allopathic, and mind-body experts partnering to create a unique experience for each guest in one breathtakingly beautiful private retreat center. 

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All of our guests have one thing in common. It's time for a change.

Whether it’s a devastating diagnosis, a chronic illness, a life-changing event, or simply a desire to become the best version of themselves, our dedicated team is here to create a unique journey of personal discovery.


What is makes 5Elementos unique?

Tailored to your personal needs, each experience is unique.  Unlike most Ayurvedic centers, our team is comprised of western doctors, Ayurvedic experts and Mind-Body Therapists who partner in your health for a truly Integrative approach to healing.  Your unique experience with 5 Elementos offers a program for complete rejuvenation and health. You will be surrounded by a deep sense of care and leave with a profound awareness of Ayurveda. Our expert medical team will custom tailor an Integrative program suited to your very unique needs.  We specialize in creating transformative experiences for everyone, including for the following diagnosis; 

  • Stomach discomfort

  • Weight Gain or Loss

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches and Migraines

  • Digestive disorders

  • Skin Conditions

  • Psoriasis

  • Auto Immune disorder

  • Candida

  • Joint immobility

  • Arthritis

  • Circulation related imbalances

  • Thyroid Conditions

  • Nervous system disorders

  • Stress, Insomnia, Anxiety


  • Obesity

  • Diabetes

  • Sports injuries and Arthritis

  • Frequent Illness

  • Allergies, Asthma

  • Infertility & Sexual Health

  • Hormonal Imbalances

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Crohn’s Disease & IBS

  • Constipation

  • Insomnia

  • Heart Disease

  • Osteoporosis

  • Blood Pressure

  • Menopause

  • Emotional Health

  • Senior Health

  • Parasites

  • Depression and Bi-polar

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Most minor and major illness


Integrative Medicine at it’s Finest

At 5Elementos, we use a patient-centered approach to treat chronic illnesses and prevent disease. Our team of licensed health care providers work together to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for each patient’s unique condition.  Each retreat experience is unique and fully customized to optimize health & healing.

With the growing popularity of Ayurveda in the West, many spas have added “Ayurvedic” treatments to their menu. Most of these treatments, however, are “Ayurvedic” in name only.  Ayurveda is a time-honored, sophisticated system of healing. 5Elementos is one of only a handful of facilities that have specialized in Ayurveda, and are able to offer a fully integrated, authentic Ayurvedic program supervised by both Ayurvedic practitioners and Western Doctors to guarantee patients safety while undergoing panchakarma.  

Our goal is to provide the best care possible by using an integrative approach and offering individualized therapeutic options. We welcome guests with all types of health conditions and symptoms. Our best conventional approaches are complemented by a broad range of services to improve your overall health and promote wellness.


What is Integrative Medicine?

Many of our first-time patients ask us what “integrative medicine” means and how it will help with the treatment of their symptoms or condition.

Integrative medicine is an approach that uses the best evidence-based practices to enhance conventional care. It is distinct from alternative medicine, which generally means choosing to use healing modalities in place of conventional care, or complementary medicine, which incorporates other modalities whether or not there is scientific evidence to support their use.

Integrative medicine encompasses a broad range of therapeutic approaches to achieve optimal health and wellness for those who are ill or those who are concerned about disease prevention. It is a powerful resource for those seeking to participate actively in their healthcare. At your appointment, you have the opportunity to ask questions and discover what therapies are safe and actually helpful, so that you can make rational choices about your own healthcare. Integrative medicine evaluates and incorporates specific services that address the whole person, not just the disease.

Chronic disease, often associated with challenging symptoms, may create stress and anxiety, which in turn contributes to the difficulty in managing many of those symptoms. Our patients benefit from our multi-disciplinary approach, with practitioners providing a variety of services to enhance your conventional medical treatment. Services available to our patients include: gastroenterology consultation, nutrition consultation, acupuncture, massage therapy, meditation, and visual imagery.


Mind-Body Therapy (Integrative Psychotherapy)

Integrative psychotherapy is an approach to healing and easing life’s problems by increasing one’s resilience and personal resources. It incorporates the fundamental principles of traditional psychotherapy and holistic medicine to promote healing on all levels: emotional physical, mental and spiritual. Integrative psychotherapy aims to create a healthy alliance between mind and body to enable patients to manage stress and create a healthy lifestyle. In addition to counseling services, some of the tools available at our Center include meditation and visual imagery.

We know that our minds can quickly jump to worst-case scenarios, worry and self-defeating behaviors. We can feel overwhelmed, lose direction, and lose our center. These patterns of thought contribute to illness, stuck relationships, and loss of self esteem. At 5Elementos we work with patients to develop and strengthen their mental and emotional health. We help increase the strengths that exist in each patient, discover new ways of managing current stressors, and create strategies to assist their movement onto a positive future.

People who enter into mind-body medicine are choosing a path of self-exploration that can yield many benefits. Therapy can help identify the causes of current concerns, help to identify factors that perpetuate problems, and also help patients become aware of fears or hurts that limit their psychological freedom. As patients come to understand what triggers their pain, anxiousness, or moodiness, the old patterns lose their hold. With the help of a therapist, patients can set goals and practice new, healthy behaviors, enabling changes to occur as they feel the courage and support to move beyond prior limitations of thought and attitude.


What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda, a natural system of medicine, originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. The term Ayurveda is derived from the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge). Thus, Ayurveda translates to knowledge of life. Based on the idea that disease is due to an imbalance or stress in a person’s consciousness, Ayurveda encourages certain lifestyle interventions and natural therapies to regain a balance between the body, mind, spirit, and the environment.

Ayurveda treatment starts with an internal purification process, followed by a special diet, herbal remedies, massage therapy, yoga, and meditation.

The concepts of universal interconnectedness, the body’s constitution (prakriti), and life forces (doshas) are the primary basis of ayurvedic medicine. Goals of treatment aid the person by eliminating impurities, reducing symptoms, increasing resistance to disease, reducing worry, and increasing harmony in life. Herbs and other plants, including oils and common spices, are used extensively in Ayurvedic treatment.

In India, Ayurveda is considered a form of medical care, equal to conventional Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, naturopathic medicine, and homeopathic medicine. Practitioners of Ayurveda in India undergo state-recognized, institutionalized training.

Experience the Power of You

“This was a trip into the unknown for me, but can honestly say coming here was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”Beeper  (United Kingdom)

“The best place I have ever been. This retreat center really help me to understand a lot of things, to compose myself, and I would really recommend it to everybody. Everything works there perfectly, the staff is more then helpful and patient.. When you have a great food, professional yoga, amazing village and perfect atmosphere, you are in paradise. And this is a paradise with everything that you need to feel great. I am very thankful for this experience.” Hanka (Slovakia)

“I would definitely recommend to every single person seeking inner peace and in need of a worthwhile break from the hustle and bustle of life.” Aida (Netherlands)

“First off this was a very last minute addition to my trip so I had no idea what to expect.  All I’ve got to say is it was life-changing.” Yoshida (Japan)

15 Luxury Suites w/ Full Kitchenettes

Heart-Centered Western & Ayurvedic Therapies

Expert Integrative Medicine Team

Patient Centered Healthcare

Local + Organic Ayurvedic Kitchen

Healing Arts Clinic Services

At 5 Elementos you’ll experience authentic detoxification and rejuvenation therapies based on Ayurveda, the world’s most comprehensive system of natural health care. Once reserved for the royal families of India, these powerful yet luxurious treatments help to remove deep-seated impurities and blockages, helping to restore balance to the entire physiology.


A simple yet profound technique used for balancing and stabilizing the nervous system and the activities of the mind. Warm herbal oil is streamed over the forehead taking you on a journey deep within. Shirodhara is highly effective in normalizing sleep cycles, reducing stress and insomnia. Calming the nerves while at the same time awakens the senses.


Basti therapy involves the retention of warm thick herbal oil for a specific amount of time over different areas of the body, including the back along the spine, chest and in women the uterus. This therapy is profoundly penetrating for releasing pain, stiffness, deep-seated anxiety, muscle tension and in the promotion of hormone balance.


Panchakarma is the Ayurvedic art of detoxification, purification, and rejuvenation. A multiple day in-depth cleansing programs that involve herbal advises, diet, medicated health spa techniques, and elimination procedures. These ancient rejuvenation therapies are designed to nourish the physical body and access the subtle body where stored toxins, emotions and thoughts form to create blockages in our body. It is a powerful way to address and eliminate the cause of disease and has been a method for thousands of years to stay healthy, young and vital.


An exquisite herbal steam technique using 15 different Ayurvedic herbs that will leave you feeling clear, rejuvenated and deeply moisturized. This special Ayurvedic steam chamber helps to clear the channels, relax the muscles and nurture the senses.


Watsu is a gentle form of body therapy performed in warm water, (around 35°C.) It combines elements of massage, joint mobilization, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance. The receiver is continuously supported while being floated, cradled, rocked and stretched.


A temazcal is a traditional Mexican steam bath that is in many ways similar to the Native American sweat lodge. Besides promoting physical well-being and healing, the temazcal is also a ritual and spiritual practice in which traditional healing methods are used to encourage reflection and introspection.


This powerful Ayurvedic exfoliating treatment conditions the skin while stimulating the hair follicles, subcutaneous fat tissues and releases stagnant lymphatic toxins out of the body. Udwarnthanam is a refreshing technique that helps to reduce cholesterol, obesity, fat storage while clearing and toning the skin.

Signature Facial

Our signature Ayurveda facial is the ultimate indulgence. It uses the most luxurious dosha specific freshly made organic products. The facial includes a neck, arm and hand massage, essential oil extraction cleanser, herbal exfoliate, facial massage, facial steam, antioxidant-rich mask, toner and moisturizer application.

Choorna Pinda

A circulation-enhancing treatment helpful in reducing stiffness, joint pain, injuries, rheumatism and high cholesterol while profoundly relaxing the muscles. In this procedure, herbal oil is applied to the entire body, followed by a unique technique that uses warm boluses packed with herbs.

Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy, derived from the yoga tradition of Patañjali and the Ayurvedic system of health, refers to the adaptation and application of yoga techniques and practices to help individuals facing health challenges at any level manage their condition.


Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.

Marma Point

Marma points are vital points located on the body where muscles, nerves, blood vessels, joint ligaments and bones meet. The proper stimulation of these points with light pranic healing touch with essential oil balances the flow of the entire body. This technique addresses stress, muscle pain, immune system support and to support the body in a state of balance and peace.

Experience Panchakarma

As we age, impurities caused by poor diet, weak digestion, stress, environmental toxins, and other factors can build up in our cells, joints, and tissues, inhibiting optimal functioning.  At the heart of the programs at 5 Elementos are the traditional Ayurvedic detoxification and rejuvenation treatments, known as Panchakarma; an integrated series of treatments and procedures that, taken together, dislodge impurities from the cells and tissues and flush them from the body. These detoxification therapies are generally taken in 3-day, 5-day and 7-day packages, although longer packages are available.

Inside the Panchakarma Experience

Because of genetic factors and more common lifestyle factors, we have weak areas of our body that accumulate toxins, when unaddressed these become disease. Ayurveda understands, if you want to experience optimal health, it is crucial to maintain healthy digestion and eliminate these build ups from the body.

Panchakarma therapy is known to clear the various microscopic and macroscopic structures of the body such as the respiratory system, lymphatic system, circulatory system, reproductive system, nervous system, among others that are affected by these insufficiently metabolized waste, processed foods, and emotions. 

Panchakarma supports the reversal of the degenerative process quickly, and its effects are often profound and long-lasting.

Our Ayurvedic treatments work at a deep level to remove deeply embedded blockages, improve metabolism, and enliven the inner intelligence of the body, stimulating the body’s remarkable capacity for self-repair.  Our programs are effective in maintaining general wellness and prevention, as well as in addressing specific disorders.

Each day you’ll spend soothing hours in a variety of treatments, including herbalized oil massage, cleansing steam baths and gentle purification procedures. During your initial consultation with our Ayurveda experts, your treatment plan will be individually designed to address your current state of health.

Our authentic Ayurvedic treatments work together synergistically to remove years of accumulated toxins while bringing balance to the body, potentially adding years to your life.  Not only do our guests go home feeling renewed in body and spirit, but they also report that the benefits from their stay continue to grow long after they have returned home.

Experience Sacred Breath Self Healing

In this culture we often believe we should “do it on our own,” and if that fails, then “just give me the pill to fix it.” Seeking psychotherapy is a positive step towards a more sustained sense of well-being. We encourage patients to bring to therapy the intention of reaching your goals to live a happier, less stressful, and more fulfilling life. We will help patients do the work that will enable them to achieve their goals.

Our Sacred Breath Self Healing sessions are an important step towards self-exploration that can yield many benefits. We can help identify the causes of current concerns, help to identify factors that perpetuate problems, and also help patients become aware of fears or hurts that limit their psychological freedom.

As patients come to understand what triggers their pain, anxiousness, or moodiness, the old patterns lose their hold. Patients can set goals and practice new, healthy behaviors, enabling changes to occur as they feel the courage and support to move beyond prior limitations of thought and attitude.

Inside the Sacred Breath Self Healing Experience

Through simple yet profound tools & techniques you will unlock the subconscious mind bringing about deep and lasting healing. This is a journey into the deepest aspects of yourself. You’ll step far outside your comfort zone and into the magical zone where healing happens. Our program combines spiritual teachings with ancient yogic & Ayurvedic cleansing practices such as Sacred Breath Therapy as well as other behavior modification techniques providing you with profound techniques and teachings that you will be able to take with you and apply in your daily life.

The Science of Breath has been aware of the amazing benefits and wonders that the simplicity of breathing can accomplish. Spiritual masters of the East have practiced intricate breathing techniques for thousands of years. They have taken this inherent ability and intuitively enhanced its function, way beyond what we in the West call ‘breathing”. The process of Sacred Breathing combines the Eastern knowledge of ‘prana’ or life force breathing with the Western desire for faster transformation and psychological ‘rebirth’.

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Welcome to 5 Elementos Center for Spiritual Health & Healing

Presenters & Programs

Conscious, connected retreats and training programs all year round.



Community Clinic

Ayurvedic Treatments designed to restore balance to your life.


Group Experiences

Create the retreat you love and relax, we'll do the rest.


Our Schools

School of Yoga

The School of Yoga offers private 1:1 “Yoga Teacher Training” mentorship programs that are specifically tailored to your individual goals and educational needs.

School of Ayurveda

Our School of Ayurveda offers private 1:1 instruction in Ayurvedic theory and practice.  Experience Ayurveda with our private & personal Ayurvedic training program.

Clinical Internships

Our Clinical Internship program offers students the opportunity to work and live in an Ayurvedic Center while experiencing what it means to work as an Ayurvedic clinician. 

Group Experiences

Time at 5Elementos is meaningful and personal. Share that experience with family, friends, and peers in our signature programs, or with colleagues for a private company meeting or event.

Our signature programs have daily workshops that are designed to create a deeper, more joyful connection to your practice and to your group.  Our schedule can complement many unique celebrations such as friend’s gatherings, yoga teacher-led outing, family reunions, bridal and baby showers, sober vacations and many other reasons to gather and connect.

For larger groups, work with our retreat specialist to create a customized experience over your group’s entire stay.  You can choose from a rich selection of themes and topics such as;


  • Yoga and meditation
  • Ayurveda and healthy living
  • Mindful team-building
  • Tools for stress management
  • Mind-body nutrition
  • Fitness and outdoor activities.
Group Experiences

We offer varying levels of customization to suit your groups’ objectives and endless possibilities for an event you will all be talking about—and feeling the benefits of—long after you leave.

In addition to all 5Elementos has to offer with its daily workshops, delicious whole-foods menu, evening events, captivating landscape, comfortable accommodations and our dedicated and caring staff, Group Benefits can include the following options.

  • Housing discounts
  • Private classes with a certified 5Elementos teacher
  • Additional gathering spaces
  • Discounts on Healing Arts
  • Reserved dining areas
  • Personal attention—making it easy to plan for your retreat so you can focus on your unique and refreshing getaway

Note Groups must include 5 or more guests. For more information call US (888) 252-5398 International +1 (321) 332-9902 or email hello@yogavedainstitute.com and request an application.

Become a Presenter

Leading a Program at 5Elementos

Thank you for your interest in leading a program at 5Elementos. Please fill out our Proposal Form and submit any books, articles, and other materials that will help us understand your work experience and program offerings.

We are especially interested in presenters with a strong experiential teaching history, a solid educational background in the field being taught, and successful books or other products. Additionally, we are looking for presenters who are able to demonstrate their ability to market themselves successfully through a variety of methods (such as websites, mailing lists, and studios). During our review process, we pay particular attention to the strength of the program’s foundation, the presenter’s relevant background information, and the presenter’s capacity to promote their work successfully.

We receive a large number of proposals, far more than we have space for in our calendar of programs, and cannot respond to inquiries regarding the status of your proposal submission. You will receive an email confirming the receipt of your proposal. We will contact you if we are interested in discussing your program further.

For more information call US (888) 252-5398 International +1 (321) 332-9902 or email hello@yogavedainstitute.com and request an application.

Stay With Us

“I would definitely recommend to every single person seeking inner peace and in need of a worthwhile break from the hustle and bustle of life.”

Aida (Netherlands)

From our fresh, organic meals to the beautiful grounds and experienced staff, we have everything you need to enjoy a relaxing and fulfilling stay.


5Elementos offers you simplicity and luxurious comfort. In the tradition of retreat-style housing, our accommodations are designed to support your program experience.  Each of our suites is fully equipped with private bathrooms, hot water shower, sitting area and full kitchenette for your use.  Choose from King Size beds or Twin (2) for shared occupancy.

Grounds & Facilities

5 Elementos reflects the holistic principles and healing traditions of Ayurveda. Ayurveda understands that a state of equilibrium is achieved by living a life that is balanced and in harmony with the elements found in nature; ether, air, fire, water, and earth. The grounds and facilities are reflective of the 5 Elements by nature and provide our guests with the ultimate experience of introspection and self inquiry.

  • Herbal Steam Pyramid
  • Dry Sauna
  • 3 Wellness Spas (Ayurvedic, Massage, Anti-Aging)
  • Private Yoga Studio
  • Stargazing deck
  • Walking Meditation Labyrinth 
  • Heated Watsu Therapy Pool
  • Complete Cardiology Department
  • Complete Anti-Aging Department
  • Complete Endocrinology Department
  • Meditation Shala
  • Outdoor Kitchen & Dining
  • Private Gardens & Grounds
  • Temezcal

Karma Kitchen

Meal Times

Tea & Fruit Breakfast 7:00–8:30 am
Brunch 11:30 am–1:30 pm
Dinner 5:30–7:00 pm; Friday and Saturday 5:00–7:30 pm

Tea & Fruit Breakfast provides a time for silent dining (other spaces are available for conversation). At other meals, there is a room available for silent dining.

The 5Elementos Cafe

8:00 am–9:00 pm, Monday–Thursday
8:00 am–10:00 pm, Friday–Sunday
Organic coffee and tea, cold beverages, snacks, and our famous bakery items.

Nutrition & Food Philosophy

At 5Elementos, we believe it is possible to transform your health through deepening your awareness and understanding of food and nourishment. The 5Elementos approach to nutrition combines knowledge gained from current research with the wisdom of the yogic tradition, which views food as a source of prana, or life force. Our nutrition and food philosophy is grounded in four elements: quality, discernment, intention, and connection.


We encourage you to select the most nutritious, least processed, freshest foods—local, seasonal, and organic—whenever possible. These foods, as part of a flavorful plant-based diet, create more energy and vitality for you and your loved ones and align you with the rhythms of nature.


We support diverse dietary choices, and we believe that you have the ability to be the best source of wisdom for your body’s unique needs. The instincts that guide you toward healing and balance naturally arise when you approach eating through the practices of mindfulness and compassionate self-observation.


When we bring gratitude, joy, curiosity, and love to everything we cook and eat, we are reminded that food is powerful medicine and a source of life-giving energy. The act of eating becomes a celebration, and we are inspired to share this with others.


As we become aware of the ways our food choices and consumption affect our relationships with the environment, society, and the people closest to us, we strengthen our sense of interconnectedness with the planet and our fellow human beings.

Special Dietary Needs

Our mission in the Karma Kitchen is to offer delicious meals to our guests that help to create health and vitality within each individual and for our planet. We understand that the foods that create health and vitality will be slightly different for everyone, so we strive to offer many options to choose from.

Our menus are posted in each suite at 5Elementos as well as at the entrance to the dining area.  Please take a moment to look them over when you are here to help you plan your stay. All of our meals are served buffet style and every dish is labeled with a complete ingredient list. While we ask that you be responsible for reading labels to identify any potential food allergens, we want you to know that we have a special awareness around several specific food requests. We work hard to balance our choices to include options for our guests with some of the most common food sensitivities, including gluten, dairy, and nuts.

What We Serve
Our meals are served buffet style and are all-natural & vegetarian. There is also an extensive salad bar with raw vegetable options, cheeses, seeds, and specialty made salads. All of our salad dressings are homemade and most features extra virgin olive oil.

Gluten Sensitivity
For guests coming who have a sensitivity to gluten, you will be assured to know the steps we take to ensure your dining pleasure: we use only wheat-free tamari (soy sauce), our miso is also gluten-free, all of our herbs are gluten-free, we offer gluten-free hot and cold cereals every morning. While our bakery is not a gluten-free bakery, we do offer a gluten-free bread option at all meals.

Animal Protein Animal proteins are not served at the center.  Our menu is based on Sattvic Ayurvedic principles and incorporates healthy plant-based protein into each meal.

While we are not available to custom cook for you, we do hope we have provided enough options to satisfy your dietary needs. You are welcome to bring any supplemental foods with you that you feel you may need. There is a private fully equipped kitchenette available in each guest suite. It has a refrigerator and freezer as well as a sink and stovetop.

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What to Expect at 5Elementos

Our healing programs are designed and custom-tailored to your current state of health, wellness, and constitution.  Your arrival is the starting point to manage and improve your health and wellness pro-actively. Personal attention is given to each guest’s specific needs, dosha, and imbalances. Each of our retreats always begins with an initial consultation by a qualified Physician who can determine the individual’s constitution, nature of the health imbalance and the appropriate degree of the intensity of the therapies that will be used.

Daily Schedule

A day at 5Elementos: (daily schedule, subject to change per individual basis)

  • 6:00 am Wake up
  • 6:30 am Ayurvedic morning routine/daily herbal support service
  • 7:30 am Morning yoga and pranayama
  • 8:45 am Ayurvedic breakfast
  • 9:45 am Panchakarma body therapy sessions
  • 12:45 pm Ayurvedic Brunch
  • 1:30 pm Personal time
  • 2:30 pm physician appointment
  • 4:00 pm Afternoon tea service
  • 5:45 pm Light Ayurvedic dinner
  • 7:15 pm Meditation
  • 8:30 pm Nightly herbal support
  • 9:00 pm Lights out

Getting Here

Transportation From Guadalajara Airport to Lake Chapala

The Guadalajara International airport has many direct flights coming in from and departing to many different US cities including Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles and others. Flights to and from Canada must make a stop in either Mexico City or any other US hub depending on the airline you are flying with. Some of the most popular airlines that operate in Miguel Hidalgo International Airport are:

  • Delta
  • American Airlines
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Continental Airlines
  • US Airways
  • American Eagle

The airport facilities are very clean and modern with all the amenities you come to expect from an international airport. The airport is about a 30-minute drive to Lake Chapala or Ajijic and transportation to the area is limited. Many people claim that taking a bus from the airport to Chapala can be done but it is not meant for newcomers. It is always suggested to take a Taxi on your first visit. 

Taxis from Guadalajara Airport to Lake Chapala

Taxis are the best, fastest and most reliable option from the airport to Chapala.  There are many Taxi’s all hours of the day and night at the airport, and there is a system on how to pay and take one. You have to buy a prepaid ticket at the “Taxi desk” which is located as soon as you exit the arrivals gate. This is to prevent the Taxi drivers from overcharging you.

The price you pay is a flat rate depending on where you are going. Prices for taking a cab to Chapala or Ajijic can be anywhere from $400 to $450 pesos ($35 – $45 USD) and the trip can take about 30 to 40 minutes depending on the traffic. The taxis are located right outside the building and are always available, there is hardly any waiting time or lines.

For those worried about safety in Mexican cabs don’t be. It is perfectly safe taking a taxi from the GDL airport, all the drivers carry their license and are authorized to transport people under strict control from the official Mexican tourism offices. Plus, each driver has to pass through a security checkpoint before leaving the airport, where they are checked for their certification and where they receive their voucher. Once you reach the hotel or home you are staying at, a 10% – 15%  tip is recommended for the driver, perhaps $50 ($4 USD).

Buses from GDL airport to Chapala:

Catching a bus to save some money can be a hassle, don’t bother to do it and especially with baggage. Since the airport is a third of the way to Chapala. You would have to take a bus to the Guadalajara bus station, which is the opposite direction of Chapala. Or you could walk from the Airport terminal to the main road “Carretera 23” and wait under the bridge overpass for one of the buses coming from the GDL bus station, stop it and hop on board. But please keep in mind that it is about a quarter km walk from the airport to the main highway and walking conditions are not meant for pedestrians. The bus fare from the main highway can be anywhere from $30 to $50 pesos (3-4 USD).  It’s a safe option, but only recommended for folks who are already familiar with the area so you know when and where to get off!

Can I pay in Dollars or are there ATM machines?

Yes, the Taxi tickets can be paid in USD dollars but the exchange rate the Taxi booths give you are not very good and always way above average. The best way to go upon this is to take some pesos out through the ATM machines at the airport. All international cards are accepted and the funds you take out are automatically converted into pesos depending on the exchange rate that day by the bank (usually better than what the Taxi exchange booths offer).

Renting a car at the airport?

Car rentals are also an option and can be rented at the arrivals section. As soon as you exit the terminal you will see  AVIS, SIXT, BUDGET, EUROPCAR, HERTZ and other booths lined up in a row waiting to offer you a rental. Many of the booth operators will call out to you asking if you need to rent a car.

The procedure is similar to the taxi booths. You select the car you want, fill out the paperwork, pay with your credit card and then a shuttle van will come for you and take you over to the parking lots that house the vehicles. Pricing varies depending on the car you select, but prices can go anywhere from $400 – $700 pesos a day ($40 – $65 USD)

Experience the healing power of nature when Integrative Medicine meets Ayurveda.


5 Elementos Center for Yoga & Health


#25 La Christina, Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico 45920



5 Elementos is a center for spiritual health & healing dedicated to empowering individuals and communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practices of Ayurveda and Complementary Medicine.


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