Frequently asked questions
What airport would I be flying into?
The closest major airport is in the city of Guadalajara. It is the Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport, and it’s airport code is GDL.
How far is your property from the airport, and how will I get there once I land?
We are in the Lake Chapala area (in Jalisco, Mexico), about a 45-minute taxi ride from the Guadalajara airport, and taxis are very inexpensive and easy to take around here. Once we confirm your stay, we will send you our address plus helpful instructions about how to get a taxi once you land.
Due to the pandemic, is there a chance I will not be allowed to enter Mexico? How long can I stay in Mexico for?
Whether you will be allowed into Mexico depends entirely on which country you are from, and what the current rules and regulations are. With things changing so frequently due to the pandemic, we strongly advise you to do your own research about the current status of things before you book your flight.
When you enter the country after landing, you will need to fill out a questionnaire to present to an immigration officer who will likely ask you a few questions. The officers speak English. If asked the purpose of your visit, it is generally best to simply say that you are here to visit friends in the Lake Chapala area. You will also be asked how long you plan to stay in Mexico. If you say that you’ll be in Mexico for 30 days or less, you will receive a Visa limited to 30-days. But if you indicate that you will be here for longer than 30 days, you will receive a 6-month Visa allowing you to stay up to 180 days. We recommend saying that you’ll be here for “a few months”, as this will ensure you can stay up to 6 months if you desire. Also, you may also be asked for proof of a return travel booking to show the officer. To be safe therefore, we recommend purchasing a return flight beforehand that can be easily cancelled or changed once you arrive (assuming you want to have flexibility).
But again, it is best to do your own research to find out the current status of travel regulations during the pandemic. For example, check with your local embassy whether you may need a special travel Visa from your specific country before flying to Mexico, a special Covid test or vaccination for the airlines, and for any additional information that may be helpful to know before traveling.
Are there any precautions being taken in your community related to the COVID-19 pandemic?
Most airlines now require that one take a COVID-19 viral test to be taken within 3 days of travel, and to present proof of a negative test result to the airline before flying. For the safety and comfort of our guests, we too are now making this requirement for anyone coming to any of our properties. Therefore, whether you plan to fly here or drive, you will need to have a COVID-19 viral test (such as a PCR or antigen) taken no more than 5 days before your arrival, and to send us your negative test result before you arrive. It can be a rapid test, so long as it’s a viral test.
Furthermore, all of us in the Living Miracles community are honoring and following the laws given by the Governor of Jalisco regarding COVID-19. We ask you to also please respect and follow these laws (like wearing a mask when in public and using hand sanitizer before entering any store) as a symbol of honoring the requests of your brother. As Jesus said, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.”
We are also encouraging you to follow these general guidelines during your stay in our community:
- Practice basic social distancing
- Use hand sanitizer in common areas, including bathrooms.
- Keep surfaces clean and wiped with antibacterial cleaner.
- Use antibacterial soap in bathrooms and kitchens.
- Wash your hands upon returning to the property after an outing.
For more updated information about COVID-19 from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, click here.
Can I drive my own car and park it at your property?
No, we do not have additional parking spaces within our property. There is parking available on the streets. You are responsible for any theft or damage that may occur.
What transportation options are there once I arrive?
Many things are within walking distance (local supermarket and many restaurants) and we are quite close to bus routes that can take you through Chapala, to neighboring towns like Ajijic, or even into larger cites such as Guadalajara. Taxis and services like Uber are also available and quite inexpensive.
Will I get to see David Hoffmeister during my stay?
David lives about 15 minutes away from La Casa de Milagros. He sometimes comes to visit La Casa and offer sessions, but we can not promise you will get to see him in-person during your stay.
How can I get involved / volunteer with the Living Miracles community?
There may be opportunities to volunteer and collaborate on projects with our community during your stay. If you’re interested in “putting your hand up” for opportunities that may become available, please fill out our Remote Volunteer Application. This application is primarily for those volunteering from home, but it also applies to those visiting us temporarily.
Will I be able to extend my stay if I really like it there?
Yes, depending on availability. You can request an extended stay once you’re here by re-applying on this website and/or speaking to one of our staff.
How is the weather in Chapala?
Are there any other ACIM students in the area?
Yes, there is a very large population of Course students living in the Lake Chapala area, especially in the neighboring town of Ajijic. You can join our Facebook page ACIM Life in Lake Chapala to introduce yourself and make connections.
Are there any pets on site? Can I bring my pet?
We have a small dog (Benito) and a cat (Zion). Benito is very cheerful and friendly around people and Zion is more quiet but very sweet. In an effort to maintain the peace for Benito and Zion, we are currently not allowing guests to bring their own pets.
What kind of food do you serve?
The food we serve is generally a mix of meat, pasta, vegetables and salad. The kitchen is not able to accommodate special diets but for those coming for a Prayer Stay, you will have access to a fully-equipped, shared kitchen. There is a local supermarket within walking distance, and several restaurants nearby as well.
What is your drug and alcohol policy? Can I smoke cigarettes on the property?
Illegal drugs, alcohol, and smoking is not permitted on the property. You can smoke cigarettes just outside our main gate.
Are there scholarships available if I can’t afford the full cost?
Yes, we occasionally offer scholarships for some of our programs, depending on one’s financial situation. We do require a copy of two recent bank statements to determine eligibility. If you’d like to request a scholarship, please mention this in your application form.
What is your cancellation policy?
Once your reservation has been confirmed, you will have up to 72 hours to cancel or change it. After this period, we will consider your reservation final and non-refundable. Neither may you rent, sublease, or donate the use of your room to someone else (either whole or in parts).