Ajijic, one of the favorite destinations for Americans and Canadians to live in Mexico, where is it and why?


Ajijic has become the residence of thousands of Americans in recent years. We will tell you about this colorful town on the shore of Lake Chapala in Jalisco.


Ajijic is one of the most colorful towns in Jalisco. It is located on the shores of Lake Chapala, in the municipality of the same name. Although there are no official figures, the native population of Ajijic calculates that about 20,000 foreigners live in this town, mainly from the United States, Canada, and England.

The word Ajijic comes from the Nahuatl Axixic and means a place where water springs. From 1930 and 1940, this small cobbled town with some colonial structures became the destination of thousands of foreigners due to its climate.

Carnaval in Ajijic Lake Chapala is one of the town's most ...

Not all foreigners reside in Chapala throughout the year, some of them only do so during the freezing winter seasons in northern countries. Most immigrants choose this destination at retirement age, so the atmosphere is familiar and calm.

The latter has also translated into improvements in public security for the population, as well as a source of income for different sectors. On the cultural side, Ajijic was one of the nutrition points for artists such as David Alfaro Siqueiros and Agustín Yáñez.

Ajijic, a picturesque town in retirement

Ajijic is a destination to rest, the houses built by foreigners are dedicated to recreation and leisure. The most requested tourist activity is a boat trip through the waters of the old Chapala sea, and there are also balloon trips and sport fishing. In addition, Ajijic has its own carnival in February.

Fences with murals, adobe houses with two waters and green hills have made this place a cosmopolitan town. Ajijic is the favorite destination in Mexico of the intellectual and artistic sectors of the United States.

Due to this, Ajijic lives a cultural conversion. In its streets, it is common to find bilingual advertisements, art galleries, European gastronomy restaurants, and coffee shops with reading circles in other languages. However, there are also local gastronomic attractions, some specialized in charales and mojarras from the lake.

A Warning About Ajijic

Is the Ajijic area perfect for all people and in all circumstances?  Of course not, because no such place exists other than in our individual imaginations.  There are lots of things wrong with the Ajijic area, and if you’re considering moving there, you need to get a full picture. 

Chuck Bolotin, from Best Mexico Mover and Lake Chapala resident comments, “When compared with other areas in the real world, and if you like well-balanced, pleasant, beautiful places with a low cost of living, you may find Ajijic just about right”.

Source: mexicodesconocido.com.mx

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