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Welcome to Ajijic and Lake Chapala Retirement Area

We want to congratulate you for looking into Mexico's largest
North American retirement community.

As pioneers in real estate (1st one lakeside) and the publishing business, we have introduced many to our local idyllic scene. We feel this is what we do best, showing you what graceful and carefree retirement is all about.

Let us share with you our excitement and knowledge on the Lake Chapala area. Be among the many that have already begun a new and enjoyable life.

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Lake Chapala, the Area Known as “Lakeside”

Lake Chapala is the largest freshwater lake in Mexico, with 1112 km². 

This area is known as “Lakeside” to residents from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Europe, among other places, and “la ribera” to Mexicans.  Due partly to the eclectic mixture, it has developed a continental Old World charm which blends smoothly with a distinctly Mexican ambiance.

Cobblestone streets, tile-roofed homes, riotously colorful gardens blooming year around, and incredible open-air markets and restaurants are common sights, backdropped by lush green mountains surrounding the lake. The hills are laced with flowering trees and plants, and accented by waterfalls, caves, petroglyphs, indigenous sacred sites, and a variety of hiking trails and places to explore.

Over 10,000 retirees call lakeside their home, call us, we can show you around!

Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city, and its international airport are less than an hour away, so Lake Chapala area residents can have anything at their disposal. If for some reason it can’t be found in Chapala or Ajijic, it can be found in Guadalajara. With the airport so close, it is easy to travel to the United States or anywhere in the world.

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Climate And Weather in the Lake Chapala Area

Other prime retirement locations cannot come close to matching the climate in the Lake Chapala area. High humidity, searing summer heat, hurricane and tornado threats and miserable winters are all foreign to the Lake Chapala area. Temperatures are consistent year round. The sun shines all day almost every day. Consistently low humidity adds to the comfort level. The wind is very gentle or non-existent.  Sunrises and sunsets vary only about an hour from winter to summer. 

A combination of tropical location, high altitude and a large body of water produce a climate in the Chapala area that is second to none in the world.  Although National Geographic magazine has done the full analysis and declared Lake Chapala to have the second best climate, those who live here are quite content to be that close to the ideal.
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Cost Of Living

Other than excellent climate, the reason many North Americans have for moving to Mexico is the cost of living. Most prices are lower compared to those “back home”. It is hard to understand why so many people on small pensions or Social Security will struggle with miserable climates, high utility and medical bills, and other services, when they could live better in Mexico.

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Where is Chapala?

Chapala is located in the central area of the state of Jalisco, Mexico, at the north shore of Lake Chapala, 26 km. (16 mi.) east of the Lake’s western end, and 42 km. (25 mi.) south of Guadalajara, Jalisco. Chapala is the largest city on the shores of Lake Chapala, it is a traditional Mexican city, where you can take walks along the shore of the lake and contemplate the beautiful boardwalk. The climate in the Chapala area is temperate, with rains in summer. The rains occur between the months of June and October. The coldest periods are from December to February. Its average temperature is 72°F / 22°C. The temperature ranges from a low of about 50°F / 10°C in the winter months, to a high of about 90°F / 32°C in summer.
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Living in Lake Chapala

The Lake Chapala Society Open Circle

December 11 – UNIDAD: Gay & Lesbian Latinos Unidos documentary film screening and Q & A by Executive Producer Roland Palencia

The Gay and Lesbian Latinos Unidos (GLLU) organization was founded in 1981, GLLU was the greater Los Angeles area’s first major Gay and Lesbian Latino organization, and the UNIDAD film chronicles events surrounding GLLU at a pivotal time in the history of the convergent equality, feminist, and civil rights movements that shaped the destinies of GLLU’s multiple and overlapping communities for decades thereafter. GLLU was revolutionary for its time as it affirmed the multiple identities of being LGBTQ+, Latino, immigrant and undocumented, political and economic refugees, class and color, Latin American and U.S. Chicano heritage, while becoming trailblazing pioneers who empowered the blossoming Latino and Queer movements. 

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Executive Producer Roland Palencia

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Home of the Week

”Give Your Most Extravagant Dreams a Home”

Hacienda Empedrado is without the shadow of a doubt the most important and spectacular estate to ever have become available in the Lake Chapala area.  An exquisite hacienda sitting atop your private mountain with 360 degree views of the lake and surrounding mountains.  The hacienda was built as a labor of love in 2005 to the highest standards of engineering, authenticity, comfort and beauty, including 50 cm (20 inches) thick walls, handmade clay roof tiles, radiant floor heating, expansive canterra terraces and a full solar electric system, to name a few.  Nearly 50 acres (21 hectares) of fully fenced land, a 1.2 km (.75 mile) private entry road and a manned 24-hour security post (shared between 10 nearby properties) allow for complete privacy.

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15 Activities to Enjoy in Lake Chapala

Retirees find that keeping occupied is not a problem; the only dilemma is finding the time to do all the available activities. With over 200 existing organizations in the area, there is a variable of “things to do” year round. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of activities in the towns of La Ribera de Chapala to keep you entertained and participating in this beautiful community.

This is a brief list of some of the activities, places and organizations, which are not numbered in any particular order. Hope this is of great help for you.

Let’s start and have some fun!

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Lake Chapala Towns

Lake Chapala Towns For more than 10,000 expatriates, mostly Canadian and American, attracted by a climate described as “eternal spring,”...

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Lake Chapala, México

About an hour south of Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city, Lake Chapala is the largest freshwater lake in Mexico. This...

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Lake Chapala Towns

For more than 10,000 expatriates, mostly Canadian and American, attracted by a climate described as “eternal spring,” the shores of Lake Chapala, Mexico’s largest lake, have become a permanent home.

Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico

Ajijic is situated on a narrow strip of land between the mountains to the north and the Lake to the South. It is flanked by San Antonio Tlayacapan to the east and San Juan Cosala to the west. It is seven kilometers west of Chapala. Its average annual temperature is 19.9 degrees Centigrade “68F”.

“In pre-conquest times, Ajijic (Ah-ee-heec) was spelled Axixique or Axixic (pronounced “Ah-she-sheek.”) The final “c” was pronounced by Spanish rules, but whenever anyone pronounces it, people in these parts know he is a stranger. Ajijic means “The Place Where the Water Springs Forth” in Nahuatl.” 

Since Tuesday, December 1, 2020, the town of Ajijic, located on Lake Chapala, has been declared the ninth Magic Town of Jalisco (Pueblo Magico), delivered by the federal tourism government.

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Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Chapala is located on the north shore of Lake Chapala, 26 km. (16 mi.) east of the Lake’s western end, and 42 km. (25 mi.) south of Guadalajara. It is the oldest, most populated, and the most easterly of a string of villages – Chapala, San Antonio Tlayacapan, Ajijic, San Juan Cosala and Jocopetec – known locally as Lakeside.

Founded in 1538, the town probably took its name from Chapalac, one of its earliest Indian chiefs. Or perhaps it came from the Mexican “Chapatla,” the “place where pots abound,” referring to the primitive Indian practice of appeasing the gods by throwing pots, spotted with blood from earlobes, into Lake Chapala. “Grasshoppers Over the Water” – Nahuatl “Very Wet Place” – Coca “Place Where the Pots Abound”- Nahuatl

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More Lake Chapala Towns

San Antonio Tlayacapan
San Antonio Tlayacapan
San Juan Cosala
San Juan Cósala
Jocotepec
Jocotepec
Santa Cruz de la Soledad
Santa Cruz de la Soledad
San Cristobal
San Cristóbal
San Luis Soyotlan
San Luis Soyatlán

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Take a look to this virtual tour of San Antonio Tlayacapan, a beautiful town at Lakeside….

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On June 24, San Juan Cosalá celebrates its Fiesta Patronal, honoring Saint John the Baptist….

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Take a tour of the beautiful boardwalk of Ajijic…

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Enjoy the beauty of the lake with the first rays of the sun on the boardwalk of Chapala….

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Regional Costumes

A typical costume of Mexico, is a mixture and pure representation of a cultural identity of a region.

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Pre-Columbian Deities

Ancient pre-Hispanic civilizations, like most primitive societies, worshiped and feared a huge number of powerful beings who controlled all aspects of their lives, these were...

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