1- SHOPPING IN THE AJIJIC TIANGUIS
Wednesday mornings are the “tianguis” day in Ajijic, where the vibrant colors and the aromas can be perceived all around. There is a great variety of products, art, fruits and vegetables that are truly fresh, fish and seafood. As well as candies of all colors and flavors, a great variety of jewelry, shoes, clothes and crafts. A walk through the “tianguis” is a way to enjoy the culture, gastronomy, art and traditions of this beautiful town of Ajijic.
2. WALKS THROUGH THE AJIJIC “MALECON” (Pier)
Ajijic has a charming malecón. Families get together and just enjoy a nice day out, listening to musical groups, mariachis, and maybe a good singer with his guitar. The malecón is filled with color, natural beauty and a great variety of good things to eat.
3. HORSEBACK RIDES
In Ajijic, in “La Floresta” community, by the main street, there is a special site to go horseback riding as well as a spot where you can rent horses and stroll through the town of Ajijic or along the lake’s shore. You can also get a guide who will take you to many different points of interest. Riding on the lakeside beach is very rewarding, you can actually concentrate in sightseeing and see among other things birds that you have not seen ever before.
4. TOUR THE ART GALLERIES AND COLORFUL MURALS
Ajijic is known for being an artistic town, and you can see this through the many murals that adorn the house walls, some government buildings, store facades and galleries, sometimes even also including the plant pots and light posts. This makes Ajijic very magical, colorful and unique! The ideal site for artists!
You can also take just about any kind of art classes in the many distinct galleries of this town.
Visit the Ajijic Cultural Center (CCA) located next to Ajijic Square. Where you will find several exhibitions and murals of local and international artists.
5. GET TO KNOW “THE LAKE CHAPALA SOCIETY”
This estate right in the center of town, was donated by Neill James, also known as the God-Mother of Ajijic. The LCS is a non-profit organization and is lakesides biggest with over 2,000 members. The LCS offers more than 40 services to its members, such as Spanish classes, movie nights, tours to go shopping in Guadalajara, some medical and immigration services, etc. It also has the biggest English library in all of México. Visit their page for more information: https://lakechapalasociety.com
6. GO ON A BIKE RIDE
There is an existing cycle path that runs along the Chapala-Ajijic-Jocotepec highway where you can roam on a bike in this near perfect weather of ours. Rent a bike or even an electric bike in Ajijic and take a ride to Chapala heading east or to San Juan Cosala heading west, this is one way you can truly get a feeling of lakeside’s big foreign community. Or just get on your bike and go to the malecones (water boardwalks), do some exercise and at the same time enjoy the natural beauty of the scenery.
7. THE AUDITORIUM OF THE RIBERA IN AJIJIC, YOU CAN ENJOY WORLD CLASS SHOWS AND EVENTS
Dance performances, theatre, classical music, singing, orchestras, Tangos, Mariachis, Ballet Folklórico; are just some examples of the great variety of events that you can enjoy in the Auditorium of the Ribera de Chapala which is conveniently located in Ajijic. During the winter months the auditorium has 2 to 3 performances a week, get your tickets early as it is not uncommon for shows to fill up.
8. TREAT YOURSELF TO A MASSAGE AND RELAX!
Ajijic have many spas for massages as well as professional masseurs that were trained outside of Mexico for very reasonable prices compared to the US and Canada. There is a great selection to choose from, many different kinds and many different prices. Find the one that is to your liking and give a couple of spas a call, many include different services so comparing prices can actually be difficult.
9. DO YOU LIKE TAKING PICTURES? AJIJIC IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR IT!
The sunsets and sunrises in Lake Chapala are something magical! The lake and its mountains offer sceneries that you will not be able to resist taking a picture of. It is not necessary to be a professional to be able to capture a beautiful shot. So take out your camera or cellular phone and start taking pictures!
10. ENJOY THE GREAT VARIETY OF RESTAURANTS
It’s amazing the amount of restaurants that there are at Lakeside. There is no other place in Mexico and maybe North America with the diversity and quality of food in such a small town. Ajijic with only 5,000 inhabitants has well over 100 restaurants, many of them with better reviews on tripadvisor than restaurants in the neighboring city of Guadalajara with 5 million people. Here are some of the different types of foods found lakeside: Mexican food, Argentinian food, Thai food, Chinese food, Japanese food, Italian food, Arab food, Hindu food, Delis, Bistros, Fine cuisine, etc.
11. AJIJIC PLAZA
Visit the Plaza de Ajijic, one of the most beautiful squares on the riverbank. Ajijic is a community full of artists with a wide variety of galleries, where various murals adorn and beautify various streets of this town, which make it something magical.
But also the Ajijic square is a piece of art showing various sculptures made by various local artists, the kiosk is meticulously detailed and even the floor is a work of art. Around the square are several sculptures that are all beautiful works of art.
But as if this were not enough, now the square is shown as an open-air gallery. Now you can also enjoy photography around the square. Really beautiful photographs. This project is coordinated by Xill Fessenden and is called GALA (Axixic Open Air Gallery).
They may surprise you with an event, or even dancing danzon.
11. GO ON A TOUR TO SEE THE MANSIONS OF LAKE CHAPALA “BEHIND THE WALLS TOUR”
Big walls around Lakeside block viewers from seeing some of the prettiest homes in the state. With Ajijic being an artist colony, you can only begin to imagine what lies on the other side of those big walls, visit these beautiful mansions while you visit Lake Chapala, this is your chance to admire their architecture, décor, perfectly good tastes and see their exuberant gardens, some of them created with the finest details. It is also a good occasion to collect ideas to build your new home, remodel or just add some fine decorations to your current home.