A couple of weeks in Ajijic

October 17, 2013

Paul and I just returned from a couple of weeks in Ajijic. We were a bit weary of the hot weather and thought that a break in the cool highlands would be just the ticket.  It worked out just great for us.

We had rented a place through AirBnB that seemed as though it would be perfect for us.  But unfortunately the pool was empty, the internet was only available at a table across the property outside, and the kitchenette had no sink.  I had brought my VitaMix planning on having smoothies for breakfast, but I really didn’t want to have to wash it in the shower!  We stayed one night and then booked a room at the Hotel La Nueva Posada.  That’s a picture of the hotel at the top of this post.

We stayed there five days before locating a much more satisfactory AirBnB place on the West side of town.  A real kitchen!  A wonderful grassy yard with tons of birds and a mountain view, too!  We were happy then!

We really enjoyed the food there as there are lots of good places to eat.  We toured around with our friend (and former blogger) Marilyn, got together with friends who moved there from Mazatlán, and walked our feet off, of course.

There’s a huge tianguis in Chapala on Monday, a large mostly organic market in West Ajijic on Tuesdays, and a tianguis in central Ajijic on Wednesday.  With those… as well as the fabulous gringo hearthrob store Super Lake you can certainly eat well.  And we did, of course!

Now we are back home and even though it’s still hot we’re happy to be here.

There are more pictures of our trip in the album below. Just click on the first picture and you can click at your own speed.

Ajijic - 2013

A summertime visit to the Lake Chapala area.

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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco after 11 years in Mazatlán, México.

10 Comments
    1. Wow! That’s a beautiful hotel lobby. Did you like Ajijic? Is it too agringada for your taste?

      It looks lovely, and tranquil, and its proximity to Guadalajara also seems attractive.

      I’d be curious to hear more about your stay.

      Saludos,

      Kim G
      Boston, MA
      Where we have just responded to the “kitchen challenge.”

    1. Funny how a 3 hour drive will bring such a drastic change in climate. Next time take another 3 hours and head a tad more east!
      What a impressive lobby, I would have love to have lived in the old hacienda days…..

    1. Thank you so much for the Photos – it is such a joy to see – for those of us who love to travel, but cannot.
      So happy to hear and see you well again.
      My Best, Marion, Roseville, Ca.

    1. I need to get up to the Chapala area. My San Miguel de Allende breaks are pleasant, but Chapala is a lot closer.

    1. It must have been a lovely holiday, the pictures are great. I really like the Chapala/Ajijic area and have not been there for a couple of years. We should probably remedy that!

      1. Kim G, I’d say we liked Ajijic for a visit but I can’t imagine living there. The weather is perfect but there are clouds of billions of “bobos” everywhere you go at certain hours of the day. Screens are a necessity. Made me happy to come back to Maz with our wide open screen-less house!

        Tancho, WOW you drive fast! It takes us from 5-6 hours to drive to Ajijic from Maz! But we are thinking about our next summertime getaway and Patzcuaro is on the list for sure. Friends Cris and Fred are spending two months there this summer.

        Marion B., Glad you enjoyed the photos, and yes… I am doing great.

        Liesbeth, AirBnB is not a booking service for B & B’s but for people who rent out houses, apartments, or even rooms in their homes. The place we stayed is listed here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1732376

        Steve, I’m sure you’d have fun vacationing in Ajijic.

        Shannon, I love everywhere we visit in Mexico, always something different and unique to see and do. Sounds like you are doing well, fingers crossed you continue to do so well, too!

    1. Sounds like a fun vacation. The hotel lobby fulfills my Mexican fantasy house expectations. I’m glad you found a good place to stay.

      You don’t have mosquitos in Maz? really? That is one big point in your favor then. We must have your share here in Merida then.

      The guavas photo made my mouth water, we usually get the little round yellow ones here, sometimes the larger egg shaped ones but I don’t remember ever seeing the ones with the pink centers here. Those are the ones I remember eating in California.

      regards,
      Theresa

      1. Theresa, We do have mosquitoes here but not that many. Most people’s houses are wide open all day and we eat outside all the time. There is a period in the early spring that I will keep the repellant handy for a couple weeks but that’s it. I love it.

        Contessa, we didn’t take the dogs this time, we had a dog/house/plant sitter for a change. We’re already planning next year’s vacation which we think will be a month in either Puebla or Cuernavaca and will include the dogs and a language school too.

    1. Welcome home Nancy. Great review on Ajijic. I assume you brought your dogs with you and they enjoyed it all. See you soon.

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