Ajijic – the amero-mexican mix
On our way to Cuyutlan, we decided to make a 2 day stop in a small town called Ajijic (Ah-ha-hic) on Lake Chapala. It is an enormous lake surrounded by huge (nearly 3000m), beautiful, green mountains. Apparently, because of this unique set-up, Lake Chapala has its own micro-climate meaning year-round days at about 26deg and year-round nights at about 10deg. Also during the rainy season it generally only rains at night.
Sounds like a dream right? Yep, a retirement dream for many, many americans (canadians). This was the main reason we picked this town. I figured that after having to be very “aware” of our surroundings for 3 days of driving, we would appreciate the relative easiness of an American retirement community.
Well it was actually a pleasant surprise and much more Mexican than the descriptions online. The main street is lined with authentic (i.e. dirty, small, cheap and friendly) mexican shops and Mexcians going about their daily lives of work, shopping, socializing and school. We are still a few weeks away from the winter migration of Americans, so perhaps this pleasant scene will be drastically altered in the upcoming weeks.
We stayed in a small guesthouse of one of these retired Americans who has set up a 8 room hotel with outdoor kitchen and living room in his backyard. It was super awesome and we really enjoyed meeting and talking to Skip.
It turned out to be a great place to stop and we were happy to discover it. Now time to get to our house in Cuyutlan! Just a 3 hr drive…