Ajijic, The Favorite Tourist Destination

In recent years, Ajijic has become the place of residence for thousands of Americans. We 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 original population of Ajijic estimates 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 the  place where the water flows.  Since 1930 and 1940, this small cobbled town with some colonial structures became the destination of thousands of foreigners due to its climate.


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 in retirement age, so the atmosphere is familiar and calm.

The latter has also translated into improvements in public safety 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.


Church of San Andrés

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 the boat trip through the waters of the old Chapala Sea, in addition there are also trips with balloons and sport fishing. Also, Ajijic has its own carnival in February.


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

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

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