|Ajijic Jalisco, Mexico
Located on Lake Chapala, Ajijic, (ah-HEE-heek), and several other nearby communities are a retirement destination for Canadians,
Americans and Europeans looking for year round nice weather and a lower cost of living. Situated at the base of the Sierra de San
Juan Cosala Mountains at 5,000 feet, temperatures rarely rise above 90 F or drop below 40 F and summer rains fall from
thunderstorms mostly in the evening and night times. November through May is the dry season, these photo were taken in January.
|At left, is the view from our hotel balcony. Not more than 200 feet from the hotel, is the western end of what is called the 'malecon'. A walk way along the
water front that seems to be the morning walking routine for locals and ex-pats alike. During the week, it is somewhat quiet as most people are just out
for a walk, but on weekends, when Mexicans from Guadalajara come to town, the place turns into a very busy market area with people selling
everything from food to jewelry to sombreros. Nearly a carnival atmosphere.
|The art work extends to many of the walls that enclose businesses as you walk up to the old town plaza.
|Along the malecon are playgrounds and exercise areas for both adults and children and, of course, art work.
|The sculpture, second from the left, is at one of the entrances to the plaza. I have no idea what its suppose to represent. The
gazebo in the third photo is in the center of the plaza and is decorated for Christmas with a nativity scene. Made of concrete, it had
various sea creatures decorating the sides, like the manatee on the right.
|At left, another shot of the gazebo. Yup, this is a western town, and horses and riders were seen several times.
At right, is a koi pond inside the Lake Chapala Society grounds. The LCS is an all volunteer group dedicated to helping
anyone who wishes to visit or move here permanently. In their 30 years of operation, they are a wealth of information.
|Plenty of water fowl along the water front. I believe the left two shots are of a stork that is not too
concerned about us and just looking for its next meal. The third shot I believe is a heron and the
forth is of white pelicans that migrate here from the USA, aka, snowbirds!
|More pelicans on the left, and a stork trying to steal from a fisherman. I don't know what kind of bird is on the right, but there were lots of them.
Lake Chapala is about 52 miles long and 8 miles wide, but only 30 feet deep at its deepest.
|More pelicans and some ducks, another stork and pelicans hoping the fisherman will drop a fish.
|We took a side trip to the town of Chapala. Here were fewer ex-pats, but a very nice water front malecon.
|Back in Ajijic, an old church dating back perhaps a 100 years or more.
On November 1st and 2nd each year, Mexico celebrates the "Day of the Dead" to honor their ancestors. The third photo is of
the side of the elementary school and in the close up, you can see each child has placed their name on a tile before curing it.
The small hole near the bottom is to insert a candle holder to be lit in the evening.
|Day of the Dead art work is found every where.
(Price tags in pesos.)
|More Day of the Dead art work, some quite elaborate.
And every Tuesday, the farmers market opens and locals and ex-pats alike sell every thing from clothing, to food items, health and beauty aids,
and everything in between. The fellows in front were selling pineapple juice from a juicer they had in the parking lot. We also met a German
fellow selling German style prepared meats he imported. You can't get bratwurst, sauerbrat or schnitzel at the Mexican markets.
|And no lakeside visit is complete without some sunset shots.
|And since one evening of sunset shots is never enough, here is a second.