A perfect location in Ajijic: you are right there in the middle of everything. 2 bedroom apartment, 1 bathroom, kitchen and living room. Good size: 90 m2. Swimming pool and garden. Wheelchair facilities. All furnished, cable tv, internet, fully equiped. Right in the middle of Ajijic, very near to buses, restaurants, cinemas and shops. 5 minute walk to lake and to the best cafes, shops and art galleries. Great view of mountains from the apartment. A place for relaxing and having great fun. Apartment is very well connected to Chapala village and to Guadalajara city. You don´t need a car. Apartment is within a small condo surrounded by gate: SECURITY IS VERY GOOD. It is a very safe spot. Apartments within condo are arranged around a small beautiful swimming pool and have access to patio space with tables and chairs were you can have meals enjoying the spectacular views of the mountains. A lovely mexican family lives within the compound and takes care of the property ensuring round the clock safety. A cell phone is available during the stay with no additional cost. Cleaning fees are included in the price.
Location and climate.
Ajijic is a town about 3 miles from Chapala, situated on the north shore of Lake Chapala, surrounded by mountains, and enjoying a moderate climate year round. December and January are the coolest months and May is the hottest, just before the onset of the rainy season. Overall, there is very little temperature variation year round: daytime highs in January are around 75 degrees; daytime highs in July are around 80 to 90 degrees.
A Little History.
Up until the arrival of the Spanish, the region was occupied by nomadic Indian tribes, probably the Cocas tribe that settled the northern shore. There seem to be many explanations, and meanings for the names Chapala and Ajijic, all of which are Indian place names, probably derived from Nahuatl, the native language of the area.
In 1924 British author D.H. Lawrence stayed in Ajijic and loved it so much so that he incorporated the town into his novel The Plumed Serpent. Nearly 100 years after D.H. Lawrence immortalized Ajijic and the surrounding Lake Chapala area, swarms and hordes of American and Canadian ex-pats have made it home. Additionally, American writer Dane Chandos settled in Ajijic before World War II and wrote two books about life there: Village in the Sun (1945, G.P. Putnam's Sons), which concerns his efforts to build a house on the edge of the lake, and House in the Sun (1949), which concerns his operation of a small inn in the house.
Ajijic´s streets are narrow, paved with cobblestones, Most homes are behind stone or brick walls, many with surprisingly spacious grounds. The sounds of the village are everywhere - church bells, horses' hooves, the loud speaker of the gas truck, the bell of the water truck, the musical theme of the ice cream man, and calls of various other vendors. Ajijic continues to retain its Mexican identity, while at the same time catering to tourists, with hotels, B & Bs and restaurants galore - more, probably, than in any other Mexican village of its size.
I am from Spain and of british descent. I have been living in Mexico for 20 years. I am a professor of International Relations at a university in Guadalajara. I do philantroic work with an organisation of disabled people and currently we are creating a program of art for children with cerebral palsy. I practice kundalini yoga and vipassana meditation. I love to welcome foreigners into this wonderful country. I love travelling and meeting new people and sharing information about Mexico.