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Introducing Ajijic

The wonderfully named Ajijic (ah-hee-heek) is an outpost of North American retirees and by far the most sophisticated and energetic of the towns that line the north shore of Lake Chapala. While the gringos may have put Ajijic on the map by opening boutiques, galleries and restaurants galore, much of the town retains its charming, colonial-era vibe, with cobblestone lanes and quiet streets of whitewashed houses. It makes a delightful place to visit, although it’s far from the typical Mexico here: English is more commonly heard on the streets than Spanish and prices are relatively high.