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.
Ajijic destination guides
Lake Chapala and Ajijic Half-Day Tour from Guadalajara
Visit the charming villages of Chapala and Ajijic, which border Mexico's largest natural lake. This half-day tour from Guadalajara takes you by minivan to Lake Chapala (Lago de Chapala) where you’ll enjoy a scenic boat ride to Scorpion Island (Isla de los Alacranes).