Meeting Date: 10 May 2013

Prepared By: Dick Strayer, Bob Salvatore, Mike McCarthy


Ajijic, Jalisco

Ajijic is a town located on Lake Chapala, in the State of Jalisco, Mexico. Situated on the north shore of Lake Chapala, surrounded by mountains, Ajijic enjoys a moderate climate year round. Ajijic is located 5046 feet (1538 meters) above sea level in central Mexican situated in the Sierra Madre mountain range. Its convenient location places it less than 3 hours away from the Pacific Ocean and less than an hour south of Mexico's second largest city, Guadalajara. The Chapala Lake basin has a year round average temperature of about 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius).

We have two new members from Ajijic, Mike and Bob, with a third pending. Ajiji has become home to many Americans, Canadians and other nationalities.

Two books by Dane Chandos, Village in the Sun and House in the Sun were written when the main road in Ajijic was unpaved, ice was delivered by bus from Guadalajara and electricity was just being installed.

A historical look back at Ajijic 50 years ago with Now and Then pictures. 4:43 min


A taste of today's living in Ajijic and the many activities in Lake Chapala and Ajijic. 5:52 min


There are many stereotypes and Myths about Mexico. National Geographic rates Lake Chapala as the second best climate in the world behind a location in Kenya. (Perhaps Jay and Mary Beth might disagree.) The following will explode some of the myths about Mexico, Ajijic and Laguna Chapala. 8:04 min


Wish you were here - a home video about one home in Ajijic - beautiful.


There are other videos about the great restaurants, shopping, supermarkets that are available in Ajijic. Many languages are spoken with Spanish and English being the most prevalent.

Ajijic may be lesser known than some other resort/retirement areas and that can also be one of the attractions to this beautiful area. We are pleased to have One World Rotary members from this area.


Our local members report that the cost of living is very low, the ability to speak Spanish is entirely optional, the Pacific Ocean is less than 3 hours distant to the South and Mexico's second-largest city (Guadalajara) is less than an hour north with top-ranked medical care and two Costcos(!).

Visitors are strongly encouraged and entirely welcome!

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