Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Our Visit to Lake Chapala, Mexico (Part 1 of 3)

We have heard a lot about the Lake Chapala area of Mexico (called "Lakeside" by the residents), and even know of some folks who have moved there from Cuenca.  So we decided to see for ourselves what that area is all about.

As of writing this, we are about 3/4 of the way through with our month-long stay in Ajijic (the main city, and home to many expats).  It is almost like an extension of the U.S., except that Spanish is the national language!

I was expecting a resort town (like Puerta Vallarta or Cancun), but this is a colonial village high in the Sierra Madre mountains at about 5,000 feet.  This makes the climate warmer than Cuenca, which is at about 8,200 feet in the Andes mountains.  (Warmth is good!)

Here is my list of Pros and Cons about the Lake Chapala area, as compared to Cuenca:

  • No diesel buses
  • No car alarms, and drivers are courteous
  • Streets are marked very clearly
  • Meals and groceries are a lot cheaper
  • Better weather (warm and sunny)
  • Close to international airport (40 minutes away)
  • More English is spoken here
  • More shopping available (Walmart, Costco, Home Depot, Best Buy, etc.)
  • Movie theaters showing movies in English
  • Mosquitoes
  • Can’t drink tap water (unless you live in a newer home with a purification system)
  • Uses pesos instead of dollars
  • Cobblestone streets -- be very careful
  • Not many taxis (you need to have your own car)
  • Not as clean as Cuenca  
  • Rents are higher
  Pictures to follow.

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