Updated: September 4, 2009

[Lake Chapala sunrise 1998]

[Ajijic and Lake Chapala vista]

We love our adopted community of Ajijic (pronounced Ah-HEE-Heek) on the north shore of Mexico's largest lake, Lake Chapala. This part of the State of Jalisco in central Mexico is about 5200 feet above sea level. Thus, we are in "the land of eternal spring" and enjoy a moderate climate averaging 80 F in the daytime to 60 at night. April and May get into the 90s and January can be a chilly, especially at night, but we don't need either heat or air conditioning. Here are some pictures of our lakeside paradise.

[Ajijic rainbow photo by Cody Kirchner] [Ajijic oil painting by Ken Gosh] [St. Andres Churches and sunset]

[Ajijic Plaza] [Ocampo towards St. Andres] [Downtown Shops in Ajijic]

After record low lake levels, by 2004 the lake came up dramatically again and even flooded the little park next to the pier in Ajijic. They are currently constructing a new Malecon to replace the old lakefront walk, but in 2009 it has been stalled from lack of funds.

[Lakeside 2004] [Flooded Ajijic park] [Fishing on the Ajijic peir]

People can once again fish off the weir in Ajijic and boats are able to dock at the weir in Chapala. Our sunsets and wonderful flowers blossom year round.

[Boats at weir in Chapala] [Sunset in Ajijic] [Jacaradas in bloom]

Now that the lake has risen, Robin has been getting his daily exercise on the bike path that runs along the main highway. Starting out in La Cristina, there are magnificent views south to the lake and up to the Sierra Moutnatins that parallel the lake to the north. These shots taken in late October 2005 show the abundant wild flowers that spring up after the summer rains growing along the highway and in the fields and pasture.

[La Cristina sign] [Sierra Mountains] [Highway Cycle Path] [Wild flowers]

Several new developments have begun construction just under the foothills a kilometer west of us. The new cobblestone drives are lined with bugambilias and wild flowers with cornfields and pastures, retaining some of the old ways for now.

[Choyote Field] [Drive to new developments] [Cornfield] [Developments beyond pastures]

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