There are several towns all around Lake Chapala. There are many foreigners who call this area ‘Home’, particularly on the north side of the lake near Ajijic & Chapala proper. I’ve heard its one of the largest expat communities in the world.
It’s spacious with both mountains and the lake, & great spring-like weather all year. Its an agricultural center so there is always fresh and economical produce available fresh off the farms.
One doesn’t come here for a pristine lake, because that isn’t what you find. The lake is only 60′ deep when there’s been enough rain. Some years its much lower. And because it collects run-off it’s usually murky with its muddy bottom. Or so we’ve heard, since we haven’t been here long enough to discover on our own.
As you can tell from the pictures the beaches aren’t anything to write home about. But fishermen wade out or hop in their boats to get deeper (??). We see some activity on the lake, but not that much really. Its quiet.
But its still nice to see that wide open space that will never be taken up with development. And it certainly gives something to look at from the gorgeous houses perched up on the hillside overlooking Mexico’s largest lake.
Along separate sections of the lake are walkways, known in Spanish as malecons. And along the malecon in Ajijic are several playgrounds to check out, most with the typical playground apparatus like swings, slides and teeter-tooters, some with outdoor exercise equipment. There’s also a skateboard park and volleyball court (no net).
Currently, Everette is back in BC, Canada to work and this is what he’s got to deal with…pictures as of this morning. Glad I’m not there, though I’d love the hot tub to soak in, and his arms to rest in. But I’m staying in Mexico, thanks!