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Ajijic is a small town located on the shores of Lake Chapala in Mexico. It is situated in the state of Jalisco, within the municipality of Chapala. Ajijic is surrounded by mountains, and the town enjoys a moderate climate year-round.

Ajijic is a town about 4.8 km from the town of Chapala in the State of Jalisco, Mexico.

Ajijic is nestled between the Sierra de San Juan Cosalá mountain range. Ajijic is characterized by its impressive natural surroundings, which encompass abundant greenery, tranquil lakeside vistas, and a mild, temperate climate.

Ajijic has numerous art galleries, fashion, and curio shops, as well as restaurants and bed and breakfast inns.

Geo & Climate

Ajijic is located 1,538 m above sea level in the vast central Mexican plateau that is home to the Sierra Madre mountain range.

The Chapala Lake basin has a year-round average temperature of about 22°C. Due to Ajijic’s tropical latitude, the sun is warm year-round; due to its relatively high elevation, it is seldom unpleasantly hot or humid.

The rainy season begins in June and lasts until October with an average rainfall of approximately 34 inches (860 mm) in total over those five months. Even during the rainy season, precipitation generally occurs during the evening or at night.

December and January are the coolest months and May is the hottest, just before the onset of the rainy season. Overall, there is very little temperature variation year round: daytime highs in January are around 24 °C, and daytime highs in May are around 27°C to 32°C.

History & Timeline

Up until the arrival of the Spanish, the region was occupied by nomadic Indian tribes, probably the Cocas tribe that settled on the northern shore.

There seem to be many explanations, and meanings for the names Chapala and Ajijic, all of which are Indian place names, probably derived from Nahuatl, the native language of the area.

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