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AJIJIC: Fiesta and Siesta

A travel journal to Ajijic by piensalo

Ajijic Street Scene Photo, Ajijic, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Ajijic, located on the north shore of Lake Chapala, is perfect for relaxation as well as for great fun. Much depends on WHEN you go...as well as what you're looking for when you get there. Huge public parties? Dining out? A snooze in your B&B's sunny patio? It's all here.

AJIJIC: Fiesta and Siesta

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Overview

Ajijic Street Scene Photo, Ajijic, Mexico
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There are two options in Ajijic: better, and better yet. The weather is rated in the top 3 travel destinations of the world. Cool November nights are warmed by the public FIESTAS in the town plaza, a short walk from anywhere in this small village. Live music and fantastic local food are the big draws, as well as nightly fireworks. If summer travel is better for you, you'll find the rainy season (we have it arranged so that it only rains at night) a superb time to be here, lushly green with brilliant flowers everywhere. Numerous restaurants (tacos? sushi? lasagna?) vie to satiate your appetite; coffee or drinks on the central plaza let you wind down your pace and people-watch at the s...Read More

Casita Soleada

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Hotel

Casita Soleada Photo, Ajijic, Mexico
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What a fantastic find! The guest house of this private home, situated in a sunny flower-filled garden-behind-walls on a whisper-quiet street, is delighted to welcome an occasional paying visitor.The guest house, one bedroom with an attractive and modern private bath, is centrally located in the old village of Ajijic, pleasant and easy ambling distance to everything in town (restaurants, galleries, shops, the central plaza, and the markets)and still a quiet haven (for you, and the hummingbirds and butterflies) after the pleasures of your day's adventures.Complete with queen-size comfortable bed, ceiling fan, good reading light (and an entire wall of books for you to peruse), re...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2002

Casita Soleada

Ajijic, Mexico
(376) 766-2497

Doña Mago's Tacos

Restaurant

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Shhhh! This Saturday-and-Sunday-nights only taco stand is the best kept secret in Ajijic. Look for the little cart with the bright blue awning (yes, THAT one, I know it doesn't look like much, but just wait). Doña Mago and her three beautiful daughters will feed you in real local Ajijic style: out on the street under the stars at a table for four, gobbling down tacos of bistek (thinly sliced grilled beef), adobado (same meat, marinated in something that tastes like heaven), or carnaza (steamed shredded pork). Here's how they do it: two tiny tortillas briefly passed through some of the meat juices and grilled, filled with the prepared-to-order chopped meat of your choice. Then your plate is handed...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2002

Doña Mago's Tacos
Constitución and Donato Guerra
Ajijic, Mexico

La Nueva Posada

Restaurant

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*Sigh* Evening in the garden restaurant at Hotel 'La Nueva Posada' is just the ticket for a romantic dinner out. Huge trees entwined with twinkling tiny lights provide a natural canopy; great tropical drinks give you the courage to take her hand (or his). Moonlight and live music just up the ante of romance. The food is seductively seasoned (and is as much international cuisine as Mexican) and attractively presented and served. The bill won't break your bank--you can bring that special someone back here again while you're in town.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2002

La Nueva Posada
Calle Donato Guerra
Ajijic, Mexico

Ajijic Wednesday Market Photo, Ajijic, Mexico
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While you're in Ajijic, plan to spend a couple of hours or more on any Wednesday morning year round at the tianguis (tee-AHN-geese), the local outdoor street market. Need fresh-out-of-the-water red snapper to cook for dinner? A sterling silver bauble for your most significant other? A new battery or band for your watch? Maybe a new ironing board, or a handful of safety pins?Hmmm...how about a new puppy or kitten, or a quick breakfast of oh-my-god-good tacos? This is the place!This street market opens early, around 8:00AM, and closes at 2:00PM. In those few hours, the locals stock up on everything from laundry soap and cereal to squash blossoms and fresh figs, while they socialize and gossip. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2002

Ajijic Wednesday Market
Calle Revolución from the Highway to Camino Real
Ajijic, Mexico

K'uinchikua Purépecha Fiesta Especial

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Attraction | "K'uinchikua Purépecha...FIESTA ESPECIAL"

K'uinchikua Purépecha Fiesta Especial Photo, Ajijic, Mexico
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The first annual K'uinchikua Purépecha took place beginning October 12, 2002 (the Día de la Raza) on the shady, sunsplashed plaza in the center of Ajijic. The Purépecha are the indigenous tribe native to the Mexican State of Michoacán. K'uinchikua, a Purépecha word, translates to 'fiesta' in Spanish...and this event translates to PARTY in any language. Nearly 150 of the finest Purépecha artisans, dancers, and musicians took part in this colorful, emotional and vivid 'encounter' between three cultures: the Purépecha communities of Michoacán, the Mexican community of Ajijic, Guadalajara, and surrounding towns, and the foreign community living in the area. The very best of Purépecha handmad...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2002

K'uinchikua Purépecha Fiesta Especial
Central Plaza
Ajijic, Mexico

Nature's Wonders

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Attraction | "Nature's Wonders~All Year Long"

Nature's Wonders Photo, Ajijic, Mexico
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One of the great pleasures of life in Ajijic, whether you're here for a weekend or decide to pull up northern stakes and settle south of the border, is the enormous variety of constantly-blooming flowers in public and private gardens throughout the area. You will see enormous outdoor examples of plants that only grow in the parlor in colder climes, wonderful exotics that you never knew existed, and the ordinary annuals and perennials made larger-than-life and memorable by the Mexican sunwashed temperatures.Peek over the walls and through the cracks into private gardens, take a home tour sponsored by a local charity, walk the cobblestone streets, and look up to see the cascading flowers above your h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 10, 2002

Nature's Wonders
All Over Town
Ajijic, Mexico

Day of the Dead Observances

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Gravesite at Municipal Cemetery Photo, Ajijic, Mexico
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One of the most significant family observances in the Mexican calendar is the Day of the Dead, November 2. Here in Ajijic this day is observed by the construction of public and private altars memorializing a public figure or a private family member, by the renovation and decoration of the Municipal Cemetery, and by special religious customs.If you're fortunate enough to be in town at this time, make a special point to visit the altars set up in galleries and shops. Each one is prepared with special remembrances of the person to whom it is dedicated: an artist's altar bears paints, a palette, his favorite brand of tequila, a plate heaped with his prefered sweet breads, his photo, cut tissue paper ...Read More

Fiestas Patronales

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Castillo at the Fiestas Patronales Photo, Ajijic, Mexico
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Fiesta! Ajijic is famous for its long Fall and Winter season of parties, starting with the celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day on September 16 and ending with Candlemas Day on February 2.However, the biggest, most whoopdedoo wonderful fiesta time of the year comes at the end of every November. Starting the night of November 22 and culminating on the night of November 30, the town celebrates the fiesta of its patron saint, San Andrés (St. Andrew). Each day of the fiesta is sponsored by a different worker’s group, or gremio. Every pre-dawn morning the angels are awakened (so goes a local saying) by hundreds of booming skyrockets set off in the church atrium, by pealing church b...Read More