Ajijic Attractions

Things to Do in Ajijic

The Ajijic attractions in the surrounding areas offer a wide variety of activities for the young, the young at heart and even the not so young. Whether you are looking for things to do or something to participate in, want to attend an event or simply be an observer there is something for everyone. The trick is finding enough time to fit it all in.

Art and Artists

The mystical energy of Ajijic has long been a magnet for artists of all disciplines. We invite you to take a walk through our Ajijic Art and Artists pages and immerse yourself in the regions unique offerings of sculpture, textiles, jewelry, stained glass, photography, pottery, oil and acrylic painting and watercolors.
Click here for “Artists Directory”

Art Shows

Feria Maestros del Arte is a non-profit organization providing a yearly venue for Mexican folk artisans to come together to sell their work.

Feria Maestros del Arte:
November 9th: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
November 10th: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
November 11th: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
80 pesos admission

Club de Yates de Chapala, Paseo Ramon Corona, Chapala
More details about the show: Feria Maestros del Arte

Fitness

Change of Pace – 11-B Carratera at Marcos Castellanos, Ajijic
Circuit training (376) 766-5800

Golf

Chula Vista Country Club
Kilometro 53 Carretera Jocotepec Chapala, Chula Vista, Jal. (376) 766-5981
9 Holes

Country Club De Chapala
Fracc. Vista De Lago #1, San Nicholas de Ibarra (376) 763-5136
9 Holes

Hiking

The Ajijic Hiking Group meets every Tuesday and Friday mornings at 8:45 am at Dona’s Donuts on the Careterra in Ajijic, across from Guadalajara Farmacia.  Consult the Ajijic Hiking Group Facebook page for details or visit the website at ajijichikinggroup.com to learn more about the group.

Horseback Riding

La Floresta – Camino Real at Paseo del Lago.  Take your pick of dozens of horses and either take an escorted ride or experienced riders may be able to ride alone.

Hacienda De Taos
True Western style horseback riding in Mexico. Enjoy the hills and Ranchlands of rural Mexico 2000′ above Lake Chapala and a beautiful one and a half hours drive from Ajijic.  Very safe and secure and suitable for riders of all ages and abilities. Cabin rentals available.

Motorcycle Tours and Rentals in Ajijic.

Tour the Sierra Madre mountains of Central Mexico with Riders of the Sierra Madre.  They offer various packages including accommodations and bike rentals.

Riders of the Sierra Madre website.   Ajijic.

Lake Chapala Society

Be sure to check out this property. You can stroll through their wonderful gardens or take a seat and enjoy a coffee, tea or snack. While you are there make sure you view the community bulletin board and calendar of events to see everything the Lake Chapala Society has to offer.

Movies

Cinemas Del Lago (Older Complex) – #54 Carretera at Juan Alvarez, Plaza Bugambilias 2nd. floor (376) 766-3729.  Website.

Movie Space Cinemas (New Complex) – Libramiento – Centro Laguna across from WalMart (376) 766-2580 www.mscinemas.com

All movies are current. Languages offered in Spanish: which means Spanish with no English subtitles, OR with Subtitles: which means language is “English” with Spanish subtitles.

Mexican Street Markets

Don’t miss these wonderful open-air markets (tianguis).  You can purchase a large assortment of fruits and vegetables, fresh fish and seafood, nuts, yogurt, baked goods as well as household items and clothing.  Basically, you can get everything. Maybe even the kitchen sink if you look hard enough.

Ajijic – Wednesday – Calle Revolution

Chapala – Monday – Calle Obregon or Emillano Zapata?

Jocotepec Thursday – Miguel Arana at Hidalgo – At the plaza

San Antonio – Sunday – Ramon Corona at Independencia – At the plaza.

Sundays in the plaza and on the Malecon.

On Sundays you will find Mexicans hanging out with friends and family in the square and strolling on the Malecon. Children playing, adults enjoying conversation, music playing, horses tied up, something to eat, sometimes an art or jewelry show and, the Oaxacan Traditional Pole Dance.

Take a boat ride around Lake Chapala or to Scorpion Island.

Spas

Total Body Care – #33 Ocampo Ajijic (376) 766-3379

Monte Coxala – Raquet Club in San Juan Cosala #300 Rafael Osuna (387) 761-0111

El Chante Spa El Chante.  Calle Ribera del Lago 170-1.  Jocotepec.    (387) 763-2608

Thermal Pools

Monte Coxala – Raquet Club in San Juan Cosalá #300 Rafael Osuna (387) 761-0111

Balneario San Juan Cosala– Carretera Chapala – Jocotepec Km. 13.  San Juan Cosalá.  (387) 761-0302

Volunteering

If you are looking for something rewarding to do while you are spending your time in Ajijic and the Lake Chapala area of Mexico, maybe you would like to get involved with one of the many great projects available.
If you are lucky enough to spend a few weeks, a few months or have decided to make the Lakeside area your permanent home you are well aware of the many wonderful advantages of living here.
The Mexican people have been very good to allow all of us to enjoy this great and affordable way of life and helping them in one of the many areas they are not able to help themselves is a great way to say thanks and make a difference in their lives.
Some of the projects available are Animals shelters, special needs schools for Blind or Hearing impaired children, orphanages and Operation Feed.
Anyone of these worthwhile organizations would appreciate your time or if you can’t get involved directly even a small donation would be greatly appreciated and remember that in Mexico “a little goes a long way”.

Operation Feed

San Juan Cosala
A Non-Profit Organization
Their mission is to provide food and improve the lives of the very poor and marginalized people of the village of San Juan Cosala.

Lucky Dog Rescue & Adoption Center

Carretera Chapala – San Nicholas #1100, 45900 Chapala
Contact: Phone (331) 300-7144 Email: luckydogchapala@yahoo.com
Lucky Dog Hours:  Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
We are easy to find …. 2 kilometers east of Chapala (past Christiana Park) on the Carretera toward Vista del Lago. We are on the lake side of the road. See you soon!

School for Special Children

The mission of the School for Special Children is to improve the educational opportunities for children with a wide variety of disabilities and in doing so, increase the probability that they might enjoy a brighter future. They approach their mission with respect for the Mexican culture, working as partners with the teachers, the families and the Mexican government.

La Ola Children’s Home

La Ola has provided care for more than a hundred young people to help break the cycle of poverty, abuse, and abandonment and find their way into a new life.

Today, La Ola supports twenty-three children and four young adults ranging from 1 to 22 years of age. With your help, these beautiful, bright Mexican youths and many more in the future will be able to live in a safe, loving environment promoting spiritual development, good physical and mental health, receive an excellent bi-lingual education, and enjoy the promise of a bright future.

Shopping

There are numerous shops in Ajijic where you can find everything from artisan pieces to chocolate delights.

More about Shopping in Ajijic.  

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Events and Holidays

February 5th - Constitution Day
Benito Juárez Birthday - 3rd Monday in March
Labor Day - May 1
Independence Day - September 16
Mother's Day - May 10th
Day of the Dead - November 2
Revolution Day - the third Monday in
November
November 12th - Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe Christmas Day - December 25