Living in Ajijic or Chapala? Which One Is Right For You?

If you were to ask the majority of retirees and other expats living in the Lake Chapala area what they love about it, you’d get a variety of opinions.

Everything from great weather, good food, rich culture, various events, nightlife, and lower cost of living would be the norm. Ajijic is the mecca of this area for expats who seek a well-established expat community. But what about neighboring Chapala?

In this video, I want to take you on a quick journey through Ajijic and Chapala so you can learn about the differences between both towns, the rental market in each, and why you might like one over the other.

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Mariana Lange

Mariana Lima-Lange was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. when she was a child. She spent every summer visiting family throughout Mexico and is very knowledgeable about Mexican culture, lifestyle, and traditions. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

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  1. Victoria Murillo says

    This is a good site and your information is well narrated and well delivered and I would enjoy seeing more like this but I think it would benefit from better sound recording. It was difficult to hear what you were saying and there was a little background noise which made it even more difficult.
    I’m considering moving and it would be to rent so I appreciate knowing that Chapala rentals are somewhat lower. I’m pretty fluent, not like a native because I was born in Los Angeles and we never lived in a neighborhood with Spanish speakers but I wouldn’t have any issues

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