Living in Ajijic Mexico Is A Dream

Araceli moved to Ajijic Mexico from San Francisco, California when the pandemic started in 2020..

And even though she had never heard of this charming pueblo in the highlands of Jalisco, she fell in love with the culture, the art scene, the vibe, and the charm of this colonial town with great weather year-round.

YouTube video

In this video she talks about her experience

  • Moving to Mexico
  • How Mexican culture forces you to slow down and be present
  • What they like or dislike about Living in Mexico
  • How to get involved in the local community
  • Why she recommends hiring an immigration facilitator in Mexico
  • Is Spanish necessary to live in Ajijic?
  • How healthcare in Mexico is far superior compared to the U.S. and other countries
  • And so Much More!

Araceli mentions she would have to work another 15 years in the United States if she ever wanted to retire. But moving to Mexico alloweed her to retire early.

Now she runs a non-profit helping small businesses in the Lake Chapala area thrive. But improving their online presence, their storefronts, and teaching them the skills to stay relevent on social media.

Araceli shares a lot of good information for others considering living in Lake Chapala. Particularly around giving back, supporting local vendors, buying real estate, and minimizing the amount of congestion on the main highway.

Interested In Living in Ajijic?

We recommend a private relocation tour of Ajijic and the Lake Chapala area.

Because if your objective is to look at Mexico through a “possible future home lens” you may not only want to see the touristy stuff.

Our customers love our private relocation tours around Mexico because they tend to learn a lot and also have a lot of fun!

A Mexico Relocation Tour not only shows you the famous landmarks but also shows you the various neighborhoods, the pros and cons of them, what shopping is like, the ability to do some cost of living scouting, etc. All while also learning about the town and seeing the sights. It’s the best of both worlds.

And because the Mexico relocation private tours are fully customizable, you can choose what to see and learn about. Find out more about the tours here.

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.

Reader Interactions


  1. Peter Glasser says

    My wife and I have been to Ajijic several times and love. We will be going there again Jan 2 for a month.

  2. Erin Becker says

    I’d love to move to Mexico from the US the US has become so dangerous absurd pricing of food about to have major shortage home prices outrageous people distant drs horrible you can’t even get a therapist for feeling suicidal and never have in my life but now sure do and my life was good 8 yrs ago but then I lived in Wash DC area restaurants museums 5;yrs in Alabama married to abusive man I have no friends family or anywhere to go I was very liked where I came from but always other cultures very genuine with me

    • Mariana Lange says

      You can do it! And we can show you how.
      Plus, when you move to Mexico the warmth and kindness of the Mexican people may be what you need to build a new community.
      It all depends on how much you put yourself out there but if you do, you will be rewarded with genuine and kind friendships.

  3. Pamela Lueschen says

    Excellent video with so much information about Ajijic.

    • Mariana Lange says

      Glad you enjoyed it Pamela

  4. Joe Roberts says

    We live in Tennessee near Nashville I grew up here ,moved to the Bay Area,Calif for 20 plus years then back to Tenn ,but now everything in the USA is bad I’m 74 yrs old I maybe to old to move to Mexico ,I like quiet life I have gone to Mexico back in 1984 on a cruise Wonder if I would be happy living ther3 now

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