Non-Expat Life in Mascota, Jalisco

Many expats move to tourist destinations in Mexico because it’s easier to make a soft landing in cities where English is widely adopted and thousands of other foreigners are there.

I get it.

It makes it easier to make friends and meet others like you instantly, and the culture shock isn’t so shocking in places like San Miguel de Allende, Ajijic, Los Cabos, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta, or Mexico City.

But there are also more and more foreigners moving to Mexico who don’t want to live in the most tourist towns and cities.

Instead, they want to live in more rural areas—the kinds of cities where you’re forced to learn Spanish a lot faster. And there are some great benefits to this as well. They usually come in less competitive rental markets, have a more authentic Mexican experience, and learn the local traditions and ways of life differently.

If you have been wondering what living outside the expat bubble is like, you won’t want to miss our latest video with Susan and Daniel.

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A couple that moved from Idaho to a rural part of Jalisco. A quiet town where their backyard is an open field, and there isn’t the hustle and bustle of traffic or other things that more populated areas have.

They moved to Mascota, Jalisco. A pueblo magico about 3.5 hours away from Guadalajara and about 2 hours from Puerto Vallarta.

Mascota is a town of about 14,000 people, of which few are foreigners.

Mascota is a tourist town in its own way, considering it was named a pueblo magico- a special designation given to about 177 towns across Mexico for their beauty, traditions, and customs.

So what is it like to live here? Learn what this authentically Mexican town is like and what Susan and Daniel think about living here.

Do they feel safe? And what is their advice for others? Watch the video on our Youtube channel.

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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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