Mexico has been a favorite playground for Texans for decades. I have had more than my share of margaritas and have enjoyed some of the greatest mariachi music in the world. For me, Mexico always makes me think non-stop fun and beautiful beaches.
When my brother, who has retired in Ajijic, invited me for a visit I really didn’t know what to expect. He just kept saying that it made him feel that he had stepped back in time. A time when the world moved a little slower and strangers weren’t strangers for long.
The flight into Guadalajara from Houston was only two hours and seventeen minutes. After only a half hour drive from Guadalajara, I discovered the pre-Columbia fishing village on the shores of Lake Chapala. The village is encircled by the Sierra Madras mountains and has one of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
Ajijic means “water from rocks”. Hot springs bubble from the ground at around 98 degrees. Visitors come from all over the world to bathe in the healing waters. The climatic is one of the most perfect in the world. Only second to Kenya. It’s been said that Elizabeth Taylor would come to Ajijic to escape the pressures and chaos she endured in Hollywood. The story goes, that although the locals knew she was someone really special in her homeland to them she was another soul that was sharing their peace and beauty.
The village is quaint but bustling. You see locals and gringos dancing in the streets. You sense a feeling of innocence as you being to play and explore all the village has to offer. The discoveries are endless It is no wonder that over 30,000 expats have decided to make this little piece of heaven their home.
Ajijic is truly one of the most beautiful and spiritual places I have ever seen. It is not long after you arrive that you know this is a place you will return.