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Jim & Carole's Mexico Adventure

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added on 25/05/2008 by: cookj5
A photojournal of our travels and adventures in Mexico's Western Highlands, and our life in Ajijic at Lake Chapala. Everything from fiestas to wildlife, ancient ruins to life in a Mexican village...and much more.
 tags: Ancient ruins, Hiking, Mexican fiestas, Mexican village life, Spanish colonial cities
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Historic Haciendas of Zapopan Part 2: Santa Lucia  Posted on 07/15/2015
Hacienda Santa Lucia was once one of the Guadalajara area's great estates. The casa grande (main house) is the rust colored building with the row of arches. The capilla (chapel) looms above it. Both are still in excellent condition....
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Panamá Part 8: Animals of the isthmus  Posted on 05/25/2015
A tree frog dozes on its perch at Panamá's Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden. Panamá has been described as a "fountain of biodiversity" and a "bridge of life". This tiny Central American country, about...
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Panamá Part 7: The Emberá people of the Rio Chagres  Posted on 05/05/2015
An Emberá village leader gives a demonstration of palm weaving. He wears an impressive crown fashioned from hammered silver coins and topped with the profile of a hawk. Although there were older men in the village when we visited,...
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Panamá Part 5: Modern Panamá City  Posted on 03/31/2015
Modern Panamá City, viewed over the mudflats along the seashore, looking east. The stunning skyline stretches all along the Bahía de Panamá for over 18 km (11 mi). The first time I saw this amazing array of modern...
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Panama Part 2: "Old Panamá", the early colonial city  Posted on 02/26/2015
A nearby museum displays a scale model of Panamá Viejo as it existed in 1671. In the foreground is the Convento de la Merced. The next big complex above it is the Convento de San Francisco. Above that is the Hospital San Juan de...
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  • wild1326
    wild1326 14 January 2013 19:05:07

    Keep up your great blogs and your photo\'s are, as they say worth a thousand words.
    I really appreciate all the information. I have lived in Texas for 35 of my 68 years and Mexico makes sense
    but it really helps to get real life details about all the pros and cons. My military background makes me want to gather all the intel
    I can before moving to another country and culture. I get so much negative here and I know that is just half of the reality.
    Sincerely Wild Bill Holloway. Former Naval Special Warfare (Frogman) bjhfrog@gmail.com

  • Queretano
    Queretano 19 November 2009 22:14:08

    Jim: I forgot adding my e-mail address! pato_zamudio@hotmail.com Thanks!

  • Queretano
    Queretano 19 November 2009 17:43:38

    Hi Jim:

    I am Cesar and I have been checking your Blog guys, I love it! My wife Jen and I have a dream, we would like to open a Non-Profit Organization (community Center) in Ajijic, Jalisco. It is grat project, we do not have the money yet JAJA but what we want to do is already set. Since you and Carole live down there,I would like to know if this sound like a good idea to you. We live in Montreal Canada. My wife is from Trenton, Michigan and I was born and raised in Queretaro, Mexico.

    Thank you!!

  • ptaz
    ptaz 23 October 2009 04:01:25

    please email the expenses to ove to mexico. i would like to retire ther but need dollar figures to help me make up my mind. ptaz42@windstream.net

  • Jim Cook 05 August 2008 23:35:56

    Susan- I didn't have your email or I would have responded directly. Answers to your questions:
    1) Yes, we did visit for a week about a year before we actually moved down. We had done a great deal of research beforehand, so the visit was to confirm our information and get the feel of the place. I would strongly advise visiting before you make any commitment to move. You may want to visit several places in addition to Lake Chapala.
    2) If you can afford it and get the free time, it would be worth while coming down for several weeks or even a couple of months. Depending on what your timeframe is, you might want to visit in a couple of different times of year. October-March is "the season" when the weather is nearly perfect, no rain, warm sun with cool breezes. It is also the most crowded season and most expensive in terms of rents, since we get loads of Canadian and US "snowbirds". April and May are the hot, dry season (95 degrees F. in the afternoon with cooler mornings and balmy evenings). Best time to rent because the snow birds all pull out and the landlords are desperate to find renters. June-Sept. are the rainy season, but it generally only rains at night with cool cloudy mornings and warm sunny afternoons. We actually like this season a lot because it is quieter and, despite the late night rain storms, it is actually quite pleasant.
    3) Both expats and Mexicans are very laid back and friendly. People tend to be very helpful with advice to newcomers and visitors.
    4) Google up the Lake Chapala Society, Ajijic. The LCS is a volunteer organization of expats with about 3000+ members. Many, many activities, clubs, classes and great facilities. They also great much good will in the Mexican community for the fundraising and volunteer work to help children and the poor.
    5) Also Google up Judy King's website "Living at Lake Chapala" where you can get detailed info about living here, issues around moving to Mexico, and much more.

  • susan ott 05 August 2008 00:12:00

    Enjoyed reading your story. Did you visit prior to your move? Can you give an idea as to how long a person would have to visit to get a reasonable idea of your area, ie week, month etc?

    Also did you have trouble getting to know people? I have heard that there are clubs or social groups you can join for activities. Can you confirm.

    I am a little older than you, but am also looking for retirement relief in the future. I am still working, but plan to retire within the next 6 months.

    I have heard the weather is very good in the Lake Chapala area, but probably drier and warmer than Oregon. I am in Okla and it is currently 105 here today. Another need for relief.

    Thanks in advance for any input and would love to hear from you all.

    Susan Ott

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