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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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Emiliano Zapata, Hero of the Mexican Revolution  Posted on 11/20/2015
Emiliano Zapata takes time out from the Revolution for a portrait. November 20 is Revolution Day in Mexico, so I thought a posting on one of the most dashing and brilliant of the Revolutionary generals would be appropriate. Zapata was a...
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Zamora Part 4: Tangancicuaro, a tranquil little jewel  Posted on 11/08/2015
Plaza de Tangancicuaro, with the Templo Virgen de la Asunción in the background. Several fountains ring the perimeter of the Plaza. They surround the quiosco (bandstand), which is partially visible in the upper right of the photo....
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Zamora Part 3: The Old Cathedral  Posted on 10/23/2015
View through the entrance gate of the Old Cathedral. Back in Zamora after our visit to Lago de Camécuaro (see Part 2), Carole and I decided to visit one of the city's two co-cathedrals. The Catedral de la Concepción...
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Zamora Part 2: Lake Camécuaro National Park  Posted on 10/15/2015
The serenity of Lago de Camécuaro makes it a delightful place for a quiet morning stroll. In planning our visit, Carole and I were as interested in the area outside Zamora de Hidalgo as we were in the city itself. One of the...
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Zamora Part 1: Michoacan's often-overlooked treasure  Posted on 10/06/2015
Zamora's plaza offers inviting benches under shady trees near lovely old fountains. The fountain in the background is one of several in the plaza. For a long time, Carole and I had discussed visiting the small city of Zamora de...
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The Globos Fiesta of 2015  Posted on 09/21/2015
A colorful hot air balloon rises majestically against backdrop of Ajijic's mountains. The Globos Fiesta is one of the most popular events during Ajijic's annual Independencia celebration. Globos are balloons, and the ones...
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Mexican Independence Day--what's it all about?  Posted on 09/15/2015
A pennant with Mexico's national colors and symbol hangs in Ajijic's plaza. September 16 is annually celebrated in Mexico as Independencia - the date the War for Independence from Spain began. I decided that this year, rather...
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Tepalo Canyon to the Indigenous Ceremonial Grounds  Posted on 09/03/2015
Tepalo Falls after a heavy rain. During a recent hike, my friend Chuck (the handsome guy on the left) and I paused at the base of the largest of several waterfalls in Tepalo Canyon. It only contains water during the summer or early fall of...
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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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