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Recent Lake Chapala reviews

  • Location, location , and charm

    "From the minute we walked in this place it felt like home. The brightly colored walls decorated with Mexican pottery and original artwork, a very well equipped kitchen, hot water and plenty of it ! It's a 5 minute walk to the lake ( a popular place for bird watching in the morning) and just around the corner from restaurants, shops, and the plaza which is popular in the evenings for families and ice cream. It's about a 10 minute walk to catch the bus to Chapala or Guadalajara. You can also walk to the Tues. street market.The top of the stairs is a little awkward and you have to be careful. Mexican architecture seems to put an extra step into every room. Is there an occasional rooster crowing ? dog barking ? fireworks or a strolling group of locals singing to the Virgin Mary at 5am ?? Yes ! This is Mexico. They have a passion for their culture and fiestas. A perfect choice for those who don't want a car, like to walk, and want to experience the charming village of Ajijic."
    Guest: Sitov Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 3, 2014
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  • Mexican Idyll

    "My husband and sister and I stayed for January and February of 2015. It was so pleasant that I can't do it justice with a few words. The architecture of the house, the garden, and the plentiful artwork were enough to keep me happy for 2 months, reading and trying to paint. Photography is too easy there, there is so much life and color. My husband loves to cook, bike, and hike, and he had a great time, he even joined a hiking group out of Ajijic and went there twice a week. He found the kitchen very well equipped and with the help of the Mexican cookbooks there, had a lot of fun learning Mexican cooking. Sometimes we drove to neighboring towns, sometimes we took the bus, and often we walked down the hill to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, or to have some birria (a delicious local specialty made of slow cooked goat). For us, it was a big plus that we were forced to study some Spanish because not everyone understood English. If it was deemed necessary, shopkeepers would dig up a young person who did speak english to translate for us, so we were never totally shut out. Our neighbors were uniformly gracious about our ignorance. We had read a negative review about barking dogs and mariachi music, but that was part of the adventure. We were prepared to be a bit out of our comfort zone and were very well rewarded. Inside the walls we were in a luxurious garden paradise, and directly outside the walls we were in a foreign, somewhat adventurous environment. I would recommend this place to those looking for a tranquil escape from stress with a beautiful climate, but not for those looking for surfing, beachcombing, or nightlife. I can see a family with small children having a great time, but teens might not be too enthused. The owner and employees all were pleasant, responsive and accomadating. We went on excursions to the round pyramids, the "Mexican Alps" (Mazamitla), the Pacific Coast (Manzanillo), an art crawl in Ajijic and a boat ride from Chapala. Our friends took a day trip to the artisans around Guadalajara. There is much to see and do if you leave the premises, but you may not want to. We were 100% pleased with our stay and eager to go back."
    Guest: Maureen Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: March 4, 2015
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  • Another Wonderful Escape to Paradise

    "This was our 5th year visiting Amy and Aivars in Ajijic, and our first two month vacation ever. It was also our first time driving from Ontario Canada to Ajijic. We had a wonderful time. Amy and Aivars are the perfect hosts, and are always ready to assist with anything that may be needed. When we needed to call home on a land-line phone, they made their personal phone available to us, which was so greatly appreciated. When the weather turned cold in March for three days, firewood was made available for the chiminea to keep us warm in the evenings as we sat outside on the covered patio. The off street parking for the car was also appreciated. Amy makes the best Paella in the village, which we enjoyed for dinner one evening with friends. Aivars is the author of some of the best homemade limoncello jam and beverages you will enjoy anywhere. Lucy and Mona, the two resident Golden Labs, visited with us for every meal which we ate on the covered patio. Should you choose this casita for your vacation, you will not be disappointed. The gardens and beautiful, and songbirds and humming birds are abundant. There are fiestas in the plaza, hiking in the mountains, tianguis market days in Chapala, Ajijic and Jocotopec, trips to Guadalajara and so much more to keep you involved. You can walk is very safe, or take local buses as very reasonable rates. We have booked again for yet another vacation next year."
    Guest: Classical Gas Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: April 5, 2015
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  • This House Sparkles!

    "We stayed in this house for most of July and enjoyed it thoroughly. The house feels very new and was very well-appointed with just about every convenience you'd want...blender, toaster, microwave, plenty of cookware, glassware, and dishware, dishwasher, washer and dryer, plenty of fluffy towels. The owner and her brother, who lives nearby and is quickly available to help if you need him, are very conscientious about providing you a good stay. We had an incident on a Sunday afternoon where a power surge blew out the microwave and, right afterwards, the electricity, and he came right away. There was no way to get it fixed on a Sunday, but he arranged to have the electricity repaired by Monday morning. We were leaving overnight that day anyway, but when we returned Monday afternoon, everything was fixed and there was a new microwave. A gardener and a pool guy come every week, so the grounds are well-kept. The pool is small, but great for cooling off in the late afternoon with a beautiful view of the mountain behind the house. It it also very private, especially if the second house on the property is unoccupied. The house is a little out of the way for those without a car, but the bus stop is a two-minute walk away. We didn't take the bus, but they look nice and are very frequent. There is a 7-11 close by for morning coffee, a couple of eateries, and an interesting consignment shop. Those who really like to walk -- or perhaps walk one way into town and taxi back to the house -- or who don't mind taking the bus will not really need a car. That said, if you are used to having a car, you may want to keep one there; parking is easy and secure right next to the house. And while I'm not sure about how to rent a bicycle in the area, biking would be a great way to go because of the bike path that runs along the highway from Chapala to Ajijic and beyond. The neighborhood seemed pretty quiet except for the dogs, as someone mentioned. There was some barking at night, but it seemed rather typical to me. A dog hears some noise and balls, another starts to bark, and so on...and a couple minutes later they stop. In cooler months with windows closed, you wouldn't notice much. It was rainy when we were there so we did not have the dust another reviewer spoke of, and while some vacant lots had a little trash here and there, it wasn't bad. The area is not plush, but it was fine. I'm out of room now, so I'll close by saying we loved this house!"
    Guest: No nickname Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 26, 2014
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