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Your Vacation Getaway to Sunny, Safe Ajijic

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,650 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 30 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

We are located in the beautiful development of Rancho del Oro, on the Western edge of Ajijic Village. It is only one and a half blocks from an excellent bus service, or a short 20 minute walk to the center of the Village.

Our Casita is 1,650 square feet with two large bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen/living room and a huge 630 sq. ft. covered terrace. One bedroom has two queen-size beds, two large closets, adjacent private bathroom and a sitting area with a wood fireplace. The second bedroom is identical, but with two double beds, with a sofa bed and an optional inflatable bed. A large swimming pool and a charcoal and propane BBQ grills are shared with Owners and are available for the guests' use. The covered one-car garage, accessed by an electronic gate, adjoins the Casita. On-street parking is also permitted.

The weather is almost perfect every day, with some rain expected from May through September. Fortunately, it rains mainly by night, so that golfing, hiking, bird-watching, horseback riding and sight-seeing are rarely affected. We have found that some guests can almost pay for their vacation by taking advantage of the excellent, and relatively inexpensive, medical and dental facilities which are available locally. For the less adventurous, there are numerous restaurants available to cater for most tastes at very reasonable prices, interesting shopping, art galleries, a street market on Wednesdays, or just people-watching at the village Plaza to while away the time. For the even more laid-back, there is always the option to lounge by the pool and experiment with making the perfect margarita, or just submerge your body in a double-sized hammock on the terrace with a good book. We have completely rebuilt the 'palapa', which now has a wet bar and adjacent bathroom. It is ideal for watching our fantastic sunsets or entertaining your new-found friends.

Keywords: A large two-bedroom Casita (guest house) at the bottom of a tropical garden.

More Details

Aivars and Amy Taurins
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2017

About Aivars and Amy Taurins

We are an International couple I am a British-Latvian and retired after some 40 years in the Oil Industry in E&P business which took me all over the world. My wife Amelia is Colombiana from Medellin and we have lived here since 2000.

Aivars and Amy Taurins purchased this house in 2001

Why Aivars and Amy Taurins chose Rancho del Oro

Quiet and conveniently placed just outside the village and within easy walking distance of restaurants, a frequent bus service and a mini supermarket.


Rancho del Oro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Hand basin
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Hand basin
  • Fully tiled
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa bed and inflatable bed available.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Maid 2 x Week, Gardener, Free utilities (Propane Gas, Ele tricity, Water/Sewer), Satellite TV, Internet. No taxes.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

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Your Vacation Getaway to Sunny, Safe Ajijic
average rating of 4.92 based on 25 reviews

Another month in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We are never disappointed returning to this little bit of Paradise in Ajijic. It is a wonderful respite from our Canadian winters. Our hosts, Amy and Aivars, always make us feel welcome. They are very helpful, and gracious hosts, and a lot of fun to be with. For us, they are family after so many years. The casita is well appointed. The covered terrace is where we spend most of our time when not in the village or travelling to the many local points of interest such as Tonola, Tlaquepaque or Tequila. We eat all our meals and spend our leisure time on the terrace. The gardens attract many species of birds and butterflies. Hummingbirds frequent the many flowers in the garden. We are about a 20 minute walk to the plaza in the heart of the village. Local bus services are available a few minutes walk from the casita, and groceries are available at the store a 5 minute walk away. Alex's Pasta Bar, Ajijc Tango, The Brew House and Yves are all very good restaurants we enjoy. The French Pastry shop is about a 7 minute walk. You will enjoy their selection of pastries. If you want to enjoy day excursions, visit Charter Tours to discuss their fine selection of bus trips. Mona and Lucy spend many hours with us on the terrace. These resident Golden Labs are wonderful companions. We would highly recommend this casita to anyone wanting to enjoy a relaxing vacation with wonderful hosts.

Classical Gas

Belwood, Ontario


  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for that glowing review. We always look forward, from one year to the next, to the visit of our Canadian friends-family and really enjoy their visits. While we try our best to make our guests comfortable on their visit, it is a review like this that make us very happy that we are providing a happy environment. Thanks Dave and Sharon. See you next year❤️❤️
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Hated to leave

  • 5 of 5

We spent the month of February. Perhaps the most relaxing vacation we have had. Amy and Aivars were great hosts and went out of their was to be sure our needs were met without hesitation. They even took us on a couple of day trips in their own vehicle. Great private yard and patio. Super accommodations and comfortable beds. Looking forward to our next visit. You can't beat the weather.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great guests. We would welcome Jim and Patty, and their family, any time
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Belwood, Ontario, Canada

Another Two Months in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This is our sixth year staying with Amy and Aivars. It is like Returning Home for family. Our two month vacation flew by. Amy and Aivars always go above and beyond to make you feel welcome. One case in point had Amy helping for several hours obtaining information for a contact with Mexican Customs on our behalf. They are the perfect hosts. The casita is well appointed, and the covered terrace has always been where we spend our time and enjoy our meals when not dining out at one of the many restaurants available in Ajijic. The gardens are beautiful...with many species of birds and butterflies. Local bus services are available a few minutes from the casita. It is a 20 minute walk to the centre of Ajijic. Groceries are available at the Super Mini a 5 minute walk. We can recommend Yves Restaurant, Alex's Pasta Bar, Perry's Pizza and Monte Cristo's to name a few. Mona and Lucy, the two resident Golden Labs, were our constant companions. If you are looking for day excursions, book a trip with Charter Tours and visit Tequila, the Teuchitlan Pyramids, Mazamitla, or the trip Around the Lake. We would highly recommend this Casita to anyone wanting a relaxing vacation in paradise with wonderful hosts.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Dave and Sharon for those glowing comments. It has seen our pleasure to have you as our guests/almost family all these years and we look forward to your next visit. Aivars and Amy
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Exceeded All Expectations!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Amy&Aivars lovely casita for the month of December, 2015. This was our first visit to Ajijic, so we were excited and a bit nervous to see the place we had booked online. Well, everything was absolutely perfect! The casita is simply beautiful, the grounds and pool lovely, and our hosts were friendly, extremely helpful and fun ! Although they afforded us all the privacy we wanted, they were always there if we had a question, needed help, or were looking for a recommendation for restaurants, activities, services, etc! The casita was comfortable, homey, and a joy to stay in. The beds were comfortable, the kitchen well equipped and there were books, movies, satellite TV and good internet. We spent many happy hours on the beautiful veranda, dining al fresco, sitting by the fire in the chiminea in the evenings, or just relaxing and enjoying the view, the birds, and the beautiful weather. The maid and gardener kept the casita and the grounds immaculate. The casita is about a 15 minute walk to downtown Ajijic where you will find a lively, charming, vibrant town to explore to your heart's content. The area is very safe and we never had a moment's worry. There was also a local mini supermarket a few minutes walk away where you could buy just about anything you needed. Two local weekly markets (one organic market and one farmer's and gift market) where you could get just about anything! The locals are also friendly and helpful, and the food and service at the restaurants was fantastic! We would often stroll along the malecon (boardwalk) along the lakefront to enjoy the beautiful view of the lake and the mountains and to watch all the storks, pelicans and other waterbirds. We have fallen in love with Ajijic and plan to return many times. I would highly recommend Amy and Aivars' casita to anyone, it is absolutely lovely and has everything you could want in a home-away-from-home. Thank you Amy and Aivars, we look forward to seeing you next year !!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are both flattered and delighted by this review. It was indeed a real pleasure to have Jan and Marni as our guests. We always try to make sure that our guests have a wonderful stay with us and it appears that we have had a degree of success.
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San Diego , California

Absolute Paradise !!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to the Lake Chapala area and we couldn't have found a more perfect place to stay and experience this amazing area !!! The Casita is so beautifully decorated and it has everything you will need to feel totally at home !!! The hosts Avairs and Amy are the most welcoming people , they are a wealth of knowledge about how to have the most memorable experience !!! We enjoyed the terrace as it is private , but has the most incredible view of the beautiful gardens !! You feel totally safe in this wonderful neighborhood !! Walking to town and restaurants from the Casita is very fun and convenient !!! The bonus of course were the animals , two Labs Mona and Lucy and the two kitties who will love on you as much as you would like . They are really well behaved and just made our experience even better !!! Thanks again for an amazing experience Avairs and Amy !!!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have such delightful guests. Also, we are almost overwhelmed with the review and feel that our aim to welcome guests to our home has been achieved. Thank you, Pat.
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Belwood, Ontario, Canada

Another Wonderful Escape to Paradise

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. It has always been our aim to make our guests feel at home, particularly as it may be their first Ajijic experience. Returning guests are particularly welcome and, over the years, they have become really good friends.
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Historic Downtown Guadalajara
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Brew House
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Chula Vista
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
To Manzanillo
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Nearest Beach
186 Miles
Car: not necessary

Tours can be arranged to visit historical Guadalajara, ancient pyramids, tequila distilleries and other attractions in the area.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $700

Rental rate applies to one couple. Additional guests, with prior approval, to be charged at $20.00 per person per night.An additional couple renting for the month at the high season, a rate of $3,000.00 will apply. For the low season, the two couple rate is $2,500.00 No pets or children please, we have on-site large,friendly Golden Labradors and an open pool. Maximum stay 2 months.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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