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Charming Mexican Style Living In The Village; 50 Feet From Lake Chapala

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 - 60 nights


About the property

2 Bdrm, Mountain & Lake Views, Rooftop Terrace, Balcony Off Master Bdrm

Casa Tonatiuh is the creation of two local businessmen with a love for the traditional Mexican style. Their design utilizes antique Mexican architectural features like the immense wooden doors that greet you at the street, ornamental iron detailing and hand crafted 'mosaico' floors on the lower lever and beautiful tropical wood floors in both bedrooms. The decorative use of Mexican Talavera tile combined with inlaid antique mesquite wood planks gives a very warm feeling of old Mexico. We do offer special rates for stays 3 months and longer. Please write us for those rates

Even though this is a very new three level Mexican home you will get the feeling you are stepping into the colonial Mexican period.

Casa Tonatiuh (named after the Aztec Sun God) is located in the heart of Ajijic Village just 50 ft. from the Lakefront park. The rooftop terrace includes a wet bar, coffee maker, gas BBQ, TV, Sirius Satellite radio and a rooftop garden planted with organically grown veggies and herbs for your consumption.

Two light airy bedrooms (one with balcony), large living room, fully equipped kitchen, lower level interior patio with fountain, separate laundry and a half bath on ground level.

Tastefully decorated with original Mexican art, quality furniture, excellent beds and bedding. Wi-Fi and cell phone provided. All utilities included.

More Details

ricardo quirarte
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish, Some French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 24, 2018

About ricardo quirarte

Well known Ajijic businessmen Ricardo and Tom built this house over a period of 2 years. Ricardo was born in Guadalajara and Tom is an immigrant to Mexico from San Diego, 32 years ago. They have enjoyed renting homes in Europe and decided to try to offer the same level of comfort they have experienced when they travel to visitors to Ajijic. Tom loves cooking and thus the well equipped kitchen. Ricardo is a certified civil engineer and loves to design and construct, his creative 'touches' are apparent throughout Casa Tonatiuh from the hand made floors on the first level, the artistic talavera tiles in the bathrooms, the tropical hardwood floors in the bedrooms and the one of a kind handrails in the stairs.

ricardo quirarte purchased this house in 2013

Why ricardo quirarte chose Ajijic

There is nothing comparable in Ajijic, this close to Lake Chapala, we built this home ourselves to accommodate visitors to Ajijic in a style we live in ourselves. We offer fresh greens on the rooftop, proximity to Ajijic's greatest restaurants, a quiet pedestrian neighborhood, comfortable accommodations in a warm Mexican style. We have tried to think of everything you will need while visiting Ajijic. We have 1 other 'higher-end' home for rent in Ajijic also, write for more information.

What makes this house unique

Wi-Fi, organic salad garden, Ice Maker (purified water throughout the house), Laundry, Sirius Satellite Radio, Mexican cable TV, Satellite TV will be offered in the 2018-19 rental season at an extra charge.

Pick-up or return to Airport included in monthly rentals in 2018-19


Ajijic House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Mexico requires us to pay tax on the deposit (which holds your reservation) as it comes in, we will allow a change of dates if available. No Refunds.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • upper level Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Powder Room - toilet , Sink and Vanity
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom w/balcony - 1 king
    Guest Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Maid service once a week included in the rent, more frequent service available at an extra charge. Gardener once a week or as needed by season. Two local eateries will deliver meals and coffee to the house anytime. An enclosed parking facility is located 2 blocks from Casa Tonatiuh. Very reasonable monthly rate and the owners give you a key for easy entry and exit at whatever hour you wish.


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Charming Mexican Style Living In The Village; 50 Feet From Lake Chapala
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Old World Charm with beautiful views and attention to detail

  • 5 of 5

Ajijic is a wonderful little Mexican village nestled alongside a beautiful lake: perfect weather, art and sculpture at every turn, friendly locals who keep their traditions alive (including lots of fiestas, fireworks, and cohetes) and just enough expat influence to also make the stay convenient with widespread English spoken and a plethora of restaurants, shops, and bars in keeping with the local feel. Casa Tonatiuh keeps that feel .. totally convenient location in the heart of an old Mexican town with all the quirks amid tasteful, warm, old world decor and architecture yet with all the amenities one would need ... including all the necessary light switches and outlets in all the right places! The rooftop was my favorite space ... both mountain and lake views, great sunsets, and again, a well-designed space with lots of greenery and areas of both sun and shade, grill, wet bar, refrigerator, Sirius radio and tv .. perfect for relaxing and eating meals. Thomas and Ricardo are extremely attentive, readily accessible, and responsive to any needs or questions that arise .. making it a totally enjoyable stay! ( we stayed for 3 months, but due to the final two weeks previously being booked they personally moved us next door to one of their other properties ... totally different and totally wonderful also! )

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The two of you were also a joy to have as guests.. patient with the off and on Internet service that goes with living in a small Mexican village .. excellent custodians of Casa Tonatiuh during your stay, we wish you the best in your future travels and hope Ajijic will be on your future itinerary .. Thank you!
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Great property......great location

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks at Casa Tonatiuh in Ajijic and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The location of the house was perfect, centrally located in the village and half a block from the lake. You could walk everywhere from this location. We booked through VRBO and there were no surprises.....the house was exactly as advertised. The owners of the property were close by and available to answer any questions that we had. The best part of our day was sitting in the sunshine up on the 3rd floor mirador at the end of each day. The views are fantastic!! We would totally recommend Casa Tonatiuh if you are looking for a short term/long term stay in Ajijic.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place, great location

  • 5 of 5

Being so close to the malecon was much fun, near the activities and walkable to so many good restaurants. The lodging itself was beautiful, with a most enjoyable mirador, well furnished with comfortable seating. And a very comfortable bed. Top notch art work and appliances. Two weeks went by way too quickly!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so fortunate to have you as tenants. There are so many options in Ajijic now a days but we do strive to be something a little better than the run of the mill vacation rental .. Hope to see the two of you again. P.S. comment on the 'noise' from the refrigerator saved us a lot of money .. the cooling fan had broken a blade and had you not told us about it, the fridge could have overheated and burned out. Thanks for that heads up!
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Wonderful location in Ajijic Village

  • 4 of 5

What a special Casa, spacious, bright, lovely Mirador on the top floor with a veggie Garden! planted just for us. Also, a refrigerator and lounge chairs with table which is a great place to entertain and watch the sunset. Tom and Ricardo are over - at a moment notice - to answer any questions. The Casa has a surprising selection of antique Mexican Art with Paintings, ceramics from Tonala, Michoacán , Oaxaca , hand carved chests, stain glass, weaving, carpets!!

As a artist, I was thrilled to live with all these beautiful and important works of Art.

Great galley kitchen with everything you need to prepare a great supper, luscious comply linens, spacious baths and a porch off the master bedroom - I would sit out and read at night and be serenaded by the distant mariachi music.

Oh, and a fountain running to lull you to sleep -we loved this!

Wonderful Casa - we will return!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous home in heart of Ajijic!

  • 5 of 5

This review is long overdue. My husband and I spent the Thanksgiving holiday at Casa Tonatiuh and absolutely loved the home (which truly feels like a home away from home) and Ricardo and Tom are such gracious hosts. The home is immaculate and fully stocked with everything you need for your stay. Ricardo and Tom have also prepared a wonderful manual that includes all the details on the home plus fabulous recommendations for local restaurants, shops and markets! I agree with others that pictures do not do the place justice although it would be hard to capture the beauty both inside and out in pictures. Ajijic / Lake Chapala is such a beautiful and quaint getaway with so much to see and do however my husband and I felt so comfortable and happy in Casa Tonatiuh that we spent many a morning, afternoon and evening relaxing in the house and mostly on the rooftop deck - they have a wine fridge, wet bar / sink, a coffee percolater, and a radio set up with XM radio on the rooftop terrace so you can spend several hours enjoying the beautiful surroundings and relaxing. We are already thinking about our next trip to Ajijic and will plan to stay in Casa Tonatiuh if available! Thank you Ricardo and Tom!! Kat and Marc

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfection in downtown Ajijic

  • 5 of 5

This property is pricier than many others but you will absolutely get good value for your money. A new build with a Mexican feel. Traditional ceilings and tastefully chosen antiques and artwork. Comfortable beds. Modern conveniences such as huge fridge with icemaker, top quality washer and dryer, fast Wifi, four TVs (if you need that many with so many other things to do in town) and reliable hot water in the shower. The pictures of the rooftop patio sold us on this house for our first trip to this remarkable town and we were not disappointed. With its view, flowers, herb garden, dining facilities, an awning by day and lights by night it was the place where we spent most of our six week stay when at home - feeling that we had gotten our money's worth! The owners were very helpful and easy to contact either at their nearby store or by email. The short distance to the lakefront promenade (Malecon) was a huge bonus and we enjoyed twice daily walks there observing the pelicans, the parade of dog walkers and various town celebrations. The park beside the lake attracts many local families and on weekends especially you can hear their music from the roof but we found it quite atmospheric rather than annoying. The main touristic shopping street is a block away and the main square about three blocks. Many excellent places to eat are within walking distance. We were two women often out at night on foot and never felt nervous. The cobblestone streets and often uneven sidewalks are really the most dangerous thing about this town until you learn to look down frequently when moving and then stand still to admire the colourful homes, flowers and birds. A great place to stay right in the heart of a lovely village.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Chez Charracate Wine Bar
Nearest Restaurant
70 Metres
Car: not necessary

Casa Tonatiuh is located just 50 feet from Ajijic's beautiful pier and waterfront park (El Malecon). The tree lined cobblestone route from your home in Ajijic to Lake Chapala is a breathtaking 1 minute walk. Start each day in Ajijic like the locals do walking along the lake front at sunrise, using the public fitness equipment (free) and meet lots of interesting people.

Casa Tonatiuh is located just around the corner from Barbara's Bazaar, one of Ajijic's must see stores for 32 years! Follow that up with lunch at one of several restaurants within 2 blocks of your casa and on Weds. you can peruse the weekly street market (about 8 blocks to the east).

As night falls, enjoy a BBQ and a cocktail on the roof top terrace of Casa Tonatiuh, picking fresh arugula from the organic garden on the roof.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $800
Final cleaning fee $50

Refundable rental deposit under conditions outlined above.
$25 charge for check-ins after 9pm or before 4pm (when possible).
Surcharge of $10 per occupant per night on reservations for more than 2 people or for temporary guests arriving during your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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