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

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 92 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 - 92 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 6 months and longer. Please write us for those rates

Even though this is a brand 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 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:
November 12, 2016

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, 28 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.

ricardo quirarte purchased this house in 2013

Why ricardo quirarte chose Ajijic

There is nothing comparable in Ajijic, this close to Lake Chapala, 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 lower priced rental and one higher end home for rent in Ajijic also, write for more information.

What makes this house unique

Wi-Fi, Cellphone, Fresh Vegetable Garden, Ice Maker (purified water throughout the house), Laundry, Sirius Satellite Radio, Canadian Satellite TV will be offered in the 2016-17 rental season at an extra charge.

Pick-up or return to Airport included in monthly rentals in 2016-17.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Charming Mexican Style Living In The Village; 50 Feet From Lake Chapala
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

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: Nov 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: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We recently completed one month in this elegant and superbly located home in the heart of Ajijic. The owners, Tom and Ricardo went out of their way from the airport pick-up to being always readily available for information from the TV to the best local restaurants and everything in between. The house is immaculate, very well equipped and professionally decorated with a blend of high end art and antiques. Beds and linens are top of the line. The house location enables one to walk everywhere and a car is not required. There is a ready supply of taxis for the weekly grocery shopping at less than $5.00 Canadian anywhere in Ajijic, but most days we walked. The roof garden is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the superb views. Anyone considering renting this home should do so without any hesitation . It is comfortable, well located and no safety concerns whatsoever. We had a wonderful time as this was our first trip to Ajijic, and look forward to returning. A solid 10 out of10!!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the glowing review, you are by far the finest guests we have had the honor to receive. Your sense of humor and your courage in coming to Mexico amid all the foul rumors in the press, show what adventurers you truly are. An inspiration to other retired couples who stay home afraid to experience the world at their doorstep. Hoping to see you in Ajijic again someday. Que les vaya bien! Ricardo and Tom
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Casa Tonatiuh in Ajijic, Mexico

  • 4 of 5

The scenery, mountains, walk along the malecon everyday was best thing. Need good walking shoes for the cobblestone streets.We were there during a ten day festival which was noisywith firecrackers, lots of them. Plenty of lovely restaurants to go to. For fabulous view, go to the restaurant at the racquet'll need a cab.

Your hosts Tom and Ricardo will help with anything, even brought in electric heaters for chilly evenings.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Viva la Mexico This is the place !!

  • 5 of 5

We recently had the pleasure of staying in this lovely home. We travel often and trust VRBO but every now and again one can be disappointed. This was certainly not the case with this listing, actually the photos don't do justice to the home. Everything was perfect from arrival to departure . Tom and Ricardo answered every question we had from our first inquiry until the day we departed. Tom was waiting for us upon our arrival and that was an unexpected treat. It was great to have everthing explained from TV channels to where to shop for anything we needed. We knew every good restaurant and market immediately. The furnishings are wonderful and everything you will need to stay a week or months is furnished. The third floor terrace is fantastic and complete with a fridge, coffee maker, sink and TV. The views are spectacular and it is a comfortable and inviting retreat for a little alone time or a gathering. The baths are modern, the beds are top notch, linens are super, furniture comfortable and kitchen well equipped . The location is the best with the lake less than a block away. We walked everywhere in town all times of day and night and felt so very safe. Do yourself a large favor and stay here when you are fortunate to come to lovely Ajijic. 😀

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I recently stayed in the above referenced rental. The listing and photos were spot on, if anything the property was superior to the photos. Furnished with a wonderful blend of antiques and art. Spotlessly clean and well supplied. The owners were helpful in answering any questions that I had and in helping me to find anything that I needed. The central location was a definite plus, I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Ajijic Tango
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 28 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.

We have other, lower priced rentals in Ajijic. Write us for more information.


Rates & Availability

Rancho del Oro House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2017
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
60 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - May 31 2017
14 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
92 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $800

Refundable rental deposit under conditions outlined above.
$25 charge for check-ins after 9pm or before 8am (when allowed).
Surcharge of $15 per occupant per night on reservations for more than 2 people or for temporary guests arriving during your stay.

50% down to make reservation, full balance due 60 days prior to arrival. 25% cancellation fee if canceled at least 60 days before arrival. 50% between 60 and 30 days. Cancellations within 30 days of arrival, no refund.
Paypal is one of our payment options,wire or direct bank deposit with Wells Fargo Bank NA. Damage deposit can be paid on arrival, in cash or by Paypal a few days before arrival.

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Rancho del Oro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
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 ...
  • Telephone ...
  • 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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • tennis
Maid service twice a week included in the rent, more frequent service available at an extra charge. Gardener once a week or as needed by season.

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