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Along the north shore of Mexico’s largest lake, is a string of small fishing villages that are home to one of the largest expatriate communities in the world. Lake Chapala has earned a reputation worldwide and has been touted by CNN, TIME magazine and the AARP as being one of the most affordable places for people north of the border to retire. In fact, Mexico was just ranked as the #1 place in the world to retire and National Geographic states that The Lake Chapala area has the second best climate in the world.

Even though these authorities have their finger on the pulse of this charming area they haven’t discovered yet what thousands of Americans and Canadians already know: The Ajijic and Lake Chapala area is one of the most diverse and friendly communities in the world surrounded by the refreshing simplicity of years gone by.

Have you ever wished that you could stop the clock and step back 60 or 70 years in time? Then Lake Chapala may be for you. Though the area still has the cobbled streets and burros of days gone by, there is also an English-speaking infrastructure in place and all the amenities like WIFI, satellite TV and communications that you have come to expect.

The Lake Chapala area, 40 minutes south of Guadalajara, is nestled in the center of a ring of three mountain ranges that allow proximity without the pollution. The natural beauty of the area includes 100 miles of shoreline bordering the calm waters of Lake Chapala. In the rainy season, the mountains become lush and green. Because Lake Chapala is a mile high like Denver, there is a minimum of humidity and the days average 74 degree temperatures year ‘round.