Picture Galleries: Events, Traditions & People of Lake Chapala & Ajijic

If you want to know what it is really like, then looking at our pictures will give you the best idea. We try to capture it all, so in our picture galleries the Lakeside area will come alive. It  is a collection of images from all over town,  divided into two sections: One is “The Lakeside community” which are sets of pictures from daily life around the Lake Chapala area. The other is “Events, Traditions & People of Lake Chapala” which is categorized by date, so the first set is the most recent.

The Lakeside Community

These galleries are placed on our Flickr account, so the images below will take you to Flickr. These picture sets are divided into several sections and categories, some being: Markets, People, food, flowers, trees, churches, activities & more. The pictures bring the lakeside community alive, through them you will be able to step inside our town and see the faces, food, activities and culture this community is all about.

Click here to see the whole set of photos on Flickr

Events, Traditions & People of Lake Chapala

Our community is full of culture and tradition, there is a different festival, event or activity that is celebrated almost every month of the year. Our goal with this gallery is to take you inside these traditions. You will find photos of  Lakeside surrounding towns, people, local events, town traditions and more. We try to keep it updated as much as possible, so come back on a monthly basis to see new sets of images.

Past galleries through the years :

2011 – 2012 – 2013 – 2014 – 2015

July 20th, 2017  | Chupinaya Race in Ajijic 2017

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April 9th, 2017  | Verbena from the Past Ajijic 2017

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April 1st, 2017  | Feria Capirotada Ajijic 2017

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February 28 th, 2017  | Carnaval Parade Ajijic 2017

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February 25 th, 2017  | Chapala Carnaval 2017

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February 12th, 2017  | 39th Chili Cook Off 2017

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January 29th, 2017 | Sangre Viva Event 2017

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November 2nd, 2016 | Day of the Dead 2016

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October 29th, 2016 | Zombie Thriller 2016

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September 16th, 2016 | Independence Parade 2016

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September 11th, 2016 | Rebozo Tradition 2016

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September 10th, 2016 | Ajijic Balloon Regata 2016

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March 20th, 2016 | Verbena from the Past 2016

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February 28th, 2016 | 38th Annual Chili Cook Off 2016

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February 9th, 2016 | Ajijic & Chapala Carnival Parades 2016

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Gallery Pages: Current year – 2011 – 2012 – 2013 – 2014 – 2015

11 Comments → “Pictures”

  1. Johanna Walti

    Jul 07, 2015

    I would like to visit the area sometimes late winter early spring 2016. Is it possible to rent an apartment for about 2 weeks? I’ll arrive from the Baltimore/Washington area. Is it safe for a single woman to rent a car from. the airport to get to Lake Chapala? What is the closest airport?
    I’m looking forward to hear from you.


    • Z-Access Admin

      Jul 08, 2015

      Hi Johanna,

      The closest airport is GDL (Guadalajara) and the airport is only a 25 minute drive from Lake Chapala. Renting at a B&B would be the best for two weeks and yes it is safe to rent a car for driving around and exploring the Lakeside area.


  2. Wendy Russo

    Jul 10, 2015

    In regards to Johanna’s questions I would like to add a comment.
    I am a single female (50 yrs old ) and have been coming to Ajijic for the past 8 yrs for 6 months at a time and this year (2015) have decided to stay for 1 yr hopefully longer.
    Regarding renting a car from the airport , I found was very expensive, and driving to Ajijic for the first time would be terrifying. There are cabs waiting at the airport for about 8 00 pesos or less will get you safely and quickly to your destination.
    Make sure you have your hotel address and the driver will get you there. Once settled in you can rent a car in Ajijic, though unless you are going a great distance it’s really not necessary.
    Most walk, take the bus 8 pesos, or local cab 50 pesos will get you anywhere within Ajijic


    • stan weatherford

      Apr 26, 2016

      Read your reply for first time coming there.
      I’ve been reading about the area for quite some time and want my wife and I to possible come down this year. Looked at VRBO places to rent and hopefully this year will come down and check it out. We currently have gone to Mazatlan for the last seven years.
      Now looking for a place to spend the winters or living full time. Just a few years from retirement. Currently been reading a lot of info on Access Lake Chapala and have learned a great deal. Thanks for the information. 🙂


  3. Montezuma Cantu Sr

    Jul 14, 2015

    Hello, some time back 6 years or so ago, I lived in Bucerias, outside of Mescales and Puerto Vallarta, Bucerias is outside of Pv and in the state of Nayarit, I loved it, lots of dust but my home was upstairs and central air we had two bath or showers and bedrooms, my son and I
    we ate out always, and walked the beach since we were walking distance from it., the market had many eateries which we would frequent and enjoyed ! would like to know how it would be in Lake Chapala which is quite a ways from Punta Mita or Bucerias Nayarit…I drove by there on the way to San Juan De Los Lagos the old shrine and enjoyed the visit.
    Please do contact me I plan to visit mexico again, I am 70 years old and retired Veteran.


  4. Barry Beacock

    Oct 29, 2015

    Is there a sandy beach in Ajijic ? We are from Ontario Canada and like to walk on the beach.


  5. Linda Logos

    Jun 14, 2016

    Is SCUBA diving allowed in Lake Chapala? If not, how about snorkeling? Is the water clear enough for diving? Are there various kinds of fishes in the lake?
    Thank you


  6. jeannie

    May 14, 2017

    I am considering moving from San Miguel de allende……looking for a cheap place to stay while I look at the area or for a house sit.Please let me know if you know anything

    Many thanks


  7. Kathi Larson

    Jun 12, 2017


    I have lived in Ajijic now for alittle over 4 years and let me tell you this : It is Paradise….
    The Village is the sweetest place I have ever Lived… The people are Awesome and friendly and no crime …. I have now made Ajijic my home…. Living, Loving the life I always dreamed of for my twilight years…. I can’t say one bad thing about my life there…. It is heaven on earth… and its not long distance to talk to God…. I thank him everyday for putting my feet in Ajijic….


    • Bill

      Jun 16, 2017

      Dear Kathi,

      I love your comments. We are planning to move there in October or so. I tried to print your comments but was unsuccessful. I wished to show my wife. Is it possible for you to email your message to Dana at, kapco77@hotmail.com? Much appreciated.

      Kind regards,



    • Linny

      Jun 22, 2017

      Hi Kathi,
      I’m almost 70 and have been told Ajijic is a low cost area. Is it true that I could retire there with only my social security, $700? I could buy a house to live in if it didn’t cost more than
      $100,000 to $125,000. What about medical insurance? Linny


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