Lago de Chapala—as Mexico’s largest freshwater lake—is not only a tourist hotspot, but also a vital habitat for migratory birds such as the American White Pelican and other plants and animals native to the area. Fed by three different rivers, Lake Chapala is a shallow lake with a particularly soothing quality that attracts many retirees to settle here in the communities of Chapala and Ajijic. Why not? Who wouldn’t want to wake up to yet another day of clear skies and cotton-candy clouds, watch on as their curious dogs fuss over a piece of driftwood on the shore, and dive into a picnic basket with new friends?
The lake connects people to one another in special ways; it seems like there’s something interesting happening here every other week, whether it’s a concert, a ballet, a chili cook-off, or a game of volleyball.
If you’re not playing golf, attending an art exhibition, or having a delicious meal at one of the local eateries, take some time to join a local society club where you’ll meet with others who have the same interests. Sore from horseback riding or perhaps from a night of
vigorous dancing at a fiesta? The balnearios, or natural thermal springs in the area, are the best cure for aches and pains. Some say that the best part about Lake Chapala is its constant and nearly perfect climate, but those who choose to live here will tell you that aside from the climate, divine sceneries, a full calendar of events, and wonderful neighbours are the things that make Lake Chapala feel like home.
By Sabrina Wang