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The Neighborhood of Upper Ajijic

Everybody knows “Lower Ajijic”. Every visitor, newcomer and local residents has enjoyed the lively plaza, the Wednesday outdoor market/tianguis, the Malecon for a stroll along the lake, etc. Along with all that, Lower Ajijic also has the highest concentration of restaurants, galleries, shops and other businesses that make it such an interesting place to explore. But what about “Upper Ajijic”? Wha’s that about? What would it be like to live there?

Both areas offer their virtues if you are thinking of buying a
home here.

Upper Ajijic is also where you’ll find homes with unobstructed
views of the lake, some of which are located in private gated communities.
Homes in gated communities and those featuring uncluttered lake views are very
rare below the Carretera, so if either quality is important to you, it’s a good
idea to consider making “Upper Ajijic” your home.

Lower Ajijic has flatter terrain, making it easier to walk and
enjoy the amenities listed above. Upper Ajijic, on the other hand, climbs
gradually to the base of the mountains. The streets in the upper village tend
to be a bit wider
in most areas, with easier driving and more abundant parking. Also, with fewer
visitors wandering the streets north of the Carretera, the area is less
congested. In short, Upper Ajijic offers close proximity to the amenities of
lower Ajijic, but is a bit removed from the congestion, crowds and occasional

So, while
they’re only a short distance away from each other, Upper and Lower Ajijic
offer different living experiences. Since moving here fulltime in 2008 I have
lived in both Upper and Lower Ajijic for equal amounts of time.


Ajijic is
located between Chapala and San Juan Cosala. Like all areas lakeside, “Upper”
and “Lower” are defined by the carretera, the main road east and west
connecting Chapala with Jocotepec. Lower Ajijic is on the lakeside of the
highway, and Upper is on the mountain side.


  • Lomas de Ajijic
  • Lomas del Lago
  • Lomas del Tepalo
  • Montibello
  • Rosalito
  • El Palmar Courtyard
  • Ajijic Hills
  • Los Olivos
  • Riviera Alta
  • La Mision
  • Mision del Lago
  • San Juan de Colinas
  • Ventanas de Ajijic

Climate Ajijic

The average
temperature in Ajijic is from 5°C (41°F) to 31°C (87.8°F), it is considered one
of the best weathers in the world.    

Places of Interest

Upper Ajijic
is the gateway to mountain trails where you can hike, mountain bike or ride
horseback. During rainy season, stunningly beautiful waterfalls await you
directly above the center of town. And year-round, nature trails offer
everchanging vistas, including panoramic views of the town, the lake and the
entire south shore.

Internet, Cable and Telephone Service

Good internet speed, affordable
television and telephone services provided by the companies:

(Internet, Telephone):

Carretera Chapala – Jocotepec Ote 113, Ajijic, Jal.

Hours 8:00 am
– 4:30 pm.

(Television, Internet)

 Address: Hidalgo 45920 Riberas del Pilar,
Chapala, Jal.

 Hours 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.

(Telephone, Internet and Television)

Address: Plaza
Bugambilias Ajijic, Jal.

Hours 9:00 am
– 7:00 pm.

Fees and HOA what is covered?

The vast majority of properties in
Upper Ajijic are simply part of the village and include no HOA fees. There are,
however, approximately ten gated communities, and the Colonos or HOA fees vary
from among the lowest in our area to some of the highest, depending on the
amenities included. It is important to know what, if any, HOA fees are
associated with a property before deciding to purchase.

Potable Water and Sewer Systems

provided by a governmental organization called SIMAPA.

Guadalupe Victoria 65. Tel 01 376 766 0423

Hours 9:00 am
a 3:00 pm.


The company
that supplies this service is CFE (Comisión Federal de Electricidad).

Zaragoza 451, Chapala, Jalisco.

Hours 8:00 am
– 9:00 pm.

This service
must be paid every 2 months and can be paid at the CFE office or in stores like
Walmart, Soriana, OXXO and 7 Eleven.

CFE has
different rates of power depending on client’s needs:

  • Rate 01 Domestic use (regular house)
  • Rate 02 Business (stores in general)
  • Trifásico (business and regular house)

Medical Services

  • Hospital Ajijic- Carretera Ote 33-A. Tel 376 766 0500


  • Hotel Casa de la
    Hermenegildo Galeana 75. Tel 01 376
    766 1747

Restaurants near Upper Ajijic

  • Chinese food Min Wah- Al Tepalo 96 A. Tel 01 376 766 0686
  • Donas Donuts
    J. Encarnación Rosas 52. Tel 01 376
    766 4262
  • Go Bistro- Marcos Castellanos 31. Tel 01 33 3502 6555
  • El Jardín de
    Carretera Ote. 52. Tel 01 376 766
  • Machi ma- Carretera 0te 25. Tel 01 376 766 1649.

Known Issues in Upper Ajijic

Noise- Many
insist that because “sound travels up”, Upper Ajijic must be noisier than
lower. And while it’s certainly true that there are noisier than average areas
of Upper Ajijic, acoustics are much more complicated than a simple formula. How
sound travels is affected by a lot of things, especially buildings that deflect
it. Each individual property can be more or less impacted by noise depending
upon different factors. If you are thinking of living right in town and are
sensitive to noise, it’s important to work with a realtor who understands which
areas are louder and which are not. I have lived in both upper and lower
Ajijic, and have been fortunate to find two of the quieter “pockets”. Mexico is an exciting,
vibrant place to live, but it is not a quiet culture.

Public Transportation- If there is a clear downside when comparing
Upper and Lower Ajijic, it’s that there is no public transportation available
above the carretera. Bus service only exists along the carretera running east
and west, with smaller busses that patrol the lower village. If you live above
the carretera, you need to either have a car, use taxis or rely on walking.