Ajijic was so much fun to walk through because now we could get a close-up view of everything we had glimpsed along its narrow colorful streets.

Not only are there small specialty stores, there are lots of houses in the area. The fronts of the houses are deceptively narrow looking with an often plain entryway and battered garage door. Behind these façades are well-designed and roomy houses, often with attached guest houses or casitas, large patios on every floor and on the roof, and even complete outdoor kitchens. Some houses have swimming pools, but these tend to be small lap pools due to the dry climate and scarcity of water.

The photo below shows the backyard of an Ajijic house for sale that we found. Of course, we had to stop for a while and check out the open house.

The house is large and very pleasant, with huge windows along the back wall. The backyard has an outdoor kitchen and two casitas – the one in the photo below plus a two story casita that has a guest bedroom with bath on each floor. Plus the property has a greenhouse and wine cellar!

Ajijic casita

The roof patio has lots of greenery and a great view.

Ajijic casita roof

John in front of a bright doorway in Ajijic.

House purple and yellow entry with John

A beautiful doorway, but I couldn’t tell if this was a private residence or some kind of public space.

Ajijic doorway

I love this combination of capitalism, utility wires, bright colors, and flowers.

Ajijic Corona wall

Every town has its town square and pavilion. Lake Chapala’s square has some very creative artwork.

Ajijic town square

Every town also has a cathedral, or churches/chapels if the town is small. This historic chapel by the town square is small but lovely.

Lake Chapala cathedral exterior

Lake Chapala cathedral interior 1