What is going on Members of the Barrio It’s Jon coming to you from Ajijic Which is on Lake Chapala The largest freshwater lake in all of Mexico And I have found out one of the most popular retirement destinations In the world For Americans, Canadians, and British people I’ve been so curious about this place I want to find out exactly what it is.. About this lake.. That draws people from all over the world To spend time here And we are at an awesome hotel right now called Real de Chapala It had the highest rankings on Trip Advisor That’s the reason I chose it And before we head to town. I want to show you guys around a little bit And Adriana is going to be giving you a tour of the room Alright Adriana you’re going to be the tour guide Are you excited to explore Lake Chapala? Of course it looks so beautiful guys.Let me show you And give you a tour This is our room which has beautiful light And it has two full size beds Which is good because Jon can sleep there And I can sleep there It has this table Where we can work It has this lazy guy.. here I love this couch because I like to sit on my computer But I don’t like to be on the bed so.. I love it It’s really cool Like touch here And my favorite part We have this view That blue part you see there Is the lake Which looks beautiful We have the pool which is warm So we might jump in later And we are going to show you more about this hotel Alright lets go guys Heck of a pool side view I must say It’s like 71 degrees right now And I found it amusing that when we checked in here All the hotel staff was wearing heavy jackets And all of the guests at the hotel were wearing short sleeves I could even go for short sleeves right now Now that I’ve shown you around the hotel a little bit It’s about a 15 minute walk To the malecon To the heart of Ajijic I really want to explore this area We’re going to at least walk there Maybe take an uber back Let’s enjoy this walk Instead of an Uber we can pay the horses 5 dollars to go to town You want to do it? No.. My first impressions as we get closer to the town Is that everything is very well manicured This is a very well put together town I can see immediately it’s pretty beautiful so far I’m liking all of the colors Very calm I’m starting to dig this hippieish vibe of this town Very very neat A lot of cool murals On the street walls You know you are in an American town Brunch I’ve seen breakfast before From Mexican towns But i’ve never seen Brunch We have reached the fabled Malecon here And it is absolutely Gorgeous It’s beautiful Here’s Jon flying baby drone In that direction Bye bye.. Bye Baby drone You know what I think we need to do guys We need to find a resident here Who is not from Mexico And let’s hear somebodys opinion on why Ajijic is this amazing spot to retire? There are many reasons why people come here And want to stay here Number one the weather The weather is very very constant It’s certainly not like the weather in Canada Another reason is the cost of living Is quite cheap here If you’re on a retired income You can live very well The third reason is the medical The medical is very good here A lot of the doctors have been trained in the U.S or Europe So they’re very very qualified The hospitals are like hotels Okay It’s a very friendly environment down here Lots of friends that you can make Lots of activities Lots of fundraisers You could be busy every night of the week If you want to be Alright thank you so much for helping me out with that That interview was actually unplanned I was looking for somebody, Syliva just happened to be sitting on the Malecon I asked here if she would talk to us about the experience of being retired here. I thought her answers were so interesting to me Because i’m living in Mexico for 4 months As a digital nomad There are some similarities I suppose Between being a retired person in Mexico And being someone who just works remotely here But something she told me off camera That really resonated with me Is that when you come to Mexico As a foreigner Especially as someone from the United States or Canada You are used to service being super quick You are used to everything being exactly the way you want it Back home But here the pace of life Is much slower And she said there’s people that get used to it And there’s people that don’t get used to it After living in Mexico for now close to 3 months.. I’m definitley getting used to it And in some ways it’s actually healthier Because you have to slow down.. your pace of life to be happy This is the biggest antique shop I’ve ever been to before It just keeps going Cuidado la cabeza, esta suelta I think it means the heads cut off Guys I didn’t break this He came like this For 90 dollars you can have a japanese made radio That store was called Bazaar Barbara And it is quite bizarre All the things they have in there Not to play on words That place is really really cool Check them out When you come to Ajijic We just randomly stumbled in Now we’re going to show you
The main square Which i’ve heard is quite pretty Actually 90% of my customers are Canadian or American Definitley a lot more culture from the U.S.A and Canada In some of these shops We just went to that really cool hot dog place Which is themed like a shack The owner even told me.. that the reason that place exists is for the foreigners to feel more at home He said 90% of his customers are not from Mexico Check this place out And we’ve got Lake Burgers Now you feel at home? I feel at home now, yes. Something that I noticed here And it’s quite nice And I don’t know it makes me feel happy.. and excited This is a very Mexican square But even though you see all these Americans.. or Canadians walking around Like this is there home.. So it’s a contrast. I don’t know.. I like it.. It’s interesting I was thinking the exact same thing Becaues this is your typical square in a Mexican city All around us Vendors.. But it’s populated by a lot of ex-pats here Which is really unique I’ve been absolutely blown away By the cool street art in this city The school which has skulls on the outside And then across we have.. A church Members of the Barrio Honestly.. I did not want to like.. Ajijic I hadn’t really done much research on it I thought it would be super touristy Like Cancun I know there are a ton of retired Americans.. Canadians..
British people living here.. But I think they’re onto something..
Seriously.. All the people I saw.. I interacted with.. I walked by.. In this town They looked super happy Super relaxed I feel like they’re trying to become A greater part of the community here That lady Sylvia was telling me That she’s involved in a lot of volunteer things And the other people here are as well If you’re watching this video And you’re of a retirement age Maybe you could consider Mexico And who knows maybe in 30 or 40 years I could be retired.. To a spot like this I hope you guys enjoyed All of the footage from Ajijic We’ve got one more episode coming up from Lake Chapala So make sure to check that one out as well When it comes out Make sure to subscribe to this channel If you are new here Thank you so much for watching Until next time