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Post by ccw on Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:07 pm

Hello all.

I am currently in my 2nd week visit to Lakeside. Does anyone have any information on how to get a tour of the different neighborhoods in Chapala?

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Post by gringal on Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:20 am

ccw wrote:Hello all.

I am currently in my 2nd week visit to Lakeside. Does anyone have any information on how to get a tour of the different neighborhoods in Chapala?

Thanks,
CCW

Miramontes Transport:  A family business of drivers.  I've used them for trips to Guadalajara and would recommend them for safety and well maintained vehicles. English speaking.  Francisco Sr. will make an appointment.
call office: (376)766-1142  There will be charges for driving you around, of course.
Other option: go to a Realtors office and if they think you're interested in buying a house,  they'll take you around for free.  

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Post by slainte39 on Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:50 am

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Other option: go to a Realtors office and if they think you're interested in buying a house,  they'll take you around for free.  

And if you are not interested, isn't that a little devious?  You would have to make them "think" that.
BTW.....I didn't give you a "thumbs down"....probably some realtor.  Very Happy

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Post by gringal on Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:12 am

slainte39 wrote:
gringal wrote:
Other option: go to a Realtors office and if they think you're interested in buying a house,  they'll take you around for free.  

And if you are not interested, isn't that a little devious?  You would have to make them "think" that.
BTW.....I didn't give you a "thumbs down"....probably some realtor.  Very Happy

I was going to add "let your conscience be your guide", but figured that it would be, anyway.  The poster didn't say if he was actually interested in buying or renting, did he?

There's a poster on here of the "rightie" variety who gives me "thumbs down" on just about anything. As it happens, I don't shivaget, since that's just lame.
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Post by ccw on Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:18 am

I will not be renting until next spring. I want to look at neighborhoods within walking distance (20-25 min) to Centro.

Gringal, I called the number and a woman that only speaks Spanish answered. I did not know what to say to her.
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Post by gringal on Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:20 am

ccw wrote:I will not be renting until next spring. I want to look at neighborhoods within walking distance (20-25 min) to Centro.

Gringal, I called the number and a woman that only speaks Spanish answered. I did not know what to say to her.

Sent you a PM with info.

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Post by slainte39 on Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:21 am

gringal wrote:

There's a poster on here of the "rightie" variety who gives me "thumbs down" on just about anything. As it happens, I don't shivaget, since that's just lame.
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"Effim"!!!     lol!

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Post by ccw on Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:22 am

Got the PM.

Thanks gringal!
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Post by esga on Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:47 am

Hi CCW, My husband and I are arriving in Chapala in just about 2 months and will want the same thing. I will follow this discussion here (and did you ask this on Facebook also?) and hope to learn from your adventure.

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Post by gringal on Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:02 am

slainte39 wrote:
gringal wrote:

There's a poster on here of the "rightie" variety who gives me "thumbs down" on just about anything. As it happens, I don't shivaget, since that's just lame.
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"Effim"!!!     lol!

My thoughts exactly
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Post by ccw on Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:32 am

Esga, I called Miramontes Transport and they were booked solid. I called last minute so I fully understand. They told me to book a tour as far out as possible.
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Post by caligirl108 on Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:13 pm

Rent a car for a day & drive yourself around, if walking is too hard. $40/day seems to be the price. Park in spots you like, get out & look around. Try not to go the WRONG WAY on the MANY one way streets. Apparently americans are flocking into Chapala, changing the vibe & probably rental $ by next year..

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Post by CanuckBob on Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:39 am

I was in Chapala the other day and the traffic there made Ajijic look like a freeway.......

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Post by Lady Otter Latté on Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:42 am

CanuckBob wrote:I was in Chapala the other day and the traffic there made Ajijic look like a freeway.......

Yes, the traffic in Chapala gets worse by the day. I advise all newcomers to stick to Ajijic. Please.
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Post by Trailrunner on Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:48 am

Lady Otter Latté wrote:
CanuckBob wrote:I was in Chapala the other day and the traffic there made Ajijic look like a freeway.......

Yes, the traffic in Chapala gets worse by the day. I advise all newcomers to stick to Ajijic. Please.

Agree, please.

I don't think most of the newcomers really want to live in Chapala it's just that Ajijic is full and they can't find a place to live there.
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Post by CanuckBob on Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:52 am

Chapala is less expensive, has a nicer malecon and better streets. It is perfect for all the new arrivals.

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Post by gringal on Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:56 am

Or, maybe we should start talking up Jocotepec? Go West !!!
Better yet, how about the SOUTH SHORE ? They could use some overflow.Shocked

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Post by Trailrunner on Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:23 am

CanuckBob wrote:Chapala is less expensive, has a nicer malecon and better streets. It is perfect for all the new arrivals.Beer

They won't like Chapala or Joco, it's too Mexican. They'll be out of the loop. They won't be included in all the happenin' haps. They won't be in the perceived IN crowd.

And they certainly won't like driving back to Joco at 10 or 11 at night after dinner and drinks in Ajijic!!
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Post by CanuckBob on Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:30 am

"In" crowd.......jajajaja. They need to retire in Monte Carlo for that. Chapala is too Mexican??? What does that even mean?

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Post by Trailrunner on Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:45 am

More Mexican than expat and more Spanish than English.

When I used to read the FB newbie pages, admitedly that was months ago now, they never talked about moving to Mexico. It was ALL about Ajijic. Almost as if Ajijic isn't even in Mexico.
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Post by CanuckBob on Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:52 am

Ajijic has far more Mexican's than expats albeit more expats than Chapala. The only thing less Mexican might be the number of multicultural restaurant's and gift stores but really those also cater to the Tapatio's that visit on the weekends. If you haven't been to Ajijic on a Sunday in a while come and take a stroll down Colon at about 2:00pm. Fully packed and hardly a gringo in site......

Ajijic definitely has more of a "tourist" or "vacation" flavor.

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Post by slainte39 on Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:42 am

CanuckBob wrote:Ajijic has far more Mexican's than expats albeit more expats than Chapala. The only thing less Mexican might be the number of multicultural restaurant's and gift stores but really those also cater to the Tapatio's that visit on the weekends. If you haven't been to Ajijic on a Sunday in a while come and take a stroll down Colon at about 2:00pm. Fully packed and hardly a gringo in site......

Ajijic definitely has more of a "tourist" or "vacation" flavor.


That's the way I see it too. Just check out the clientele at Ajijic Tango, as they probably handle the largest volume of traffic of any restaurant in Ajijic.
Even though SAT doesn't have many boutiques, galleries, gift stores, etc., it sure has become a magnet for shoppers of certain needs.  Even foreigners who live in Ajijic will make that long trip over to shop there/here. (Little GDL for those can't make it over the mountains)   Very Happy
Panino's is a different story....Mexicans just haven't fully embraced "hot beef sandwiches and chicken fried steak"  lol!

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Post by ferret on Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:55 am

Panino's isn't even open on a Saturday or Sunday but, when I go there, there are always Mexicans in there.
imho, the Gaucheria would do well to be open on Saturday and Sunday because of the extra parking that a closed Panino's provides. That logic seems to have escaped them completely. ;)
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Post by gringal on Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:31 pm

ferret wrote:Panino's isn't even open on a Saturday or Sunday but, when I go there, there are always Mexicans in there.
imho, the Gaucheria would do well to be open on Saturday and Sunday because of the extra parking that a closed Panino's provides. That logic seems to have escaped them completely. ;)

Sadly, the quality food that the former owners of Gaucheria offered seems to have escaped them, too. Sadly.
Panino's food? Still in Kansas.
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Post by slainte39 on Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:59 pm

ferret wrote:Panino's isn't even open on a Saturday or Sunday but, when I go there, there are always Mexicans in there.
imho, the Gaucheria would do well to be open on Saturday and Sunday because of the extra parking that a closed Panino's provides. That logic seems to have escaped them completely. ;)

I would be willing to bet serious money that her business is 90% foreign, 10% Mexican.
Eat there, and before in La Montana, 2 or 3 times a week, for at least 20 years.
The food is good for lunch (I'm hooked on her soups).....AND it's the closest to my house.   Very Happy
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