Chapala and Ajijic Mexico Low Cost of Living

Chapala Ajijic Mexico Low Cost of Living
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Chapala and Ajijic Mexico Low Cost of Living

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  This is Dan from Vagabond Buddha. Today, I am in the Chapala-Ajijic area of Mexico. This post has the Chapala Ajijic Mexico low cost of living data. I collect data about the cost of living as I travel the world. You see, I left the USA in 2007. I visit family every year in the USA, but I live internationally. I have been to 64 countries so far. Moving forward appeals to me, but I will pick a place to live eventually. But I will keep traveling at least 6 months of the year.

So far I favor Southeast Asia, Mexico, and Eastern Europe. Eastern Europe is too cold 6 months of the year, but I would just travel during the cold months.

Livability Factors: Livability is a soup of factors that I evaluate when I am trying to determine whether or not a place is livable. Not just livable, but highly desirable to me personally. Here are some of the ingredients in my livability soup.

Walkability: Chapala and Ajijic Mexico have a high walkability factor. Technically, you could live here without having a car. Of the two, I would prefer to live in Ajijic and have only a bicycle on days I wanted to visit Chapala. The roads are very bumpy so I would get one of those beach cruisers with big fat tires. Skinny road tires are not workable. I would just walk around Ajijic for all of my daily needs.

Internet: I read online that some people are still struggling for reliable Internet here. This is a red flag for me. Before I would move here, I would need to make sure the place I was moving into had reliable speeds.

Food: For towns this size (Chapala, Ajijic) you would expect to struggle with food choices. But the food choices are better than you would expect due to the large expat community supporting fringe foreign tastes. The international food choices for a city of this size are perfectly respectable. There are even multiple vegetarian choices for many international foods.

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Weather: The weather is lovey in Chapala Mexico. Chapala rarely gets too hot or too cold. The warmest month is May. The average high for the day in May is 86F or 30C. The average low at night in May is 63F or 17C. It generally cools down at night in the summer due to the elevation of 1524 meters (5000 feet) above sea level. The coolest month of the year is January. The average low at night in January is 52F or 12C. The average high for the day in January is 73F or 23C. The rainy season is June through September when it rains at least once per day for about 15 to 20 days per month. During the rainy season, it rains 6 to 10 inches per month. They don’t see much rain from October to May.

Things to Do: There are all sorts of things to do in town and lots of open land around if you like to hike. There is also all of the activities you would expect on a lake this large. Plus, click the above “Chapala and Ajijic Retire Cheap in Paradise” for information about golf, horseback riding, hiking, motorcycle, art walks, spas, thermal pools and local clubs where expats and Mexicans meet to find people with similar interest and language.

Social Considerations: Because of the high concentration of expats and Mexicans catering to expats, the social opportunities are richer hear than some large towns in Mexico.

Desire to Move Here: Medium. After visiting here, and comparing it to places like Guanajuato, I think I may want to live in a more urban setting. This just seems a little too rural to me.

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Real Estate Prices in Chapala and Ajijic: Don’t Buy Real Estate Right Away: I recommend that you live here for at least one year before you buy a place. Talk to people who have bought and sold to get the local story. This is not like moving to another part of your home country. If you are positive you will want to buy in a year or two, you can do research now. It is okay to do research now so you know you will be able to find something suitable in a year or two when you are ready to buy. For that reason, I have posted a few photos of things for sale at the bottom of this post.

Start by renting. Below are my estimated costs of living one month in Chapala Mexico, as a temporary visitor. If you rented a furnished apartment by the month, it could be cheaper. You can rent a furnished 1 bedroom apartment ranging from about 300 to 800 USD per month depending on how modern and how close you want to be to the colonial center of town.

Monthly Cost of Living, Chapala Mexico, Mexico ($USD)

Expense

Cost

Low

Medium

High**

Apartment

$30.00

0

14

30

Moderate Hotel

$45.00

0

12

0

Backpacker Hostel (none)

$30.00

30

3

0

High-End Restaurant

$12.00

1

4

8

Neighborhood Restaurant

$5.00

30

44

48

Food Cart

$2.00

30

12

4

Subway/Train/Metro

$0.60

20

26

8

Bus

$0.60

20

10

0

Taxi/Uber

$4.00

6

10

20

Total

Per Month

$1,170.00

$1,403.60

$1,328.80

Total

Per Day

$39.00

$46.79

$44.29

For more information about how the above “Cost of Living Monthly Multiplier” works, please visit the bottom of this page at Vagabond Buddha. The above table does not include alcohol, excursions, or extras, and it is for one person.

**The above high cost of living is lower than the medium cost of living because I am using a furnished apartment rental price of $600 per month. There are no hostels we could find for backpackers. So I am using the Airbnb price which is cheaper than a modest hotel.

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Contact the realtors on the following pictures if you want to get more prices or do more research. These homes are more of a local experience. They can provide you with really expensive amazing places if you are trying to find America in Mexico.

This is Dan of Vagabond Buddha. Thank you for stopping by.

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