To get around Chapala and Ajijic, you can ride a bike, take a bus, or rent a car. You can’t get lost in Chapala because there’s only one main road. Renting a car will not be necessary- many people come here without a car and they are happy. I do have a car; a red pick-up that I use it because I have kids, I go to the grocery store and I move furniture- it’s needed for my job. If I were retired, I would still have a car to use to get groceries, or for going out at night to have dinner.
The streets of Ajijic are narrow, so having a car that’s not so big would be ideal. People tend to park any way they please so sometimes we have to squeeze through. It’s good to have a smaller car and one with some good ground clearance because the streets are cobblestone, and you don’t want a car that’s very low to the ground, like a sports car. Chapala doesn’t have that kind of glamor anyway. Some type of truck is a nice idea.
Taxis are also readily available in Chapala and Ajijic. You may find the taxis on the main plaza, beside the kiosk, or beside the church, and they cost around 40 pesos – 50 pesos (US $1.93 – US $2.41), depending on where you are going. It’s easy to find them at certain times during the day.
Bus stations close at 9:30 PM– 10 PM. Ajijic goes to sleep early, so you have to go out early. When I lived in Guadalajara, I used to go out from 9:30 PM– 10 PM, and go home at 3 AM. Here in Ajijic, we have to go out at 7 PM because the party ends at 11 PM.
(The cobblestone street in front of Make It Cash resale store, Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)