Car Thieves Caught in La Floresta

A man and woman couple from Chapala were arrested in Ajijic’s La Floresta neighborhood in the early hours of Saturday, December 2nd . They were charged with car theft and carrying a substance thought to be crystal meth. Municipal police officers were patrolling the area when they noticed a red Dodge Ram vehicle was trying to… Keep Reading


How to Compute Christmas Bonuses (Aguinaldos) For Your Workers

In Mexico, all workers receive Christmas bonuses, including domestic workers, like house cleaners and gardeners. If your workers are employees of a service company, the company will pay for their Christmas bonuses (although it’s always nice to show your appreciation by adding a little more of your own). If you employ the workers directly, however,… Keep Reading


NAFTA Contributing to Mexico’s Soaring Obesity Problem

SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico — Few predicted when Mexico joined the free-trade deal that it would transform the country in a way that would saddle millions with diet-related illnesses. William Ruiz Sánchez spends his days grilling burgers and slathering fried hot dogs with pepperoni and cheese at his family’s restaurant. Refrigerators and fire-engine… Keep Reading

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Many Car Insurance Plans Don’t Cover Uninsured Vehicles, and That’s 70% of Jalisco’s Vehicles

One of the reasons car insurance in Mexico is less expensive than north of the border is that many insurance plans here do not cover damages caused by uninsured vehicles. And in Jalisco, despite being legally mandatory, only 30% of vehicles carry liability insurance, according to SEMOV (Jalisco’s Ministry of Mobility). This creates enormous problems… Keep Reading

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Vehicle Fines Reduced Thru December 28th – Up to 70%!

The state tax office (Recaudadora) has a holiday present for those who have been procrastinating paying their outstanding traffic and parking tickets, and fines for late vehicle renewals. All outstanding fines can be paid through December 28th at a big discount—up to 70%. In past years, the maximum discount was 50%. To pay fines, visit:… Keep Reading

Getting Around/News

New Timeline Set for Ajijic Carretera Upgrades

With the original target date of November 30 for completion of the Ajijic Carretera upgrades already passed, the Municipality of Chapala’s Director of Public Works, Engineer Luis Rodrigo Paredes, provided updates today exclusively to the Lake Chapala Reporter. The delays in the construction have primarily been due to the sewer lines along the Carretera being… Keep Reading

Restaurant Menus

Arileo Steakhouse & Bar

Arileo Steakhouse & Bar (San Juan Cosala) Address: Carretera Jocotepec Chapala #1088, Los Charales, San Juan Cosala Phone: 376-106-1627 Hours: Noon to 9pm every day. Closed Wednesdays. Accepts credit cards.   Keep Reading


Chapala Officially Applies for Pueblo Magico Designation for Ajijic

The municipality of Chapala’s Tourist Director, Habath Alejandro Angel Orozco, confirmed that on Monday, November 20th, he officially applied to the Federal Tourism Secretary for the town of Ajijic to be designated a Pueblo Magico. The next step involves review of the submitted documentation, and issuance of a folio, if accepted. Then, the municipality will… Keep Reading

Renting-Real Estate/Safety-Crime

How to Prevent Real Estate Fraud

Every year, the tourist season brings new foreigners beguiled by the comparatively low prices and tax rates of Mexican real estate. That will most likely increase in the Lake Chapala area as it positions itself as Jalisco’s tourism and expat hub for retiring baby boomers. The Lake Chapala area has not cornered the market on… Keep Reading

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