Why Ajijic


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AJIJIC“, from the n├íhuatl word “Axixic” : A place where the water spills over

Ajijic is a village of greenery and flowers. The main plaza is a pleasant, shaded oasis on a hot day. Many streets are tree-lined. Some very old trees have grown to be giants. Bouganvillea cascades over garden walls, shade sidewalk.

Inside garden walls, owners grow a wide variety of trees, plants and flowers from all over the world. A large selection of fruit trees is to be found in the village – guayaba, lemon, tangerine, orange, lime, guamuchil, avocado, banana, papaya, chile, strawberry-guava. Some of the trees found in the village are: ficus, evergreen oak, cedar, Australian pine, rubber tree, licorice, willow, eucalyptus, mesquite, palm, jacaranda, primavera and indian laurel.

Originally artists’ colony, Ajijic is still full of art galleries and studios. Artists and artisans, Mexican and non-Mexican, offer prints, oil paintings, water colors, sculture in both metal and wood, and silver jewelry. Weavers, some of whom are huichol Indian, make serapes, blankets, and wall hangings in bright colors.

The Canadian-American population has spurred an increase in cultural activities. Two organizations are currently very actively engaged in the art scene:

The non-profit Society of Arts (ASA) is dedicated to the promotion of artist and artesanal products in the area, such as weaving, pottery, music, painting, etc.

Ajijic’s Centro de Bellas Artes (CABA) is an art gallery created more than five years ago by Americans artist to promote the art of painters, sculptors and photographers.

The annual Ajijic International Film Festival is the most recent addition to the village’s artistic events.

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