Lake Chapala, about 25 miles south of Guadalajara, is the largest lake in Mexico and it really is impressively sprawling. The lake is ringed by a number of towns including Ajijic, Chapala and Jocotepec. The Ajijic/Chapala area is home to one of the largest North American expat communities found anywhere in Mexico. Unlike other expat magnets in Mexico, like San Miguel de Allende, the Ajijic/Chapala area has also retained a booming Mexican population so the place doesn’t feel like “Canada South.”
Every year, thousands of American White Pelicans fly south from central Canada to enjoy western Mexico’s warm winter. Much of the population annually winters on lake Chapala.