LOCAL HISTORY: AJIJIC LAKE CHAPALA MEXICO
history dates back to a long time before the Spanish conquest. Descendents
of the ancient Nahuatl tribe established themselves around the shores of
It is said that the first
Nahuatl Indian arouse from ashes on Mezcala Island, the island is now
considered one of the four cardinal points in Nahuatl mythology.
Axixic in ancient nahuatl tongue means
¨Place where water is born¨ or ¨Place where water bubbles up.¨ This was
mainly due to abundant natural springs of water that existed here many years
Ajijic was renamed and founded by the
Spaniards in 1531 and is one of the oldest villages in western Mexico. The
conquest of the Chapalteco Sea as it was known back then, was accomplished
by Sir Alonso Dávalos, and the conversion of natives to Christianity was the
responsibility of father Fray Martín de Jesús. Thus establishing Ajijic as
one of the oldest convent towns in western Mexico. The convent was
originally established in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, but at a later
date Saint Andrew became our patron Saint and still is to this day.
Our cobblestone streets, the first chapel
and our main church, plus a number of the old estates have a predominantly
Spanish influence. It wasn't until the 1930s that Ajijic became a
destination for travelers from all over the world.
One of the first to come
was Ayenara Zara Alexeyewa also known as ¨La Rusa¨, a very famous Russian
ballet dancer, who made Ajijic her permanent residence, as well as many
others who followed in her footsteps. Because she dedicated her life to
Ajijic and Lakeside, we named our unique and distinguished restaurant
"La Rusa" in her honor.