I am a single woman. Is it safe for me in Chapala?
Thousands of older single women have moved to the Lake because it is
so affordable to live here, especially on a small Social Security check. We
find it very safe, more so than in the US because there is a ban on
handguns here. There is very low crime here in Chapala and the
residency spaces are just a couple of blocks from the police station. The
violence in Mexico is mostly drug-related gang violence at the border
like in LA and Chicago and doesn’t involve the ex-pats ( we are located
17 hours south of the border). Families are often out late on the streets
having their dinner (la cena) and it is a lively, safe environment.
I am nervous about taking a taxi from the airport.
No need to be nervous! When you finish with customs and immigration
and enter the terminal, there is a taxi kiosk near the exit. They speak
English in the kiosk and you pay for the trip there with pesos or credit
card. They will give you a slip and then you exit the terminal to the taxi
stand. Most of the drivers speak only a little English but we will be
sending you directions to Chapala, which are very easy to follow (only
25 minutes) and you can guide your driver by just indicating left or right
once you get into Chapala Center. You can also use Uber if you have that App on your phone.
What do you supply at your live/work spaces?
We supply towels, linens, dish soap, toilet paper, a shared laundry with
laundry soap, and weekly maid service. The kitchens are fully equipped
with all the basic cooking and serving supplies you might need.
What should I do about phone service?
There are several options. You can check to see if your current phone
service has a temporary plan you can add for calls from Mexico. You can
use Skype or buy a Skype phone number for international calls for only
$5.99/month. Many of our guests find that using WhatsApp is an easy and inexpensive phone option. We advise downloading it before you arrive in Mexico and testing it using one of our cell phones.
How will I get my key?
All of our units have a key code to enter from the street. A few weeks before you arrive, we will send you the key code. Depending on the time of day you arrive, one of us will greet you with a key and brief orientation. If you arrive late at night, we will leave your door unlocked and the key will be on a table within view.
How do you decide who comes for a personal residency?
We rent our live/work spaces on a first-come, first-serve basis. We do not evaluate portfolios for personal residencies. Our assumption is that you are coming for a personal residency because you are serious about your work and need uninterrupted time to focus.
How do I rent one of your live/work spaces?
After you have checked our website for descriptions, pricing and availability, you can send half of the rent to us via PayPal. Our account is firstname.lastname@example.org (please be sure to spell it correctly!) and we advise you to choose US Friends and Family to avoid fees.
Do you rent to couples?
Many creative couples come to Chapala for personal residencies. Our larger live/work spaces are Lopez and Middle Casitas. If both of you are planning to work, you will be more comfortable at one of these spaces.
What is the meaning of Xochi Quetzal and how do you pronounce it?
In both Aztec and Maya culture, Xochiquetzal was the goddess associated with fertility, creativity and crafts, especially weaving and embroidery. The name is a compound of the Nahuatl words for flower (xochitl) and for tail feather of the strikingly colored quetzal bird (quetzalli).
Pronounce it like this: So-chi Ket-zal