The Rainy Season in Ajijic, Lake Chapala, Mexico
Usually when we hear the expression “Rainy Season” we think of a time of year that is less than desirable. That is certainly not the case in Ajijic/Lake Chapala.
The rainy season here is the most beautiful season of the year. Traditionally it runs from June 15 – October 15. The lead up to it is when a lot o people travel as it can be a little hot and dusty as we await the rains but this has not been the case for me. Coming from the frigid north the heat of May is never too hot for me. Also the exciting sound of the rain birds heralding the arrival of the rains in about 6 weeks is very welcome and pleasant sound.
The rainy season here is very dramatic and wonderful. There are thunderstorms across the lake which are wonderful to watch as the ribbons of lightening light up the sky. Everything becomes very lush and green and the mountains shed their brown mantle for a deep green velvet cloak. The air is fragrant with multiple flowers and flowering shrubs and trees and is also very fresh and clean after each rain. Usually it rains only at night leaving the days warm, sunny and full of brilliant colors and interesting sights. Gardens burst forth in gay profusion and avid gardeners try their hand (or green thumbs) at rare and wonderful new plants.
The bouganvilla in all shades of purple through magenta cascade over the stone walls and towards the end of the rainy season the Noche Buenas or Poinsettias are beginning to bloom for Navidad (Christmas). Here in Ajijic/Lake Chapala these wonderful scarlet blooms are trees and not just found in pots as they are up north. All nurseries, however, do carry all sizes of poinsettas in pots for decoration of your house for the festive season.
Although the end of the rainy season is melancholy it does mean that Thanksgiving and Christmas are on their way. And if you have not yet experienced Navidad in Mexico you are in or a magnificent treat.
Every season is very special and beautiful in Ajijic/Lake Chapala but the rainy season holds a particularly special place in all of our hearts.