Nov 4, 2003, 6:32 AM
Post #2 of 17
Hi, Bill, you and I have exchanged observations on the Joco area before, but I will repeat them here for the benefit of others. Joco has a quieter pace, a very good selection of shops for your every day needs, and a lovely village square where the young and old gather on Sunday evenings for the traditional paseo. My teenagers love the place and have made friends there. There are not as many English-speaking shopkeepers in Joco (if any - I just don't know, since I speak Spanish) but I suspect they will go out of their way to accommodate. There are some gringo residents in Joco - not hoards, but a few. My personal, non-scientific observation is that the prices of things I purchase in Joco (groceries, household items, services) is somewhat less than in Ajijic or Chapala. I like it there also, because the "back road" to Guadalajara is beautiful: you pass lovely blue agave plantations and enter more on the west side of the city. It's a beautiful ride. My husband and I live in El Chante, a colonia that is part of the Joco municipality. Even smaller than Joco. The local templo is a gem and the people are very welcoming. It is a very laid back, more "country" kind of place, no organized gringo activities, lots of fiestas, a bit more humble, perhaps, but thoroughly charming. Out past Joco, to the south of the town is another subdivision, Roca Azul.
Lest anyone think there is no "culture" in the area, we have a dedicated tuba player in our neighborhood who heats up on Saturday nights. In front of the little sundries store, Dona Lupe's, across from our house, people gather on the weekends to visit and sometimes engage in impromptu entertainment - I believe the tuba player participates actively in these little pick-up gigs. One of our poodles accompanies the tuba player which riles up our roosters and the neighborhood donkey: El Chante's version of a concert.