Ajijic, Mexico, in the 1960s and 70s: a picture essay

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Tony Burton

Ajijic, Mexico, in the 1960s and 70s: a picture essay

and a second picture essay:

Beverly Johnson and her photos of Ajijic in the 1970s

Marsha Sorensen lived in Ajijic in the mid and late1960s, and made two extended visits in 1972 and 1973. Revisting Ajijic in 2008 for the first time in thirty-five years, she was struck by the “astonishing changes” and searched out some photos from the old days as a contribution to MexConnect.

Marsha kept her own horse, Marie-Elena, in the village. On this overcast day in summer 1966, she rode for miles along the shore to the east of Ajijic. She bred Marie-Elena with a stallion from Jocotepec. Photo in family collection of Marsha Sorensen; all rights reserved.
Marsha kept her own horse, Marie-Elena, in the village. On this overcast day in summer 1966, she rode for miles along the shore to the east of Ajijic. She bred Marie-Elena with a stallion from Jocotepec. Photo in family collection of Marsha Sorensen; all rights reserved.

In an earlier column, “Lakeside as it was,” Marvin West describes how Marsha first arrived in Ajijic in 1965, a decade after her father who had retired from the military. At that time, a house could be rented for as little as 25 dollars a month, the village had only a single telephone and horses were at least as common as cars.

For a brief account of some of the leading figures in the artistic and literary scene of Ajijic, see The Lake Chapala artistic and literary scene in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Published or Updated on: August 19, 2009 by Tony Burton © 2009
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