Celebrating Thanksgiving with a Bang at Ajijic – Lake Chapala, Mexico

November 24, 2010

Hi Everyone, Well I hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving wherever you are. I’m on a pilgrimage to Texas to see as many of my Texas friends and family as possible.
But, I wanted to let you guys know that all the North Americans living or visiting at Lake Chapala during the Thanksgiving season have much to be thankful for:
Lots of great friends, great food and great low prices all in an environment of peace and tranquility (well most of the time).
On Festival days you can expect a bit less tranquility if you live near any of the area town plazas. To see and HEAR what I mean watch and listen to the short video at the end of the article.
But, now I want to assure you that we eat turkey with all the trimmings here just like back home. The area restaurants have full traditional Thanksgiving menus and pavo (turkey) is eaten year around in Mexico so it’s a familiar low fat meat dish here.
The Americans and Canadians often celebrate their respective holidays together and Thanksgiving is no different.
If you prefer to cook your own bird or have a ham the butcher shops, WalMart and the Sorianna store have all the right stuff to make your dinner a special one.
Just like in the states, you can have your pavo precooked if you like it that way.
One of the cool things about living here, especially if you like celebrations is that you can participate in all of our North American celebrations (many of which are shared with Mexico) and those of Mexico as well.
Ok, now here’s a short video so you can see that we really do celebrate Thanksgiving with a “Bang !” here. Disfrute ! (Enjoy!)

Siempre tu amigo,



  • Barbara Work

    Hi Sid,

    I already got a vehicle permit in LA at the Mex Consulate. Now we’ve decided to buy a 6×10 trailer for our “stuff”. Do we need to get another permit? If so, can we get it at the border? All the information from the Consulate is in Spanish, so not much help?

    Thanks and enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday.


  • http://www.chapalaclub.com Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Barbara, I think all you will have to do is to stop and see if you need to add the trailer. Will do some research and forward anything I learn to you.

    In touch ASAP. Siempre tu amigo, Sid

  • http://www.chapalaclub.com Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Again Barbara. Here’s what I’ve found that I think will help. From a poster on another blog I found they said that they already had a car import sticker and when they went to add their trailer they were required to get a new car import sticker which covered the car and the trailer and they had to pay another fee as if it was the first registration.

    Also, here’s a link to a Mexican government website which is viewable in Spanish or in English for obtaining directions for applying on line for the sticker. Apparently you provide the information on line and they give you a reference number which when you take it to the border crossing building where you get your car permit all the paper work is done and they just hand you the sticker.

    Here’s the website:


    Hope this helps. Sid

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