What Do Mountains, Oregonians, and Lake Chapala Have In Common?

May 7, 2011

Well, a number of smart Oregonians have made our area here at Lake Chapala home, and like the Lake Chapala area Oregon has their share of mountains, but there’s a new connection coming later in the year on July 17th.

Still don’t know. OK, here’s the big news.

The 2011 NACAC Mountain Championships will be held at Lake Chapala’s own Ajijic on July 17th.

The NACAC is a group of dedicated male and female runners who actually enjoy running up and down mountains.

According to the NACA website,http://usatforegonmut.blogspot.com

“The race is a one loop 13.8Km(8.57 miles) course that starts at 5020 feet.  The course climbs up to 7875 feet before descending back to the start.  The first mile of the course is on road, and then goes onto single track trail.”

So, if you see some very fit looking visitors in the Ajijic area in mid July that are gazing lovingly up at our mountains please welcome them to the area and make them feel at home.

The folks from that part of the world are some of America’s finest.

As you can see from the above short news story, I do my very best to keep www.ChapalaClub.com readers/subscribers up to speed with what's going on in the greater Lake Chapala area.

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Siempre tu amigo,


  • http://www.catalystresource.com Sophia Rose

    2 questions:
    when checking out living there with just the 6 month FMM Visa, can i bring a van full of personal belongings duty free? What about herbal and nutritional supplements in their bottles? Can this vehicle be older than 10 years with the FMM? Can i teach classes or offer private sessions in something like hypnosis or holistic healing without a work permit- difference if paid by expats or Mexicans? If not, what is required instead of FMM? I’ve read so much but rules keep changing! Thanks so much!

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

    Hi Sophia,

    The up to 6 month tourist visa is just that “a tourist visa” and not a work visa.

    You can bring in your clothes and personal effects and a lap top duty free. All the rest will be subject to import tax.

    They’re fairy lenient as a rule (like your supplements).

    You can not work here legally without some form of an FM visa. Too many rules to go into here.

    You can drive any vehicle into Mexico you want, but you must get a temporary import permit at the border or at some Mexican consulates before you arrive at the border.

    Remember if the vehicle has a lien on it you must get a Notarized letter from the lien holder giving you permission to enter Mexico with the vehicle.

    The driver and the owner should be the same person. Don’t forget you’ll need insurance for Mexico. Expensive at the border. Better to buy it before arriving at the border.

    Finally when you leave Mexico the vehicle has to go with you and you must stop at the border to have the windshield sticker removed and the car checked back out of Mexico.

    They’re very strict on this point.
    Hope this helps, Hope your trip goes well. Tu amigo, Sid

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