Ajijic’s aspirations for designation as a Pueblo Mágico moved another step forward Monday, February 19 with the arrival of five federal officials on a mission to carry out a technical evaluation of the town’s qualifications.
The gang of five started their one-day visit at Chapala City Hall where they viewed a video presentation highlighting Ajijic’s natural, historical, cultural, commercial and connectivity attributes. Afterwards, Mayor Javier Degollado, Municipal Tourism Director Habbath Angel, Historical Archives chief Rogelio Ochoa, and Ajijic Delegado Chuni Medeles complemented the video, responding to a series of questions posed in reference to paperwork previously filed in the Pueblo Mágico application process. While most replies came off the tips of their tongues, they all fumbled when asked to define Ajijic’s singular magic in no more than one or two words.
All parties set off from there for a full-day tour of the village. Pueblo Mágico committee chairmen Eduardo Ramos and Canadian-born entrepreneur Michael Eager welcomed them to La Nueva Posada for some informal conversation about the town’s finer qualities, shared over a light breakfast in the hotel’s garden dining area. From there they proceeded to the Lake Chapala Society headquarters where executive director Terry Vidal filled in the visitors on its programs and activities aimed at the integration of Mexican and foreign residents.