Living on $10/day in Ajijic
Living on $10/day in Ajijic

What’s up Tangerineys! We thought it
was really funny, someone who did Spanish translations for our last video
when we said “Tangerineys,” they translated it to “Manderinitas” and we
thought that was really funny! I’m in love with that now, so just expect that more
often. Thanks Gustavo! Today, we are doing is
something that we pretty much have to do every time we’re in a new city, to
basically like test the affordability of said city. And where are we now?
We are in a Ajijic (Jalisco). A lot of people have said that the
prices are going up here. Gringo’s are driving up the prices, and we haven’t
really noticed that, but then again we’ve only spent a week here prior to this.
Yeah, and you can’t really notice that unless you’ve spent years here. But as far as like
the prices being higher than other places, haven’t really noticed that too
much. But we’re setting out with ten US dollars to feed and water ourselves for
an entire day, and that is a hundred and eighty five pesos with the current
exchange rate. But we already had coffee so we have a hundred eighty left each. Yes. Even
though we bought the coffee ahead of time. And we just walked down the street and
came up upon this place. Which, do you think this is kind of like comida corrida, maybe? I have no idea what a comida Corrida is. So many people have
mentioned it, but I still don’t know. We were just in there and she was
explaining to us: we have frijoles, refried beans. I’ll just say this all in
English. Refried beans, eggs with salsa, Eggs with bacon. There was spinach with like a Rajas con requeson… No, spinach. Espinaca con requeson. Anyway, so it’s 65 pesos for
basically little portions of whatever you want. Opens up her house here, and then Creates a bunch of dishes, food. Yeah, we Thought we’d check it out. I’ve never
eaten a place like this before. And also eggs with red sauce. And also ricotta cheese with spinach. Ricotta, ah very well. Nothing with meat? I don’t need it. Very good. Thank you. Very good. Excuse me. If you guys would like to sit in more comfortable chairs (points back) Thank you. Thank you. This isn’t a place that we would
typically go, and we’ve never gone into such a casual place, I don’t think. Where it’s sort of just like, pick your portions, it’s all one price. But it’s sort of cool. I
think to like see the whole family working together. They have what looks
like the daughter. The daughter just came over and cleaned our table. It’s a little more expensive than we’d normally pay for breakfast in the $10 challenge. Yeah. But it looked really really good! And smelled really good! And the experience. I wanted to see what this was
all about. Very good, thank you. I pretty much put every portion here, of my plate, into a tortilla.
This is a hand pressed tortilla. She was sitting there patting it back and forth
between her hands. And then They cook it fresh. So these are thicker than a lot tortillas that you might get. But oh my gosh! This is just like an explosion of delicious flavor and amazingness! Mmmm! [Laughter] Oh yeah! We’re going to be back here! [Laughter] It’s really good. I’m still a little bit hungry though. Do you think refills are included? [Laughter] Look at that tail go! My grandmother has 12 brothers and sisters also. I have 13 siblings. I’m the oldest and all the others are younger than me. [Laughter] Jordan (To Maddie) And she (your grandmother) is from Oaxaca, or no? Her grandmother. Maddie: Yes, my family is from Oaxaca and Los Mochis. Oh really? You can speak Spanish with them, right? And you? Are you from the United States? Yes. And she it part Mexican? She’s very pretty, right? Dang, I love that place! [Laughter] So one, it’s super close to us. So I have a feeling we’re going to be going there a lot now. [Laughter] We asked what the restaurant is called and the owner’s name is Pilar, and that is what the restaurant’s called. It’s a very casual thing. That’s her home back there, I’m guessing. Oh yeah. And then it’s her, seems like her daughter, And then her granddaughter or
granddaughters, we’re helping out. But They were running around so quick, I’m not
even sure how many there were. [Laughter] It seems like – It seems to us like a place where you just go in there and you pay whatever price it is. I’m guessing that tipping isn’t customary
there. We left a small tip, but please let us know what you tip at this kind of
place. People weren’t really tipping and just paying the price. Yeah. We
don’t want to be the assholes that aren’t following the customs around here.
So for people who live in Ajijic, we’re specifically talking about locals, because
we’ve talked about this many times before, but people who come from other
cultures, like in the United States, Or Canada, or elsewhere, we all have our
rules that we follow from our homeland. And those are typically higher tips then
what’s customary in Mexico. Yeah, we try to follow local customs. Like if I’m
coming from a country that doesn’t tip at all, to a country that does tip, I’m
not just gonna continue not tipping because that’s what I’m used to. Yeah, exactly. We have a hundred and ten pesos left each. That might be a little bit of a struggle
for the rest of the day! Yeah, so we have at this point never failed a ten dollar
challenge. Meaning run out of money and been hungry or something. But, it’s going to be tight now. There are a lot of places in this city where you can pay 200 pesos for a meal, so we’re gonna
have to scope out the cheap spots. One thing I love about this city that’s
like so much small-town Mexico feeling, Is someone like that, just opening up
their home to creating a restaurant, and here, this is their home, but
they’re selling clothes. They’ve turned it into a clothing store. It’s like the
OG Mexico boutique. Okay, hop on! Oh gosh! Ahh! And then if Jordan doesn’t go Push off, I’m stuck. Ahh! Who said playgrounds have to be for kids? So this is right here on the
malecon. The Ajijic Malecon. There’s swings, slides, Teeter totters, whatever you call
that spinning thing back there. And these are illegal in the US as far as I know. Okay, why don’t you hop on! Am I? How do you even? Do sit on it? It depends how brave you are. I’m going to sit. Oh gosh! [Maddie screaming] If you’re really brave, you stand on the edge instead of sitting in the middle. Okay, hold on! Oh shit! Oh God! I can barely hold on! Ahhh! So it’s actually pretty cool, on this malecon you have a dirt path like this, which is better for running and whatnot. But then they also have one up here that’s paved. Perfect for biking, walking, skateboarding,
skating. There’s even a skate park up here. So we were walking on the malecon and we stopped by this beautiful bench. “In memory of Tony, from his friends” And then we
noticed something. Someone graffiti’d it. And in one of our favorite YouTubers, one
of his recent videos, we’re talking about The New Travel. Shoutout to you Dan. You should definitely subscribe to his channel if you haven’t already. Well in
this video, he was in Guanajuato, And there was graffiti in a church, and
he said “If you don’t have respect for the places that you visit, then I don’t
have respect for you.” And that has got to be one of the most true things. So right now, we’re walking through some of the residential areas. Walking up and down the
streets of Ajijic, and I just cannot get over how many different varieties of
plants there are, and flowers in every single color. I’ve never. And the colorful homes. Yeah, and then the colorful homes to accent it. It’s so beautiful! What are
your thoughts as we’re continuing to explore? This is going more towards Chapala. And we’re pretty close to the lake right now. In Ajijic. This is definitely a wealthier part of town. It’s super, super nice! These houses look like, I would compare them to Scottsdale in Arizona, which is like where the rich people live. Houses are huge! The lots are gigantic. And that’s
pretty much what we’re looking at here. It’s just completely gorgeous! I can’t
believe we’re even allowed to walk around here, because I don’t have this much money. One of the things that I especially love about Mexico, and Ajijic in particular, and the surrounding areas, Is that all the houses are so unique and
different. They all have their own touches. From the walls, to the bricks.
Some of them have colorful, painted, Glazed tiles and things like that, which
is so different than a lot of Communities and neighborhoods in the US. Where they all have HOAs, you get to pick your
color of house between about five shades of brown. The houses are all constructed
to look the same or very similar. It’s kind of boring. [Laughter] So walking around here it’s just Like wow! You can see that each house has its own personality. This is such a cool house right here! I mean, yeah I was just noticing that. Kind of has the, what’s that called? A tapalpa? A tapalpa type ceiling. Or is it a talapa? Talapa? Tapalpa? [Laughter] Tapalpa,
I think that’s a city. [Laughter] And then we’ve got I don’t know if this is in use, but a water
tower. Tiny water tower. Yeah, how funny. So we’re not totally sure, but we think this is a
shrine dedicated to pets that have passed away. That’s really cool. It costs 7 pesos? 7 pesos. 7. Thanks. Thanks. You’re welcome, thank you. Have a good day! Thanks, you too! So it is a nice enough day, very cloudy,
very windy. But what were you compelled to get? Horchata. Rice milk with
cinnamon. It’s really good. I bought mine in a bag for seven pesos. They also offered it in a small cup for ten pesos, or a large cup for 17 pesos. Could I see a menu please? Thank you. Tacos for 10 pesos. Enchiladas. Chilaquiles 50. Enchiladas with cheese, 50. So a van just curbed it right in front
of us. And I thought that tire is gonna Pop for sure! So we probably could have ate at that last place, gonna look for something a little
cheaper if possible. Yeah we have to be a Little bit more frugal, Based on the price of the breakfast this morning, and although I think those are very
reasonable prices, especially considering it’s right in the center of town, where
like the Centro is. Which sometimes That’s where the higher prices are in
the city. I was kind of surprised. Yeah. When are you open? 6:30 6:30? Until when. Midnight. 12? Thank you! Well shucks, this one looked promising. Can I see a menu please? Yes, of course! The menu looked very very appetizing, but
the entrees were pretty much all in the 140 to 180 pesos range. So although we
would eat there at some point, as like kind of a treat meal, that’s not something we can do today. It’s wet, it rained. Look at the rain! So we don’t normally eat lunch at 5:30 p.m. but the
rain really started coming down, and this camera is not waterproof. So it has now
stopped, and we are going to try to find some “lunch.” Oh hi! So we checked out this place,
it’s slightly out of our budget today, But we’d definitely come back there. The
entrees were about 70 pesos and they Had starters in the like 30 peso range.
Drinks like margaritas for 60 pesos. Are you ready to order? Yes, we’re ready. I’d like to order the italian salad. Without onion and without green beans. With parmesan cheese. For me, 2 slices of pizza. But what kinds do you have? Let me check for you. Thanks. So my Salad was sixty pesos and your two
slices of pizza? 22 pesos each. And we both got a glass water. So we got 2 drinks there and they were 25 pesos each. By the way, that place is called Azteca.
We couldn’t tell you in the last video because we didn’t want to give it away,
have people looking it up on Google Maps or something. [Laughter] But this is right by the center of town in Ajijic, and that leaves me with 17 and me with 25. What shall we do? Hi, good afternoon. Good afternoon! I want this. And for her? Cup of corn. With what? Cream, cheese, lime, and chili. A little more. Thanks. 30 for both? Thank you. Thanks! Bye. Have a good night. What did you get? What are these called in English? Granada. Pomegranate. Ah yes, pomegranate! [Laughter] Oh my gosh! This is Jordan’s First time eating, ever. [Laughter] And how much was it? 15 pesos. You may or may not be surprised to find out that I got elote or as
some might call this, because it’s in a cup, esquite. Here they call it elote. So we came across a cute dog on the way home. And it’s hungry. A little dog! I tried to say sentarse. Is that not how you tell a dog to sit? He won’t listen. The cute little doggie
who was wanting to have some of my elote Followed us almost all the way back
home. Of course, I was continuing to give her elote. But she seemed so hungry
and so scared, yeah. So we went back as soon as we could. She left just right
before we got home, and then we were gonna get some food for it. Well, we think
she got scared because there was another dog’s territory. Since I was feeding her
elote, I named her maízy. Are you sure? Is that the same one? No, this one has a collar. Oh, you’re not my dog. Sorry. [Laughter] Okay, we’re still on the hunt. [Laughter] And now we have another friend. But this $10 challenge
kind of got derailed today because of the rain, and by the time we got other
food, we’re not hungry anymore. So I’m left with two pesos, and I’m left with
ten. We were going to go to this other place that you can get cheap sopes
and enchiladas. Like seven pesos for a sope. 8 pesos for an enchilada. We had
walked in there earlier and it was just closed at the time. And we found out what
the prices were, so I think it’s pretty doable to do the ten dollar challenge
here. Yeah, I wouldn’t walk into the first place you see for breakfast like we did. Uh-huh. It made the rest of the day more difficult for us. It seemed like a great
opportunity. We had never eaten breakfast at a place like that. But to be perfectly
honest, I think it was kind of overpriced for breakfast. Breakfast is usually the
cheapest meal of the day in almost any city we go to. I feel like we got gringo priced there. We might have. What do you guys think? We were speaking in 100% Spanish, even to each other. Wo I
don’t know. Do I think Ajijic is more expensive or less expensive than other
places? Comparable. To Guadalajara, at least. Yeah comparable to Guadalajara. In terms of restaurant prices. There are places you can eat here that are expensive. Like we went into a
couple that were more expensive. I mean that’s kind of like any city, right? Like
you could go to expensive restaurants or you could go to where all the locals go.
Yeah! Exactly. And if you’re gonna go to a fancy place, then expect to pay higher
prices. But I think as a whole, if you’re not going in places it’s specifically
cater to expats, and basically places That’ll speak English for you, you probably
wouldn’t have any problem spending $10 a day. Even though this video took a little
bit of a different turn, I hope you still liked it. And what ten dollars can buy in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. I feel like we need to do this again. I kind of want to. Maybe in the nearby cities? And also like what kind of entertainment can we get for ten bucks too. Would you guys
be interested to see that? Let us know in the comments! But if you liked this video,
please give it a thumbs up, And subscribe to our channel, and! GONG THAT BELL! So you get notified the next time we put out a new video, and we’ll see you then!

59 thoughts on “Living on $10/day in Ajijic”

  1. Mike Northern says:

    Not sure how your not getting sick drinking local drinks?

  2. Where's Wendy says:

    I love how Mexico is about free enterprize, free expression and pride for their cities and towns. The country has the most wonderful, friendly people everywhere.

  3. Sergio Ibarra says:

    I only tip if I’m going back to same place to eat

  4. Sergio Ibarra says:

    You guys get some bikes

  5. Vini kresky says:

    where is the hood where the average joe would live in  Ajijic

  6. alohadave13 says:

    Tipping…well that's a good one. It varies EVERYWHERE in Mexico. Rule of thumb, if you see a tip jar for propinas then tip. Here in Ensenada, tipping is expected for EVERYTHING, including delivering propane. Good luck with figuring out this one, and I would love to hear what you discover about that going forward…

  7. alohadave13 says:

    Loved this video. Showcases how you can eat healthy (maybe) for a very reasonable sum…

  8. Marie-France Giroux says:

    I am a bit confused about the pesos versus US currency at arounds 11 min in your video… what is the difference between the two ? Hope this is not a dumb question… thamk you so much fir sharing your life experience ,

  9. Lynda ortiz says:

    I can’t believe the thumbs down on this video. You guys are great!

  10. Simon Aleman says:

    Wow that’s amazing video I’m from Mexico

  11. Kristal Colector says:

    Love that you guys speak Spanglish

  12. J Mo says:

    Yes please do this one again, even though this version of it was a lot of fun. And I would love to see y'all do a video on what you can do for fun for $10 a day in Ajijic. Thank you for showing all of this good information! I'm going to start Spanish lessons soon!

  13. howard dirkson says:

    the xchange rate seems to change from one cafe to another??what is the price for a litre of sin verde gas??

  14. mjc 427 says:

    I would love to see you both get at least one article of Mexican clothing each, they have some pretty embroidered tops that Maddie could get and some boss short sleeve men's summer shirts Jordan could wear, another step in immersing into the culture. That spinning thing at the playground was a Merry go Round.

  15. Angel Shining says:

    My friend lived here and now lives in the country not far from here but I think she liked this area alot and lots of Americans here.

  16. Herlinda S says:

    I love yours videos guys

  17. mike abner says:

    Can you tell us rent prices there

  18. Reyes Lerma says:

    iluove your videos amigo's 👌 😎

  19. Reyes Lerma says:

    megustan sus video's estan buenisimos

  20. Reyes Lerma says:

    arriba madrinitas 😂 😍 you video's

  21. Melissa Plascencia says:

    Amazing vídeo guys i feel like im there Good job love uf spanish.

  22. nacho jimenez says:


  23. rockbertorueda says:

    FYI the Morena cambiemos something something sign is not the name of the place. Morena is a political party (the current president is from that party) keep enjoying the trip

  24. dee new says:

    Where are all the people? And traffic?

  25. Athena Greek says:

    I enjoy your videos, you treat the people and the culture with respect. And I adore Laska! Thank you!

  26. francisco gil says:

    Some of the most beautiful and biggest houses in Mexico hide behind a huge stone wall where a wealthy family lives.

  27. m b says:

    Means pop up eatery

  28. m b says:

    Con razon most closely means ‘that makes sense’

  29. Brian leonard says:

    A good tip always pays off 😉

  30. bgregg55 says:

    I've heard Ajijic is gringo central. Hard to find a house under US$250K

  31. manuel adames says:

    So I am getting the nerve to start my journey in travel and I have been catching your show. Your progress is very enlightening and becoming my favorite. Please if you will, show more of what we are missing and more conversation with the locals and the travelers. Thank you!

  32. Arne Insco says:

    First of all, we love all your videos and comments. One thing no seems to address in Ajijic, is the complete pollution of Lake Chapala. The lake is fed by the Lerma river, which has 2500 industries dumping their waste in the river, and then feeding the lake.

  33. Mar l says:

    3:28 me dio mucha hambre

  34. Maria Bowen says:

    Cuando llegan a una ciudad o pueblo, ¿cuál es la mejor forma de encontrar un buen alojamiento que sea barato pero seguro (para no tener que preocuparse por su ropa, etc.). ¿Usan airbnb?

  35. Laura Maskell says:

    Where I was born and raised in New York, we did not have cookie-cutter homes. A lot is lost when development is not organic.

  36. Mark Hoffman says:

    Wow, something you never see in the United States. Someone cooking food in their backyard. The health department would throw you under the jail…

  37. Mark Hoffman says:

    You guys are cute couple… I'll subscribe… thanks

  38. Karl Schueler says:

    Comida corrida. Fast lunch.. fast food. Now fancy sit down restaurant.

  39. Karl Schueler says:

    En comidas corridas la noma es no tip. Tips are for formal restaurants.

  40. Karl Schueler says:

    Those are not cobblestone streets they are just packed stone streets equal to San Miguel de Allende. Look up the meaning of cobblestone. As you mentioned people should not move there and ruin the area , that has already happened with San Miguel de Allende. Travel and leisure magazine has the blame for Reining San Miguel de Allende.

  41. Karl Schueler says:

    For balance you should tour the residential zone of the locals. The zone north of the highway. South of the highway is for the retired rich and tourist.

  42. pntdblack says:

    How could you pass up the chicharones the lady was selling

  43. Blanca Huerta says:

    Yumm that breakfast place looks so good. It's like going over to your grandmother's house to eat with family.

  44. trew ten says:

    I'm sorry but I really love it when she speaks spanish!!

  45. Gianna Giavelli says:

    if you are upper crust, you say mira la CHUVIA. yes its weird.

  46. Alfredo Gonzalez says:

    If food and service is good , there no amount for tipping

  47. Rosemarie Chibi says:

    I like watching your videos but it hurts my heart to see you not feeding homeless, hungry dogs.

  48. Daniel Lopez says:


  49. Christina Morales says:

    I lived in North Phoenix.

  50. Myrna Miramontes says:

    In Mexico tipping 10% is standard but if you get a very good service you can give 15 ~ 20%

  51. Abracadabra Sage says:

    Come to Palm Springs area in winter and use Facebook marketplace to find places to go eat or pick up food at people's homes. Look us up we live at a hot springs resort.

  52. Tina Shay says:

    I love this channel!

  53. FELIPE Becerra says:

    Men I miss my city Guadalajara 😍😍

  54. rogerg0834 says:

    dude…that lady making those fresh tortillas…absolutely awesome!!! That makes the food taste amazing!!

  55. Mondo Influence says:

    I agree with you guys..Suburbia in the US is so boring and looks the same in virtually every city. Even in the affluent neighborhoods that are new all look the same. You can find similar mass-produced concrete box communities in Mexico, but typically these are gov housing for low-income families. But in general, Mexican houses and buildings are pretty cute and unique.

  56. Nicki nurse says:

    Please tell us WHY so many Mexicans want to go to the US? I don't just ask this sarcastically…..Have you asked any of them? What delusions do they have about the USA?

  57. ChillyToes says:

    Do you ever fix meals at "home" or is it just cheaper and easier to go out? I like to cook so if possible would want to prepare most meals at "home" (I think lol). Thanks!

  58. joann robinson says:

    Very clean….beautiful!!!

  59. Sharon Newton says:

    Love your videos! You guys are so much fun no matter what the weather may be! Thanks!

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