Learn About the Town of San Nicolas de Ibarra

The Town of San Nicolas de Ibarra

San Nicolas de Ibarra directly translates to “Saint Nicholas of Ibarra”. It is a small town or village and quite similar to Santa Cruz de La Soledad – another town or village next to the Chapala Country Club and Vista del Lago.  It is quiet and inexpensive with fresh products like fruits and vegetables and meats.  You will find friendly people and nice weather.  Enjoy San Nicolas with enough of Mexico to make your experience enjoyable.


It is located at about 30 minutes East from Ajijic and 5 minutes from Chapala.

Economic Activities

The main economic activity includes fishing and agriculture which is mainly based on corn. There are several locally owned restaurants.


Approximately 4000 inhabitants.

Places of Interest

  • Monumental Plaza de Toros San Nicolas (bullring)


This town celebrates their annual religious fair in December with activities including:

  • Parades
  • Dances
  • Bullring
  • Fireworks and much more.

Internet, Cable and Telephone

Mediocre to good internet connections with good internet plans and affordable prices. Television and telephone services are provided by the following companies:

Telmex (Internet and telephone):

Address – Carretera Chapala – Jocotepec Ote 113, Ajijic, Jal.

Hours – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.


Dish 01(800)123-3474
Sky- (800)444-3819

Telcel (Cell phone coverage)

Address: Carretera Jocotepec – Chapala 206, local 2.

Hours 10:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Potable Water and Sewer System


WATER SOURCE: Provided by municipal wells. Water may be limited during the driest months and many homes have an aljibe or cistern to help.

The water and sewer systems are provided by a government public organization called SIMAPA. You pay either yearly or monthly is you have a water meter.


Address: Juarez 573, Chapala, Jalisco.

Hours 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.


The company that supplies this service is CFE (Comision Federal de Electricidad).

Address: Zaragoza 451, Chapala, Jalisco.

Hours 8:15 am – 4:00 pm.

This service must be paid every 2 months and can be paid at the CFE office or in stores like Walmart, Soriana, OXXO and 7 Eleven.

CFE has different rates of power depending on the client’s needs:

  • Rate 01 Domestic use (regular house)
  • Rate 02 Business (stores in general)
  • Trifásico (business and regular house)

Fees and HOA What Do They Cover?

The yearly property tax includes: Potable water, sewer system, street lightning, trail, parking, roads, garbage collection, police, parks.

Medical Services

  • Centro de Salud San Nicolas de Ibarra– Real 1A, Colonia Centro. Tel 01 376 763 5011

Restaurants Near San Nicolas de Ibarra

  • Tonys Campestre – Carretera Chapala – San Nicolas 1011. Tel 33 1433 6112
  • Little local restaurants – where people serve burgers, tacos, enchiladas, sopes, etc.

Known Issues in San Nicolas de Ibarra

Locals do not speak English. Medical care is limited but close nearby.

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