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Address: Patzcuaro, Mexico
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Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: This tiny island is inhabited solely by indigenous people, but is popular...
This tiny island is inhabited solely by indigenous people, but is popular among tourists hoping for a glimpse of native culture.
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We took the ferry to visit the island of Janitzio as part of an organized G Adventure tour. The island is quite built up and it is interesting to climb the winding steps and paths... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 11, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

After you pass by all the shops and restaurants, you finally arrive at the statue of Morelos. You must go inside to see the murals depicting Morelos life. They are both educational and inspirational. The walk up the hill is not long.

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Tampa, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This island is accessible only by an inexpensive old fashioned boat from Patzcuaro's pier. It will get you there in about 15-20 minutes and the view of the island with the Statue of Jose Morelos in the center and the surrounding Michoacán mountains is awesome. Make sure you're camera is ready for those butterfly fishermen as the boat gets closer... More 

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SAINT PETERSBURG
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110 reviews 110 reviews
66 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We took the ferry to visit the island of Janitzio as part of an organized G Adventure tour. The island is quite built up and it is interesting to climb the winding steps and paths up the hill and see the houses, tourist shops and restaurants. The main attraction on the island is an impressive 40-foot statue of Jose Morelos.... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I can't imagine visiting Patzcuaro and not going to Isla Janitzio. It's a fun day trip that starts with a 30 minute boat ride over to the island. On the way you will see the fisherman and they will display their nets high in the air (hoping for a small tip for their showmanship). On arrival at the pier you'll... More 

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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37 reviews 37 reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

If you only have a short time in Patz, you can skip the island tour. The lake looks nice from a distance, but no surprise it looks pretty polluted up close. The village is nothing special, pretty much the same trinkets you can buy anywhere in the area. But buy something to support the locals, I guess. First time I... More 

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Mendocino
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My experience was fabulous. OK, so it was Dia de los Muertos, and I was with two fun women from Nova Scotia, but it was colorful, gritty, and quaint! I absolutely loved visiting the church with the fishing nets and silver aluminum foil fish dangling from the ceiling! We didn't get hassled or hustled--the people were sweet and helpful. The... More 

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Vernon, Canada
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89 reviews 89 reviews
27 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

If you are hanging around Patzcuaro for a few days, taking the ferry over to Isla Janitzio is a fun trip. It is certainly more of a tourist trap than any other spot in the area, but the statue is worth seeing. Unfortunately to get there you have to run the gauntlet of tourist shops and children begging for money.... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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230 reviews 230 reviews
63 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Houses are in very bad shape, powerty is obvious, kids are asking for money. Unfortunatelly there is also garbage everywhere! If local goverment and local people would take better care - Janitzio could be a great tourist destination, great half day trip from Patzcuaro. I visited this place before, always on the Day of Dead. It is a much more... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Janitzio is a must see, but not for any particular reason, as there really isn't any thing to see, except the journey to the top of the island for a spectacular view of the surrounding area. We traversed the hill, climbed inside to the top of the monument, then worked our way back down and had lunch before getting back... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We walked up steps and thru the shops to get to the statue at the top, prices were good and people very nice. We also hiked the 70 some steps inside the statue. Enjoyed everything about our trip - speak Spanish and enjoyed hearing about people who have lived there their whole lives. The boat trip was fine - took... More 

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