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Isla Janitzio

Patzcuaro, Mexico
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Ranked #5 of 6 Attractions in Patzcuaro
Type: Islands, Outdoors
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: This tiny island is inhabited solely by indigenous people, but is popular among tourists hoping for...
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Type: Islands, Outdoors
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: 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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Susan Weckbaugh
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121 reviews 121 reviews
34 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

we took the boat--50 pesos roundtrip--at night for the Day of the Dead celebration and got our tickets at the muelle or embarcadero at around 8:30 when it wasn't as crowded. Smooth ride to the island, not as cold as the return when I was glad I had my gloves and jacket. Lots of little restaurants to eat at al... More 

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6 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We went to Janitzio looking for a traditional Día de Muertos experience and ended greatly disappointed. The island is souvenir store after souvenir store, everyone in it is completely dedicated to getting money from you to buy souvenirs, drinks or just give aways. The view from the monument and the history told as you go up is the only thing... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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87 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

my family owns a hotel in Patzcuaro (posada de don Vasco) so ive travelled all my life to this town and to this island.... Sadly it is a dump, full of vendors, nauseous smells, cheap restaurants and souvenir shops. You climb, and climb, and climb till you reach the Morelos statue only to find out it is as ugly as... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

It was an inexpensive little excursion where we road a shared mini van to the muelle where we hopped a small ferry for a 15 - 20 minute ride across the lake to the island. It didn't take long to visit and allowed some views around.

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BC
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113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

It is a fun excursion to take a boat to Isla Janitzio from the dock in Patzcuaro. Tickets cost 50 pesos round trip for the boat, which took 30 minutes to cross to the island. We were entertained by a music group during the crossing. Isla Janitzio was nice, plenty of food and vendors along the way up all the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Located in the middle of the famous fishing lake Patzcuaro in the magical state of Michoacan considered to be one of the most beautiful and rich states in all of Mexico for its culture architecture and food. This island is transformed during the day of the dead when everyone outside leaves candles in the street to guide the spirit of... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

It's amazing how much things there is to see and do there. If you are planning on returning home with some gifts for family and friends I recommend you visit Janitzio. There is many hand made gifts perfect for anybody.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

A Beautiful little island with lots of history in the lake of Patzcuaro and amazing views. Pleasant people and overall a nice day trip!

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Eagle River
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6 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This place is definitely something you should do at least once in your life. The boat ride over is comfortable and interesting. Seeing the Butterfly Fishermen do their thing is wonderful and something we will never forget. Going to the top of the mountain and then to the top of the statue was difficult but something I will never forget.

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Central Vermont
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

An easy 3 hour drive around the lake, more with the numerous scenic stops of your choice. Primarily a farming area but there are numerous shops in the small towns with statuary, handmade furniture and wood carvings, which are both unique and beautiful. The shop owners we met were attentive and willing to show us around but never pressured us... More 

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