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Address: Patzcuaro, Mexico
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This tiny island is inhabited solely by indigenous people, but is...

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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Good to know Spanish

We went on the Sunday after Mexico's Day of Independence and tourist traffic was very light. Apparently many people had already spent their paycheck of the 15th. I agree with... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 20, 2015
Ron S
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Fort Worth, Texas
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Not worth it the trip. Kids selling candy are very rude if you don't buy anything. Dirty and full of mosquitoes. It is a shame that shuch a beautiful island has turned into a dirty place.

Thank WeberM
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

We went on the Sunday after Mexico's Day of Independence and tourist traffic was very light. Apparently many people had already spent their paycheck of the 15th. I agree with the gist of most of the other reviews - long climb, tourist trap, great views - but would emphasize that the logistics of getting tickets, getting the right boat, and... More 

Thank Ron S
Alexandria, Louisiana
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. There are thousands of steps to the top and they wind through tons of vendors, mostly selling the same crafts. More of a tourist trap than something to see and appreciate.

Thank curielrr
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

From the town take COMBI for a 7 pesos,then a boat for a 45 pesos and you are in a different world. Island Janotzio very croud with a people, tourists and local. No photos of the naitive PERUCHPECHA people. They don't like it -ONLY FOR MONEY!!!Take a mirador from a top of the statue of MORELIA!!Very different people,costume and customs!!!

Thank valnik2014
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 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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51 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 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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150 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 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 

Thank ERIC353
Henderson, Nevada
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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 

Thank talkinbway
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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43 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 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 

Thank bald0neNebraska
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 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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