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Isla Janitzio

Address: Patzcuaro, Mexico
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Ranked #5 of 6 things to do in Patzcuaro
Type: Islands, Nature & Parks
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, Nature & Parks
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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Vernon, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

No cars - only accessible by boat. Many artisan shops. A long walk to the monument but worth it for the view. 5,000 people live on this small island an amazing culture.

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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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87 reviews 87 reviews
27 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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219 reviews 219 reviews
59 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We went by collectivo to the lake then got on the very colourful ferry full of locals. It took about 30 minutes and was a pleasant journey. On the island we enjoyed walking up the winding streets to the enormous statue and then back down through the souvenir shops for a drink. A couple was hours was enough for the... More 

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Toluca
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84 reviews 84 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Just full of poor people selling crappy trinkets that you can find in any city in Mexico. For an area known for its local artesanias, Janitzio really disappoints. Its not even that great of a view from the top of the Morelos statue. Don't waste your time or money, unless it's for Day of the Dead.

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Susan Weckbaugh
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126 reviews 126 reviews
34 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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