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Address: Patzcuaro, Mexico
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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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Sadly Overrated

About 17 years ago a trip to Janitzio was something special, but it is just sad to see how the island is faring these days. Seems way too sleazy & downright dirty, with... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 24, 2015
Adee1950
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Chapala, Mexico
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14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I never been to Mexico before and this one one of our stops. I found it really, really unique and fun! The long walk up and crowded, narrow streets are a real adventure. Just be sure to have walking shoes on because it is a long walk to the top! The restaurants are pretty good that offer real, legit food... More 

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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An island/city in the middle of a country, it's exactly what I expected. High prices and hard sellers. Other than that, the people were pleasant and the island is beautiful. It was surprisingly warm for December, so we had a great time.

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Thank Adrian L
Chapala, Mexico
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71 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

About 17 years ago a trip to Janitzio was something special, but it is just sad to see how the island is faring these days. Seems way too sleazy & downright dirty, with ticky-tacky souvenirs for sale. The government should help the island and its inhabitants. Mexico has some absolutely fantastic tourist sites, and this just isn't one of them.... More 

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2 Thank Adee1950
Ajijic, Mexico
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115 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

In all fairness, perhaps everyone should see it once. I found it extremely touristy and felt uncomfortable.

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1 Thank anitaInAjijic
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850 reviews
462 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Was totally stoked to be heading to the Day of the Dead celebration ... way too touristy!! Just packed with tourists and stalls ... Tzintzuntzan and Santa Fe de la Laguna were much more interesting for the Day of the Dead then Janitzio in my opinion!!

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2 Thank METRUN360
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58 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

I'm sure at one time Janitzio was charming but it's morphed into the "Bourbon Street" of Patzcuaro. Offensively commercialized, there are so many more rewarding places to visit.

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4 Thank PHurdlik
Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

You have to catch a launch to get to the island. It is quite busy during Night of the Dead, when 73 launches are running between the island and the mainland. It is worth a visit.

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Thank Bonnie G
Guadalajara, Mexico
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14 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

On Nov 2nd is not the best place to go, it is full of people that only goes for party and you can not see the best of the Nov 2nd ceremony. It is better to visit other smaller places around the lake as Tzintzuntzan, Pacanda, Ihuatzio and others.

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1 Thank Xavier G
Fort Worth, Texas
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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.

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Thank WeberM
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

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 

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