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Address: Patzcuaro, Mexico

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 an early morning boat there, which was not a good idea because it is really best to go there for lunch as they have many great fish restaurants at the top. There is no... read more

Reviewed March 6, 2017
jacquie c
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just getting to an island it's an experience on its own...riding in a small boat while listening to norteño music and eating all sorts of candy and goodies. Once in the island is a hike to the top of the statue but the view is completely worth it!

1 Thank Lucy M
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2017

We took an early morning boat there, which was not a good idea because it is really best to go there for lunch as they have many great fish restaurants at the top. There is no cafe there that serves espresso but lots of colorful drinks with alcohol. Plenty of shopping and the hike to the top is worth it... More 

2 Thank jacquie c
San Diego, California
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2017

I went on a Tuesday 2/14/17. Perfect weather, went about 11am or 12, hardly anyone there. Checked out all three places where boats leave – two were ghost towns and went for the main one with the pay parking gate and shops. Boat left 10 minutes after I paid at the dock, bought some ice cream when the vendors come... More 

2 Thank ejs92
Lincolnton, North Carolina
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2017

Located near the picturesque town of Patzcuaro, Isla Janitzio is a nice daytrip. A short boat ride takes you there. Walk up the winding streets to the giant statue of Jose Maria Morelos. There are lots of souvenir shops and a few restaurants. The best time (and the most crowded) is for the Day of the Dead celebrations.

1 Thank peripatetic845
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 30, 2017

Probably the best part of the experience was the boat ride over and back ($3 US). I arrived mid-morning, and many of the shops and restaurants were just opening. The hike through the streets to the top of the island and statue is doable, but don't try if you have physical issues. Lovely views, interesting cemetery, nice people, not sure... More 

1 Thank Jacob L
Newmarket, Canada
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

Sometimes it's just fun to enjoy the local tourist trap. Isla Janitzio is one of those fun places. We went on a Friday figuring it would be less busy, which it certainly was, but maybe the experience would have been more entertaining with hordes of tourists. There is a bit of history inside the statue of Morelos with a bunch... More 

1 Thank billorri
Phoenix, Arizona
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed January 12, 2017

We decided to visit the island on a Sunday - which is when the most tourists come over from the mainland. If you decide to go on a Sunday go early because by early afternoon the island is hopping with tourists. They sell everything you could possibly want in terms of souvenirs but the prices are higher than in Patzcuaro.

1 Thank Michael T
San Diego, California
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2017

A leisurely, scenic boat ride takes you to a beautiful little island/village. All paths lead to the top, where you'll find a historic monument to explore as well as amazing views. There are plenty of shops and restaurants throughout the island, though I think the food in Patzcuaro is better. It's kind of touristy but also scenic and authentic. It's... More 

1 Thank NateDenny
Grand Prairie, Texas
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

I was really surprised, it was very clean, I really enjoyed the visit . Tried the blue corn tortillas they were delish.

1 Thank f a
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

This is a great trip for half a day. Go to "muelle San pedrito" instead of the main docks. It's 5 minutes away but a lot less crowded. This is a trip to sightsee and buy handcrafts. Take a boat, they will show you the "traditional fishermen pretending to fish."It's a tourist attraction now. Go up to the top of... More 

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