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Isla Janitzio

Patzcuaro, Mexico
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Magical land for day of the dead November 1&2

Located in the middle of the famous fishing lake Patzcuaro in the magical state of Michoacan... read more

Reviewed July 22, 2014
Los Angeles, California
So much fun, you will not regret it

It's amazing how much things there is to see and do there. If you are planning on returning home... read more

Reviewed June 9, 2014
Houston, Texas
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This tiny island is inhabited solely by indigenous people, but is popular among tourists hoping for a glimpse of native culture.
  • Excellent35%
  • Very good32%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
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Patzcuaro, Mexico
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Reviewed July 22, 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...More

2  Thank casitash
Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

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.

Thank Jessicaa30
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!

1  Thank Vangelis774
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...More

1  Thank zihuagirl
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...More

3  Thank DelbertLovett52
Reviewed March 2, 2014

Isla Janitzio is an important location for Mexicans, so it was interesting to join them on a public ferry to the island. Yes, there are a lot of people selling tourist stuff, but it's interesting to look at and fun momentos can be purchased. I...More

1  Thank Greencolander
Reviewed January 23, 2014

When I saw some of these bad reviews, I don't know what those people were looking for? Of course the economy of the island is geared for tourism, people have to earn a living. I do not appreciate the arrogance of people who visit other...More

8  Thank Donald W
Reviewed January 15, 2014

A half hour trip on the lake sounded like a good idea. It was okay. Janitzio itself is wall to wall souvenir stalls. I did find one of the prettiest little restaurants I have ever seen in Mexico with green (?) tortillas, which also were...More

Thank siemprepatty
Reviewed November 27, 2013

Positives: lovely boat ride for both the clientele & the scenery. Negatives: Entire island devoted to tourism selling mostly non local trinkets to what turn out to be not enough tourists.

Thank LonD951
Reviewed November 20, 2013

If one did not know that this side of the lake was polluted, the ride out to the island would have been more pleasant. The island itself is AWFUL! A terrible tourist trap that I would advise you to avoid.

Thank Alex T
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Response from Michael T | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend staying in Patzcuaro where there are so many hotel options. The ferry to the island takes only 15 to 20 minutes each way. In Patzcuaro we stayed at the Casa de Naranjo which is right on the Plaza - but... More
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Response from 18alvinb | Reviewed this property |
As my time spent there yes it was safe and I had no issues and really enjoyed my time there.
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October 13, 2016|
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Response from Violems | Reviewed this property |
Siempre hay tráfico, siempre hay gente, siempre salen botes y puede haber cola, pero la espera es poca, para ver la isla realmente en hora y media la recorren toda, dependerá de la cantidad de gente que les toque y sobretodo... More
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