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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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Janitzio, An Island unto Itself.

From the city of Patzcuatro I took a boat ride to the island of Janitzio. I've been to Patzcuaro a couple of time but never to the island. The lake is placid and the trip takes... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Paul V
Roseville, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

As many have said and explained so eloquently already, this is the reason that many people come to Patzcuaro. The boat ride out and back is fine. The water of the lake is very muddy due to human activity around the shores of Lake Patzcuaro. Nearby Lake Zirahuen is much cleaner and prettier. However, visiting the area and not going... More 

Thank cavedodger
Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Dirty lake and even dirtier island. NOT worth the time unless there are some huge changes. Trashy and just dirty...

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Roseville, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the city of Patzcuatro I took a boat ride to the island of Janitzio. I've been to Patzcuaro a couple of time but never to the island. The lake is placid and the trip takes about 45 minutes, vendors sell candy, ice cream and other items on the boat. Once you arrive at the dock there are tons of... More 

1 Thank Paul V
Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Janitzio is an impressive island rising out of the placid waters of Lake Pátzcuaro. For a delightful half-day adventure, I boated to Janitzio Island, encircled its developed shoreline, and conquered the steep stairway to its monumental summit. From the main dock (embarcadero) outside the town of Pátzcuaro, long colorful launches make the 20 minute crossing to Janitzio Island every half-hour,... More 

1 Thank NVJoe
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Delightful visit to this small, hilly island in the middle of Lake Patzcuoro. The boat ride was refreshing and the views amazing.

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Reviewed 26 March 2017 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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Reviewed 6 March 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 

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 24 February 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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Reviewed 13 February 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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Reviewed 30 January 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 

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