Isla Janitzio
Isla Janitzio
3.5
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Abhishek Chopra
Houston, TX31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Visited this island on early morning of day of the dead. Most of the tourists had left by then. Okay experience here. Overall, trip to Pátzcuaro for the day of the dead events was nice. Definitely a unique experience!
Written 2 December 2023
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Karen BF
Edmonton, Canada497 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This is a kitchy and fun diversion, and we could have spent hours roaming the stepped streets, the narrow passageways, and the funky shops. Loads of dining options too, not to mention the workout to get to the San Jose monument at the top of the town.
Alas, we had less than an hour with our tour group, so we sped around and tried to see it all. This is a very out-of-the-way centre so it's unlikely we will be back this way again.
Skip the photos of the fishermen - just look on and store in your memory. They aren't really fishing anyway... these lagoon is pretty barren, but take a pic and prepare to tip.
Written 10 March 2023
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Karen
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
I arrived at 10 am on a Monday in mid-Feb. There were no other tourists, and few shops were open yet. It felt magical to climb up the stairs to the top. Beautiful views. I loved seeing the fishing net demonstration as you approach the island, and was happy to tip them a few pesos. Musicians on the way back also wanted a tip.
Written 13 February 2023
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Surreytraveller59
Surrey, Canada50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We parked our car at Muelle 1 and the attendant pointed us to the booth where we could purchase tickets for the boat. The parking was included in the fee and the boat was leaving shortly. It was mid morning (10am) before the big crowds so we were the only ones on the boat. It was pleasant ride across to the island ( the sun was out and the waters were calm) We decided on a pick up time (2 hrs) and started our ascent. The steep stairways pass through countless food stalls and storefronts. Remember to wear proper FOOTWEAR and bring WATER…you’ll need them. We rested briefly at the top before climbing the spiral staircase inside the huge statue of Jose Maria Morelos, a legendary leader of Mexican Independence. Beautiful murals line the walls of the staircase telling the story of Indepenance. The last part of the ascent ( inside the raised arm) is very tight and steep. You might have to wait your turn for a chance to peek out the window at the “wrist”. The view is quite amazing! I’m glad we had an early start as the crowds/ tours were arriving as we were leaving. It was definitely an worthwhile experience to travel to the island and climb the statue! It had been on my bucket list since 1979 when I first saw it.
Written 28 January 2023
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Kim J
Ladysmith, Canada257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Nice ride over on the boat and climb up to the top of the island. Worth the climb up the statue as well for the view.
Many things to buy and lots of food and drinks available.
Written 24 December 2022
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never2old2try
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico240 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Take a pleasant boat ride out to the Island on a nice day. There are shops and restaurants to explore and if you are in good shape you can climb to the top of the island for a beautiful view of Patzcuaro and the surrounding area.
Written 23 July 2022
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Areli
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
To go to the island we got into a canoe accompanied by some musicians
It's a lot of steps but it's fun
I recommend putting on sunscreen and wearing a hat for the heat
There were many crafts
When you get to riba there is a nice garden
there is a beautiful view
I would like to return in November (for the day of the dead)
Written 3 June 2022
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Paul & Carol
Boulder, CO22 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Skip this island, it is a tourist trap.

It is billed as an island populated only by indigenous people selling their artisanal crafts. Perhaps in in the past it was. Now it is an island full of your typical Mexican tourist items than can be bought anywhere and are most likely made in China, t-shirts, mugs, shot glasses, caps, etc.

First you take a ferry that costs 100p per person. As you approach the island, there is a group of fisherman pretending to fish to put on a show for you. After they wave their nets around for a few seconds, a pair of "tradition" canoe looking boats, made out of fiberglass, breaks off and proceeds down either side collecting tips. The fisherman have learned that they can make more money posing for pictures than fishing.

After docking you start walking up the different steep alleys, lined side to side, top to bottom with your typical tourist paraphernalia with a continual chorus of barkers trying to lure you into their shop or restaurants. At the top, for another small fee, you can pass through the gates to take in the view of the statue of Morelos.

The island is just an outdoor market with nothing redeeming or authentic about it.
Written 14 April 2022
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Gilberto P
Sao Paulo, SP243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We intended to go there on Nov 1st for "dia de muertos" but it was closed because of covid. On late november it was open. Great walk to the top of the island.
Written 5 February 2022
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Francesca D
Kihei, Hawaii, United States57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We took the water taxi to this little island in Lake Patzcuaro. We wandered the streets, and saw a funeral procession. I was surprised at the friendliness of these Lovely people.
Written 30 December 2021
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