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More than the lake itself, now polluted, are the authentic mexican villages around it with a visit

A car tour around the lake, less than 70 km is highly recommended to see past cultures and... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2017
Cleveland, Oh
This is Mexico

Since I live in the Patzcuaro area, the lake is a constant companion, and a most pleasant... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2017
andrew k
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At over 6,000 feet above sea level, this is one of the highest lakes in the world.
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

A car tour around the lake, less than 70 km is highly recommended to see past cultures and civilizations and an unspoiled Mexico. The view changes continually and the road cross a couple of dozen villages, all unspoiled and devoid of tourism. Most of the...More

Thank marcopolo111
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Since I live in the Patzcuaro area, the lake is a constant companion, and a most pleasant one. First of all, I am in accord with each of the reviews written before mine (except for the Charales bit, but that is a matter of personal...More

Thank andrew k
Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

If you go to Patzcuaro, you can not miss the lake it has a beautiful view and there are little ships that can take you to Janitzio island. There is a statue of José María Morelos who is mexican independence hero. You will have a...More

1  Thank Jesadi
Reviewed 16 January 2016

Patzcuaro has a good history and all architecture is beautiful, but if you want to go to the lake, The main attraction is to travel to one of islands of the lake, you can arrive to the island Janitzio, this is the main island for...More

1  Thank MartSaz
Reviewed 23 November 2015

The lake itself is not that impressive but it is nice with a few islands in the middle. What it is wonderful is a drive around the lake with dozen of beautiful and unspoiled villages with antique churches and building, non touristic markets and lovely...More

1  Thank marcopolo111
Reviewed 22 August 2015

This area is wonderful. I wish the lake were swimmable - apparently it's very polluted and although locals eat the fish from here and are seen fishing, it's not recommended you eat that fish! There are many towns located around the lake, and it's totally...More

1  Thank TravelingIguana
Reviewed 2 July 2015 via mobile

After seeing the lake, I turned around and went back to my hostel. It's nothing spectacular. It's a lake. Not even that great of a lake. I'd skip it.

Thank Craig D
Reviewed 25 March 2015

janitzio and patzcuaro belong to the state of michoacan that made the best hand crafts all over mexico , janitzio is a town used by abraham lincon mexican " morelos " to hide on independence days and the fundation of mexico as a country are...More

1  Thank jlplaza21
Reviewed 3 December 2014

My favorite area is the Colonial Highlands in central Mexico and Michoacan is perfect for me. There are small, active, ex-pat communities, but not the enclaves of San Miguel or Chapala. You might consider the Lake Patzcuaro and Morelia area. It is a safe, magical...More

3  Thank travisleroy_8
Reviewed 10 September 2014

There are endless crafts vendors in Pátzcuaro, but there is only one Enedina Castillo Rendon. This amazing artisan has been carving wood figures with Michoacan's best since she was 10... and she must be over 70 now. You would never imagine that she is the...More

2  Thank CaboSanLucasCocinera
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Response from marcopolo111 | Reviewed this property |
I think it is. I have done it a couple of times without any problem and felt save. Car rental in Mexico is generally heaper than in US. I usually rent from Avis or Dollar