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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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A Jewel in Michoacan

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Lincolnton, North Carolina
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Lincolnton, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank peripatetic845
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7 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Jacob L
Newmarket, Canada
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 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 

Thank billorri
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 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.

Thank Michael T
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 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 

Thank NateDenny
Grand Prairie, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

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

Thank f a
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 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 

Thank Carlos M
Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

This site used to be nice, know it's very crowded and full of cheap stores. you can skip it. If you want to see the island you can take the water taxi take your pictures and go back to the pier. It really does not worth the effort of climbing all those steps. Sorry

Thank Violeta M
San Antonio, Texas
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232 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Destination Janitzio is in need of a facelift to take advantage of this great location, the boats that take you there could also use some renovation. Janitzio offers many shops , restaurants that share the same basic menu, it is inexpensive, the boat ride is about $3.00 USD per person the restaurant most are in the low end. It does... More 

Thank sergiorms
Fulton, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

The launch to the island costs approximately $3.25 (depending on exchange rate) - takes about 30 minutes & as you approach the island, the Butterfly Net fisherman will paddle out & put on a display for you. Tip is expected!! The island has few flat surfaces - you are almost always climbing or descending stairs - wear comfy shoes. Climb... More 

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