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At over 6,000 feet above sea level, this is one of the highest lakes in the...

At over 6,000 feet above sea level, this is one of the highest lakes in the world.

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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 civilizations and an unspoiled Mexico. The view changes continually and the road cross a... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2017
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Cleveland, Oh

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Cleveland, Oh
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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 villager speaks a prehispanic conquest language and the street food vendors offer a large variety... More 

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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 taste!), and I recommend that you read them. If you visit the island of Janitzio... More 

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Thank andrew k
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Reviewed 17 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 great time. Remember to try "charales" there are little dried or fried fish from the... More 

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Morelia, Mexico
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Reviewed 17 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 touristic purposes. The boats depart since 'Muelle General' or 'San Pedrito' dock. In both docks... More 

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Cleveland, Oh
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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 people. The road is paved and in good condition and it can be taken from... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 23 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 picturesque, with morning fog, plenty of beautiful stars at night, indigenous communities, ex-pats who have... More 

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Reviewed 3 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.

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Toluca, Mexico
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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 labeled on stone in janitzio .. the feelings of nation ,, for mexican that´s where... More 

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Austin, Texas
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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 area of Mexico. It's in the same mountain range as San Miguel de Allende, but... More 

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Cabo San Lucas
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Reviewed 11 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 creator of all the wood sculpture, large and small, which she displays under the portals... More 

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