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Isla Janitzio

Patzcuaro, Mexico
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Great afternoon

Went by boat, easy ride, Butterfly net fisherman come out for a handout, expected a demonstration... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
Rocky Mountain House, Canada
Not worth the trip anymore

I've visited several times and each year it has become more polluted over the years. Both the... read more

Reviewed 8 June 2017
christopher g
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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.
  • Excellent35%
  • Very good32%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
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Patzcuaro, Mexico
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Reviewed 11 June 2017

Went by boat, easy ride, Butterfly net fisherman come out for a handout, expected a demonstration of how the nets work, but they just took money and left, did not like that. The island is very steep, be in good shape to get to the...More

Thank SES5311
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

I've visited several times and each year it has become more polluted over the years. Both the island and the dock are filled with vendors who will harass you as well.

Thank christopher g
Reviewed 21 May 2017

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....More

Thank cavedodger
Reviewed 17 May 2017

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

Thank vlynnp
Reviewed 8 May 2017

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...More

3  Thank Paul V
Reviewed 2 May 2017

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...More

2  Thank NVJoe
Reviewed 29 April 2017

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

Thank Charla M
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...More

1  Thank Lucy M
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...More

3  Thank jacquie c
Reviewed 25 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...More

2  Thank ejs92
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26 April 2017|
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Response from Michael T | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend staying in Patzcuaro where there are so many hotel options. The ferry to the island takes only 15 to 20 minutes each way. In Patzcuaro we stayed at the Casa de Naranjo which is right on the Plaza - but... More
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Response from 18alvinb | Reviewed this property |
As my time spent there yes it was safe and I had no issues and really enjoyed my time there.
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14 October 2016|
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Response from Violems | Reviewed this property |
Siempre hay tráfico, siempre hay gente, siempre salen botes y puede haber cola, pero la espera es poca, para ver la isla realmente en hora y media la recorren toda, dependerá de la cantidad de gente que les toque y sobretodo... More
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