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No trip to Pátzcuaro is complete without Janitzio. But recently the island has been taken over by... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2018
Queretaro City, Mexico
The boat ride is good, the walk up not sure!

Back in time, the idea to do the boat ride to the island as main attraction used to be a good idea... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2018
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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.
Patzcuaro, Mexico
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Taking a boat trip to Lake Patzcuaro is fun. However, once you get to the island it is full of shops selling junky tourist merchandise. The view from the top of the island is probably the best feature.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Soledad2009
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everything started perfect the boat ride to the island is relaxing. Once you get to the island you are greeted by the kids who just want money. Then you have to walk alot just to get to the statute. Once up there there restaurants and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jose R
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

We probably didn't see the island and the views at their best, muddy waters due to rainy season in lake and slightly overcast but the island itself was dirty. Rubbish everywhere, an over proliferation of tourist shops all selling the same stuff and no information...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Europeanonmove
Reviewed 7 July 2018

Let me say first, I don't like to give bad reviews. But this long (40 minute) boat ride to the isla was not spectacular in any way. Once there, the vendors had very little diversity of products and we only stayed a few minutes to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Beverly B
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

So glad the boat trip was cheap because the Isla itself is very disappointing. It looks rundown, dirty and drab. There are many vendors selling food, but flies were swarming all over. We spent about ten minutes walking around and headed back to the dock...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank MissMez
Reviewed 3 July 2018

No trip to Pátzcuaro is complete without Janitzio. But recently the island has been taken over by people selling cheap crafts. Walk up to the Morelos monument and wnyoj the views.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank J7259BHsergioa
Reviewed 25 April 2018

Back in time, the idea to do the boat ride to the island as main attraction used to be a good idea, to present day not any more. Especially when you love the landscape thinking of a lake surrounded by volcanoes plus the bird watching...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Alfredo-Tourguide
Reviewed 18 April 2018

We were visiting Patzcuaro and decided to visit Janitzio. It was a cool place with tons of steps and shops around / The view from the top was great. That being said if you're in the area this is a nice place to hang out...More

Date of experience: October 2017
3  Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 7 April 2018

I love walking and what better place than the Isle of Janitzio, the place of not cars. Yes, no buses, cabs or vehicles. Take the boat from several locations around Lake Patzcuaro, I prefer the muelle (boat dock in Patzcuaro) and walk up hill to...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank DMHAustin
Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

Decided to do this trip out to the island while visiting Patzcuaro. We took a taxi from Centro out to the launch area around 11 am, and took one of the many boats out to The Island of Janitzio. The lake itself is shallow and...More

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank Paige925
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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 aguiabel | Reviewed this property |
Bueno espero que pueda ayudar a otras personas esta aportación.Para el día 1 de noviembre por la noche y amanecer el día 2 de noviembre las lanchas están saliendo entre 5 y 10 minutos .Por la cantidad de personas que se... More
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