Without a doubt, one of the best things to do in Patzcuaro is to visit the fascinating Janitzio Island.

Full of mysticism and legends, this island has been an inspiration for artists and writers alike for decades. It’s also a charming tourist destination that leaves no one indifferent.

Janitzio is located in the beautiful lake of Patzcuaro, just a few minutes by boat from the city of Patzcuaro. One of its greatest charms of the island is the authenticity of its customs its the beauty of the indigenous community that has preserved over the years. The ancient Purepecha language can still be heard to this day and you’ll still see the traditional clothing at every turn. 

The mystical atmosphere that is breathed here is thanks to the deeply-rooted tradition of celebrating and being in contact with the dead every November 1 and 2, when the Day of the Dead is officially celebrated throughout Mexico. The Janitzio Island is the most recognized destination throughout Mexico for the Day of the Dead celebrations. On these dates, visitors from all over the world come to witness this mystical and cultural celebration in the world.

On the Janitzio Island, you can take walk through the quaint and winding streets and maybe even join in the celebration by singing as an offering to the gods. On the way, you’ll find food vendors with local delicacies that you won’t want to resist. At the top of the island stands a large stone statue of José María Morelos, the independence hero from Michoacán. Inside the monument, you’ll see murals made by Ramón Alva de la Canal that tell the story of Morelos or look out the different viewpoints where you can enjoy spectacular sights of the Lake of Pátzcuaro.

If you love adrenaline, try out the zip line that’s over 1 kilometer long linking Janitzio with the island of Tecuena!

If you are visiting Patzcuaro, Mexico, we invite you to visit the Janitzio Island. Cross the Lake of Pazcuaro to reach it and observe the traditional fishermen with their butterfly nets among the many charms of this destination. 

Enjoy all this by staying at Best Western Plus Posada de Don Vasco located a few minutes from the center of Patzcuaro and one of the docks of the lake. Our facilities are pet-friendly and we have comfortable rooms, beautiful gardens, colonial patios, swimming pool, restaurants with delicious regional food and a magnificent terrace with wonderful views of Lake Pátzcuaro and the Janitzio Island.

Enjoy an unforgettable holiday in Janitzio and Patzcuaro with us. Book your stay today at