Located in the middle of Lake Pátzcuaro in the state of Michoacán in Mexico, the island of Janitzio or Isla de Janitzio is actually a volcanic island and is home to the Purépechan, a native of the country.
The primary industry here is fishing but lately, tourism has also helped boosts the little town’s economy. Janitzio is filled with small stores in its narrow roads where handicrafts and food are sold.
The island is so small that no cars are allowed in the streets and the main means of transportation is actually walking, which makes exploring it even more convenient. The town is mainly a burial site with many tombs all around.
You can’t miss this from Michoacán as you can instantly site the 156 feet statue of Jose Maria Morelos to the top and center of the island. he was one of Mexico’s independence fighter, and an iconic part of their history.
From the mainland, it will take about thirty minutes to get here and usually visitors do come to enjoy the sites and buy handicrafts.
However, on the Day of the Dead, which is one of Mexico’s most important dates, the island celebrates this rather uniquely. And for visitors who come to this place at that time, it’s quite memorable and momentous as the whole island is decked with decorations. Boats that come to and from this place are also decorated with lanterns as part of their remembrance for the dead.