Janitzio, a hidden destination in Patzcuaro
Those who have traveled to the municipality of Patzcuaro know the many plans and destinations they can visit during their vacation days. One of them is undoubtedly Janitzio Island, a magical place that will surprise you.
This territory is located in the state of Michoacán, specifically in the municipality of Pátzcuaro. This is one of the magical towns that since 2002 has added to the long list of special territories in the country.
Janitzio Island is located just 20 minutes from the outskirts of Patzcuaro, and is one of the areas we recommend you explore during your visit to the municipality.
One of its great attractions is undoubtedly the monument of more than 40 meters high dedicated to José María Morelos y Pavón. Inside is preserved one of the paintings that tells the story of the life of the man for whom the statue was built.
They are also very proud of their Purepecha culture and continue to maintain their typical customs to this day. Janitzio is known worldwide for the Day of the Dead, a very important tradition in Mexican culture that has survived for centuries.
One of the legends that has reached our days says that the souls of those who die were transformed into butterflies to fly to the island, and because of this, Janitzio is one of the sacred places to celebrate one of the most important days of the year. As a curiosity we will tell you that the migration of the monarch butterflies coincides with the Day of the Dead,
When the date arrives, the town is illuminated in every corner, offerings and gifts are brought to the deceased, as well as songs and prayers to pray for them.
Something very characteristic of the place is the dance of the fishermen, in which they go out in their boats illuminated with torches to honor and pay respect to their loved ones who are no longer with us.
This floating town is part of Lake Patzcuaro. Currently, Janitzio Island is one of the most important and most visited of the island. It is not only the landscapes or the Day of the Dead tradition that make this place unique, but also its gastronomy and its people make it special.
A boat trip will allow you to see firsthand how traditional fishing is done in the region, as well as a close look at the tools used.
The butterfly-shaped net is one of them, and has ended up becoming a popular landmark that is even sold as a souvenir in souvenir stores. It is these attractions that have turned Lake Patzcuaro into an essential visit that we recommend you visit during the month of November.