The town of Janitzio, which means where it rains, is located atop the hill. The village of Janitzio is located on the island of the same name in Lago Patzcuaro in the Northern region of Michoacan. It is famous for it’s Day of the Dead celebration and for the 40-meter tall statue of Jose Maria Morelos that stands atop the island.


The town is famous for the butterfly fishermen who are skilled at lowering their butterfly-shaped nets to catch the local famous cuisine pescado blanco. The butterfly fisherman were also located on the back side of the 50 peso Mexican banknote.

A 40-meter statue of Jose Maria Morelos, a great hero of Mexico’s independence, started in 1933, is found on the island’s highest point. For about 6 pesos, one can climb to the top of the statue by way of a staircase that spirals up the inside. Along the interior walls, the life of Morelos is depicted in murals painted by Ramon Alba de la Canal and other great Mexican muralists. Although the steep stairway can become congested and distract one’s attention, it is a good Mexican history lesson. At the top, one can peer through peepholes in the giant raised fist of Morelos, giving a spectacular view of the island, lake and surroundings.


Janitzio can only be reached by boats which run regularly back and forth from about 7:30 am to 6 pm, accessible from Ptzcuaro’s pier (embarcadero). These boats can be hired to take you around other parts of the lake.

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