Janitzio Island

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October 1st 2016
Published: October 1st 2016
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Michoacan is really appealing with its numerous fantastic places and the island is one of these.

I reached this island by boat which is the only mean to the island of Janitzio.

When I was on my way to this place, the boat was approached by some fine fishermen.

I then asked to a local what kind of fish they were catching and he explained to me that these are very popular fishermen of the Patzcuaro lake and called the butterfly fishermen because the net they use to catch the fish is butterfly-shaped net and they use skillful technique to catch the "pescado blanco" which means white fish.

The local person also told me that the fisherman is located to the back of the 50 pesos Mexican banknote which was a surprise to me.

I could see many of them racing one another after me and using this net in such an effective way that was very impressive.

This was a sort of free entertainment on my way to the island and really remarkable.

Once arrived to the spot, what struck me was the authenticity of the island with its old style homes and no sign top-end hotel or whatever.

The people here are of indigenous background and are known as Purepecha.

On the way up to the top were many local shops with handicrafts a variety of handmade textiles and the souvenirs.

When I got to the top there was an enormous statue of a great figure, here in Mexico, like Jose Maria Morelos.

He was seen as a hero of the Mexican independence in 1933.

On top of here the vistas are just sublime with its spectacular surroundings and the lake.

Definitely a place not to be missed..

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