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Janitzio Island, Michoacan, MX

The Town Without Streets
An island town without a single road on it, rises from the center of Patzcuaro Lake. Janitzio Island is cone shaped, with an enormous statue of Jose Maria Morelos, one of the leaders of the Mexican Independence, on top. An indigenous Purhepecha town, the economy is based primarily on tourism; shops line the many staircases that in any other town would be streets. Many of the inhabitants take a boat to and from Patzcuaro to work. The women are famous for their embroidery and the little restaurants along the edge of the lake are excellent. It's quite a hike to the top of the island, and even more strenuous climbing up to the raised fist of the statue. But the 360 degree views from there are worth every bit of effort.

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