JANITZIO ISLAND AND PARICUTIN VOLCANO
Trip Start Jul 12, 2009
255Trip End Aug 18, 2010
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Plaza Gertrudis Bocanegra honours a local heroine who was a spy for the independence movement who was shot by the Spanish
We then made our way to Janitzio Island by boat. This is apparently meant to be the place to be on the Day of the Dead where anyone who has a boat, canoe, dinghy, sails out on to the lake with their dead family's favourite food and sit in the candle light all night. I suppose they munch on the food when they get peckish.
Today we were going to visit the island and walk to the top where there is a 40m height statue of the independence hero Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon. Edie, Lily and I walked to the top and peeked through his wrist to view the landscape. All the way up to the statue are many shops selling some of the worst souvenirs. We noted that at the entrance to the island from the dock there is a large sign saying ' no alcohol’ but within minutes you could buy the local sugar cane rum. But instead of openly swigging it you could buy a tacky breast jug where you could have some of your drink decanted and mixed for you to enjoy on your ascent or descent.
What we did see on this polluted lake were the fisherman who use these fabulous butterfly nets for whitebait. These are then fried in various ways and sold with hot sauce or lime. They looked and smelt delicious but the fact that they were pulled out of this foul water put us all off, including the guide.
The next day we drove for two hours to Paricutin volcano, which apparently rose literally overnight and within a year had reached an elevation of 410m
What was amusing was that morning Fynn announced that he did not want to see any more churches or volcanoes. Today he saw the two combined.
En route to the Volcano after leaving Uruapan we were stopped by the police. There must have been about a hundred of them at the junction, checking all the vehicles passing through. Apparently this area has a fairly aggressive cartel and there has been recent discovery of Coca plants. You can understand how hard it is to find these farms as the mountains are densely coated in trees. The advise to us was not to stop for anyone. As if.