One A Day – 1065 – Isla de Pacanda

Isla de Janitzio

Iglesia de La Pacanda

It is an Island – Fish? Of Course.



Rising into the Night


Classically Somber

Lights on the shore in the background. Protected from the breeze

Many Lights

In for the long haul

Into the Night

  • Photowalk 
  • Dia de los Muertos
  • Isla de Pacanda, Michoacán, México
  • November 1, 2017
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This is the last of the series from the Day of the Dead this year. La Isla de Pacanda is a small island in Lago de Patzcuaro. It is the largest island in the lake, but it is still relatively small with less than 400 residents. To get to the island, you need by a ticket and go by ferry. The boats that are used are nearly flat-bottomed because the lake itself is not very deep. They are certainly an adventure to ride and not for everyone, but that doesn’t stop literal hordes of tourists in cars, vans and busses from coming. It is a bit overwhelming, both for the island and the visitors themselves.

I’m not sure I would repeat the trip anytime soon. Not because it was not an interesting place to visit, but because of the number of tourists in relation to the space and local people. It was very distracting and not the kind of experience that was so interesting in other pueblos.

The Day of the Dead is a interesting custom and fun to photograph if you take it slowly and don’t push yourself on the local people. I just hope it can be maintained in the face of a lot of publicity and attempts to make it a spectacle that will bring many more visitors.