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Paricutin Volcano, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

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Parícutin is a scoria-cone volcano located in the Mexican state of Michoacán, near the city of Uruapan and about 322 km west of Mexico City. The volcano surged suddenly from the cornfield of local farmer Dionisio Pulido in 1943, attracting both popular and scientific attention. This eruption presented the first occasion for modern science to document the full life cycle of an eruption of this type. During the 9-year life span of Parícutin, scientists sketched and mapped it, took samples as well as thousands of photographs of this volcano. By 1952, the volcano left a 424 meter high cone and significantly damaged a 233 km2 area with the ejection of stone, ash and lava. Three people were killed, two towns were completely evacuated and buried by lava and three others were heavily affected. Hundreds of people had to be permanently relocated, with two new towns created to accommodate the migration of people. Although the area still remains highly active volcanically, Parícutin itself is quiet and has become a tourist attraction, with people climbing the volcano itself and visiting the hardened-lava covered ruins of the San Juan Parangaricutiro Church. Parícutin is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World as assigned by CNN.The volcanoThe Parícutin Volcano is located in the Mexican municipality of Nuevo Parangaricutiro, Michoacán, 29 km west of the city of Uruapan and about 322 km west of Mexico City. It lies on the northern flank of the Cerros de Tancítaro, on an old shield volcano and extends 3,170 meters above sea level and 424 meters above the Valley of Quitzocho-Cuiyusuru, wedged against old volcanic mountain chains and surrounded by small volcanic cones with the intervening valleys occupied by small fields and orchards or small settlements from groups of a few houses to those the size of towns.
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  • I went with my boyfriend on February 20. We arrived at the place with the help of Google Maps. Morelia for there are approx. 2 hours by car. If you plan to reach the crater is recommended to wear clothes very comfortable, sports shoes and be willing to be super dirty. It carries also hat, sunscreen and water. The income of horse and guide is cheap, it received US $300 per person, don't tell you anything... just you indicate x where to go. Preferably go early and during the week so there will be lots of visitors and will have landscape for you alone.
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  • For the athletically inclined, if you wish to give your muscles a great workout, then by all means take the 2 1/2 hour horseback ride to the volcano and climb the thing. The climb is steep, and be car...  more »
  • I learned about Paricutin from a children's book when I was 10 - the volcano in the cornfield. Was glad to finally see the volcano and explore the area. Staying in Uruapan, it was an easy drive in my ...  more »