Paricutin Volcano, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

Parícutin is a scoria-cone volcano located in the Mexican state of Michoacán, near the city of Uruapan and about 322km west of Mexico City. The volcano surged suddenly from the cornfield of local farmer Dionisio Pulido in 1943, attracting both popular and scientific attention.Paricutín presented the first occasion for modern science to document the full life cycle of an eruption of this type. During the volcano's 9 years of activity, scientists sketched and mapped it and took thousands of samples and photographs. By 1952, the eruption had left a 424meter cone and significantly damaged an area of more than 233km2 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, and two new towns were created to accommodate their migration. Although the larger region still remains highly active volcanically, Parícutin is now dormant and has become a tourist attraction with people climbing the volcano and visiting the hardened lava-covered ruins of the San Juan Parangaricutiro Church. In 1997, CNN included Parícutin in its list of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.DescriptionParícutin is located in the Mexican municipality of Nuevo Parangaricutiro, Michoacán, 29km 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, which itself lies on top of an old shield volcano and extends 3170meters above sea level and 424meters 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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  • Since Angahuan, the purepecha Indians offer rides on horseback to the volcano, before making the ascent on foot. Passing by the Church of San Juan, encalminee in the lava (it is possible to do this part of the course, in 3 hours). Allow 6 hours for the whole of the tour.
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  • We finally decided not to make the visit to horse because we didn't have the fitness to enjoy 5 hours of riding. So we got a taxi to nuevo San Juan, the village rebuilt after the burial of the viejo san Juan. We left at 4 with Francisco, a lovable Grandpa who drove a taxi that leaves from the square of the village. He d¿abord taken to the volcano, with its help, we went to halfway (you can climb it to the top) then he took us to the San Juan viejo. We preferred the volcano as the village there is actually the half Bell Tower to see. The tour lasted 5 hours and Francisco took us $1500 Mexican pesos to 4. We have not regretted!
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  • The most advisable is to make the trip to the ruins in horse, it is a very good experience, if you can't fit people are at your side guiding the horse and give you the confidence to not be afraid. on the road they are telling you the history of the town, arriving at the ruins there is a variety of food stalls, hence ajora if you start up between stones and volcanic sand to know the Church that was there. a tour is pretty cool and great nature, is well worth doing so.
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