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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  • Is an amazing place, volcano emits still a tremendous energy, the only thing I would recommend is not arriving as early as people of the place is not very early, we made the mistake of arriving before dawn for the part of "Old San Juan" and had to wait until 11 am to get someone. I guess it's different at holiday time.
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  • We had ventured into Uruapan when we learned of day trips to the Paricutín Volcano. We decided to take the horseback trip. Our guide was a local who was probably in his late seventies. When we arrived...  more »
  • We took the walking option. You walk ankle deep in volcanic ash, and then over the weathered lava field (large rocks and boulders, mostly). Then you climb a volcano, on ash andgravel, which is difficu...  more »
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  • I like this place beacuse we claimb in the tower
  • Bonito y fresco, would visit again
  • A must on a visit to Michoacan. One of the youngest volcanoes in the world, easy and accessible, and the ruins of the Church of San Juan as a backdrop.
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  • It is worth to torture by going to the volcano, if only due to the descent:). The Church flooded lava also makes an impression.
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  • Very nice ride horseback riding and good quesadillas.
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