Paricutín Volcano
Paricutín Volcano
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This volcano was born on March 4, 1943 and is one of the youngest volcanoes in the world.
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Kevin P
Waihi Beach, New Zealand474 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
Just under 80y ago in 1943. It flowed around and buried this town of nearly 1000 people. All that's left is the upper half of one church, spooky! Just an hours walk from town, watch out for the horse peddlars :o.

Be careful when in Michoacan, there are many miltary road blocks and patrols. This is a violent, dangerous place. They suffered more than 200 murders this month alone!!!
Written 22 February 2022
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MarekD
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Despite our preparation, we still were surprised by realities.
We climbed the volcano at late December 2019. Arriving from Uruapan at the headtrail location called Centro Turistico De Angahuan is a challenge itself: the road through the town to actual place you meet guides is pretty rough.
That ‘tourist centre’ is actually a place with ‘view point’ (El Mirador Del Volcan Paricutin) and provided nothing: no information, no maps, no word on options and prices. It’s not a tourist centre, rather a meeting point of people and horses and a place where you can park your car safely (cost 15Mxn per adult). There are also sleeping cabins for rent.
The moment you enter the town, guides on horses spot you and will try to sell you a horse trip right under the volcano.
Our plan was to climb up to the top and we weren’t interested in ride on horses. When asked, it costed more than 1000 Mxn per horse plus guide. For our hike, after a bit of bargaining we paid 600 Mxn for guide who led us the shortest way to the top.
The hike is very difficult. It took us 4 hours to the cone. After easy walk through forest, the tough part started when you walk over sea of lava rocks. We needed to be very careful every step we took. Lava rocks are sharp and edgy. Shoes with sturdy sole are ‘a must’. After tiresome lava walk, the hardest part: climbing the volcano itself. It was about 1,5 hr. of very, very steep hike on small lava rocks then - last few hundred meters - on lava ash, which made every step even more difficult. Imagine climbing sandy dunes: it like that but very vertical and on high elevation. We actually climbed up to 2600m.
Descending volcano is rather easy part: you walk ‘big steps’ down, almost ‘sliding’ down on path of ash. The whole trip down took us around 20 minutes. There are benches and couple kiosks where you can rest and buy some refreshments.
Then, a 12 km walk back to the centre. This is the route horses use. It was easy but long and monotonous walk.
On a way back you should visit ruins of the former church submerged by lava. Stunning experience. Around ruins you’ll find food kiosks offering hot meals, tasty local specialties. And a cold beer tastes fantastic after hours of walking.
From the church there are about 3 km to ‘the tourist centre’.
The whole climb took us 8 hours, including meal at the ruins. We started at 9am and were at the car at 5pm. We reached our hotel in Uruapan after dark.
It seems we did volcano the hard way - climbing is not an easy option. I think we were the only ones who hiked that day. Others used horses. That day it wasn’t busy at the volcano: on the crater and on a way back we met maybe 25 people. There were many more people at the church’s ruins.
Strangely enough, we saw number of cars (SUVs and pickups) at the volcano base, meaning locals know the way how to reach the place by car.
Horses are not a bad idea if you OK with riding a horse for long hours to and from volcano base and then climb it from the other side which seems easier compare to the side we climbed.
Don’t forget water, snacks and extra layer of clothes: it will be windy and may be cold at the top.
Is it worth? As you probably know, it’s one of the 7th natural wonders of the world, so it explains all.
Written 8 January 2020
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Suresh F
Houston, TX16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
It was wonderful experience to visit one of 7 natural wonders of the world. United had direct flight from Houston to Morelia. I stayed in Best western, Morelia and it was wonderful Hotel. Driver picked me up & I paid US dollar 27.
I arranged a tour guide who will take me to Paricutin on Sept 1. Alfredo Tour Guide ( +52 1 443 443 2070) was excellent. He picks me up from the Hotel and on our way to Uruapan and to Paricutin. He is knowledgeable about Morelia, Uruapan, Paricutin and Mexico. He has good command in English and took me to safe places. We drove to Angahuan. Then he arranged House ride with Indian. Alfredo, Indian guide and myself travelled 1 hour on horse. Then we need to walk on top of Lava rocks for 2 hours to get to the bottom of Paricutin Volcano. Then another hour of climbing. I have decided to only go for an hour walk on Lava rocks. Then we decided to go to Church which was ruined by Lava. It was near Indian village where we had coconut water ( almost size of 4 coconuts) and pink corn. It was great work out day. On the way back, we saw the city of Morelia. Morelia is safe place to travel and you need a guide to help you. Enjoyed and happy I could see one of 7 natural wonders of the world.
Written 2 September 2019
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Andreas K
Dakar, Senegal8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We (my wife and me) took a bus from Mexico City Observatorio to Uruapán, slept there over and took the next morning early the bus to Angahuan (around 45 min.). There we found a very knowlegdable and experienced guide (Antonio) to take us for the long walk to the two craters of Paricutín (28 km roundtrip). You need good hiking boots (no tackies'), because you have to cross a pine forest and then bolder hopping for two ours over an extensive lava field. So, this is definitely not a walk in the park, but you are rewarded, because you can visit both craters of Paricutín: first the smaller and lower one, from which all the lava erupted and which is still active, because you can see smoke coming up and feel the hot rocks; than the main full crater, from which erupted only volcanic ash. When you go instead on horseback or by car, you can only climb the main crater and will miss the first crater. The full roundtrip (incuding the bell tower of San Juan; the rest of the village is covered under lava) will take you with rests around eight hours, so when you start at 9.00 AM, you should be back in Angahuan at around 5.00 PM and can take a bus back to Uruapán. You need in any case a guide (for two persons 800 Pesos), otherwise you will 100% get lost in the lava field. As i wrote before, I can in any case recommend Antonio.
Written 13 July 2019
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Jamie Sarginson
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
I've always been obsessed with the wonders of the world so decided when I was going to Mexico with my girlfriend, to visit the Paricutin Volcano. We were advised against it due to the risky drive to get there but decided it was worth the risk and how right we were. We hired a car in Mexico City and drove about 4 hours to Morelia where we stayed overnight which was wonderful. Another 2.5 hour drive the next morning to the village of Angahuan and we pulled up at a gas station, next to it was a small area labelled tourist centre. Spanish was not their first language and only speaking English myself, communication was a little tricky but thankfully my girlfriend translated and we bought a trip to the top of the volcano with a guide, I paid 1050 pesos it total which was about £42 at the time. We followed the guide and parked the car in a secure place and we were off. The best (and only realistic) way to get there is on horseback with a guide so that's what we did. Just over 2 hours each way on a horse with a wooden saddle was a little tough but so worth it. At the base there is a small shack where you can buy a coke or water. We were pointed upwards and told 'I'll see you in an hour' by the guide. The climb isn't easy even though it only took about 25 minutes. Once at the top it was worth all the effort to get there, it really was epic and probably the best thing I've ever done in my life, absolutely breathtaking. After taking it all in and seeing the ground still steaming we made our way down. The only way is down a steep track back to the area with the shack, sliding is about the only way! After a short rest, back on the horse for another couple of hours via the church covered in lava, it's worth the very slight detour to see this as it really is something and there's some amazing views of the volcano with the church in the foreground. We drove back into uruapan and stayed in a lovely hotel but they were building some accommodation where we parked at the time which I believe was about 500 pesos per night. If you're thinking of doing this, do it, its incredible. A couple of tips getting there, we were advised by locals in Mexico city and Morelia to drive during the day when its light and not to stop anywhere by the side of the road, we stuck to this and saw no trouble whatsoever, in fact the drive was simply stunning some of the best views you could ever wish to see. Get there fairly early as it's a long day, we arrived around midday and were told we couldn't have gone if we were much later. Be prepared for the horseback ride, I've never been on a horse in my life and coped fine but I'd suggest you need to be fairly fit to do this and definitely wear jeans or long trousers, I didn't and it cut one of my legs with the friction. The locals are very friendly but rely on tourism which there isn't much of, the guide told us there was only a handful of people per week that go so be fair and tip generously, they are very appreciative. Final tip, do it, u wont regret it, its absolutely amazing!
Written 18 February 2019
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BorisNovosel
Toronto, Canada123 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
Decided to visit volcano ruins, where village was burried upon last eruption some 60 years ago. A bit disapointed as there was not much to see, however horseback ride to the site and back was fun for kids. They enjoyed it more than ruins.
Written 15 January 2019
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jomeshpa
Guadalajara, Mexico18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017
A less popular place as it is bit far from the major cities. However this is more like a time travel. Ruins of a church that withstood a volcano eruption when the entire village where the church was situated went under the lava.
Written 29 March 2018
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Petatlan2014
Calgary, Canada66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
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 at the base of the volcano, our guide made us seem inept in being able to climb the slope, as he just seemed to scamper up the side of the volcano like a trained athlete! At the top, we walked the rim of the caldera, and immediately noticed how warm the soil was. Yes, this is a dormant volcano, not extinct, so it may erupt at some point in the future. As a young boy in grade two, I remember reading about the story of how this volcano first formed in 1943, in the middle of a farmer’s corn field. To actually visit this volcano was an honor. On the way back by horseback, we visited the church in the former town of San Juan Parangaricutiro; the church largely being encased in hardened lava from when the volcano had been erupting between 1943 - 1952. In all, a great day trip!
Written 24 December 2017
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Mirafas
Katowice, Poland26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
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 difficult. On top of it you can make a round on the crest of the crater. Finally, the highlight of the tour - descent. You won't believe it but you can actually run down the slope safely (if you master the pace, that is) :) It is funny and exhilarating experience! While aback at teh foot of the volcano you pay a small tax to a local guardian. Then you continue on volcanic ash after you reach a lava-flooded church (or what's left of it).
The whole trip takes ca. 6 hours (on foot, also horseride option available), you need a guide (they usually spot you in the street, or just ask anyone), and remember - although the volcano has mere 800 m of climbing altitude, it's also 2800 m above sea level! Proceed with caution.
Written 9 November 2017
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scott10jo
NW Mountains, NC231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
To think that once, the area was just a flat farmers field; then one day a mountain came up from the earth and started spewing lava and ash and continued to do so for ten years, covering everything for miles around. Wow! The volcano trip is a whole day trip, all on horseback. You ride around/through the lava rock/ash field for 2.5 hours. You hike up to the fumidores where steam is still coming out of the rock, then can hike up to the top of the volcano. Our guide told us it was about an hour up, then only ten minutes down (you scurry straight down, hands and feet through the ash) We decided against that. Then you ride half an hour to where just the bell tower is standing above the lava rock, totally amazing to see. Then 2.5 hours back to your car. By this time, I felt like I was made of rubber. The horses were the most boucy horses we've ever experienced. The guide took pity on us toward the end and traded for his horse which felt like riding on a cloud in comparison.
Written 10 July 2017
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