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Paricutín Volcano

Uruapan

Can you imagine one day walking in peace when suddenly the earth not only starts to shake, but also opens up before your eyes and starts to steam and throw stones? That is what happened to a farmer who saw the birth of one of the most “recent” whims of Uruapan: the Paricutin volcano that warned the world that it was coming to stay on February 20, 1940, making it the youngest volcano in the world.

28 kilometers ( 17 miles ) west of Uruapan, this natural wonder attracts locals and strangers who like to climb it to admire the impressive views that the Paricutin jealously guards. Another pastime is to explore its surroundings formed by the vestiges of the towns that were left under the lava.

The first town was left with nothing in sight, since that is where the crater emerged. Of the second, the curious visitors to the volcano are still amazed by the tower, apse and altar of the San Juan church that stood before the lava as the last witness to this event. If walking is not your thing, you can hire a horse ride that will take you directly to the ruins of San Juan Parangaricutiro.
Can you imagine one day walking in peace when suddenly the earth not only starts to shake, but also opens up before your eyes and starts to steam and throw stones? That is what happened to a farmer who saw the birth of one of the most “recent” whims of Uruapan: the Paricutin volcano that warned the world that it was coming to stay on February 20, 1940, making it the youngest volcano in the world.

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28 kilometers ( 17 miles ) west of Uruapan, this natural wonder attracts locals and strangers who like to climb it to admire the impressive views that the Paricutin jealously guards. Another pastime is to explore its surroundings formed by the vestiges of the towns that were left under the lava.

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