If you are staying in Patzcuaro and feel you need something different then head to Volcan Paricutin for a day trip and visit the volcano site. Its easy by car. Simply drive to Uruapan on the autopista which is about 70km away.
As you enter Uruapan follow the signs to the "National Park" and just before the National Park veer right at a round about as you go to Capacuaro. Go for about 20 km.and turn left at the sign indicating Angahuan.This scenic road is in excellent shape. The road is 30km of picturesque pine forests and avacado groves.
As you enter the mill town of Angahuan there will be a Pemex and a tourist building on your left, so stop there.
There will be horses tethered and guides available to lead you through town in your car. Park your car at the trail head. If you do not want to ride your horse then you can walk with your horse on a very pleasant 3km trail which leads to the lava covered town of Paricutin. A horse is required. The dusty trail has a gentle slope to it and I walked it comfortably in my sandals. But running shoes are recommended.
There are outhouses and also delicious blue maize tacos and beverages available in a clearing near the site.Your guide will lead you to the buried remains of the town and church on a narrow volcanic footpath.
The leisurely round trip takes about 2 to 3 hours and the cost for horse and guide was $160.00 pesos .If you want to travel to the volcanic peak ,the round trip is 6 to 7 hours.
I recommend runners,and be reasonably fit to either walk or ride. The owner of the taco stand near the ruins is very proud of his native language and will give you a vocab of words to match up with Spanish. His name is Pedro
The native people of Angahuan are unique so bring your camera. There are limited conveniences in the rustic town of Angahuan.
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