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“An unique site”
Review of Paricutin Volcano

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Owner description: This volcano was born on March 4, 1943 and is one of the youngest volcanoes in the world.
Merritt, Canada
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“An unique site”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

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.

Visited January 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Surreal experience”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

We arrived to Angahuan the closest town to the volcano before 10am, otherwise it's hard to make the whole trip during daylight. We went on Friday and there were few guides with horses at the entrance of the town we had to pay for our horse and for the horse of our guide that was around 300 mexican pesos per each. The trip is amazing and completly worth it even the sore after 6 hours riding the horse is worth it, I'd do it again. If you want to visit the ruins you just need to ride the horse for aprox 1 1/2 hours and you will find the best quesadillas with Dona Socorro.

Please contact Juan Lazaro Soto at the (011-52) 452-452-1022 or (011-52) 452-114-2153 if you want to arrange a tour.

Visited November 2012
Thank Maria Fernanda C
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Richmond, Kentucky
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Paricutín is an amazing experience. The old ruined cathedral and the lava all around it - awesome to see nature's power to change the landscape forever in such a short, abrupt period of time.

Visited April 2012
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Perth, Australia
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“A truly amazing experience.”
Reviewed November 3, 2012 via mobile

Paricutin is amazing. It takes some considerable effort to achieve, both logistically and physically but it is immeasureably worth it.

We are both pretty fit and hiked/climbed/walked the entire journey from Angahuan through the rocky lava flow, up the volcan and back around the lava via the church. It was long and exhausting and our guide was like a robot with his consistent pace over all terrain and gradients!

I would suggest trying to negotiate a guide to take you there through the lava flow- tough but amazing- then ascend the volcano and have arranged horses for the return journey. You could probably barter this down to somewhere around 300 pesos per person. Another option would be to share a horse for the journey (if you are two or more) but this prevents you from taking the [awesome] route over the lava flow.

The only downside was that within the spectacular views from atop the cone we could see how far we had to walk back! Take plenty of food and water as there is nothing on the way besides unripe avocados.

Thank tomchap
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“Glad to have done it, but not sure if will ever want to do it again!”
Reviewed January 7, 2012

We booked a guide and tour to the Paricutin volcano through Viator. There had been a miscommunication as the cost of the tour apparently did not include the cost of horses- and on the spot we had to pay what appeared to be exorbitant 450pesos per pax, for 3 horses and 1 guide.

Nevertheless, we had a great time. The entire tour covered about 35.5kms and lasted about 9 hours. We had a total of 6 hours on horseback (wooden saddles!), and the rest of the time scrambling over loose volcanic rocks, climbing up to the lip of the caldera. Coming down was really fun running down the steep slope of lava sand.

It was a really memorable tour and I would recommend it to everyone, notwithstanding the problem with the cost. The view from the top (2800m above sea level) is breathtaking. The horseride left us severely butt sore but it was worth it. I just wish the P'urhépecha Indian guides would consider padding their wooden saddles a bit more. Also from a safety point of view, it would be really reassuring if they could make riding helmets available. I am quite surprised there has not been any severe accidents involving falls onto the sharp volcanic rocks. Perhaps there have been, just unreported.

Definitely an experience of a life time.

Visited January 2012
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