When we entered Uruapan, we were enthusiastically greeted by a guide. Since we were hoping to find a guide and horses to take us to the Paricutin volcano, this was serendipitous. We paid 350 pesos (approximately $20) per horse plus 350 pesos for the guide and his horse. The ride was 2 1/2 hours each way. If you are not used to riding horses, this can be excruciating. There is a very primitive camp at the base of the volcano cone. There are two outhouses and a camp store that sells water, soda and beer. This is where the horses rest and you climb to the top of the volcano. It is a strenuous climb, but well worth it. The views are spectacular and you get to slide down the face of the volcano. You will get lava rock in your shoes, socks, pants...everywhere, but it is easily shaken out. Don't wimp out of this part of the experience. We saw school children and grandmothers doing it, so, take the plunge. On the way back from the volcano, we stopped at the San Juan Parangaricutiro Church. This is a shrine as the lava flow destroyed most of the church but stopped just short of the altar. This is a very primitive tour. Don't expect a Disney experience. Be thankful for the lovely, lovely Purépecha people who will serve as your guides. Tip at least 15%.
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