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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.
Reviewed May 20, 2016

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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Reviewed April 24, 2016

A trip to Paricutin by horses is Angahuan's source of income. Cars are not allowed even though there is a path almost to the bottom of the volcano. Of course, the locals use cars to get around there. They charge a lot of money for the horses and the guide. But actually the guide was not a guide. He didn't give us any information. He did not take us up the volcano. He was just waiting down below while we climbed up and were not sure which path to take. I didn't climb right up to the top because I wasn't sure if it was the right path. It was not a memorable experience for me for the 3 hours expensive horse ride on a dusty path with a lazy guide.

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Reviewed April 12, 2016

Volcano Paricutin is a fantastic place. It usually ties in with a visit to the San Juan Parangaricutiro Church. I liked the San Juan Parangaricutiro Church much better then the Volcano. Now, I would like to share how to get there (in english for all solo travelers). So first, you can take a bus from Uruapan autobus station and when the bus is at the town called Angahuan, stop when you see the Pemex Petrol Kiosk. This is a whole day event. So, I arrived in the morning, there were men who will ask if you would like to travel to the volcan. I went on a weekday off peak season. I was the ONLY person who went to the volcano that day (True story). So after bargaining, got a horse and guide for only 450 pesos (cheap but probably only possible on super-offpeak). Took like 2 hours on horseback to get to the volcano where there is an additional enterence fee which is quite cheap. There, I climbed up the steep volcano. Views were spectacular however not as awesome as those in Mt Bromo (indonesia). The climb down was even more treacherous as the terrain was a rock sandy and it was steep.

Then, we took a horse back and visited the church which was really WOW. To get back to Uruapan, simply go back to the PEMEX station and flag down the autobus (Bus) going back to Uruapan.

tips: Wear good shoe. If you want to walk and not take a horse, its really far but nonetheless get a guide (its worth every cent as the route to the volcan is not easy to go). But if you are going to the church only, its possible to walk.

This is a full day event.

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Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

This turned out to be an interesting and also disappointing visit. We hired an indigenous guide, a very experienced old man. It turns out to be a bad day for seeing and climbing the volcano. It's covered in clouds and drizzling. We are the only visitors there that day. We really don't get to see the volcano but we spend much of the day with our guide and his beautiful family,and take a meal in their adobe dirt floor home. Only the father even spoke Spanish and I spoke much more than him. This was a truely unique an special experience.

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Reviewed February 11, 2016

Didn't imagine or look for such a place the ruin of a church half burried by lava rocks, but it was quite interesting to see one, quite special. Wasn't interested in claiming a volcano with no live lava to see so only went to the church. The bus goes to Angahuan departs from Urupan at 7:30 and every one hour. After you arrive there will be people with horses asking for tours, 150 peso if only to the church, takes about 2-3 hours, with you on a horse leading by a guide walking. After about 2 km going through the village you will go through a forest of about 2-3 km to reach the lava, all easy road, just follow the path, actually some people were walking.

It was a kind of magical to see some grass start to grow on the lava rock that burried all life, and life reclaims it. Next to the lava rocks where they stop the horse, there were several huts/restaurants sale food, fruits, drink and traditional clothing, even found nice taco with avocado for vegetarian, but I was told it was only on weekends. Some locals were there also and some cars, don't know how likely to hitch hike cause didn't see anyone driving going in or out, though the road does have car tracks.

Take every step with caution when you climb over the lava rocks to the church, only 10-15 minutes short distance, but be very careful. The rocks were big and solid not hard to climb but very massy. Don't know why several elders over 60 and couple carring babies were also climbing, can be dangerous, an elder woman trip over broke her noise, bleeding, so please be VERY CAREFUL, at least keep your hands free to hold other rocks to keep balance if needed, and not recomanded for elders or baby holders. There were two sections, one looks like the front door with a tower of the church, and in a short distance separated by lava rocks, looks like part of the interior wall with statues, you can visit both.

If you like to stay over night, there is a tourist center on your left, on your way to the church before going into the forest. They have some single houses, in nice condition, with bathroom. It was 200 peso for just me with 8 bunk beds, not sure if single or double ded available. There is a real fireplace with firewood in the room. They also have a restaurant which made me nice special vegetarian meal, not expensive. There is also a playground for kids, you can swing on one of the swings on a slop, it goes quite high, quite awesome.

The whole trip, don't know about going to the volcano, if you are going only to the church, and like hiking, you don't really need a guide or ride a horse, cause all locals go there by themselves and finding the direction is easy. You can see the church from the distance, but might be a little tricky finding your way down in a pile of lava rocks. So follow other people going down and see the direction other people coming up, it's better to go on the weekend, some locals but not over crowed, on the weekdays may get too quiet.

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