Paricutin Volcano

A young North American volcano majestically towering at an awe inspiring height of 9101 feet.

This wondrous cinder cone type of volcano is found in Michoacan, Mexico. A deemed natural wonder of the world as it is an active and kicking volcano. Another feather in its cap being its birth, its rise to glory was witnessed by a human being. The now infamous volcano last erupted and mayhem ensued in the year 1952. In the first year itself this rapidly developing volcano reached three fourths of its current height.

First hand account of the birth of the Volcano:

Dionisio Pulido a farmer was getting this farm land ready for spring time sowing on a bright afternoon of February 20 in 1943. He had no idea what he was about to witness would be a fire spitting mammoth of a volcano. Never in our history have there been accounts of people seeing volcanoes being formed or their inception. This rare occurrence of its initiation being seen was going to put its name among the seven natural wonders of the whole world.

Paricutin

In the Mexican state the stunned farmer saw the ground rip open in a hundred and fifty feet in length fissure. The earth trembled and sent out a thunder as the trees began to shake. The surface surrounding the opening began to swell and a two meter high mount was formed. Smoke clouds of fine dust and ash shoot out and filled the air. The odor of sulphur occupied the atmosphere as loud hissing and constant whistling sounds like form a pressure cooker where heard by the bewildered farmer.

Eruptions of Volcanoes are common around the world put birth of volcanoes are very rare. Only two volcanoes have been known to be formed in the historic times. So for a farmer to see a volcano sprout before his eyes had the whole scientific community at large stunned. It was also rare for the volcano to have a distinct vent leading from the molten magma chamber.

The next day when the farmer along with few others returned the new born cone had galloped to a thirty feet height and was spewing incandescent missiles a thousand feet into the night sky. During the day it hurled rocks violently and the cornfields were enveloped with slag like lava. The only other volcano to surface in the historic times was formed 183 years ago in the Mexican volcano belt and was known as Jorullo.

This volcano was named Paricutin paying homage to a namesake village in the vicinity which the volcano turned to ashes in its new acquired vengeance.
Sight seeing the Paricutin Volcano:

To gain perspective of the beauty of this natural wonder one can take a journey to the volcano top. A round trip is a twelve mile trek. The hike can be thrilling and strenuous. People can also journey to the top on horseback. Various stunning views of the Paricutin volcano can be seen during the journey.

Hikes around Paricutin along the many lava fields and the sandy banks can be a great experience. A two day stay here is a must to take in the sights and live the Paricutin adventure. The journey here will take you past buried homes of the village and a lava engulfed church. See the San Juan Bell towers as they stand tall to remind of a bygone era.

Any time during the year can be ideal for visiting Paricutin. The tropical climate of the region makes for cool winters and long, sweaty summers. The temperate during the winter at an average can range from 59 F to 68 F. The summer temperature can be from 77 F to 86 F. The rainy season is experienced here from the months of May to September.

Getting there:

The Paricutin Volcano is situated two hundred miles to the west of the Mexico City. One can reach here by entering through Angahuan. The town of Angahuan is located to the top of the mountains which helped it evade the wrath of the Paricutin which erupted aand engulfed the valley below.

One can also take a bus ride from Urupan. Then get off at the highway and take a small hike to the Paricutin village.