AAA Editor Notes
Paricutín is n. on Mex. 37 for about 16 km (10 mi.) to the junction with a paved road branching w. 21 km (13 mi.) to the town of Angahuan. Paracutín (pah-ree-koo-TEEN), a now-dormant volcano, sprang from a cornfield in 1943. The blunt-topped cone rises some 1,700 feet above the surrounding valley.
During its brief period of activity, Paricutín destroyed two villages (part of a church protruding from the jumble of boulders is the only remaining evidence of their existence) and forced more than 4,000 people to abandon their homes. The volcanic cone and the weirdly blackened surrounding lava fields can be reached on horseback or by hiking on foot. Guided trips can be arranged in Angahuan, or check with the State Tourism Office in Uruapan.