Paricutin is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. It is a cinder cone volcano in the Mexican state of Michoacán, close to a lava-covered village of the same name. The volcano is unique in the fact that its formation was witnessed from its very inception. It appears on many versions of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Paricutin is part of the Michoacán-Guanajuato volcanic field, which covers much of west central Mexico.
The volcano has been dormant since the last eruption in 1952. It was established as a natural wonder because mankind witnessed its birth. The volcano was also fast growing reaching three-fourths of its size within the first year.
The best way to experiencing Paricutin is by taking hikes through the sandy banks and lava fields that surround the volcano. To make the most of your Paricutin adventure, plan on staying overnight at least one if not two days. The 12 mile roundtrip journey can be taken as an adventurous hike or can be made easier by riding horses. It makes for a long day either way. On this journey you will traverse past lava fields, buried village homes and a church reaching the top of Paricutin.
Paricutin volcano is in a tropical environment with longer summers and milder winters. The average winter temperatures range from 59 to 68 F with the summer temperatures ranging from 77 to 86 degrees. The rainy season tends to run from May through September. The Paricutin volcano can be explored at any time of the year.
Paricutin is located about 200 miles West of Mexico City. The recommended way to access the region is to enter through Angahuan. Angahuan is the town that survived the erupting volcano because it was located on top of mountains avoiding the valley where Paricutin rose.
You can also take a bus from Urupan which will drop you just of the highway leaving only a short hike into the village of Paricutin.