paricutin: mexico


Paricutin is a cinder cone volcano in Michoacán, Mexico.  Paricutin was named one of the seven natural wonders as an active volcano.  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.

quick facts

  • A cinder cone volcano
  • Official height varies reported as 9,101 feet (2,774 meters) or 10,397 feet (3,000 meters)
  • Last erupted in 1952
  • Youngest in America and birth witnessed by a human



visitor tips

The best ways to see Paricutin is to take the 12 mile round trip journey to the top of the volcano. This can be accomplished through a strenuous hike or by horseback. The journey will let you see Paricutin from a variety of views.
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.
The best pictures are going to be more of a story board as one captures images along the 12 miles journey to the Paricutin volcano peak. Images of the lava fields, buried homes and the buried church help tell the story.
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.