"God doesn't bribe, child. He just makes a sign and lets people take it as they will."
- Stephen King
& The Church of Parangaricutiro
Two weeks before the Volcan de Paricutin made its appearance, the villagers reported loud rumblings and shaking from below the ground. On the evening of February 20, 1943, Dionisio Pulido and his family located a hot patch of soil, bulging in the middle of their cornfield. Suddenly, the field grew six feet in height, spewing ash and sulphur gas into the night. Within hours, the mound had expanded into a small volcanic cone, with flames dancing as high as 2,600 feet into the sky. The following day, the volcano had pursued another 160 feet, and a week later was 500 feet high. The volcano continued to expand.
The villages of Paricutin and San Juan Parangaricutiro were permanently evacuated, with over 7,000 villagers who had to leave their homes without the chance of ever returning. By the time 5 days had passed, the volcano erupted, burying the two villages. Today, only the church tower of San Juan is still visible - something that is considered quite auspicious to those who left these villages behind.
FOR PARICUTIN VOLCANO
Visiting Paricutin Volcano in the morning is best, as one can enjoy hiking during the cooler part of the day. Sturdy boots are mandatory for the hike. This journey takes approximately 8 hours, and is recommended for those who are physically fit. Please carry water, sunscreen and wear a hat, as you will be exposed to the elements.
FOR CHURCH RUINS OF PARANGARICUTIRO
The tour to the church ruins takes approximately 2 hrs (return) by horseback, and 3 hours by foot. If you are an inexperienced rider, fear not, as the guides will lead your horse at a walking pace.
The slope down to the church ruins is gradual, so if hiking at a higher altitude is not problematic, this is not an incredibly strenuous hike. Many may also choose to walk down to the ruins and ride back to the parking lot.
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ALL TOURS THAT INCLUDE THIS LOCATION
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