Paricutín is a volcano in central Mexico that appeared in 1943, emerging from a cornfield and growing to a height of 1,391 feet. Two towns were evacuated and hundreds of people had to permanently relocate. A member of the AFAR Travel Advisory Council, John Alexander of ProTravel International has created an itinerary that includes an opportunity to explore the area on horseback, learning about the sudden destruction that the volcano brought. You'll also see the surreal and haunting sight of the ruins of an old church caught in the lava flow and steam rising from the rocks close to the summit of this dormant volcano.
Planning to travel south of the border? Check out Josh's itinerary, and six other trips to Mexico created for AFAR readers, at target=“_blank”>AFAR Journeys.