Paracutin Volcano sprang to life in 1943 and for 10 years covered villages and nearby fields.

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There are horse back tours to the crater and the San Juan.

The church steeple is all that remains of San Juan. Imagine that in indigenous culture caves, opening in the earth are path ways to the underworld. Volcanoes are often sacred mountains. The event of the volcano must have been terrifying to the local Purepecha peoples.

My brother Jim in front of the second level of the church. Wooden homes were picked up and moved to safe ground and the people that lived in San Juan now live in New San Juan and others still live in Angahuan

The church steeple from another perspective.
The panorama from the top of the volcano.