Mexico

Michoacán

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  • Day257

    After many months of sloathfulness on the beaches of Baja & the mainland, we thought we'd better stretch our legs & get some miles under our belts in preparation for our volunteering in Guatemala. So we visited one of the newest volcanos in the world which started to pop out of the ground in a farmers field in 1940. Coming into town we got chased by dudes on horses wanting to take us the easy way, but we really needed a proper workout and a lovely guy at our camping area got one of his mates to take us on foot instead.

    We started high, at just over 2,000 metres above sea level, and it was clear of overnight but soon warmed up. It was an incredibly tough hike - first an hour & a half over rough smoking lava fields & then an hour up a scree slope. Our guide Petro bounded up the slope as if it was flat, but he was used to the attitude, and more importantly was only 17. It was incredible to get to the top around 2,800 metres and look down into the deep crater. Coming down the steep ash field scree slope on the other side was much more fun & took about a quarter of the time!

    On the way back to the campsite we visited what remains of one of the villages consumed by the lava flow, and it was amazing to see a church spire sticking up out of a lava - nature is awesome...
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  • Day259

    Patzcuaro is a beautiful old colonial town, and we had a lovely tranquil camp site just on the edge of town. We're still high at around 2,000 metres meaning its gorgeously warm in the sun but drops down to a few degrees overnight. This doesn't bother us as we have an electric heater (thanks for buying that on your trip mum & dad!), as well as a gas heater for when we are camping without a hookup, so we are nice and toasty overnight.

    We spent a couple of days exploring this large town and its multitude of plazas and artisan craft shops. We managed to buy lots of pressies, promptly filling the space we just created by sending a parcel home. We even found a Chinese restaurant, which made a nice change from tacos, tacos and more tacos, and cost us a whopping 3 bucks for a huge plateful!

    On the 3rd day we drove a few minutes to the dock and caught a little boat over to the island of Janitzio. Our boat was worryingly called the Titanic, but it managed to get us the 25 minutes over to the island. We wound our way up the small island, with large steps covered on all sides with stalls selling mostly tack. At the top was a cool monument which you could climb to get great views over the lake and beautiful rolling hills.

    We could have easily spent longer exploring the area but we felt we needed to keep momentum otherwise we will never reach Guatemala.

    We heades towards the butterflys (check next blog post) and decided to make a stop off at some hot springs. There are great roads here, but they are tolled and boy are they expensive. We've paid 30 bucks for an hours drive before, so we decided to take the Libre (free) roads. This can be a bit of an adventure, with rough surfaces and hundreds of topes (speed bumps) suddenly appearing on 50mph roads. Sometimes you do get to go along some beautiful sections, particularly up in the hills, which (just about) makes it worthwhile. As we were drawing near we started heading up a windy road, which went up and up until we leveled out about 3,000 metres. The whole area is geothermal and we found a great campsite with amazing hot pools, and spent a lovely afternoon lounging around. We had a camp fire to keep away the cold, and we could hear the nice white noise from the steam power plant next door.
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  • Day9

    Absolutely beautiful little beach. The colour of the water is aqua blue, just like in the postcards. The waves were much smaller in the bay so we had no trouble geting in and out of the water. We played in the waves and bathed in the sun. About 20 locals shared the beach with us.
    The people smile and are friendly, but very little English spoken.
    We stopped at another roadside fruit stand and ate an entire watermellon, and bought mangos amd pinepple and carrots.Read more

  • Day133

    In Mexiko gibt es über 60 Vulkane. Der Paricutin aber ist ein ganz besonderer: er gilt nämlich – abgesehen von einigen Unterwasservulkanen in der Südsee, die dort hin und wieder eine neue Insel gebären – als der jüngste Vulkan der Welt.
    Er entstand am 20. Februar 1943 (am neunten Geburtstag meines Vaters). 1952 stellte der Vulkan seine Tätigkeit ein und erhebt sich seither 424 m über die Umgebung. Im Laufe der Jahre hat die Lava zwei Dörfer unter sich begraben - nur die Überreste der Kirche von San Juan Parangaricutiro blieben bis heute stehen.
    Es ist eine Erfahrung der ganz besonderen Art über die Lavafelder in die alte Kirche zu klettern und den etwa 5 km entfernt gelegenen Vulkankegel zu besteigen. Dort dampft und raucht es immer noch ...
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Estado de Michoacán de Ocampo, Estado de Michoacan de Ocampo, Michoacán, Mich, Michoacán de Ocampo, Michoacan, ミチョアカン州, 米却肯州

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