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The San Miguel Volcano: hot water & ephemeral fumaroles

Located only 12 kilometers south of the famed Rio Caliente, the San Miguel Volcano represents a part of Jalisco’s Primavera Forest that few visitors have ever seen.

pg9aOf course, this does not apply to members of Guadalajara’s oldest explorers’ club, CEO (Cuerpo de Exploradores de Occidente), who seem to have tramped across every last square meter of western Mexico at one time or another.

One day, longtime CEO member, Mario Guerrero, mentioned “the fumaroles atop San Miguel Volcano” and my wife Susy and I immediately asked him to show us the place.

“It’s a long hike to the top of the volcano but afterwards you can’t beat a good soak in the hot springs down at the bottom,” he told us.

The following Sunday we were on our way to the volcano with Mario and several other CEO hikers. We drove through the small town of San Isidro Mazatepec and followed a dusty brecha (dirt road) for about nine kilometers. Along the way, we passed the sprawling Nature Sweet cherry tomato farms, whose products, our friends insisted are as good as their name implies—unlike the cardboard-flavor tomatoes you find in supermarkets these days.

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