2015 APR – TINY VOLCANO

View from inside the bottom of the volcano

View from inside the bottom of the volcano

Cuexcomate is advertised as… The Littlest Volcano in the World.

In fact, it’s an inactive geyser and this limestone cone is just 43 foot high – and rather than being the littlest volcano, it is actually considered the biggest geyser on Earth.

It’s name comes from the local Nahuatl language meaning “mud pot”, and it is rumored that in the old days they performed human sacrifices here.

Francisco in front of The World's Littlest Volcano

Francisco in front of The World’s Littlest Volcano

Me

Me

The crater was created about 1000 years ago when a large active volcano in the area, Popocatepetl, erupted. Over the centuries the littlest volcano filled up with rubbish, but recently, thanks to tourism, the city cleaned it out and installed an iron circular staircase so that you can descend into its bowels, so to speak.

They also built a little (fake) grotto inside the crater complete with hanging ferns, which is cute.

Grotto

Grotto

The volcano/geyser is in an older poorer part of the city of Puebla, so I recommend taking a taxi directly to the area, rather than taking a bus.

Close up of the walls of the volcano/geyser

Close up of the walls of the volcano/geyser

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