Uruapan, Michoacan now boasts of a population of over 250,000 people. The best part oh Uruapan is the twenty acre Eduardo Ruiz National Park. This is one of the prettiest parks in all of Mexico. Jungle like, it contains a series of beautiful waterfalls set in crystal clear water. Prior to the pre-Hispanic era, this area was originally inhabited by Purhepecha Indians. The Purhepecha Indians were eventually conquered by the Tarascans sometime around 1400. If you are thinking about visiting the area, then be sure and visit the nearby volcano Paricutin. The birth of this volcano in the middle of a cornfield in 1943 amazed the world. It hasn't erupted since 1952, but it still spews smoke. The volcano is seven miles by horse or foot and then the climb up to the top is 600 feet. The trip up is fairly difficult and I wouldn't suggest it if you are not in good shape. The trip down only takes a couple minutes because you slide all the way to the bottom like you're on snow skis.