The day we almost climbed a volcano

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Flag of Chile  , Lake District,
Sunday, September 1, 2013

Border crossing into Chile successfully negotiated, we arrived into Pucon - a small and perfectly formed town most famous for living under the shadow of Vulcan Villarica one of Chile's many active volcanoes.Once the clouds cleared this was an impressive and beautiful sight. Across the town you could see evacuation signs in case of an eruption - the last one was in the mid eighties - and every day at midday they tested the evacuation sirens, loud alarms like blitz warnings.
When we realised they did hiking tours to the top, and there was a chance of peering over the edge to see magma we were determined to try... We got all geared up one early morning, met our guide and a lovely Brazilian couple, Mirian and Fernando that were hiking with us and set off.
Alas the weather wasn't kind and half way up our guide warned us that it would be too cloudy and windy and therefore much took dangerous to go further. Tourists have died on this mountain by ignoring this kind of advice, so we weren't prepared to! But the climb we did do was still, totally stunning as the pictures show and we got to slide all the way down on plastic sheets which was damn good fun!
Plus, it gave us a free afternoon which courtesy of a lift from our new Brazilian friends led us to the geometric natural thermal springs baths... Incredible, water from the ground up to 44 degrees and in the most stunning scenery. Pure bliss.
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Emma & Glenn on

Such a shame you didn't make it up the volcano, it looked incredible! I think you were brave to try though.

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