Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
18Trip End Feb 28, 2012
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We began by travelling by bus about 45 minutes to the foot of the mountain where there is a ski hill
We could see into the crater (after a short rest) and then walked around the perimeter. We could see gases and heat emitting from the crater - we weren´t allowed to go on the south side because the wind was blowing gases that way. It was quite an incredible sight: a beautiful day and we could see for miles.
Our decent was not anticlimactic! We suited up with snow suits, mitts, helmets, protective cover for our behind, and then brought out our plastic slider. For most of the way down, we slid on our bums. It was the longest and fastest toboggan ride we have ever had! We were able to control our speed and direction (a little) with our icepicks. Our decent was about 2 hours in total.
When we arrived at our bus, I decided to pick up some lava rocks from the parking lot to show Makenna and Tyler. One of the guides saw me and gave me a beautiful rock that he had brought down from the summit. It is incredibly beautiful. I have carefully packed it as one of the best souvenirs I could bring for our grandkids.
We arrived back to Pucon where cold beer was waiting for us. We had a little celebration and then were glad to get back to our hostal.