Climbing the Volcano.
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Today´s entry belongs solely to Noel, who ventured up the volcano that towers over Pucon (Melissa stayed in today, getting over her cold and enjoyed it immensely!).
"I did a tour today with a local operator, Aguaventuras, to climb the 2,830m high active volcano overlooking Pucon. A chairlift took us to 1800m, so ONLY a vertical one kilometre to climb! The first part of the walk is over volcanic ash and pumice, then you put on your crampons, get out the ice axe and climb the remaining slope to the crater summit. On a good day you can actually see the lava inside the crater, but the level was quite low and I had to make to with hearing and feeling the molten lava bubbling beneath my feet. This trip is not recommended for asthmatics, as the sulphurous fumes released caused coughing fits. The view from the top is quite spectacular. This walk is not one for anyone who is not very fit, as it is extremely strenuous, both going up and coming down. In fact, coming down was probably harder on the legs than going down. I struggled a bit but it was just within my capabilities, and the view from the top was incredible so well worth the effort and cost (about US$100 including the lift cost). The company seems to be well-run with only three people for every one guide, so the service was quite personal. Had a great day, but now I´m exhausted!"