Wednesday, July 15, 2015

With recent volcanic
eruptions in Ecuador, Chile, and Guatemala, volcano-trekking in Latin America
just got much more extreme.
Climbing mind-bending ridges to hunt lava flows atop the world's highest
active volcanoes is not for the faint of heart, but the
reward—adrenaline-pumping experiences that bring you face-to-face with
Mother Nature's unpredictable fiery side—is well worth it.
Ecuador German explorer Alexander von Humboldt dubbed Ecuador's string
of volcanic peaks from Imbabura in the north to Chimborazo in the south the
"Avenue of the Volcanoes.
" Eco-adventure companies Tropic and Tierra del
Volcan offer sustainable lodge-to-lodge treks that tackle three towering
giants in the Central Andes: Pasochoa, Rumiñahui, and Cotopaxi, the second
highest active volcano in the world.
Daily climbs showcase the region's diverse scenery from pristine native
forests and highland páramos to sublime river canyons, waterfalls, and
The multi-day journeys culminate with glacier-hiking and an overnight summit
of Volcan Cotopaxi's 19,000-foot zenith, which offers a magnificent sunrise
view of the mighty peaks that form the Avenue of the Volcanoes.
Chile All-inclusive luxury lodges Alto Atacama and Hacienda Hotel Vira
Vira have paired up to offer a six-day experience that provides travelers
the rare opportunity to volcano-hike Chile's rocky desert landscape of San
Pedro de Atacama and the lush Lake District of Pucón.
Alto Atacama organizes volcano treks, ranging in difficulty, that spotlight
sweeping views of salt flats, lagoons, and geysers.
Rising 19,420 feet, Volcan Licancabur is the region's most majestic volcano,
as well as the most challenging to climb.
Vira Vira Hacienda Hotel offers epic excursions to Volcan Villarrica's inner
lava tubes at the base of the volcano and all-day hikes to reach its peak and
marvel at the famous steaming crater with its lake of red-hot lava.
A post-trek soak in the area's natural thermal baths rounds out the journey.
Haciendo Hotel Vira Vira
Guatemala Twenty-eight volcanoes form the backbone of the Guatemalan
highlands, with several scalable peaks looming over the historic city of
Premier outfitter O.
Expeditions recommends the three-day TRIDENT "The Devil's Pitchfork"
expedition for thrill-seeking climbers.
The triple-volcano trek and camping adventure starts off with a gentle hike to
the lava fields of Volcan Pacaya.
Day two gets significantly more intense with a steep six-mile trek
up Volcan Acatenango through four temperate zones, but hikers are
rewarded with a 13,000-foot sunset view over neighboring volcanoes.
The journey is capped off with a crater-rim hike down Volcan Acatenango
towards the smoking peak of Volcan Fuego—one of the most active volcanoes in
the world—to climb its formidable "knife-ridge," named for the
1,600-foot precipitous drops on either side.
©liveremch O.
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