Good morning! The blue sky is back again, vulcán Villaricca is visible again.. Now and then she burps out a cloud of sulphur.
Staying here overnight was a good idea, there’s more snow hiking coming up and yesterday’s hike was long and demanding. After exchanging info about the second part of the traverse, with the people I met yesterday I’ve decided to skip it. There’s still a lot of snow, the route goes through a lot of forest (annoying and slow hiking) and there’s a lot of up- and downhill walking.
Because I’ve been waiting for the sun and warmth I get up late. In a few hours I’ll reach a road and with a little luck there are tourists who want to give me a ride to the town of Pucón; the Chileans aren’t exactly early birds. Camping here was also a good idea because this hike turns out the be stunning!
The cold night has turned the slush back into ice making the hike easy again, but the biggest treat are the impressive views. It’s a 360° volcano galore!
After an hour’s walk, there’s a brook with fresh and delicious water. This tastes so much better than last night’s melted ashwater!
I follow my way down and after a bit of snow/tree-wrestling I suddenly find myself in a warm forest full of bamboo and lizards. Oempff!
When I reach the ripio, near the Park entrance, there’s no traffic. I decide to walk towards Pucón: a few kilometers down the road there are all kinds of all kinds of tourist attractions like termas and cascadas there it might be easier to catch a ride or maybe a taxi. A few hours road walking later I’m offered a ride by a couple, they’re on their way to town. Yes!
The trail: Villaricca Traverse
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