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Feb 01 2013

Volcano Villarrica in Pucón

So, what do we have for today’s Foto Friday?  Well, it’s Volcán Villarrica.  It stands proud over Pucón at approximately 2847m above sea level.  You can appreciate this magnificent view in a number of ways: whilst wandering around town (where this photo was taken), from further away in Parque Nacional Huerquehue, from a helicopter, or by getting up really close and personal to the volcano by hiking up it.  Yes, you read that correctly; you can hike up this volcano.  I know you can because I did.  Even though there are regular hiking trips to the crater it is, apparently, one of Chile’s most active volcanoes.  If there has been some recent activity, as there was recently this month (January 2013), you might be prevented from doing so.  There is a very good website listed at the end of this post in the ‘Further information’ section where you can click to find out more.

I chose this particular photograph for today because it illustrates just how close this active volcano is to where people live, work and go on holiday.  It’s a sobering thought!

volcano, pucon, chile, south america

Location

If you are interested in seeing this volcano for yourself, this is where it is located:

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Further information on the volcano’s activity

If you are interested in further information about the volcano’s activity, there is a good website which has a substantial amount of up-to-date information on it and other volcanoes called Volcano Discovery.

Have your say

Have you been to Pucón and seen this volcano or are you interested in doing so?  I’d love to hear from you so please leave a comment below 🙂

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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