9 Adventures on Volcanoes

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Villarrica

The snow-covered Villarrica volcano is the most-active volcano in South America (it last erupted in March of 2015). From the base of the classical cone-shaped stratovolcano, there are views of Lake Villarrica and Caburgua Lake. The climb by foot to the crater of the volcano has a summit height of 3,000 meters above sea level, and offers a picturesque, 360-degree view of the valley below. Remaining at the crater with its simmering lava pool will depend exclusively on climate conditions. There are also places to ski and snowboard on its slopes where decades of lava flows have formed intricate paths and ramps.

Experience it: Summit Chile offers a climbing tour using Montrail crampons and ice picks, and a slide down the steep side of the volcano on a sled.

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