by Karin Kirk Friday, March 6, 2015
The caldera of Volcán Puyehue is an amazing experience, but it’s not for the uninitiated. Several other Andean volcanoes offer brilliant skiing and genuine adventure in a more straightforward setting. Here are three popular options in the region.
This beautiful, symmetrical, snow-covered peak lies 1,000 kilometers south of Santiago, just northeast of Puerto Montt, which is the gateway to the Patagonian region. It serves up idyllic skiing with views over the vast glacial lake, Lago Llanquihue.
The twin-peaked volcanoes of Mocho and Choshuenco are tucked away in the remote Huilo-Huilo nature preserve. The volcanic origins of this landscape are evident. Layers of basalt have been torn into a ragged chasm, and an explosion crater greets you partway up the climb. Higher up, the topography softens to yield friendly bowls with the occasional cinder cone. Both the climbing and skiing are uncomplicated, making for an enjoyable experience amid rugged surroundings.
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