A group of mountain guide CONAF and a professor at the University of Frontera (Temuco) is mounted on top of Villarrica volcano for about 11 hours to check the status of the path to the volcano.
The ascent was led by the Director of CONAF Araucania, David Joaunnet, as part of an agreement with the Onemi to assess the possibility of opening the way for the development of tourist activities.
According Jouannet, « it was observed that 90% of the road is in good condition. However, got to the top, we saw that the crater has changed shape in some areas. The platform that hikers could reach, was reduced in size , gas emissions are more frequent. «
The morphology of the volcano has changed, exceptionally this year, due to the large amount of snow that remained, compared to other massifs in the region.
« There is now a situation of insecurity for people who want access, but this can be controlled by small groups of hikers. It becomes dangerous if you want to go around the crater, where there are some differences of topographical conditions and danger, « said the leader of the expedition.
November 07, 2015. Villarica , Chili :
Source : veoverde.com