The first stage included a plain terrain. Afterwards, we gradually entered a tree grove. As the native forest became thicker, we started spotting some plants, different shades of green, logs and even birds. The lichens on the tree branches gave proof of the fresh air around us.
The group gathered to make a stop, have some rest, arrange the equipment and face the last part of the climb: an area of volcanic sediment. We rested assured on the expertise of our guides and on their words, which encouraged us to reach the top. Thus, we ventured into our goal feeling enthusiastic and energetic.
Quetrupillán is 2,360 meters tall and its top shelters a blunted glacier. It is inactive and its name stands for what the Mapuches felt for this giant. It was a “Roaring Devil” or a “Slow-witted Devil”. Those were its names even when it was active.
The slope was steep but the incredible views compensated for the effort. As we finally reached the edge of the glacier, we could appreciate part of the so-called Andean Fire Belt. This area is made up by Lanín (the tallest volcano), Villarrica and Quetrupillán Volcanoes.
The binoculars were extremely useful for us to identify details on Llaima, Sollipulli and Mocho-Choshuenco Volcanoes. In the distance, we could see the Argentinian border covered by the thick and incredibly green Valdivian rainforest vegetation.
We wanted to stay there for as long as possible. However, we knew it was convenient for us to descend before it got dark. Those images were printed on our retinas and we treasured the satisfaction of having taken part in such a challenging experience for the body and the mind.
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The excursion includes transfer, guides, entrance to the national park Villarrica, leggings, helmet, gloves, backpack, walking sticks.
You should wear warm clothing, such as summer, trekking boots, sunglasses, sunscreen and food.