In a land of incredible landscapes, Chile’s best is arguably the thousands of majestic volcanoes that stud the Andes mountain range. Sat on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Chile has the highest number of active volcanoes in South America and eruptions remain common. The volcanoes’ looming presence is best appreciated in the Lake District region which boasts numerous examples – some dormant, some gently steaming, some bubbling away. Osorno volcano is often compared to Mount Fuji, with its textbook cone shape and snow-capped top.
Giants of nature
In summer, trekkers scale this giant of nature for panoramic views of Llanquihue Lake and out to the Pacific Ocean while winter sees skiers traverse its snowy slopes. In the north, Villarica looms above the lake of the same name and is one of Chile’s most active peaks.
The Andes can also lay claim to the world’s tallest volcano, the remote Ojos del Salado in the Atacama desert. It’s possible to trek up to its summit, although a gentler hike around its base is enough to admire this mighty peak up close. Also to the north is the Parinacota volcano, another grand beauty which hulks broodingly on the Bolivian border.
Also to the north is the Parinacota volcano, another grand beauty which hulks broodingly on the Bolivian border.
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