We´ve crossed the Andes and entered Chile at a most interesting time – the Chaiten volcano is erupting for the first time in over 9,000 years and it´s all over the international news. The smoke and ash is being blown 12 miles into the sky, and it´s quite a sight. While there are 2,000 volcanos in Chile, 70 of which are currently considered active, the area hasn´t seen activity like Chaiten in recent memory.
We are staying in Puerto Varas, and aren´t actually that far from the volcano – just over 200 km away in fact. Chaiten residents are being evacuated to Puerto Montt, just 20 km away.
The volcano we have come here to see – Osorno – is historically one of the most active in Chile. At 8,701 feet, Osorno´s perfect conical shape is easily recognizable – and the snow-capped mountains surrounding it are impressive. Thankfully, it hasn’t erupted since 1869, so you won´t be seeing us on CNN anytime soon.
Tags: Chile, Travel