What we thought would be a day or two in Pucon stretched out into a “week-ish”. Estaban’s posse (friends who Matt had met up with in Quito, Trujillo, Lima and now here) helped us kill the first few days. Then we hiked Volcano Villaricca, which was an absolute blast.
At the top there was a small glacier beside the smoking cauldron, not at all what we were expecting. For the trip down, our guides had given us a spare nylon butt protector and a cheap hotseat sled. Means of descent turned out to be a ONE KILOMETER slide on your butt– my entire childhood of buttsledding practice finally coming to fruition!