Three months in Peru and Bolivia
In 2005 we spent three more than exciting and memorable months in Peru and Bolivia with following stations:
Arequipa, Climbing El Misti, Colca Canon
Cusco, Valley of the Kings, Machu Picchu
Social work in Larapa
La Paz, Valley of the Moon, Condoriri Trek
Salar de Uyuni
Detailed trip reports to come…
One week and two volcanoes in Guatemala
Together with V-E-I I spent one week in Guatemala (in 2011) to visit some of the active volcanoes.
Starting point of all of our trips has been the cosy and colorful city of the colonial era Antigua where we enjoyed the atmosphere as also many tasty cup of coffees.
We first visited the Pacaya volcano. But we were not very successful, on the one side due to the bad weather, on the other side because of the missing activity.
But we were compensated for that at the Fuego volcano which we climbed escorted by some local bandits (to protect us against non-local bandits). At this volcano we experienced many (partly very strong) eruptions under a clear sky!
The last sunny day we visited Lake Atitlan. We enjoyed three of the most beautiful villages around the lake and experienced local markets, a coffee fabric and a lot of colorful clothes.
Hunting for a Skyhole on Hawaii
After having visited the islands Honolulu and Maui we reached Big Island (also well known for its Triathlon) with Kilauea volcano.
Besides some waterfalls and the summit of Mauna Kea the excursions at the Kilauea volcano have been THE highlight of our trip:
A helicopter flight, two nights at the lava ocean entry (fascinating the never-ending “fight” between the elements water and fire), sneaking through the night to Halemaumau crater and especially the adventurous “hunt” of a skyhole (degassing hole of the lava flows) detected while the heli flight.
The big turtle at our departing day has been a great ending of this unbelievable trip.
Spring 2009 I planned a 4-day trip to Sicily with a good friend. The target of the trip has been the visit of Stromboli volcano plus a 2-day trekking at snow covered Etna volcano.
But the weather threw a spanner in our plans. We still were lucky the first day at Stromboli volcano with good weather and strong eruptions.
The next day we had to postpone the planned Etna trek due to a temperature of minus 20 degree Celsius at the volcano. So we changed plans and spent the day at Vulcano volcano.
The day after we couldn’t leave the Stromboli island because of a rough sea, the ferry was not able to land.
The fourth day we finally rushed in direction of Etna volcano but were stopped by a engine breakdown. In the end we only could stay about one hour at the Etna area before we had to hurry to the airport.
Culture and volcanoes in East-Java, Indonesia
Short travel description will follow. Find the detailed report here.
Summer in Kamchatka
Our three week expedition to Kamchatka (Map) in June/July 2013 during their so-called summer was characterised by extreme bad luck regarding the weather, yet extreme good luck regarding the volcanoes. Apart from exploring the culture in the Kamchatka capital of Petroplavlovsk, these active volcanoes were the main focus of our expedition:
Shiveluch, the most northern active volcano: the Shiveluch area was completely destroyed by a pyroclastic flow in 2005 and looks very dramatic as a result. We witnessed a night time eruption and subsequent glowing dome. Furthermore, shortly before our departure a rare pyroclastic flow occurred right in front of our eyes – unbelievable!
The absolute highlight of the expedition was the exhausting 9 day trek to the Tolbachik volcano. The trek itself was marked by a cyclone resulting in rain, strong winds and a snowstorm, however, at the Tolbachik site we were able to look into the crater with its very rare lava lake on several occasions. The spectacular atmospheric evenings with glowing skies and fascinating strombolian eruptions were worth all the effort.
This area, as indeed the entire country, is one of Earth’s extreme hot spots and it holds a truly magical attraction.
Galleries: Best of Gallery
Publications: Outdoor Magazin (in German)