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Map of Cajón de MaipoThe destination was the Monumento Natural Elmorado. Last week I went to Termas del Plomo, very near the Argentine border.
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Kaffe og kageIn the distance is the active vulcano, San José (~5800 m). It is actually smoking, but on the other side of the mountain.
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San José Vulcano
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Ready to go.There waited a 3 hour walk up to the glacier. And not everybody was as well-equiped as the guide had wanted.
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Loads of snow..Normally at this time of the year the glacier is the only snow there is. But because therewas an abnormal amount of snow last year there is still plenty left in the mountains. The temperature was however around 25 degrees.
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The GlacierThe glacier slides out between to mountains and falls almost 500m down into a lake.
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The lake.Normally the glacier plunges into a huge lake at this time of the year, but because of last years huge amount of snow, it was possible to walk quite far out on the lake.
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The lake again
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It was great fun to slide down the snowy slopes...
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The ReturnIt was on the descent it became really obvious that it was important to have good shoes. The group who had proper shoes came down almost one hour before the condi-shoe-group.
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