The craters and glaciers of Nevado Del Ruiz

The craters and glaciers of Nevado Del Ruiz

 

Its green foothills might be home to diverting wildlife such as the spectacled bear and tapir, but it’s Nevado del Ruiz’s landscape that really transfixes. Ascending the broad shoulders of this, the Andes’ northernmost volcano, transports you into a stark world of yawning craters and fumaroles, perpetual snow and moonscapes. On the massif’s southwest flank, standing separate from the highest peaks, a sandy slope of pumice and ash leads up to the extinct Olleta Crater, standing at a breath-catching 4,850 metres, and outstanding views to del Ruiz’s summit. ‘Nevado’ means snow-covered, and the mountain’s glaciers are the perfect setting for an unforgettable wander on Colombia’s frozen, fabulous rooftop. 

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