For many years the Tungurahua is now
active, but always during my presence I had pitch with the
weather and the current activity. For this I decided to make a
rest for some days on the way to the Galapagos Island and to
pursue the activity purposefully. A very good observation
point is the area around the Hacienda Manteles in the area of
the place Patate.
Therefore I lived on this
beautiful Hacienda from the 13th to the 18th
of March. Despite having doubts of the rain time, particular
directly after heavy rain and flooding the weather average was
quite good. From these 5 days statistically the 5000m of high
volcano was visible only 1-2 times.
Nevertheless the Tungurahua was visible each day, except being
coated often by hazy shreds. The strong expansion of the now
powerful summit crater was clearly evident compared with the
situation the year 2000. The crater drops now down to
surprisingly sunny weather and an observation time of 5 days
Murphy had to fight out his law. After strong activity with
violent ejections a half week ago, whereby the inhabitants of
the hacienda did nearly felt out of their beds, the activity
lasts at my attendance to the minimum. Only constant degassing
with ash portions could be observed.
Particularly in the afternoon hours several times
kilometre-high ash clouds arose, however accompanied by no
glowing ejection or acoustics. Only in the last night before
the departure a red glow was shown up for 1 minute at the
beginning of an ash eruption.
This should may be the
beginning of a new activity cycle, because now (April/May) the
Tungurahua is again lively with strombolian activity including
acoustics. Although the hacienda Manteles offers the
possibility of numerous bird migrations, of animal
observations (hummingbirds), land life and at least it is an
optimal place to the relax.
On the way to Quito an attendance of the
Quilotoa Kraterlagune is it worthwhile.
to the direction Galapagos, I was accompanied with a group,
since the entrance of many regions on this archipelago is
permitted only with leader. The flood disaster of the previous
weeks showed up large parts of this region stood under water
In the context of this extreme
weather you could experience now the Hot Spot Galapagos at
your own. The rain flood which came down on the actually dry
islands of Galapagos covered them with a green carpet. The air
humidity was very high in combination with aggressive mosquito
swarms and in any case it was more arduously than the 41°C of
the Danakil depression one month ago. All these islands are of
volcanic origin, but only a few are still active. The
principal reason for this journey was the famous animal
San Cristobal: The former volcanic pipe
Leon Dormido opposes still against the sea. Isabela: A
three-day-long trekking along the Sierra Negra with its 11km
in diameter-measuring enormous Caldera leads at first to the
Volcan de Azufre.
a long time not active, here numerous fumaroles and sulphur
withdrawals are steaming up to now. In contrast to the volcano
Chico which is repeatedly active, this young landscape
reminded to the Caldera of Timanfaya on Lanzarote. However,
numerous cactuses are able to survive here.
Directly at the edge of the Chico you can
see the eruption place from autumn 2005. During this eruption
spectacular lava fontains could be observed, which brought
forward enormous lava quantities over 1.5 weeks. Large parts
of the caldera bottom were flooded with lava.
crater Gemelos inside the island showed no active volcanism.
Enormous lava tunnels with up to 10m height are witnesses of
long-continuous lava rivers in the former active volcanism
time of this island