This blog post is from our collaborator Gaëlle Tavernier, she lives in Medellín and is working on a document about responsible mining in Colombia, a great project that gives her the ability to travel off the beaten tracks and share some amazing stories with us.
[caption id="attachment_888" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The green lagoon of the Azufral Volcano
I am determined to climb to the summit of Colombia 17 volcanoes (I have done 3 so far…). My plan is to start south at the Ecuadorian border and make my way up, however long it will take.
When you land in Antonio Nariño, the airport which serves the city of Pasto, capital of the Nariño Department in Colombia, you nervously hold your breath. The plane lands on a short strip in the mountain and you fly over my favourite Colombian landscape: the Pasto Knot, a geographical miracle, a mountain knot formed by the merging of the terminal ranges of the Andes Mountains: the Cordilleras Oriental, Central, and Occidental. This is where I decided God was, in the heart of a volcano.
With my Bolex camera and the company of my friend Mateo Isaza Ramirez, biologist and Colombian mountain guide, we headed up to Túquerres, a small town...