Sabancaya is an active 5,976m stratovolcano in the Andes of southern Peru, about northwest of Arequipa. It is considered part of the Central Volcanic Zone of the Andes, one of the three distinct volcanic belts of the Andes. It includes a number of volcanoes, some of which like Huaynaputina have had large eruptions and others such as Sabancaya and Ubinas have been active in historical time. Sabancaya forms a volcanic complex together with Hualca Hualca to the north and Ampato to the south and has erupted andesite and dacite. Itself it is covered by a small ice cap which leads to the danger of lahars during eruptions.Sabancaya has generated numerous long lava flows especially during the early Holocene, while activity in the later Holocene has been more explosive. Historical reports indicate eruptions during the 18th century. The volcano awoke back to activity starting from 1986 and culminating into a large eruption in 1990. Since then it has been continuously active with the emission of ash and gas.NameThe name "Sabancaya" is Quechua and means tongue of fire or spitting volcano, likely a reference to the eruptive activity. The name is attested from 1595, implying that volcanic activity was observed before.Make Sabancaya a part of your Arequipa vacation plans using our Arequipa trip planning site .
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Que bonito es ver un volcán en erupción. O sea, semiactivo como éste, que no es peligroso. Hasta que no lo vi no se me había ocurrido que pudiera ilusionarme. Pero es que es muy chulo. more »How nice it is to see an erupting volcano. I mean, semi-active like this, it's not dangerous. Until I saw him, it hadn't occurred to me that I could get excited. But he's really cool.
Am Weg ins Colca Tal schraubt man sich auf 4900m hinauf und hat einen tollen Überblick auf die Vulkankette. more »On the way to the Colca Valley you screw up to 4900m and have a great overview of the volcanic chain.
The Volcá Sabancaya came into a eruptive process in August; Process that could be maintained for some time
You have a beautiful view from the viewpoint.
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