We booked through this agency for a day trip to Geometricas and the following day a trip up to the Volcano. The french delegation are very friendly, the guides were fab for the volcano. I'll start with the Geometricas..
Aguaventura basically subcontracted this out- had nothing to do with them. Felt the price was VERY steep - $35K. We were told by them the bus ride out would be about an hour and 15 min. - in actual fact it was closer to 2.5 hours. (would have been nice to know in advance). So we had 3 hours in the pools. They also said to bring a lunch if we wanted - but there was food there. We were not told, however that you are not allowed to EAT your lunch there. This would also have been nice to know. Geometricas itself was a fab place, no complaints but it's a bit of a trek getting there. We did mention this to one of the guys there and he seemed to genuinely care.
Villaricca - this they said they ran from start to finish and for the same price is much more bang for your buck $47K includes all technical gear, expert guides. They kept a good pace matched with our group of about 24 - and took breaks regularly enough. My only minor comment here is that no one every mentioned the difficulty of the climb, one's ability, etc. It's assumed that if you want to climb a volcano, you know what you're in for. The ski lift was not working, so we had no choice but to walk the extra hour up hill - it took us almost 6 hours to get to the top and it's a tough climb. You'd better be in decent if not good shape. Sadly, we got to the top and the crater was covered in cloud - our weather was not the best. I think the badge of honor is really in just making it to the top. The butt sliding back down was good fun - the views are stunning. It could be a somewhat dangerous climb for some - but again, there were enough guides that a few people from our group returned early - and there was a guide to take them down. Would recommend the Volcano trip with these guys - they rock. But know what you're getting in to!!!
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