VIDEO INTERVIEW | Derevjov: On the volcano Ojos del Salado we saw many animals, even flamingos

Ilija Derevjov/photo Sloboden Pechat/Slobodan Djuric

Ojos del Salado is the highest active volcano in the world. According to the Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program, the most recent known eruption occurred about 1.300 years ago. However, there is also some evidence of the emission of small amounts of ash in 1993, which would definitely qualify the volcano as historically active. 

Nikola Neshkoski and Ilija Derevjov were not afraid of eruptions and decided on an adventure to conquer this volcano. With that, they go down in history as the first Macedonians to climb Ojos del Salado by bicycle.

– What happened in the last century did not play any role for us, this volcano was not active for a long time, so the possibility that something like that could happen to us was excluded. For example, Etna is an active volcano, but geologists don't let you climb to the top - says Derevjov for "Sloboden Pechat".

Logistically, from this perspective, everything went smoothly according to plan, there were no inconveniences or difficulties.

– The first point starts from Skopje, it was more difficult for us to leave here on a plane to get to Chile from the road along the volcano. It was, honestly, half the challenge for us to get there. It happened that we fly in a period when there are fogs. We flew with "Turkish Airlines", the company has such a policy, they don't fly in a certain degree of fog, they canceled our flight, so we had to manage from airport to airport with huge luggage - explains Derevjov.

It is interesting that in this desert area our interlocutors managed to meet animals.

- For a miracle there are animals, to a certain extent there is also vegetation, the salt lakes from which the volcano gets its name, but above 4 meters you can already feel the desert landscape. We met llamas, mice and flamingos. The higher you climb, the movement becomes more difficult because there is a very strong wind, if it is -000 degrees Celsius, it feels like -10 degrees, which is why many expeditions before us have given up - says Derevjov.

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