We made the crater of Pan de Azucar this week. If you enter hte park, your group must take a local guide, unfortunately, only one local guide has summited Pan de Azucar, compared with dozens who have been to the top of Puracé. We slept the first night in Paletará and the next two nights in Laguna Negra, a sacred laguna for the Coconuco people. From the base camp, we made the summit in 2 hours, no wind, no rain. I'd be interested to know if the original poster actually summited Pan de Azucar. Summit pic? This entry should not have Puracé and Pan de Azucar as the same mountain, they are far from each other. The latter requires more planniong, more knowledge, a guide from the Coconucos community, and a bit of luck with the weather. I recommend you separate the two volcanoes.
The weather started to be unsupportable from 4000m on - very strong wind and heavy rain, no visibility, on the top at 2pm slightly above zero. Still I continued about one hour to the top just to climb the mountain - came back all wet and totally frozen. Technically very easy hike and well marked.
Still the day before they were searching all night long for a lost girl - found her ok at 7am - she did not pay even one cent to the local indigenous rescuers - volunteers...
I went as a day hike from Popoyán. As I got higher winds were very strong, summit covered in clouds. Went half an hour up from the antenna's. Icy rain, extremely strong wind, no views convinced me to turn back.
It was alot of fun.
No danger of any sort encountered, but no Condors as well.
Burnt the soles of my shoes on this literally hot mountain! Excellent view of Pan de Azucar, which did not have any sugar (snow) at all at this time.
Great hike, and great hot springs! Wife was sick, so we left the group early.