When a friend goes back home

Today, I watched a colleague who turned into a friend, pack up and return to her home country, after 7 years in Chile and after 10 years in other country in between. It was hard not to project her situation on myself; weeks leading up to this, I’d ask her randomly “how are you?” or…

Ilhabela – a little paradise next to Sao Paulo

Okay, so I am officially in love. With Brasil that is. My 3 total weeks of life spent there between the last 2 visits have totally sold me. Now don’t get me wrong, the mountains are still what awaken my  soul, but, wow, I can totally understand why people say Brazilians are some of the happiest people…

Ojos del Salado

Well, I’m back a bit early from my trip to the tallest volcano in the world, Ojos del Salado, located in northern Chile. I’m back without a summit, but with a renewed awe for this world, a great experience in my books and confidence that every trip makes me stronger and smarter. We made it to 21,500 feet…

Cerro Papagayo

Altitude: 2,324 meters; 7,624feet Difference Incline: 1,688 meters; 5,538 feet Distance: 20.8 km;  12 miles Time: 8-10 hours round trip Difficulty: the trek is tiring due to length itself, the only tricky part is the last 500m, which is more a combination of trekking rock climbing Cerro Papagayo is tucked away in the mountains of Pirque. We parked in what felt…

Cerro Canoitas

Altitude: 2,650 meters; 8,695 feet Incline: 1,000 meters; 3,280 feet Distance: 10 kilometers; 6.2 miles Time: 5-7 hours round trip Difficulty: normal (physical), without difficulty (technical) Cerro Canoitos is in Farellones, near Santiago’s best ski resorts, about an hour from Santiago. Considering it is not too difficult and without even a momentary break in beauty, it is an…