Backyard gardens & fruit trees galore

It’s not exactly news that Chile exports a lot of fruit. But, even so, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t surprising when so many houses are blessed with backyards full of the fruits we go to the grocery store for… and that their trees drop so many lemons, avocados, oranges, figs, you name it, that…

Cerro Tortolas: Breathing air at 20,000ft

It was all planned, to climb my first, of hopefully many, 20,000 foot peak. Right before my birthday. Closing out my 27th year and opening the new one with a bang and all the gratefulness my heart could handle. The Sunday prior, I went over to my friend’s house and we packed our backpacks and planned…

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 Pintor & a little detour up Cerro La Parva

Altitude: 4,180 meters; 13,713 feet (Pintor) 4,047 meters, 13,227 feet (Parva) Incline difference: somewhere around 1,480 meters, 4,855 feet Beginning point: La Parva ski center Well I hit my first 4000 meter mountain and it was as spectacular as it was exciting. Not having gotten out of Santiago in quite awhile, taking an overnighter below the mountains, next…

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…

Pristine Water in Las Siete Tazas

Las Siete Tazas is an amazing long-weekend getaway from Santiago. My best friend from Wisconsin had recently landed in Chile to visit me and this was a perfect place to take her, a magnificent showing of the beauty Chile has to offer. We headed to Molina, near Curico, which is about 4 hours by bus, and then…

Cerro La Campana

Altitude: 1,880 meters; 6,168 feet Incline: 1,542 meters; 5,059 feet Distance: 10.3 km; 6.4 miles Time: 7-8 hours round trip Difficulty: medium (physical), low-medium (technical) Cerro La Campana is one of the tallest peaks in Chile’s costal mountain range, located just a couple hours from Santiago in the Valparaiso region of Chile. Specifically it is…