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…

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…

Cerro Minillas

Altitude: 2,467 meters; 8,094 feet Incline: 1,660 meters; 5,446 feet Distance: 17 km; 10.56 miles Time: 7-9 hours round trip Difficulty: mid-high (physical), normal (technical) One of the reasons I came to Santiago were for these mountains. They are gorgeous, humoungous, and numerous. Look in one direction and there’s more than you can count. To me,…

Cerro Carbon

Altitude: 1, 344 meters; 4,410 feet Incline: 676 meters; 2,218 feet Time: 2-4 hours round trip Difficulty: normal (physical), normal (technical) Looking right over Santiago, Cerro Carbon was an ideal evening excursion. It is a relatively easy climb located very near Santiago, right off the highway. In total, it took us about an hour a half to the…

Cerro Purgatorio

Altitude: 2, 458 meters; 8,064 feet Incline: 1,671 meters; 5,482 feet Distance: 14.8 km; 9.2 miles Time: 6-9 hours round trip Difficulty: high (physical), normal (technical) Another beautiful Saturday in the books. Cerro Purgatorio was a fantastic mountain to get out for a day trip and put my body to the test. It is located in Cajon del Maipo,…