Cerro Leonera, my first 5000m mountain

Cerro Leonera, the dark brown, smooth edged beauty I’ve been staring at for so many weekends, has finally been climbed, marking my first 5000m (16,500ft) mountain. About a month ago I had lunch up on Cerro Pintor, in full view of her peacefully situated next to the powerful glaciers of Cerro El Plomo. She felt like the big…

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…

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,…