On our third day in Chile we went on a day-hike in the Andes Mountains, a little more than two hours southeast of the capital, Santiago. We had signed up with Hike Chile several weeks before our vacation began, and I made the decision to go with them after carefully considering a number of outfitters. Our destination: The San Francisco Glacier at El Morado Natural Monument National Park. Click here for TripAdvisor reviews, including mine.
the glacier up ahead
On the drive to the park we pulled over at a mom-and-pop grocery store, where I bought some homemade bread and some delicious peach preserves (local, of course). All I can say is, "Good choice."
After we had gotten back into the vehicle and were exiting the park, we bought ice-cold Coca-Colas from a vendor. How refreshing! Later, on the return to Santiago, we ate some empanadas at a local restaurant, just before stopping off at a farmers market for sweet fruits. Our guide was superb!