Kade kneels next to a stream formed by the San Francisco Glacier, about two hours outside Santiago, Chile.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

San Francisco Glacier

I climbed a path and from the top looked up-stream towards Chile. I could see the river, glinting and sliding through the bone-white cliffs with strips of emerald cultivation either side. Away from the cliffs was the desert. There was no sound but the wind, whirring through thorns and whistling through dead grass, and no other sign of life but a hawk, and a black beetle easing over white stones.

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.






a volcano

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!







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