Visiting the Chilean Andes Mountains for the First Time
This summer I had the chance to visit and write about the Andes Mountains for Santiago Tourist, an independent guide to Santiago. The awesome part about it was that it was my first time experiencing the Andes up close.
From Santiago and most places in Chile, you can always see the Andes Mountain Range from afar, and during the winter they’re even more spectacular with their snow-capped peaks. On a clear day in the summer from Santiago, look just as breathtaking but barren and naked.
I thought it would be sort of boring to see them in the summer, in comparison with visiting them in the winter for skiing, but I was wrong! There’s a lot to do – hiking, rafting, camping, horseback riding, and all sorts of other summer activities.
On this particular trip, I went with Turistik and took their Andes Panoramic Tour. We took a scenic 1.5 hour ride from Santiago to Valle Nevado and the ride there was definitely part of the experience as we saw the gradual change from lush valley to dry mountains dotted with streams and wild flora and fauna.
My favorite part was getting to see the details that you can’t see from the valley, like the condors soaring overhead, streams, horses and cows roaming the mountain sides, flowering cacti, wild flowers, and the different colors of the mountains ranging from browns to reds and greens.
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