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explore nature around Santiago in winter

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explore nature around Santiago in winter

Hi, I am going on a business trip to Santiago, and have a stay over on the weekend of Aug 2&3.

I would like to spend time in nature, have some spectacular views,... I am not a big fan of skiing, neither of cities.

Last month, during a stay-over, I went to the Atacama desert, which was fantastic, though this time, I would like to avoid taking a plane to get somewhere.

Any suggestions for a 2 days activity?

Thanks - Pieter

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1. Re: explore nature around Santiago in winter

rent a car and do some trekking at Yerba Loca, Baños Morales and Glacier El Morado, La Campana Park

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If you rent a car, drive to Los Andes via the Los Libertadores autopista. Great views of the Andes approaching Los Andes and a good (toll) road all the way. You could even take the road toward Mendoza as far as Portillo if you wanted and the weather was good.

http://www.autopistaloslibertadores.cl

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3. Re: explore nature around Santiago in winter

Hi Pieter,

Hi, with a car you can get out of Santiago and do some hikes that are nice, depending on the weather, in the high Andes or the coastal range.

For example, drive up the Cajon del Maipo early in the morning, until you reach Baños Morales (also called Lo Valdes), about 2.5 hours of a meandering mountain road, with small towns and lots of restaurants, and some places to stay. Then continue up towards Baños de Colina at the foot of the 5,800m Volcan San Jose. When you get to the top of the steep section and cross a bridge, stop there at the base of a "Moro", or small rocky peak, and go for a nice walk. You will head west (left looking at the rock), and up around the Moro towards the north, to the "Valle la Engorda" (30 minutes). This is a large expanse of meadows and fallen rocks with great views of the Volcan and surrounding high Andes. If you are energetic, you can climb the scree up to the top of the Moro for an even better view. The amount of snow may impede all of this, but so far this year there hasn´t been much snow. Then, head back to the car, and continue up the road to Baños de Colina. Here you will pay a fee $10-15 each to use the hot springs, which are natural pools on the side of the hill. One is almost too hot to get into. The scenery is surreal, and we have seen many condors in this valley. San Alfonso is a cool town to stop for a bite on the way back, try the "Cascada de las Animas". It is a long day, but like going to Tibet! Possible to stay in Refugio Lo Valdes (also known as Refugio Aleman, see in tripadvisor) or the lodge Lo Valdes. http://www.lodgelovaldes.cl/

The drive up to Valle Nevado is nice too, if you don´t mind dozens of switchbacks (1 hour). You can walk around the "casa piedra" about 10 km before VN, and at the edge of the canyon you can often see condors.

You can also walk along the rocky Pacific coast between Cachagua and Zapallar, two beautiful beaches about 2 hours north west of Santiago. And/Or do the Campana peak in the Ocoa National Park, a coastal mountain hike totally different from the Central Andes.

Good luck!

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