World-renowned Chilean poet Pablo Neruda once claimed, “Anyone who hasn’t been in the Chilean forest doesn’t know this planet. I have come out of that landscape, that mud, that silence, to roam, to go singing through the world.”
Mr. Neruda could have written about his entire country with the same thrust and passion, for once anyone experiences Chile, he or she will surely go and sing its praises to the world.
Because Chile beckons all adventurers, you should let The Trip Atelier be your guide in planning the ultimate Chilean action movie with you as the star.
With a travel agent as your director, your scenes will be action-packed, running the gamut from the top to the bottom of this exciting country without missing a thing. You may not get the girl in the end, but you will come away with an amazing vacation experience.
As your plane lands in the capital city of Santiago, your first order of adventure will be to get to Maipo Canyon. This meandering alpine valley climbs toward the crest of the Andes, attracting scores of rafters and kayakers heading straight to the head of the Class V rapids of Rio Maipo.
While hikers and horseback riders explore the routes up to the unmistakable peak of El Morado Natural Monument, the highest mountain in the valley.
For those who prefer mountaintops sprinkled with 2000-degree danger, Chile is home to many volcanoes. Active Villarrica, near the resort town of Pucón, rewards those who ascend to its gaseous crater with a fun slide back down on their rump courtesy of a human toboggan chute.
Travel agents suggest calling ahead before you go, for the Chilean park service cancels the trip and grabs the marshmallows when the crater roars a little too loudly.
But sometimes water freezes, and sometimes this frozen water creates a continent of moving ice that laughs at the mere existence of man. The world calls them glaciers, but Chileans call them fun.
Trekking across the Perito Moreno Glacier near Patagonia’s Lago Argentino is an experience not easily forgotten, while further south in the Monte Balmaceda National Park.
Watching gigantic slabs of ice calve from Serrano Glacier and plummet into the lake below has become a spectator sport to curious kayakers who venture close.