Bryan is off to Mexico for the big travel trade show, so Si and I did some exploring on our own this weekend. We still have summer temperatures here (highs in the low 80s), so we decided to head up into the Andes. The ski areas in Chile, like many in the US, are set up for summer fun.
It’s only a 28-mile drive from our apartment to the slopes, but because the road is one of the curviest I have ever driven on, it takes just over an hour to get there. So many things have changed in Chile since we lived here 15 years ago– I had high hopes that somehow they had straightened or improved the road since then. No such luck. Oh well. Up and around and up and around we went.
We arrived to the top to find cooler temperatures and the mountain adventure park. We were the only customers at the “early” hour of 11am, (most Chileans do not get moving very quickly on weekend mornings), so we opted for the full adventure package, which included zip-lining, a ropes course, a climbing wall, and the tubing run.
Si and I both liked the zip-lining the most (one of the lines was almost 2000-feet long) and had a lot of fun on the tubing run. (They use the rope tow lift to pull the tubes back up.) She out-climbed me on the wall — no surprise there.