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We chose to do this on the day after we landed in Santiago, partly in order to clear our heads of jet-lag, jet noise and the 'plane-stupidity' induced by a long-haul flight. It did this admirably - and much, much more. Fran, our guide, picked us up bright and early from our city centre hotel and whisked us out through the suburbs to the El Morado National Park, north of Santiago. It was a perfect late summer morning and an utter joy to make our way up the long but steady incline of the valley in warm sunshine (we had just escaped a very , miserable English winter) with the snow-topped Andes in front of us. We had a snack break at the lake and then pressed on up the somewhat steeper but perfectly do-able section to the edge of the glacier. Throughout, Fran was the perfect hiking companion: friendly, intelligent, personable, with good conversation in impeccable English and who was anxious for us to go at our own pace and enjoy the experience. We returned to the lake for a simple but delicious picnic lunch (food always tastes good on a mountain doesn't it?) that Fran had provided. Suitably refreshed, we ambled peacefully back down the valley, now with the surrounding green, purple and russet mountains bathed in afternoon sunshine. By the time we reached the park entrance, Santiago and his partner had arrived for their Sunday afternoon outing - and yet on the walk we had hardly seen a soul. It was blissful day that was the perfect introduction to the beauty of Chile and which would give a lot of pleasure to anyone who enjoys the sort of hiking that captures the senses, stretches the muscles and fills the lungs but does not bust a gut. And who knows when it is sensible to wear sunblock and a hat.
This tour was the highlight of our stay,but we probably would not have undertaken it if we had known how far it is to the glacier. Our guide was lovely and let us set our own pace - essential as we are both in our sixties and not very fit. Ultimately, we turned back just before we reached the glacier. Highly recommended but the glacier is more than 14 kilometres from the starting point!
Very well organized semi-private tour with an excellent guide. Had plenty of time to take pictures, learn abot the area. The guide was very detailed and ensured were safe onthe trail
This is NOT an easy hike. It is 16km, 8km up. One bottle of water is not enough. There is no shade at all. The rocks are unstable; even hiking sneakers strain the legs. My comments are made from the perspective of someone in very good shape.
The scenary is beautiful; more of an attraction than the destination (the glacier). The other hikers very friendly. The guide nice and flexible, but short on information.
One huge downside is that Viator requires the purchase of 2 adult tickets, even if only one is travelling. This makes no sense if they wish to capture the travelling on business market. Plus Viator subcontracts this out. Go direct. It's cheaper.
The weather was very hot at the time of our hike, thus, our review is affected by those conditions. The hike was NOT easy as advertised. It is long and at an intermediate level. I would recommend bringing a small backpack and filling it with water and snacks. However, I would do it again.