The Most Local Adventure

I firmly believe that you don’t have to travel far to find adventure.  Adventure is all around us, we just have to look for it.

That is especially true in Chile as due to the thinness of the country, you are always always close to both the mountains and the beach!  One of the greatest local adventures I have found recently is Parque Aguas de San Ramon.  It’s a 15 minute drive, or about thirty minutes on public transport from my flat.DSC06115

The park has four different trekking routes that you can follow leading to lush green, snow capped mountain views, waterfalls and views over the city too.  None of them are difficult treks as the majority of them are on flat land, making it the perfect place to spend the day in nature with friends and a picnic.  So much so, that I went twice in the space of a month and also loved to see how the landscape had changed in that space of time.

The first time I went was at the end of summer.  Lauren, Carlos and two other of our friends packed up a picnic and our hiking boots, not knowing what to expect.

We were in for a lovely treat, just follow the path…DSC06089DSC06094Looking behind you to admire the view over the city (and of course, ignoring that line of smog)DSC06085DSC06090DSC06157DSC06148DSC06129Stop for a picnic and devour the juiciest pomegranate!DSC06174 DSC06153 DSC06139DSC06099DSC06183

Then just a month later, at the beginning of Autumn following a few raining days, I returned to be greeted with even lusher green, snowy mountains and the most beautiful colours of Autumn.

Follow the same path… (Scroll up to see how much more snow the mountains had this time)DSC06489DSC06485Admire their beauty as you get closer and closer.DSC06527DSC06499DSC06563 And inhale all of the Autumn colours that are on showDSC06557 DSC06549 DSC06547 DSC06534DSC06509

The perfect find in the middle of the city.

What are the local gems where you live?

Marcella xx

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43 thoughts on “The Most Local Adventure

  1. I wish I lived near such glorious views! There are local gems here, though, around Dublin (Ireland) – I think people forget when they come here that it’s a short drive from the sea. My favourite local place for sea views, for example, is Dalkey and the little island Ireland’s Eye. The cliff walk to Howth, quite near to Dublin city, is also stunning and the seafood in the pubs at the end of it is your reward.

  2. It has been a while since I packed a picnic to take on a hike. But you’re making me want to start that up again, especially since so many places around here have picnic benches near the start // end of the trail. Then I could just hop on another one. I love bringing something a little more sophisticated than the usual PBJ, a pomegranate definitely fits the bill.

  3. I love this post so much! I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to travel far in order to have an adventure, and I’m so glad that you feel the same way! It’s amazing how much the landscape changed from season to season!

  4. What a great vantage point to see the city without having to ride a ropeway up a mountain or an elevator up a skyscrapper! I just LOVE the nature. Even the trees look so interesting. Glad you enjoyed my post on Singapore Gardens Festivals! 🙂 #WanderfulWednesday

  5. It’s great to hear that you can actually reach this place by public transport! Travelling locally is rather impossible in tiny Tromso if you don’t have a car and renting one is incredibly expensive! Btw, your link on the link-up seems to be broken – or is it just me? Anyway, gorgeous pictures as always!

  6. first of all your photos are stunning! I LOVE the pic of the little fox and that juicy looking pomegranate! second, I am a HUGE believer in the fact that adventure is everywhere, even right in our back yard if we have the spirit to find it. I try as much as possible when ever I’m living some where new to make sure I don’t by pass places to eat, or things to do just because they’re “always there”.

  7. I agree with you! I believe you do not have to travel far or spend a lot of money to have a great adventure. Chile may be thin but it is really long. I am sure it contains a lifetimes full of adventures. Like you are exploring all around the capital.

  8. That pomegranate looks super yummy! 🙂

    I loved seeing your beautiful images of the mountains and trees along your hike. I also loved that you stayed local. Only recently have I been venturing out trying to find beautiful hikes and locations near me. Although we don’t have quite the contrast in scenery (snow vs. autumn leaves) near where I am; the ground is too flat. Still, it’s always surprising what beauty you can find locally if you just look for it! 🙂

  9. I really love some of the dramatic ways you use lines and angles in your photography. The skyline picture was especially enchanting until I found out it was smog, not fog… lol!!!

  10. Marcella,

    I have some questions about the place. It’s necessary to wear hiking boots?

    which’s the time you consider appropriate to enjoy this place?

    and also, I love your post!


    • Diana! You should definitely go when you come 🙂
      You don’t need hiking boots. I did it in boots but it’s a pretty flat walk, it’s only at the beginning where you walk up hill so I think trainers would be ok (sneakers).
      We did the walk in around 2 and a half hours, which was the walk that says ‘5 hours’ on the website but I think the over estimate, ha! There is also a longer walk where you get to see a big waterfall, but if you want to do that one then you have to arrive at the place before 9.30am. I want to do that one next time!! 🙂 Let me know if you have any more questions!

      • I’m definitely thinking about go there! I will talk to my boyfriend this afternoon! 🙂
        I loved the idea of the waterfall, i will try to get up early one day, because on vacation is a little difficult… lol!!

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