- Long and narrow, Chile stretches 2880 mi (4630 km) from North to South but its widest point is only 265 mi (430 km).
- The Andes mountain range extends the entire length of Eastern Chile.
- The second highest point in South America, Ojos del Salado is found here, in the Northern region of Chile.
- the arid North with the Atacama Desert. (This will be the end of our Chilean trip - likely in late December/early January.)
- the fertile Central area, which is the population and economic heart of the nation - around Santiago.
- the cold and humid South, with a landscape of lakes, roaring waterfalls, and fuming volcanoes capped with snow. (This is where we have recently entered and will be through November.)
Closest I have ever been to standing up on a surf board! And a quintessential image of coastal Chile - horses and beaches.
Markets where we try to buy our fruits and vegetables. These are in every town and city. Much easier than buying in the supermarkets, where we have been challenged by all the rules we are slowly figuring out the hard way - by getting in trouble at the cash register! Apparently you have to get your fruits and vegetables weighed by a person in that section of the store, get a ticket on each bag, and THEN you can bring it to the cash register. Those people are not always clearly available, but the cashier still does NOT like it if you try to bring her produce without the proper stickers! The farmers markets are much easier!
|Every night's sleeping environment is different. Tucked away behind trees on a hill in the farmlands, behind gas stations, in an orchard, camp grounds in little mountain towns, and maybe a little poaching along a river...|
|2 Santiago Level 1 seminars down, in a week's time! Thanks to Ernesto and CrossFit 1810 for being such a great host and big thanks to Pablo, Fernando, Nuno and Adriana for being such a great team!|
|Pomaire, Chile - a little Chilean village outside Santiago, surrounded by hills composed of the clay the locals use to create a thriving pottery industry in the community.|