Back in 2010 a taxi driver in Santiago, Chile asked us if we had already been to the mountains and we said no. He offered us a tour in the middle of summer and we though “no way”. He then said we wouldn’t see snow but it was definitely worth the visit.
Two years later we were back in Santiago, again at summertime, and that day trip came to mind.
We said: why not? Let’s give it a try. We told Isabella she wouldn’t see snow. It’s always important prepare your child because otherwise, things can get ugly.
So one early morning we rented a car and went up to Valle Nevado.
You can’t get lost. You just to take Presidente Kennedy Avenue that turns into Las Condes Avenue and go straight ahead. And then, just follow the signs.
And up we went!
The trip is on a very simple road. The first half, well preserved. The second half not as much.
You will go through 40 turns up to Farellones and 60 to get to Valle Nevado. Altitude goes up and up, as well as the beauty of the whole scenery.
We stopped at several Miradores (view points) to enjoy the view!
Can you see snow? Yes, way up, very far from us. But it was enough to make Isabella very excited 🙂
When you pass Farellones the scenery changes: straight roads, downhills and a beautiful rocky landscape.
And then we reached Valle Nevado at 3,000 meters high, about 10,000 feet.
The resort is almost empty and of course, there is not much to do and you won’t stay long.
We had a snack at Hotel Puerta del Sol – hot chocolate, Barros Luco sandwich and cheese empanadas. Yummy!
One important detail if you are going with children: Isabella din’t feel well because of the high altitude. She was nauseous and with a headache. We gave her a medicine but as soon as we started going down, she felt better.
Is it a good half day trip? Very! But again, not if you are planning on seeing snow.
The bottom line is that it’s not the final destination that matters, it’s the roadtrip itself, where you will experience a very dramatic landscape and feel like the mountains are willing to hug you!