Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Saltos de Apoquindo, a Santiago hike for the public-transit minded

Sometimes you will invite people over to dinner, and during the course of the meal, you will unroll a giant, unweildy map you have on the country, and this will happen.

This was how it all started

And then, when you're least expecting it, someone will call you on the phone, and say, hey, let's go up to the mountains for the weekend.

And you will take the metro, getting off at the new Los Dominicos stop.

metro station Los Dominicos

And find these silly boys with their arrow signs and follow those, as if you hadn't guessed that the connecting bus was upstairs, and would have wandered around for the rest of your life in the new metro station, or at least until it closed and they kicked you out.

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And then for good measure you could follow the signs on the street, in case you'd gotten confused between the arrows and outside.

take one of these buses

And then you would get off the bus here, at San Carlos de Apoquindo



And then you would walk, up and away from the city

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first slowly, in the sun, then more quickly as time moved forward and you saw this behind you

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And this ahead:

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Until it was so dark and you couldn't see anything at all, except the glow of the city in the background, the snacks you ate for dinner and a sole candle burning in a tuna can in the firepit because we were all too lazy to even think about building a fire.

Like I did, you'll have to wait to see the flora. But oh! was there flora.
Plants come tomorrow. They always do.

Here's a preview, of wild asters, in three stages.

Vivid (the actual salto, or waterfall in the background)

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Fading

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Ready to be reborn (my favorite, brought to you by manual focus, thorns in my knee and a whole lot of patience).

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7 comments:

Still Life in Southeast Asia said...

Very beautiful. One of my favorite moments in life is waking up and having a hot coffee after having camped for the night.

I love these photos.

Kyle Hepp said...

Ooooh, so purdy. And I didn't even know that Los Dominicos stop was open already. That was fast.

Candice said...

Random excursions rock, and those are some damned gorgeous photos.

colin said...

hey,
what hike is this? saltos de apoquindo? you have any info on it? I live in Stgo and also think wandering up mountains is a good use of time and one's close are always desirable. if you can be bothered, email me cmmullins1s@yahoo.com
cheers

Richard said...

I am such a sucker for colour - those red flowers in front of the waterfall are spectacular.

Margaret said...

Beautiful shots Eileen!

Eileen said...

Hey thanks, and in order:

Still life: yes, coffee is a must, though I was kind of missing my espresso. Had to be drip. Even I'm not that much of a prima donna. Forgot to ask you about the coffee situation in Bangkok. Very important!

Kyle: I know, I was so surprised! It is a very.long.way from each of the stops after Escuela Militar, and the train really picks up momentum. Like out of a horror movie.

Candice, it's a beautiful place, and I love that every time you go anywhere in Chile it's different, depending on what's blooming. Many options for thorns in knees and ad-hoc yoga poses. Fabulous!

Colin, yes, saltos de apoquindo. Take the metro and bus to San Carlos de Apoquindo, but from there you'd have to ask, because I am really bad at remembering directions. You can also get to El Naranjo and Provincia from there. Have done the former, not the latter. I will email you all the same.

Richard, I am looking forward to seeing the colours (as you'd say) from your recent trip. My walk in the woods is just that, a walk in the woods in comparison to your recent trip!

Margaret, thanks! It's all in the (non-moving) subjects' hands. Or petals, as the case may be.