Saving Chile’s Rivers

Over the past decade-plus, the only environmental issue to rival forest preservation has been Chile’s wild rivers. The struggle over water rights and development will likely continue well into the future.

Monumento Natural El Morado

Beyond San Gabriel, where the Río Yeso joins the Maipo and the paved road ends, it’s 23 kilometers farther to one of the canyon’s finest excursions, a taste of the high Andes at Monumento Natural El Morado.

Environmental Issues in Chile

Chile faces a multitude of environmental issues, both urban and rural. Wayne Bernhardson discusses challenges including air, water, and noise pollution, garbage disposal, wildland conservation, and soil degradation.

Parque Nacional La Campana near Viña del Mar

Noteworthy for a network of integrated hiking trails that cross ridges and scale summits with spectacular views from the Pacific to the summit of Aconcagua (across the border in Argentina), Parque Nacional La Campana is also a historic site.

Visiting San Juan Bautista on Isla Robinson Crusoe

On Robinson Crusoe’s well-watered north shore, at the foot of the precipitous Cordón Chifladores, San Juan Bautista sits on a narrow wave-cut terrace facing the sheltered Bahía Cumberland. Here’s how to get there, what to see, and where to stay.

The Ascensores of Valparaíso

Nothing else distinguishes Valparaíso so much as its hillside ascensores. The funiculars which date from the late 19th century were once 33 in number but are now down to 14 or so with only half a dozen functional.

The Geography and History of the Juan Fernández Archipelago

The real-life Crusoe was Alexander Selkirk, a Scotsman marooned more than four years on a tiny but mountainous island several hundred kilometers off the South American coast. In what is now almost entirely national park land, visitors to what is now called Isla Robinson Crusoe, can hike to Selkirk’s lookout through forests of rare endemic plant species and observe endangered fur seal colonies in local launches.