Hidden Gem


A cursory glance over a map of southern Chile reveals an eon of tectonic violence where the Pacific meets the Andes. Over 5,000 islands and as many peaks, valleys and fjords condense in a beguiling labyrinth that beckons as much as it forbids. Oddly, its’ a place where mountains can be explored by sail, but if you’re willing to pull on your armchair hiking boots you can step into its’ puma stalked 4,000 year old primeval forests right now:

‘Hidden Gem’ is my latest muddy hill climb into the mountains of travel journalism… and also an article in this month’s issue of TravelTalk Magazine that explores the Cochamó Valley, Chile’s unsung answer to Yosemite National Park. Read it online here or download the PDF, and be sure to check out Conservación Cochamó, an inspiring non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving the valley’s natural and cultural heritage while promoting sustainable tourism.

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