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Andes Confidential: Happy New Year from San Alfonso, Chile
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Andes Confidential: Happy New Year from San Alfonso, Chile

In this episode: Our favorite places of 2023 and where we plan to go next year (recorded 12/30/23 in Santiago, Chile).
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Hola from the Andes mountains. We're in San Alfonso, Chile, at a place called Cascada de Las Ánimas, or Waterfall of the Spirits.

What a great place to end 2023.

All of which brings me to this week’s question: What was your favorite destination of the year? And where are you going next year? (You can answer both for bonus points!) As always, we’ll read your comments in our next podcast.

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To get to the waterfalls from Santiago, you have to drive about two hours south and into the Andes. It looks a little bit like Northern California, but the mountains remind you of South Africa.

Aren and I love fresh fruit, so we were happy to discover a medlar tree along the river.

Medlar is delicious. It's sweet but also tart. We spent a few minutes peeling and eating medlar. It was one of the highlights of our adventure.

The Maipo River is unlike anything I’ve seen. It’s a fast-moving current that looks like chocolate milk. As I mentioned in the podcast, people go whitewater rafting on it, and the brochures promise a “wall of water.”

No thanks! I prefer a nice hike up to the falls.

Please don’t forget this week’s questions: What was your favorite destination of the year? And where are you going next year?

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Happy New Year!

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