We got lost as usual trying to find El Morado. It seems our sense of direction and sign following (if there are signs) in Chile needs some work. It’s not uncommon for our early jumpstart on the morning to be foiled by a wrong turn, bad GPS directions, or a bad decision.
We made reservations to visit El Morado, but we never found the gate. Once we were in the remote areas without cell service, we had no option to reset our destination in the phone-powered GPS. Instead, we just kind of drove around the mountains and riverbeds until we found one road that ended because of a snow blockage. We felt we may be near something interesting, and our son was antsy and wanted to explore.
We parked the car at the end of the road and climbed to a vista to look over snow caped peaks in several directions. We’re 80% sure that we inadvertently witnessed the El Morado Natural Monument that we had intended to visit, though we viewed it from the side or backside, and not from the normal place where visitors go. Whether it was or it wasn’t, we’re glad to have scrambled up the snow-covered mountainside to take in the view.