I’ve mentioned in the past that one of my small joys in the evenings is to watch hikers descend the mountains over Santiago. Each night, at sunset, the headlamps illuminate the summit and begin filing down the mountain trails at dark.
We joined up with another family to make the hike ourselves last weekend. We assembled about 7pm at the parking lot, and we reached the summit of Cerro Manquehuito just before sunset. The setting sun (and the haze of smog) made for a beautiful city landscape. As the sun dropped behind the mountain, streetlights and home lights started flickering on.
We hiked down the mountain with our headlamps, a hike which also involved some sliding on steep slopes and a couple of moments of uncertainty. The biggest surprise, a tarantula (we believe). The first we’ve seen in Santiago.