A bunch of folks at the winery, including me and Meghan, had the day off on Tuesday. It’s a holiday in Chile. The upside is that you get a day off work, the downside is that 99% of the population has the same day off work so all stores, shops, restaurants, etc. are closed. Fortunately the buses were still running and with the help of our friend Patricia, we decided to make an adventure out of it.
The first plan was to visit the thermal pools at 7 Tazas Park near Talca. Unfortunately, after Patricia did some research, we found out that this would be an impossible single day feat. So instead we set our sights on the hot springs outside of Rancagua. An early morning huge bus, short taxi transfer, and smaller bus ride later we learned that these hot springs were (like everything else) closed for the day. The good news is that we ended up in a beautiful park outside the city in the foothills of the Andes where a lot of people were gathering for the holiday. After asking around, we decided to take a hike to top of the park’s highest hill. After a short, steep 15 minutes we had to stop and ask for directions. If there’s ever a case for stopping and asking for directions – this is it. The brief conversation lead to us renting horses to haul our sleep depraved butts up to the top of the “mountain.” The horses weren’t really necessary, but they made for a really good time. I don’t know if the photos do it justice, but I hope my horse got paid extra, he was dripping sweat by the end of our time together.
We spent the rest of the day in the park relaxing, meeting people and watching a rodeo. In the end it was a day off work well spent and a memory that I’ll never forget.