This was my first serious hike for a year and a half. The last one had also been here, when I'd tried to hike up to Glaciar San Francisco with Suzanna and Ryan. We'd started too late and the trail had already closed for the day by the time we got to the start. With Dave and Andrew I set off for another go, and we made it well before closing time.
The hike started quite steeply but after an hour or so it flattened out. It's a popular trail but it wasn't too busy today. The higher you go up the CajÃ³n del Maipo the more awesome the scenery gets, and the Monumento Natural El Morado is pretty high up, only a few miles from the 6,000m peaks at the very top of the valley.
But we didn't make it all the way to the glacier in the end. We were almost there when the sole of one of Andrew's shoes suddenly came apart, which put paid to any further ascending and made the trip back down a bit more difficult than it should have been. It must have been very uncomfortable for him, and the slap-slap-slap sound of the flapping sole got a bit tiring for Dave and I after a while too.