Photo Friday: Alerce Trees of Cochamo Valley

by | Apr 28, 2017

The Alerce Tree, or Patagonian Cypress. Some have been dated to as much as 4,000 years old, and get up to 45 meters tall. They’re very similar to Redwoods. I literally “bellied up” to this one along the trail to the Arco Iris viewpoint in the Cochamo Valley south of Puerto Varas, Chile. Cochamo has been called the “Yosemite of Chile” (naturally Chileans call Yosemite “Cochamo of the United States,” and is a climbing haven especially in January and February.

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Born a New Yorker and raised a New Englander, I always dreamed of going west after college in search of adventure and the outdoors. I found it in my new home in Juneau, Alaska during a year-long volunteer program after graduation. A year came and went, but I wasn't ready to leave the great white north. Four years later and still in Juneau, I decided to take another leap of faith and start Landscapes on the Run: Sustainable Adventure Travel.

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