Due to an unfortunate turn of events, we weren’t able to hike the longest route at Aguas de Ramon this past Saturday. Well, not really an ‘unfortunate turn of events’; we arrived at the park too late – if you want to hike the 7 hour long route, you have to start before 10am, so they didn’t allow us to do the long route when we pitched up after 11am. Seeing that we had already hiked the shorter 3hour route a few weeks ago, Dirk and I decided to explore the famous Parque Bicentenario.
I have to say, I was relieved that we didn’t hike up a mountain; the sun was very hot that day (not a cloud in sight) and after celebrating Chile’s 2-0 soccer win over England at Flannery’s (the Irish pub where expats hang out in Santiago) the previous night, we weren’t in top physical shape.
Parque Bicentenario a fairly new park in the wealthy Vitacura neighbourhood. We entered the park from the side where the Mestizo restaurant sits looking out over the park.
Unusual swans with black necks glides around on the water. Later I found out these birds are called Cisnes in Spanish and are the largest waterfowl native to South America. The birds have a red growth on top of their beaks making them appear like an ugly stepsister of the elegant white swans I’ve seen before in other countries.
There are fantastic playground for kids and exercise equipment throughout the park.