Parque Tricahue

South of Santiago three hours on Ruta 5 highway is Talca, a medium-sized city of about 250,000 people.  From there it's an hour and a half bus ride east (towards the mountains) to get to Armerillo, small town and home of Parque Tricahue, where two friends and I spent a long weekend hiking, eating peanut butter, and somewhat-successfully building fires in our cabin's stove. 

 Looking up towards La Campana, a hiking route that led us to the highest point in this photo (that looks kinda like a lumpy flat head) // 3 may 2015

Looking up towards La Campana, a hiking route that led us to the highest point in this photo (that looks kinda like a lumpy flat head) // 3 may 2015

 Trio of flowers by the riverbed // 3 may 2015

Trio of flowers by the riverbed // 3 may 2015

 El fosforito, the small in-home family restaurant where we ate dinner

El fosforito, the small in-home family restaurant where we ate dinner

 exploring the riverbed

exploring the riverbed

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 Clara and one of the cabin-hostel's cats // 3 may 2015

Clara and one of the cabin-hostel's cats // 3 may 2015

 the unpaved road outside our hostel // 2 may 2015

the unpaved road outside our hostel // 2 may 2015

 train yard in Talca // 4 may 2015

train yard in Talca // 4 may 2015

We took the train back to Santiago.  It was a decent ride, cheaper than the bus, and was reasonably comfortable.  Eating Frac (cookies) and peanut butter added to the ambiance.