Star-Bulletin Features

Thursday, September 13, 2001

Pamela Young explores the dramatic vistas of the Andes.

Chile provides mixed plate
for adventurous travelers

"Mixed Plate in Chile: The Challenge" with Pamela Young, airs at 7 tonight on KITV/ABC

By Tim Ryan

In the emerging niche of adventure travel, there may be no better place on Earth to visit than Chile, that long, skinny country on the west coast of South America.

Chile has some of the world's highest mountains, driest deserts and most spectacular scenery.

Leave it to inveterate traveler -- and KITV news anchor -- Pamela Young to travel the 10,000-plus miles to this isolated land, then translate its mystery so invitingly that I suspect many viewers will move Chile to the top of their list of possible dream vacations.

Young takes us to rugged and chilly Patagonia, where she hikes in the Andes, the world's largest mountain range. It is a place of stunning spires of solid rock and, in this summer journey, spectacular avalanches.

She also treks to the golden sands of the rugged Atacama deserts, the driest in the world, where thanks to videographer Stuart Ishikawa's splendid photography, there seems to be no place on Earth with more beautiful sunsets.

Along the way, Young spends time with locals in their homes, at barbecues and fiestas, and even takes a solo dip in the spring of a desert oasis that looks like a movie set.

Chile, as Young and Ishikawa prove, is a land to be enjoyed physically and spiritually, and not from some five-star hotel.

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