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Chillin' in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Apr 23, 2015
by Nicolas Switalski  
There comes a time in life we start to value certain things that once were just overlooked. We get used to some ideas that have been taught to us through generations and we take for granted the fact that these are what a normal human being needs or wants in life, but seldom do we, or sadly, fewer people stop and analyse what we all really want and what really makes us happy, in a way, and I'm going on a long shot to say this, but, we are tricked into believing what model of life is the one that makes us successful.

I like to tell myself or lie to myself that I'm a true mountain biker and that this simple fact leaves me and everyone of you that believe this, whether my ideas are similar to yours or not, that I do not represent that large statistic inside which people accept everything without questioning what they see or hear. We as true mountain bikers, as true human beings that are willing to step aside the square and seek the essence of what we imagine mountain biking really is, are the ones who value what places like the ones in these images truly represent. Stop reading right now if I'm going too far and this sounds like a communist manifest, but as far as I know and as much as I've been mountain biking, this sport, this way of life is all about freedom, the idea and the feeling of being free, of sitting in the middle of nowhere and having that feeling that this is a big part of what we need to make us happy, of travelling to a foreign country far beyond our comfort zone and to seek, seek despite the fear of not finding anything, though always reminding ourselves that every fresh idea, or every new sight has something to teach us, thus reminding us again that every trip has something to teach us, we just have to open our eyes and mind and we will find it.

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

I find it funny how sometimes things just set into place by their own and the work out perfectly. The previous Chile story Chillin' in Chile Part One - A Day in Nevados Bikepark was centred on the Nevados de Chillan Bikepark, and since chronologically this is true to how this trip really happened, I like to tell myself that all of us who live in a big city and use mountain biking as a excuse to get away from the cobwebs and monsters that these big and noisy places we live in make us carry, these cities leave us wound up and at a different pace to which the mountains we travel to, and sad but true, we always need a few moments to let go of this tension and this noise we carry inside us. My way of seeing it in less words is that we arrived wound up, and Nevados de Chillan Bike Park was the perfect medicine to step out of our city shells and into the mountain, unwinding ourselves before being able to enjoy the mountains' true singletracks or the simplest and purest form of what mountain biking represents to me.
Nevados de Chillan has become quite known over the past years, and the Bike Park as awesome as it is, for me it's just the tip of possibilities that mountain biking in this place has to offer. This edit is centred on the trails that surround and or start around this little town called "Las Trancas" which is no more than 10 minutes away from the big Nevados Ski Resort and you can find anything you need here to have a great vacation.

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La
Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Everything starts with a image, an idea. We’re all coming from the same place, returning and finishing right back were we started. Filling empty spaces we're surrounded from and bringing home memories and the substance that makes something unique. Chile is a wonderful country full of amazing places and cultures, a perfect place to have a good time. It will never stop surprising me with its colours and scenery. I hope this story brings good memories to the ones who've been there and for those who haven't hope you get to go someday soon!

Chillin in Chile Part Two - The Road to Shangri-La

Chillin' in Chile Part One - A Day in Nevados Bikepark


MENTIONS: @nswitalski




4 Comments

  • + 2
 Excellent article with excellent pictures and very clever editing. As always, your pictures make me want to pack my bike and travel right away. Keep on with the good work.
  • + 2
 Gracias Santiago! Saludos!
  • + 1
 Nice shooting Nico!!!
  • + 1
 Gracias!

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