Red Hot Chile — Hiking the Atacama Desert

Hike leader and world traveler Ian Lewis will make an audio-visual presentation entitled “Red Hot Chile — Hiking the Atacama Desert" to the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) on Wednesday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m., at The Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport, ( Doors open, wine, appetizers, pasta, salad and desserts at 6.30 p.m., followed by 7:30 presentation. AMC members and non-members are welcome to attend.

Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Participants are asked to bring along a dessert to share if they can. No reservations. Pay at door only.

For more information and directions go to or email Eleanor Sasso at

Wilton based Ian Lewis will share experiences and photographs from his recent hiking trip to Chile's Atacama Desert and to Bolivia. The Atacama Desert, in northern Chile, is one of the driest places on earth, sandwiched between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, with stunning, surreal, colorful scenery from salt and a wealth of minerals. In addition, Ian's presentation will include flamingos fishing in a lake at 14,000 ft., guanacos, vicunas, geysers, hot springs, pre-Inca ruins, and the Licancabur volcano, rising higher than Kilimanjaro.

Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club is America’s oldest conservation and recreation organization. With more than 100,000 members, advocates, and supporters in the Northeast and beyond, the nonprofit AMC promotes the protection, enjoyment, and stewardship of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region. The AMC supports natural resource conservation while encouraging responsible recreation, based on the philosophy that successful, long-term conservation depends upon first-hand enjoyment of the natural environment.