South America

The highest waterfalls, the highest peaks, the deepest lakes, the most impenetrable jungle… the natural wonders of South America compete in excess. Many of these places are difficult to access because they owe their preserved beauty to the mountains and forests that protect them. But this is part of their attraction: at the edge of a waterfall or in the heart of a wet jungle, everyone can find their way in this lost world…Discover the countries I have visited:
The Atacama Desert: See Life in Pink (Flamingo)

The Atacama Desert: See Life in Pink (Flamingo)

The Atacama Desert in northern Chile reveals astonishing landscapes at the feet of the Andes Mountains. The Salar de Atacama is about 34 miles south of San Pedro de Atacama. This salt flat covers an area of 1,200 square miles and is roughly 62 miles long and 50 miles...
The Atacama Desert, welcome to Mars !

The Atacama Desert, welcome to Mars !

Lunar landscapes, snow-topped volcanoes, vast salt lakes, bubbling geysers: the landscape of the Atacama is breathtaking. The Atacama Desert lies in the northernmost part of Chile. The region is sometimes called “El Norte Grande” and extends from the...
Easter Island, « The Mysterious Island »

Easter Island, « The Mysterious Island »

Like the island described in Jules Verne’s, “The Mysterious Island”, Rapa Nui or Easter Island, lost in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, holds many archaeological and cultural treasures. Indeed, Easter Island could have been an integral part of...
Easter Island, Mysterious Rapa Nui

Easter Island, Mysterious Rapa Nui

Isolated in the middle of the southeastern Pacific Ocean nearly 2,340 miles from Santiago de Chile, 2,646 miles from Tahiti, 4,650 miles from Honolulu, and 4,245 miles from Los Angeles, Easter Island is one of the world’s most isolated spots. It is about 15,3 miles...
Los Lagos Region or Araucania, a Mythical Land

Los Lagos Region or Araucania, a Mythical Land

The Los Lagos Region or the Araucania in southern Chile is located 435 miles from Santiago and stretches between the cities of Temuco and Puerto Montt. It is a popular holiday destination for Chileans. The mildness of its climate and the beauty of the landscape...
Chiloé, Patagonia seen from the Sea

Chiloé, Patagonia seen from the Sea

The Chiloé archipelago, in southwestern Chile, consists of 40 small islands, 36 of which are inhabited, and lies off the coast of the Los Lagos Region. The main island, Isla Grande Chiloé, is as big as Corsica and separated from the mainland by the Chacao Strait. It...
Torres del Paine, 50 shades of blue

Torres del Paine, 50 shades of blue

The Aymara people gave this narrow strip of land squeezed between the Andes to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the west the name “Chile”, meaning “the land lost in the sea”. Full of unusual places, surprises, and contrasts it stretches over...
The Ice Age: Drift of Frostwork Beauties

The Ice Age: Drift of Frostwork Beauties

Complete change of scenery… we are in El Calafate, the capital of the province of Santa Cruz and the gateway to majestic glaciers. The town is named for the little indigenous Calafate bush (Berberis buxifolia) with yellow flowers and dark blue berries common in...
Tierra del Fuego

Tierra del Fuego

Tierra del Fuego… an odd name for a region located at the southernmost tip of South America across the Strait of Magellan where the average annual temperature is 40 °F and the Summer high never over 63 °F… ¡Mira vos! Tierra del Fuego was the name given the...
Journey to the End of the World

Journey to the End of the World

Patagonia is located at the southern tip of the American continent and shared between Chile in the West and Argentina in the East. Carved by centuries of geological movement, Patagonia is about 440,362 square miles in size and divided into five provinces, Neuquén, Rio...
The New World

The New World

Mmmmmmm … (etc) / In noreni per ipe / in noreni Cora / tira mine per ito / ne domina, with the music of Vangelis in mind I step into the New World ! Here I am in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus, on my way to The Conquest of Paradise. But am I already...
I dreamed of another world…

I dreamed of another world…

A last glance at the Laguna Colorada in the early morning: this shallow salty lake has regained its serenity and lost its intense red color, but still offers striking reflections. We head toward the desert of Siloli in Southwestern Bolivia, a desert dominated by...
Across the border

Across the border

“Should we cross the border / Going Beyond / Without missteps / Discover what is behind…” (Donoré – Passer la Frontière). Let’s cross the border and discover the Bolivian Altiplano, seemingly “the region” to discover. The Altiplano or high plain is...
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