Category Archives: SOUTH AMERICA

Bolivia

When I first saw photos of the Salar de Uyuni salt flats, I knew that I had to go there.  The pure, desolate landscape was unlike anything I had seen, or knew existed.  The rumbling trip through the endless white desert did not disappoint.  After over 1000km covered in 3 days by 4×4, I had seen everything from hexagon salt flats to a 900 year old cactus; from volcanic rock formations to hundreds of flamingoes in various coloured lagoons.  The journey was rough, but well worth it, and a real reflection of my experience in Bolivia as there were many highs and lows throughout my trip. Threats of riots along with bumpy “roads” and crappy “toilets” as well as a severe lack of good food really tested my sprit at times.  But despite this there were beautiful moments caught in between the modernity of everyday life and the traditional ways of the indigenous people.  Mountain biking down the Death Road amongst lush greenery and waterfalls; hiking through the quiet town of Sorata nestled in the hills; discovering a farm run by an Irish nun on a mountaintop;  and one of the more surprising experiences: ending up in a yoga class with Hare Krishna devotees.  I love some of the shots I took – because they remind me of one thing about Bolivia: expect the unexpected.

"Crossing Over", Bolivia straight

“Crossing Over”, Bolivia straight

Valley of the Moon, La Paz

Valley of the Moon, La Paz

"Craters", Valley of the Moon, La Paz

“Craters”, Valley of the Moon, La Paz

"Freedom of Expression", La Paz

“Freedom of Expression”, La Paz

"Layers", Witches' Market, La Paz

“Layers”, Witches’ Market, La Paz

"Sense of Spell", Witches' Market, La Paz

“Sense of Spell”, Witches’ Market, La Paz

"Lucky", Llama Fetus', Witches' Market, La Paz

“Lucky”, Llama Fetus’, Witches’ Market, La Paz

"Message in a Bottle", Witches' Market, La Paz

“Message in a Bottle”, Witches’ Market, La Paz

"Sullen Sullus", Witches' Market, La Paz

“Sullen Sullus”, Witches’ Market, La Paz

"Connect", La Paz

“Connect”, La Paz

Train Graveyard, Salar de Uyuni

Train Graveyard, Salar de Uyuni

"A Window In Time", Salar de Uyuni

“A Window In Time”, Salar de Uyuni

"Where They Go To Die", Salar de Uyuni

“Where They Go To Die”, Salar de Uyuni

Salt Flats, Salar de Uyuni

Salt Flats, Salar de Uyuni

Isla Incahuasi, Salar de Uyuni

Isla Incahuasi, Salar de Uyuni

"Bitchin" female cacti, Incahuasi, Salar de Uyuni

“Bitchin” – female cacti, Incahuasi, Salar de Uyuni

"Bitchin'", female cacti, Salar de Uyuni

"Porthole", Isla Incahuasi, Salar de Uyuni

“Porthole”, Isla Incahuasi, Salar de Uyuni

"Five Sides", Salar de Uyuni

“Five Sides”, Salar de Uyuni

"Twisted Horizon", Salar de Uyuni

“Twisted Horizon”, Salar de Uyuni

"Fresh Start", Salar de Uyuni

“Fresh Start”, Salar de Uyuni

"The Road to Chile", Salar de Uyuni

“The Road to Chile”, Salar de Uyuni

Volcán Ollagüe, Salar de Uyuni

Volcán Ollagüe, Salar de Uyuni

Jame's Flamingoes, Canapa Lagoon, Salar de Uyuni

Jame’s Flamingoes, Canapa Lagoon, Salar de Uyuni

"Elegance", Canapa Lagoon, Salar de Uyuni

“Elegance”, Canapa Lagoon, Salar de Uyuni

Canapa Lagoon, Salar de Uyuni

Canapa Lagoon, Salar de Uyuni

Laguna Hedionda, Salar de Uyuni

Laguna Hedionda, Salar de Uyuni

"Splurge", Laguna Hedionda, Salar de Uyuni

“Splurge”, Laguna Hedionda, Salar de Uyuni

"Shimmer", Laguna Hedionda, Salar de Uyuni

“Shimmer”, Laguna Hedionda, Salar de Uyuni

"Rock Tree", Silolo Desert, Salar de Uyuni

“Rock Tree”, Silolo Desert, Salar de Uyuni

"Points", Silolo Desert, Salar de Uyuni

“Points”, Silolo Desert, Salar de Uyuni

Laguna Colorada, Reserva Nacional, Salar de Uyuni

Laguna Colorada, Reserva Nacional, Salar de Uyuni

Laguna Colorada, Reserva Nacional, Salar de Uyuni

"Sprinkles", Red Lagoon, Salar de Uyuni

“Sprinkles”, Red Lagoon, Salar de Uyuni

"Second Chance", La Senda Verde Animal Refuge, Coroico

“Second Chance”, La Senda Verde Animal Refuge, Coroico

"Water Dance", Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

“Water Dance”, Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

"Bathing Ceremony", Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

“Bathing Ceremony”, Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

"Devotion", Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

“Devotion”, Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

"Radha's Birthday", Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

“Radha’s Birthday”, Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

"Inner Glow", Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

“Inner Glow”, Krishna Farm, Carmen Pampa

Coroico

Coroico

"Top Score", Coroico

“Top Score”, Coroico

"Growth", Coroico

“Growth”, Coroico

"Picked", Coroico

“Picked”, Coroico

"Daily" - Coroico

“Daily” – Coroico

"Settled In" - Coroico

“Settled In” – Coroico

Sorata

Sorata

Plaza Murillo , La Paz

Plaza Murillo , La Paz

"Settled In", Coroico

Peru

I had dreamt of trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for some time now.  Hiking in the footsteps of the Incas to the mysterious city hidden in the clouds sounded like a fascinating and challenging experience.  While there were many memorable moments from my trip to Peru: learning about the exotic biodiversity of the Amazon; strolling through the charming city of Cuzco; swimming in the freezing waters of Lake Titicaca – the highlight of the trip was still Machu Picchu.  From our amazing team of porters and chefs, to listening to ghost stories and playing endless rounds of cards; conquering rocky Inca steps to nearly being run over by a llama – the whole experience is now embodied in that classic shot of Machu Picchu.

Cathedral in Plaza de Armas, Lima

Cathedral in Plaza de Armas, Lima

Cathedral in Plaza de Armas, Lima

Cathedral in Plaza de Armas, Lima

Changing of the guards at Palacio de Gobierno, Lima

Changing of the guards at Palacio de Gobierno, Lima

Riot cop outside Palacio de Gobierno, Lima

Riot cop outside Palacio de Gobierno, Lima

Beef Hearts, Lima, Peru

Beef Hearts, Lima, Peru

Parque del Amor, Miraflores, Lima

Parque del Amor, Miraflores, Lima

view from Miraflores, Lima

view from Miraflores, Lima

Rio Tambopata, Amazon

Rio Tambopata, Amazon

Rio Tambopata, Amazon

Rio Tambopata, Amazon

Hoatzin or "stinky bird", Rio Tambopata, Amazon

Hoatzin or “stinky bird”, Rio Tambopata, Amazon

Saddleback monkey, Amazon

Saddleback monkey, Amazon

Capo tree, Amazon

Capo tree, Amazon

Guinea pig, Cuzco, Peru

Guinea pig, Cuzco, Peru

Cuzco

Cuzco

Plaza de Armas, Cuzco

Plaza de Armas, Cuzco

"Big Bad Wolf", Cuzco

“Big Bad Wolf”, Cuzco

Plaza de Armas, Cuzco

Plaza de Armas, Cuzco

"Sacred Spinning", Chinchero, Sacred Valley of the Incas

“Sacred Spinning”, Chinchero, Sacred Valley of the Incas

"These Hands", Chinchero, Sacred Valley of the Incas

“These Hands”, Chinchero, Sacred Valley of the Incas

"The Skin I'm In", Chinchero, Sacred Valley of the Incas

“The Skin I’m In”, Chinchero, Sacred Valley of the Incas

Corn beer, Chinchero, Peru

Corn beer, Chinchero, Peru

Stone oven pizza, Ollantaytambo, Peru

Stone oven pizza, Ollantaytambo, Peru

"Night rider", Ollantaytambo, Sacred Land of the Incas

“Night rider”, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Land of the Incas

Ayapata to Dead Woman's Pass, Inca Trail

Ayapata to Dead Woman’s Pass, Inca Trail

Ayapata to Dead Woman's Pass, Inca Trail

Ayapata to Dead Woman’s Pass, Inca Trail

Ayapata to Dead Woman's Pass, Inca Trail

Ayapata to Dead Woman’s Pass, Inca Trail

Inca Trail Food by Chef Alex, Peru

Inca Trail Food by Chef Alex, Peru

"Stories", Sayaqmarka, Inca Trail

“Stories”, Sayaqmarka, Inca Trail

"Spirits", Inca Trail

“Spirits”, Inca Trail

Sacred river of Urubamba, Inca Trail

Sacred river of Urubamba, Inca Trail

"Llama views", Inca Trail

“Llama views”, Inca Trail

Intipata "agricultural site", Inca Trail

Intipata “agricultural site”, Inca Trail

Last night on the Inca Trail

Last night on the Inca Trail

Cake on the Inca Trail, Peru

Cake on the Inca Trail, Peru

Sayaqmarka, Inca Trail

Sayaqmarka, Inca Trail

"Parting", Sayaqmarka, Inca Trail

“Parting”, Sayaqmarka, Inca Trail

"Classic shot", Machu Picchu

“Classic shot”, Machu Picchu

"Crumbled in the Clouds", Machu Picchu

“Crumbled in the Clouds”, Machu Picchu

Temple of the Seven Rainbows, Machu Picchu

Temple of the Seven Rainbows, Machu Picchu

East agricultural sector, Machu Picchu

East agricultural sector, Machu Picchu

"Pastel Puma", Cuzco

“Pastel Puma”, Cuzco

"Green with Envy", Cathedral, Cuzco

“Green with Envy”, Cathedral, Cuzco

"A New Day", Cathedral, Cuzco

“A New Day”, Cathedral, Cuzco

Jesus Maria church, Cuzco

Jesus Maria church, Cuzco

La Merced church, Cuzco

La Merced church, Cuzco

"Crossing", Cuzco

“Crossing”, Cuzco

"Hanging Out", Cuzco

“Hanging Out”, Cuzco

"Through the Blue", Cuzco

“Through the Blue”, Cuzco

"Writing on the Wall", Cuzco

“Writing on the Wall”, Cuzco

"Cats in the Cradle", Cuzco

“Cats in the Cradle”, Cuzco

"Sidestop", en route to Puno

“Sidestop”, en route to Puno

Floating islands of Uros, Lake Titicaca

Floating islands of Uros, Lake Titicaca

"Reeling", Santa Maria, Uros, Lake Titicaca

“Reeling”, Santa Maria, Uros, Lake Titicaca

"Left", Santa Maria, Uros, Lake Titicaca

“Left”, Santa Maria, Uros, Lake Titicaca

"Heavy", Capachira Peninsula, Lake Titicaca

“Heavy”, Capachira Peninsula, Lake Titicaca

"Awakening", Capachira Peninsula, Lake Titicaca

“Awakening”, Capachira Peninsula, Lake Titicaca

"Chores", Capachira Peninsula, Lake Titicaca

“Chores”, Capachira Peninsula, Lake Titicaca

Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca

Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca

"Breaking barriers", Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca

“Breaking barriers”, Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca

"Shadow", Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca

“Shadow”, Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca

Grilled Trout, Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Grilled Trout, Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru

"Pick A Side", Peru/Bolivia border

“Pick A Side”, Peru/Bolivia border