One of my picture sorting tasks consists in assembling – using software – various “special scenes”, which I’ve been shooting during my round-the-world trip. Fiddling with “High Definition Range” (HDR) photographs and panorama shots is a good past time while waiting for the necessary visas required for my next trip to Ethiopia. Continue reading “High Definition and Panoramic Pictures from the trip”
The arrival in San Pedro de Atacama was a bit of a “déjà vu”. Which was not at all unpleasant. Somehow, this town reminded me of places in Central Asia. Happy times!
Within minutes I fell in love with this small town. Obviously very touristic, it still seems to have preserved in large parts the original local charm as a very relaxed and chilled spot. The many comfortable hostels and restaurants lure tourists to stay an extra day or two before or after their Bolivian border crossing trip.
Moreover, there are numerous attractions around San Pedro de Atacama, such as the Geysers of El Tatio, the salt plains of Atacama, the Moon Valley and the ruins of Tulor – to name just a very few of them. Spending a week here and doing every day a different excursion is a sensible planning for many tourists. Continue reading “Urban legends of San Pedro de Atacama”
Iquique with a population of 200’000, is a beautiful coastal town in Northern Chile. In fact – according to the locals – the downtown Playa Cavancha is supposed to be the most beautiful beach in Chile.
Indeed, this sandy spot is scenic, with very long promenades, sunbathers and surfers. Arriving here is quite a scenic ride. Since the town is squeezed between the Pacific ocean and a 600m high mountain range, from where all roads arrive, there is a scenic view from the top of a winding road. This particular geographic setting also makes Iquique one of the Paragliders’ top spots in South America.
Still a bit hung over from the New Year party on the Navimag ship, Evgeny and I arrived in Puerto Natales where we booked quickly into our hostel. Ahead of the pack, we secured the last two beds in the dormitory of the “Erratic Rock”, which is the de-facto hub for backpackers setting off for the hikes through Torres del Paine National Park. Continue reading “Wet and wild in Torres del Paine”
To cut a very long story short, this boat journey had everything that I missed on the Yangzi river cruise back in China. The sights here in Patagonia were spectacular, plus the crew, the facilities and the other people on the boat were simply fantastic.
The Lakes District in Chile is located in the Southern Chile. Here, many National Parks and volcanoes tend to slow down tourists on their journey down to Patagonia further south. The sights and small towns are sometimes spectacular and are begging for a nights’ stop. One of these places is Valdivia where I arrived after a short bus ride from Pucón.
Driving on the overnight bus to the touristy town of Pucón was so far the most luxurious moment during my journey. Whew, the spacious seats in this double-decker bus recline almost like the ones in an airplane´s First Class compartment. But how would I know about flying First Class – right…
In the center of the 4300 km long country of Chile is located the capital city of Santiago. Here forty percent of the country’s population do live (extend the radius to roughly 300km and the figure gives actually 90 percent of the whole population).
Reading countless books about 16th and 17th century sea expeditions, I became inevitably drawn into the mystic and spellbinding history about one of the planet’s most isolated place: Easter Island. Visiting Rapa Nui (the Polynesian name of the island) was very high on my short list of places to see during my journey. In fact, I came to realize that the round-the-world trip probably was just an excuse and a construction to justify coming here. An island which is otherwise so much out of the way from Europe. Still, I had to go to great lengths and persistence to find the best deal for an airline ticket including Rapa Nui as stopover.