High Definition and Panoramic Pictures from the trip

Panoramic view over Queenstown (New Zealand) from Ben Lomond

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”

Urban legends of San Pedro de Atacama

On the road to San Pedro de Atacama

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”

Baywatching in Iquique

Iquique beach park

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.

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On the Navimag from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales

View from the Navimag ship

Travelling from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales on the “Navimag” ship was an unexpected highlight during my journey.

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.

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Happy Holidays from Valdivia, Puerto Varas and Frutillar

Volcano Osorno

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.

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Among the swells at Easter Island, Rapa Nui

Quarry at Rano Raraku

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.

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