Jacada Photo Journal: Exploring Chile
Every time my clients ask where I recommend for the best landscapes in Latin America, my answer is always CHILE!
I never get tired of taking photos of the landscape and scenery – the only thing I worry about is my camera running out of battery.
This was my fourth time in Chile. Over three weeks, I visited the most amazing places, including Torres del Paine, the Atacama and the mysterious Easter Island.
The colours of Torres del Paine National Park are incredible. I took a window seat for my domestic flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas and I tried not to fall asleep so I didn’t miss the scenery. As we passed over the iconic granite towers from which the park takes its name and the horn-shaped peaks called Cuernos del Paine, the pilot announced: “Ladies and gentlemen, this is Torres del Paine.” It’s probably the coolest announcement I have ever heard on a plane.
The spectacular peaks, bright blue lagoon, glistening glaciers and dramatic granite towers all form a breathtaking scene from the air.
Torres del Paine
No one can claim they’ve been to Torres del Paine without a full day of hiking around the base of the Paine towers. During an eight-hour trek, I was able to take in the dramatic scenery that has earned this trek bucket list status.
The colours of nature make for unforgettable memories: the incredible blue sky, the yellow and red leaves in the forest, the milky green lagoon right in front of the granite towers and the bright, shining glaciers.
Flying from the southernmost point of Chile to the north, into the Atacama Desert, takes you to a place that looks unearthly with geysers, volcanoes, sand dunes, salt mountains, hot springs, flamingos and desert villages.
The sun is so intense and the air so dry that it seems like nothing could survive here. Despite, the harsh conditions, I still enjoyed trekking in the Moon Valley and mountain biking in Devil’s Ravine (Quebrada Del Diablo).
The red-grey rocks and sand dunes remind me of chocolate ice cream and cake with frosting. Yummy!
Easter Island is one of the world’s most isolated inhabited islands. I was fascinated by the mystery of Easter Island when I was a kid. I first visited over 15 years ago, so this was my second time on the island.
I believe the local Rapa Nui people are the best storytellers when it comes to the island’s history. Though this was my second time, I still found it so interesting to hear all the stories about the moai statues, from how they were made to how they were transported to the coast.
I am an ocean lover and going diving to see the underwater moai (though replicas) was a dream come true.