Brazil and Northern Chile

Posted by on May 9, 2009

Peering through the foliage at Foz Iguacu A lookout at Foz Iguacu Birdlife of the Pantanal Up close with a Cayman, Pantanal Sunset on the Rio Miranda, Pantanl Descending into the Gruta do Lago Azul, Bonito The deep blue waters of the Gruta do Lago Azul, Bonito Snorkelling in Rio da Prata, Bonito Terrestrial and aquatic symmetry, Bonito The surf at Tortorello, Las Serena Mamalluca observatory with the snow capped peaks of the Cordillera in the background A long exposure of the moon “The moon turns it clockwork dream” Capel Pisco factory in Las Serena Tatio Geysers, 4000m above sea level – Atacama Desert Llama grazing on a frozen river, San Pedro Atacama Laguna Altiplanica, Atacama desert Broken down in the middle of the world’s driest desert Rainbow sunset in Valley de la Luna, San Pedro Atacama

From the spectacular aquatic landscapes of the Brazilian southern interior to the moon-like scenery of Chile’s Atacama desert, the driest region on the planet. The sheer volume of water spilling over Foz Iguazu was overwhelming and I was humbled by the immense power of the Garganta del Diablo. The wetlands of the Pantanal were a little more gentle but equally as adventurous as we found ourselves tubing down the Rio Mirando for two hours and then later fishing for Piranha in the exact same location. As its name suggests, the deep caverns and biologically rich freshwater streams of Bonito were nothing short of amazing. At the other end of the spectrum was the dry, elevated altiplanico region of Chile’s northern reaches. The clear skies of Las Serena provided the most incredible star-littered canvas that I have ever laid eyes on. Whilst the lunar landscapes of San Pedro gave rise to breath-taking geisers and the majestic hues of a desert sunset.

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