Tag - Landscape

PotD: 43 – Making Waves on Lake Titicaca

Making waves

The trouble with being part of a tour is that you have little control over your schedule and, in effect, over the light, which is why I found myself at ‘La Isla del Sol’ in the midday sun. Nobody’s fault but my own. I’d decided I needed to get to Cusco for the New Year, which meant that I now only had a half day stopover in...

PotD: 40 – First view of Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca

It took a while for the Bolivia Hop bus to make its way out of the congested streets of La Paz but eventually we were clear and heading off towards Lake Titicaca. This was our first quick stop en route; I imagine there must be quite a few shots taken from this same vantage point but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful. This is also one...

Salar de Uyuni tour

Salar de Uyuni

When doing a tour of the Salar de Uyuni, the salt flats themselves are only a small part of what you get to see when you visit this spectacular corner of the world. I’d heard a lot of good things about the amazing landscapes up in this part of the Bolivian altiplano but it is only when you experience the variety unfolding before you that you...

PotD: 38 – Cactus Island

Cactus Island

Cactus Island, or Isla Incahuasi, is a rocky outcrop in the middle of the Salar de Uyuni covered in giant cacti. It’s a popular early morning spot for all those doing the tour and gives a great high vantage point of the surrounding salt flats. A truly breathtaking finale to a wonderful four days. Having been in the middle of nowhere for so...

PotD: 37 – Rock Tree

Rock tree

The Rock Tree, or ‘Arbol de Piedra’,  is just another of those marvels of nature that the Bolivian altiplano throws up frequently to remind you that you are witnessing a truly unique part of the world. It still amazes me as I look back and remember how much the landscape would change as we drove through the area round the Salar de...

PotD: 36 – Elemental Landscape

Elemental Landscape

When you get high up on the Bolivian altiplano, the weather tends to happen right there in front of you, rather than up above. Throw in a bleak landscape and you end up with a rather imposing elemental force. The rains had been running late because of ‘El Niño’ but as the trip went on we started to see the rain clouds building up...

PotD: 34 – Palette Earth

Palette Earth

I hope this landscape gives some idea of the different tones and hues that surround you in the Bolivian altiplano, or ‘Palette Earth’ as I like to call it. With so much open space and so little vegetation growing in these vast arid lands, you become very aware of the changes in the terrain, being able to see long distances to the...

Bariloche, a slice of paradise

Bariloche

After the spectacular scenery of El Calafate and El Chaltén, I flew up to Bariloche, or San Carlos de Bariloche, to give it its full title. This was going to be my last flight for a while, until I reached Peru in fact, but I had decided when back in Helsinki that it would take too much of my time to bus that far down into Patagonia. In the two...

Photo of the Day: 9 – Beachscape

Beachscape

I took this photo on the day of my 50th Birthday. I suppose I could have gone for a more joyous shot to celebrate the big day, but I felt that this conveyed the existential angst that surrounds reaching a new decade rather well. My way of dealing with the beyond-midlife crisis was to take a 50 day sabbatical, one day for each year, plus 10 extra...

Photo of the Day: 8 – Boat Stop

Boat Stop

When you’re waiting for a bus, it’s called a bus stop. When you’re waiting for a boat, it must be called a boat stop, no? This was taken halfway between Bariloche in Argentina and Puerto Varas in Chile. It is a rather impressive journey, with tall mountains on either side. You can do a similar route by bus, but I thought...