Tag - Portrait

PotD: 50 – Arequipa Cops

Arequipa Cops

I took the bus from Cusco to Arequipa and spent just a couple of days here. The town is definitely on the traveller’s trail, which helps to explain the presence of several police similar to these two Arequipa cops. I think they are a separate arm of the local police force that is there to make people from out of town feel safe and may even...

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...

Aiming high in Santiago

Santiago

My first visit to Santiago was when I was fifteen years old, on a family ski trip to the resorts of La Parva and then Portillo. Good skiing, great après-ski, amazing views, incredibly strong sun at that altitude that I remember burnt my exposed neck worse than I’ve ever been burnt before (imagine an oozing turtle-neck skin!), it was a good...

Puerto Varas and the Burn-out

The Boat and the Border From Bariloche, I hopped on a boat and crossed the border into Chile, heading for Puerto Varas. I could maybe get away with just that first sentence but it would be unfair to the incredible scenery if I did not at least try to do it justice. Having read a few reviews before undertaking this leg of the journey, I would like...

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: 12 – Man on a Bench

Man on a Bench

I was wandering around one of the parks in Mendoza, Argentina, and saw this gentleman sitting on a bench watching the world go by. I approached politely and he had no problem me taking his portrait. A lovely guy, from Chile originally but he had left there just over 40 years ago. We didn’t talk politics, so I don’t know why, but my...

Photo of the Day: 10 – Border guard

Border guard

How about this for a quintessential portrait of a border guard. I saw him striding over when there was a queue of us waiting to cross into Chile from Argentina, somewhere between Bariloche and Puerto Varas. He said it was okay for me to take his portrait, but there was no way that expression was ever going to change. I asked him to move over to...

El Calafate in Patagonia

El Calafate

There is one major reason why so many people come to El Calafate and that would be to see the Perito Moreno glacier, a truly spectacular spectacle. I shot plenty of video of the glacier on the Sony A7SII and will be trying to post some of that material when I get the time. Until then, you’ll have to make do with this image of a dirt road...

South B&B at El Calafate

South B&B

  I arrived at South B&B in El Calafate and was met at the front desk by both Javier and Andrea. They are so experienced in people coming through their doors needing advice on how to get the best out of their trip that, by the time I made it to my room, I knew exactly what trip I was going to do and had it all booked up. Being a...

Wandering Lost in Buenos Aires

I had given myself three days in Buenos Aires before heading down south to El Calafate, just to have a little bit of time to re-orientate myself. I enjoy wandering round a city, so I’d set out early in the mornings, my Sony A7RII camera in hand, with very vague plans. I’m not really one for checking out the main sites and like to see...