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Postcards From Chile

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Alpha Whiskey Photography, Dec 6, 2018 at 9:38 AM.

  1. Alpha Whiskey Photography

    Alpha Whiskey Photography Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Felt like a holiday and was intending to take another drive around Iceland this autumn but I changed my mind and my finger stopped the spinning globe at Chile. Also, a companion wanted to join me and she didn’t fancy sleeping in a car for a week ;) 

    So this was a pleasure vacation and these images should be viewed in that context. I didn’t go just to take photos; I just happened to have my camera on me. Anyone hoping for long exposures at sunrise should stop reading and visit another post. We wanted to have a great time and enjoy the experience of this country and we fulfilled those criteria completely.

    Chile is a vast and spectacular country, with the Atacama Desert and the Salt Flats to the north and the mountains and glaciers of Patagonia to the south. All braced by the long arm of the Andes mountain range. With private guides for just the two of us we managed to cram in quite a bit with no less than four internal flights taking us up and down the country from the mid point of the capital city, Santiago.

    One particular ambition of mine was to see the flamingoes in the Salt Flats. But I also indulged myself with a swim in a hot spring at 4200m up in the Andes. We visited beautiful lagoons, salt mines and rock formations, and were treated the whole time to a wealth of information about the landscape and its remarkable geology. At one point our vehicle, with the ignition off and geared in neutral, was pulled uphill by magnetic minerals in the ground.

    Patagonia was a little cooler but not too cold in their late spring. The scenery was reminiscent of Norway with ice-capped mountains looming over sapphire blue lakes and windy fjords. Wildlife was in abundance too with no shortage of guanacos, hawks, vultures, rias and cormorants.

    One disappointment, given that Chile has the clearest skies in the world, was not getting a night sky shot of the Milky Way. Rather unluckily during our visit the Moon polluted the sky with too much light.

    We also didn’t go to Easter island because, well, it didn’t appeal to us and we didn’t have the time anyway.

    Not much respite for a holiday, it was exhilarating, intense and passionate. I happened to have a camera on me but yes, these images could have been taken with my phone (someone already beat you to that remark). Happily, much like Iceland and Norway, it’s such a beautiful place that it’s almost impossible to take a bad photo (unless you test gear for Olympus, in which case you’re obliged to do so ;) ).

    Anyway, hope the images give you a sense of how stunning this country is.

    Santiago
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    One of thousands of wall artworks in Valparaiso, on the Pacific coast.
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    The Andes from the sky.
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    A salt cave in the Atacama Desert.
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    Moon Valley at sunset.
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    Llamas. Naturally.
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    Flamingoes
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    Hot springs up in the Andes.
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    Alpha Whiskey has a soak in one of the geysers. The water was 30C while the air temperature was about -8C.
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    Patagonia.
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    Torres Del Paine.
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    A guanaco surveys the scenery.
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    A retreating glacier.
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    An advancing glacier.
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  2. Alpha Whiskey Photography

    Alpha Whiskey Photography Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 5, 2013
    Few more.

    Santiago skyline at dusk.
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    Sea lions on the Pacific coast.
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    More from the desert.
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    Guanaco in Torres Del Paine.
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    Chilean cowboys.
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    And a big cave. Carved out by water eons ago.
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  3. Andrewmap

    Andrewmap Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Martin
    Wow! thanks for sharing, great images!:thumbup:
     
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  4. StephenB

    StephenB Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Steve
    Stunning images here and in your link. Thanks for posting.
     
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  5. tonyturley

    tonyturley Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 19, 2014
    Stunning images. Sounds like you had a great time.
     
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  6. Clicka

    Clicka Mu-43 Veteran

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    Peter Campbell
    Spectacular, as always.
     
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  7. betamax

    betamax Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Alan
    Very underrated tourist destination. Safe one too. I was there in 2013, but only around Santiago, and wished I”d done a drive from North to South like you’ve done.

    Thanks for sharing, those photos are stunning.
     
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