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By Catherine Simard

May 06, 2020

The north of Chile, and Bolivia are dream places for photographers: the volcanic landscapes, the fauna and flora offer an incomparable diversity that are sure to satisfy all photo enthusiasts. It only took a few images seen on social media for me to buy my plane ticket and embark on a photographic journey from northern Chile to Bolivia.

My journey started in San Pedro de Atacama - a small town perched at about 2,500 meters above sea level and my base camp during my visit in the region. My equipment consisted of the Sony A7R II, the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM, the Sony Planar T* Fe 50mm f/1.4 ZA and the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS lenses, and a Manfrotto Be Free tripod.  


Chaxa Altiplanic Lagoon

Located in the Los Flamencos National Reserve, the Chaxa Lagoon is full of different species of flamingos where three pink varieties can be admired while in absolute silence: the James flamingo, the northern Chilean flamingo and the Andean flamingo. The scene resembled an animated painting.


The Del Tatio Geysers

Despite the freezing temperatures at 4,300 meters above sea level, the Del Tatio geysers are a must for any photographer who wants to capture the ground's eruptions while walking amidst the fumes. The road to get there is just as impressive, with its imposing volcanoes and abundant flora.

The Moon Valley

The Moon Valley - an incredible valley of wind chiseled dunes - is the perfect place to explore as the sun sets and paints the strange rock formations with a bright orange colour.

The Salar of Uyini

The Salar de Uyini is located on the highlands of southwest Bolivia. At an altitude of over 3,600 meters, it was formed by the drying up of a huge salt lake - El Lago Minchin, which covered the region more than 40,000 years ago.

Its three-day crossing is an extraordinary activity and guarantees breathtaking landscapes that could fully satisfy my thirst for photography. Of course, I then decided to experience the challenge to finish my journey on a strong note. After crossing the border, our group of 6 people embarked in a Jeep Land Cruiser, our house on wheels for the next few days.

Throughout this journey, the scenes are stunning: the contrast between the colourful plumage of the flamingos and the blue water, the snow-capped mountains, the canyons, the lakes mirroring the landscapes... everything is there! The fauna and flora never cease to amaze me, so the memory cards in my camera filled up quickly.


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