Atacama Desert

Walking toward a lake that has no clarity in the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world, in Northern Chile. The density of minerals in the lake makes it appear as though someone spilled a can of cobalt blue paint into the desert

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Torres del Paine National Park

It’s no surprise that Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile was recently voted The Eighth Wonder Of The World. It’s the most unspoiled park I have ever enoucntered in the 108 countries I’ve visited. Yosemite National Park in the US has an average of four millions visitors a year. Torres has 150,000. You feel like you’re breathing for the first time.

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Chile – Torres del Paine

“In southern Chile I photographed  these Cuevas del Miladon (Caves of the Miladon). They are named Miladon because in 1895 when they discovered the caves they found the remains of some Miladons, prehistoric giant sloths which were larger than bears. They became extinct 13,000 years ago. Human remains there date to 6000 B.C.  It reminds us of how minuscule we are in nature.”

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MAJESTIC LAKES OF CHILE – PART II

Viewing the Andes from a series of Chilean Lake crossing is a truly awesome experience. This area is the beginning of the Patagonia, a region famous for its dramatic mountain formations.

Viewing the Andes from a series of Chilean Lake crossing is a truly awesome experience. This area is the beginning of the Patagonia, a region famous for its dramatic mountain formations.

Viewing the Andes from a series of Chilean Lake crossing is a truly awesome experience. This area is the beginning of the Patagonia, a region famous for its dramatic mountain formations.

Viewing the Andes from a series of Chilean Lake crossing is a truly awesome experience. This area is the beginning of the Patagonia, a region famous for its dramatic mountain formations.

This is one of five lakeside hotels I stayed at crossing the Chilean Andes to Argentina. The cuisine in all of the hotels was superb.

This is one of five lakeside hotels I stayed at crossing the Chilean Andes to Argentina. The cuisine in all of the hotels was superb.

On lakes near the Argentina border with Chile, there are a small number of idyllic private properties accessible only by water that provide a personal Shangri-La to the owners.

On lakes near the Argentina border with Chile, there are a small number of idyllic private properties accessible only by water that provide a personal Shangri-La to the owners.

Majestic Lakes of Chile – Part I

This is the first of a three day crossing of the Andes from Western Chile to Argentina. It was on a small craft and I had a boutique lakeside hotel every night between sailings with great food and wine. Really tough-- huh?

This is the first of a three day crossing of the Andes from Western Chile to Argentina. It was on a small craft and I had a boutique lakeside hotel every night between sailings with great food and wine. Really tough– huh?

 

On the lakes crossing  we sailed by four of the many dormant volcanoes of which this was the most formidable as it was the closest.

On the lakes crossing we sailed by four of the many dormant volcanoes of which this was the most formidable as it was the closest.

 

The opacity of Lake Espejo is created by the glacial schist rubbing together creating this intense color. From a distance it looks like someone poured a bucket of aqua paint into a depression.

The opacity of Lake Espejo is created by the glacial schist rubbing together creating this intense color. From a distance it looks like someone poured a bucket of aqua paint into a depression.

 

On our lakes crossing. a seagull swoops down to snatch a cracker from this man standing on the bridge stairs  of our boat in eastern Chile.

On our lakes crossing. a seagull swoops down to snatch a cracker from this man standing on the bridge stairs of our boat in eastern Chile.

 

 

This is the first docking in Argentina on the third and last day of  the lakes crossing.from Puerto Vara in Chile.

This is the first docking in Argentina on the third and last day of the lakes crossing.from Puerto Vara in Chile.