Chile

March 2006

A trip from the Atacama Desert of northern Chile to the cold, wet and windswept lands of Patagonia in Chile and Argentina.

Arid, desolate, lunar landscapes and high‑altitude volcanoes and geysers of the Atacama Desert. The busy streets of Santiago and the surrounding pleasant vineyards. The beautiful Pacific coastal towns of Vina del Mar and Valparaiso. The pioneering feel of the small towns of Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and El Calafate. The awe‑inspiring majestic peaks and glaciers of Torres del Paine. The huge glaciers of Upsala and Spegazzini, the slow break‑up of Perito Moreno glacier, and iceberg‑littered lakes. The charms of the Tierra del Fuego town of Ushuaia and the wilds of the estancias. Glorious seafood, spit-roasted lamb, huge beef steaks. The music, dance and passion of Tango, and the splendour of Buenos Aires. Nice one!
Tulor ruins  Part of the Tulor ruins near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.  Some websites have this listed incorrectly, but the latitude and longitude co-ordinates for the Tulor ruins are 22°58'5.85"S and 68°14'32.94"W.  The Tulor ruins were made public in 1956 by the Jesuit priest Gustavo Le Paige.  Further information can be found at the Wold Monuments Fund.  Photo taken in March 2006. Licancabur and Bike!  Hired a mountain-bike and went into the Atacama Desert (Chile). Licancabur volcano in the background. In fact, volcanoes all around. Oh, and yes, got my arms sun-burned too. Photo taken in March 2006. Miss Chile  The "Miss Chile" mummy in the Gustavo Paige museum in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.  Photo taken in March 2006. Licancabur and Moon Valley  Moon Valley and Licancabur volcano in the Atacama Desert, Chile.  Photo taken in March 2006.
Amphitheatre, Moon Valley  The "Amphitheatre" walls, part of Moon Valley in the Atacama Desert, Chile.  Photo taken in March 2006. Tres Marias, Moon Valley  The "Tres Marias" in Moon Valley in the Atacama Desert, Chile. All that white that you see there is salt.  The latitude and longitude co-ordinates are 22°55'9.93"S and 68°19'7.75"W.  Photo taken in March 2006. Ridges, Moon Valley  Moon Valley in the Atacama Desert, Chile, near sunset. Again all that white is salt.  Photo taken in March 2006. Atacama Salt Formations  Salt formations in the Atacama Desert, Chile.  Photo taken in March 2006.
Miscanti  Laguna Miscanti and Volcan Miscanti in the Atacama Desert, Chile.  Photo taken in March 2006. El Tatio Geyser  El Tatio geysers in the Atacama Desert, Chile.  Photo taken in March 2006. El Tatio Geysers  El Tatio geysers in the Atacama Desert, Chile.  Photo taken in March 2006. El Tatio Geyser  El Tatio geysers in the Atacama Desert, Chile.  Photo taken in March 2006.
El Tatio Geysers  Strange formations created by the El Tatio geysers in the Atacama Desert, Chile.  Photo taken in March 2006. Valparaiso  Old car and buildings in Valparaiso, Chile.  Photo taken in March 2006. Lesser Rhea  A lesser rhea (also known as Darwin's rhea) north of Punta Arenas in the windswept grasslands of Patagonia, Chile.  Photo taken in March 2006. Red Fox  Red fox in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.  Photo taken in March 2006.
Torres del Paine Massi  Part of the mountain massif of Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.  Photo taken in March 2006. Grey Glacier  Rich blue colours of a close-up view of the ice in Grey Glacier, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.  Photo taken in March 2006. CRW 4836a  The mountain-sides immediately above Grey Glacier, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.  Photo taken in March 2006. Glacier  On Grey Glacier in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Photo taken in March 2006.
Grey Glacier  Close-up view of the ice in Grey Glacier, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.  Photo taken in March 2006. Grey Glacier  The ice of Grey Glacier in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.  Photo taken in March 2006. Torres del Paine Massif  Part of the mountain massif of Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. The South-West wall of Cuerno Principal (2600m).  Photo taken in March 2006. Torres del Paine Massif  Part of the mountain massif of Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. The South-West wall of Cuerno Principal (2600m).  Photo taken in March 2006.
Cuernos del Paine  The Cuernos del Paine in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Cuerno Principal (2600m) is on the left, and Cuerno Este (2200m) is on the right. Photo taken in March 2006. Cuernos del Paine  The Cuernos del Paine in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Cuerno Principal (2600m) is on the left, and Cuerno Este (2200m) is on the right. Photo taken in March 2006. Torres del Paine Massif  Part of the mountain massif of Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. This is Cuerno Espada (2500m). This view is from about halfway between Campamanto Italiano and Campamanto Britanico. I would estimate that the latitude and longitude co-ordinates are 50°59'33.40"S and 73° 2'40.30"W.  Photo taken in March 2006. Torres del Paine  The Torres del Paine, Chile. From left to right, we have Torre Sur (2850m), Torre Central (2800m) and Torre Norte (2600m).  Photo taken in March 2006.