Ted’s Travels The colours of South America: Part I
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about South America? While there are some unique sights and sounds all around the region, perhaps what most people associate with South America are its exquisite cuisine and its lively colours. Bustling markets, traditional clothing, and even houses are all full of colour. But what amazes me the most, is that even the landscapes will enrapture you in their vividness. Need proof? Check out the following destinations:
Uyuni Salt Flats
Amid the Andes in southwest Bolivia, the largest salt flat in the world invites travellers to discover its prehistoric legacy. Nearly 11,000 square kilometers of bright white salt formations give an other-worldly feel to this destination.
The Atacama Desert
In northern Chile, the Andes give way into a red, lunar-like landscape. The Atacama is the driest desert in the world, covering 105,000 kilometers of barren land and offering some of the best stargazing globally.
The Rainbow Mountains of Peru
The Ausangate Mountain of the Peruvian Andes is striped with colours that range from blue to purple and gold. Considered holy by locals, Ausangate is 100km southeast of Cusco. Its stratified rainbow coloration is due to the large quantities of iron in its layers. It’s beauty, however, is hard to access and visitation is restricted to certain months of the year.
Caño Cristales, Colombia
This Colombian river is commonly called the River of Five Colours due to its striking features. Located in the province of Meta, Caño Cristales is coloured yellow, green, blue, black, and red from July to November because of its unique flora.
Next week, I will tell you about three more uniquely colourful destinations in South America. If you or your client are keen on photography (or on life for that matter) you can’t afford to miss these places on your next trip. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to arrange a tailor-made itinerary that will surely delight the eye!
Ted Dziadkiewicz is Director and Founder of Contours Travel, Australia’s longest running tour operator to Latin America. He has been more than 100 times to Latin America over the past 40 years and visited over 20 countries. If you want to know more visit www.contourstravel.com.au