South America in Pictures - Coast to Coast: Peru, Bolivia and Argentina - Inspiring Places to Visit

La Raya Pass - a meeting with some of the locals
La Raya Pass - a meeting with some of the locals | Source
Time-lapse photography - star trails. "A south American Night"
Time-lapse photography - star trails. "A south American Night"
Salar Sunset - Boliva
Salar Sunset - Boliva

The majority of this magnificent continent is in the southern hemisphere and a small minority is the northern hemisphere, resulting in a wide plethora of landscapes; from active volcanoes, to lush rainforests, to the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Andes and the white sand beaches of Brazil. The people and wildlife are equally as diverse and there is rarely an opportunity where one might find nothing to photograph…

There are many places in South America which are considered “must do” or “must see” – and quite rightly too, for if you miss them, you might never have the opportunity to go back....

Many photographers choose to travel to South America specifically for the photographic opportunities it presents. There are many sites and places which provide wonderful photography locations...

...So without further ado, let me introduce these places to you;

Canon - Perspective photography - Salar de Uyuni
Canon - Perspective photography - Salar de Uyuni
Walking on the Giants Stomach - Perspective photography - Salar de Uyun
Walking on the Giants Stomach - Perspective photography - Salar de Uyun
"Look what I have here" - Perspective photography - Salar de Uyun
"Look what I have here" - Perspective photography - Salar de Uyun

Salar de Uyuni Salt flats – Bolivia

The world’s largest salt flats, formed during the uplift of the Andes mountains and surrounded by many other mountains with no drainage outlets; Salar de Uyuni is estimated to contain 10 billion tonnes of salt, although only 25,000 tonnes is extracted annually – leaving plenty left for the rest of us to admire, and photograph…and if you really want to... taste!

Once there, you catch yourself staring in awe at the beautifully shaped polyhedral figures of salt formed on the ground beneath you; the impressive mountains so far away that they only break the horizon slightly and the amazing blue sky which contrasts so brilliantly with the white crystal salt that you are lucky enough to be perched on. During the rainy season, the polyhedral figures disappear, immersed by about 20cm of water, and instead the white paper morphs into a huge mirror.

The salt flats are so large, that one cannot tell exactly how far an object is in the distance, because there is nothing to compare with. This creates a magnificent opportunity to produce fantastic perspective photo's.

Additionally, at sunrise or sunset wonderful colours begin to appear such as purples and oranges, which contrast wonderfully with the crystal white salt.

The sun has gone, but its glow encompasses the salt flats - Salar de Uyuni - Bolivia
The sun has gone, but its glow encompasses the salt flats - Salar de Uyuni - Bolivia
"Just one more thing..."  Argentina
"Just one more thing..." Argentina
One horse and his Gaucho - Argentina
One horse and his Gaucho - Argentina

Argentina – Salta Region

Salta is Argentina’s 8th largest city, situated in the Lerma Valley at the foothills of the Andes mountains. The climate is highland subtropical, providing very pleasant weather and equally refreshing nights, making it perfect for night photography. The city itself features impressive buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th century, including many intriguing museums which are worth a visit.

Outside of the city is where my real fun began though. The valleys are scattered with cattle and horse ranches, farms and winery’s – perfect!

One such ranch; Sayta Horseback riding, is located in the beautiful Chicoana village, full of history and culture. Here you can experience the “Gaucho Lifestyle” – independent ranch hands, free spirits who were wedded to their horse and the open plains they thrived in. They worked for the ranches on a seasonal basis and spent most of their lives out the pampa and on horseback – in fact, they walked so infrequently that they became bow-legged!

The life of the Gaúcho is a romantic epic of un-styled grace and barbaric strength. The Gaúcho was a loner, and came to be used as the backbone of many bands of fighters in struggles”

Whilst photographing the "Gaucho's" there most certainly wasn't a lack of "Posing." The good natured gaucho's and their trusty horses showed humour throughout the horse-ride, and even the horses were smiling!


More South American Photography Examples

Below are a few more wonderful Photography areas in South America - I hope you have enjoyed my pictures so far!

Relaxing under the Stars in Tupiza - Bolivia.

Tupiza stars - Bolivia
Tupiza stars - Bolivia

Relaxing on Bolivia's Atiplano

Quite Comfortable - Bolivia
Quite Comfortable - Bolivia

Working Hard in Peru

Working Lady - Peru
Working Lady - Peru

More Gaucho Action!

"Now this is how you gallop..." Argentina
"Now this is how you gallop..." Argentina

Border Crossing - Peru to Bolivia, Market Day

Interesting surroundings - Peru/Bolivian border crossing
Interesting surroundings - Peru/Bolivian border crossing

Chili's Anyone? The Amazon

Chilis in Peru
Chilis in Peru

Scenic Drive? Bolivia

"The Bolivian type of motorway"
"The Bolivian type of motorway"

Cusco Traffic - Peru

Traffic trails in Cusco - Peru
Traffic trails in Cusco - Peru

Time for some relaxation? Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu resting spot
Machu Picchu resting spot

"Jumping Free" - Peruvian Beach Sunset

Jumping Free - Peru
Jumping Free - Peru

Even the horse is smiling! Argentina

Even the horse is smiling
Even the horse is smiling

Thanks for the bread! Peru

Little Girl in Peru
Little Girl in Peru

Hard day in the office - Peru

Hard day in the office
Hard day in the office

Caminito Art - Argentina

Caminito Art - Buenos Aires - Argentina
Caminito Art - Buenos Aires - Argentina

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Resolver2009 5 years ago from Bournemouth, UK / Oslo, Norway

Amazing hub, really thorough and inspiring piece of work you have done here. See that you have entered the contest, best of luck! People should have quite a hard time beating this entry. I am rooting for you.. :)


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sidds123450 5 years ago

Awesome pictures - Beautiful places. Thanks.


Benedicte Scott 5 years ago

Stunning photos!


Jule88 5 years ago

Amazing photos, would love to go there!


Xplorer 4 years ago

Looked like a nice place to visit. Well written hub Luno!


Makendra 21 months ago

It's a relief to find sooemne who can explain things so well

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