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sergio
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« on: January 18, 2003, 03:52:35 PM »
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I was in Chile many years ago and the region of Valdivia and Osorno down south is very beautiful. You can make great landscape photography there. You find snow capped volcanoes beside beautiful lakes and so on. If you continue farther south to Torres del Paine and further, I've been told it is one of the worlds nicest places to shoot. I haven't been to Torres del Paine, yet. This is a place I understand there are no commodities and probably no public transportation routes.Just a road going south. I would try it in late summer or fall (jan-march) for the colors.
Lonely Planet should have some info on the subject. Another great reason to go to Chile is they have probably the best seafood in the world.
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2003, 06:33:42 PM »
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Thanks for the info... I will look into it.  

My current plans include a hike around the Torres del Paine.
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2003, 01:30:14 PM »
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I am looking for information on Peru and Chile--specifically Macchiu Picchu (sp?) and Patagonia.  But, I am also interested to hear about any other photographically wonderful places in and around Lima, Peru and Santiago, Chile.

Anyone know of websites with good information?

Anyone with personal information they would like to share?
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2003, 05:16:32 PM »
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Just come back from a cruise that stopped at a couple of places in Chile.

Check out Pueto Montt. It's the edge of the Chilean Lake District: lakes, waterfalls, volcanoes (snowcapped not erupting  ).

Another place, if you are going far south is Tierra del Fuego, which is split between Chile and Argentina. We stopped at Ushuaia, which is in Argentina, and visited the TdF National Park.

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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2003, 03:42:26 PM »
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I was recently in Patagonia and Atacama, and there are many fine photography locations in both regions. Patagonia has many locations of interest to landscape photographers (lakes, waterfalls, mountains, pampas, etc), and is quite simply stunning. There are also a number of areas filled with water/shore birds of various kinds. Please note that Patagonia is quite large (Torres del Paine park alone is 500,000 acres), and the roads are poor. Unless you're into hiking/camping (which will restrict you to a relatively small area) you may want to use the services of the hotels that also offer guide services (you will be driven to most locations).

Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas are (relatively speaking) not all that far away, and in any case you have to pass through them to get to Patagonia. Punta Arenas is on the Straits of Magellan, and is one of the two hopping off points for boat cruises of Tierra del Fuego and Antartica (the other is in Argentina). I haven't been there myself, but there's penguin colonies in the area.

Summer in Patagonia, especially in the hills, can be something other than what you might expect if you're not familiar with mountain weather. As they say, the weather is variable, meaning every 15 minutes or so. Snow is not uncommon in the hills even in the middle of summer. Summer is also the windy season, and in exposed places (eg hilltos) you may have difficulty even standing upright, let alone getting some good photos.

Atacama (San Pedro area) has some very unique desert landscapes, along with small geysers in the mountains, a couple oasis, and a salt-covered lake with flamingos. Lots of guide services (some better than others) are available to take you to the unique spots. Due to the desert heat, many activities are arranged early in the morning or late in the afternoon, and are often of a few hours duration rather than all day hikes.

Chile is a very friendly country, with few problems of crime, institutional corruption, etc. Can't speak for Peru as I've never been there.

Let me know if I can hekp further.
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