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5 colourful shots from South America – Capture the Colour

The Perito Moreno Glacier near El Calafate, Argentina is one of the most impressive Glaciers I've ever seen.

After returning from my latest journey through South America I went through loads of pictures and video footage. During the last months I started to publish the first video episodes and photo essays. In this post I will use the “Capture the Colour” Contest to showcase 5 colourful shots from South America showing the diversity of this part of the world.

I guess you know what it feels like when you get asked “what has been the favorite place” by your friends after returning from a great trip, or? The same goes for making a selection of your best shots. It's a challenge.

For this contest I had to pick only 5 pictures for the categories red, blue, green, yellow and white. Here is what I came up with:

Red

Port of Puerto Montt - the starting point for adventures in the south of Chile
Port of Puerto Montt – the starting point for adventures in the south of Chile (Photo taken on March 25th, 2013)

In March I completed my 1200km Hitchhiking Adventure on the Carretera Austral here: Puerto Montt is the starting point for the Ruta 7, for expeditions to Chiloé and the popular Navimag Ferry which is the connection to southern Patagonia and Torres del Paine.

 

Blue

The Perito Moreno Glacier near El Calafate, Argentina is one of the most impressive Glaciers I've ever seen.
The Perito Moreno Glacier near El Calafate, Argentina is one of the most impressive Glaciers I've ever seen. (Photo taken on February 24th, 2013)

Yes, this ice is blue! The combination of compact ice (a total ice depth of 170 metres) and light makes the Perito Moreno Glacier appear blue  – an optical illusion!

Anyway – this site is high up on the list of the top attractions of South America one should do/see. The Perito Moreno is one of only three Patagonian glaciers that is growing and is fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field – the world's third largest reserve of fresh water (via).

 

Green

The actual "towers" of Torres del Paine in Patagonia, Chile
The actual “towers” of Torres del Paine in Patagonia, Chile (Photo taken on February 10th, 2013)

The highlight of chilean Patagonia and one of the most visited sites is the Torres del Paine National Park: in February I decided to hike the circuit trail+ (which means I hiked the “Q”). An unforgettable experience crowned by the view to the torres (spanish for towers) – that evening the lake fed by the glacier appeared green.

Psst! I wrote a complete guide for preparing and hiking Torres del Paine which has been linked to by Wikipedia!

 

Yellow

The Carretera Austral in Chile is the connection to the most remote region in Chile. I hitchhiked the whole 1240km and spent a lot of time waiting :)
The Carretera Austral in Chile is the connection to the most remote region in Chile. I hitchhiked the whole 1240km and spent a lot of time waiting :) (Photo taken on March 18th, 2013)

This one has been a tough one – as mentioned above I hitchhiked the Carretera Austral. Due to it's location it has been a real off-the-beaten-path experience which involved waiting for a car to pass by every hour or so – as you see I used the time wisely. hihi.

 

White

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia - the world's largest salt flat
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia – the world's largest salt flat (Photo taken on December 12th, 2012)

The Uyuni is a diverse place itself, as pictured in the recent Photo Essay and the related Video. The Jeep shown in the picture has been our mode of transportation for 3 days – we spent only the first one discovering the world's largest natural mirror and saw lagoons, flamingos and geysers afterwards.

This has been the last category, but wait: there is much more content from South America on the Blog and even more is about to come: To make sure you don't miss anything sign up for my mailing list which ensures a notification for new blog posts. Awesome!

 

Usually I'm not that keen to take part in competitions and I wouldn't call myself a good photographer as “my business” is video but I quite like the angle of this one – moreover I'm in good company with other befriended Travel Bloggers.

That being said it's also part of the competition to nominate the next 5:

  • Peter Parkorr from Travel Unmasked– a good friend and a great photographer who recently visited me in Hamburg. Before he will leave to Australia I want to see his selection!
  • Sebastian from Off-The-Path – one of my german fellows running a travel website and recently published an Ebook about Bangkok
  • Mariana from MyTravelThirst – she focusses on her senses while traveling: smell, listen, taste, feel and see. I guess this one is for “see”, or?
  • Conni from PlanetBackpack – another great german Blogger and ressource for avid german Backpackers. She is about to embark to Mexico soon – I'm curious!
  • Andrea from RearViewMirror – a lovely girl who was living in Paris the last few years. Andrea is exploring eastern Europe at the moment and I guess she has some great images in stock for this competition, huh?

Everything about the Capture the Colour Competition can be found on The Travel Supermarket Competition Page.

 

Which has been your favorite photo?

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  • I would love to visit South America some day, so many places to see and photograph. I love they green the best because It just pops

    I’m inviting you to join us for Travel Photo Mondays, the link runs all week so I hope you can join us for the next installment?

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