I thought it was about time I uploaded just a few of the snaps I’d taken over the course of my journey. These are from my first arrival in South America, in Santiago, Chile, through the Chilean desert to San Pedro de Atacama, then all the way to Cusco, Peru.
Statue of former Chilean President and Marxist Salvador Allende in Santiago, Chile, who was overthrown in a US-backed coup on Sep 11, 1973. The inscription reads: “I have faith in Chile and her destiny.” On the other side another quote reads “Much sooner than later, the new will open the great avenues where will pass free men to construct a better society.” Both quotes from his final speech on the day of his death.
The starkly beautiful setting of Vive Piuke Mapu 2018, a gathering of indigenous culture and environmental spirituality at which I volunteered.
The main shrine at Vive Piuke Mapu.
One of many discussions held over the weekend.
Me and Felipe, the organizer.
Hanging around the fire.
A ceremony held by the sea. Note the gringo’s deeply confused expression.
Me and Paula, who looked after me all weekend.
Sunrise in the Atacama Desert as I hitchhiked along the Route 5 to San Pedro de Atacama.
Side-Mirror Selfie from the cabin of the truck that took me hundreds of kilometres through the desert.
One of the industrial sites dotted throughout the desert wastes – this one a refinery for the nearby mines.
Makeshift soccer pitch by the side of the road.
The old church in the town of San Pedro de Atacama
Valle de la Luna, just outside San Pedro de Atacama
This and the shot below were taken within seconds of each other.
The clouds made the desert move before your eyes.
The trusty bicycle I used to ride around this spectacular landscape.
And my exhausted face after riding for so long – that’s salt on the surface in the background!
The road back to San Pedro de Atacama
My hitch-hiking post just outside Calama. I had no luck here. Only heading back to town was I picked up.
A final Chilean sunset on my way to Peru. From San Pedro it was a 36-hour journey to arrive at my next destination…
Midday at the Plaza de Armas – Cusco. That’s Pachucuti on the right, great emperor of the Incas, and the Church of the Companions of Jesus on the left.
One of the many beautiful courtyards of the city.
The Basilica Cathedral of Cusco – one of many incredible churches in the city.
Sunset from Plaza Santa Ana