Huacachina, derived from the Quechua word Wakachina Qucha meaning Hidden Lagoon, is a village built around a small oasis and surrounded by sand dunes in Peru. Legend holds that the lagoon was created when a beautiful native princess removed her clothes to bathe, but after looking in a mirror she saw a male hunter approaching her from behind. Startled at the intrusion, she fled the area leaving behind her mirror which turned into a lake. There are also other versions of the legend. There have been issues with conservation of this natural phenomenon in the past but the locals are … Continue reading Huacachina

The Amazon

The Amazon River is the world’s widest and largest river. It starts from its source Nevado Mismi in Peru (the picture above is from Peru) and ends up in the Atlantic part of Brazil. It has more than a thousand tributaries. The Amazon basin is the largest drainage basin in the world, with an area of approximately 7,050,000 square kilometres. There is dispute on the length of the river with some latest measurements making it longer than the Nile River. A study by Brazilian scientists calculated the Amazon’s length as 6,992 kilometres and using the same techniques, they calculated the … Continue reading The Amazon

El Tatio Geysers, Chile

El Tatio is one of the world’s highest geothermal field located in the Andes mountain range at a height of 4200m (close to San Pedro de Atacama). The geothermal field has many geysers, hot springs, and associated sinter deposits. These hot springs eventually form the Rio Salado, a major tributary of the Rio Loa, and a major source of arsenic pollution in the river. Activity is best at the early hours of the morning between 6 and 7 am with the temperatures reaching 85°C, and the water shoots out of the ground reaching heights between 7 and 8m. The term … Continue reading El Tatio Geysers, Chile

Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile

Torres del Paine National Park is a national park encompassing mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia. The Cordillera del Paine is the centerpiece of the park. The park borders Bernardo O’Higgins National Park to the west and the Los Glaciares National Park to the north in Argentine territory. Paine means “blue” in the native Tehuelche (Aonikenk) language while Torres means “towers”. The Torres del Paine have the distinctive three granite peaks, known as Torres d’Agostini, Torres Central and Torres Monzino. Torress Del Paine is quite popular for two hikes: W Trek and Full O Circuit, both of … Continue reading Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile

The Lake District, Bariloche

Centered on the Nahuel Huapi Lake and National Park, Bariloche, Villa La Angostura and San Martin de los Andes are the principal towns in the Argentine Lake District. Bariloche is a fantastic base to explore the lake district. North of Bariloche is the upmarket resort of Villa La Angostura, and the stunning Seven Lakes Route, while to the south is the town of El Bolsón and the splendid Parque Nacional Los Alerces, home to more lakes. There are also multiple day hikes (Cerro Cathedral is highly recommended) around Bariloche. Source Continue reading The Lake District, Bariloche

Lago de los Tres

Flanked by the three peaks of Mount Fitz Roy, Aguja Poincenot and Cerro Torre – Laguna de Los Tres is a picturesque lake that draws hikers and lovers of sublime natural landscapes from across the world. The above picture is another glacier lake next to the main lake. To get to this point, one must hike the trail of Lago de los Tres: A hard hike which can be done in a day or two. It is approximately 12.5km and takes around 8 hours for a round trip. The last 400m is a very steep hike and can easily take … Continue reading Lago de los Tres