Cactus Island

Somewhere in the middle of the Uyuni salt lake stands the Island of Incahuasi. Some prefer to call it Cactus island since it is covered...
Somewhere in the middle of the Uyuni salt lake stands the Island of Incahuasi. Some prefer to call it Cactus island since it is covered by the thorny plants. The place is completely surreal, and as a result, bolsers some creative behaviours by the visitors (click on pictures for high res) All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph

El Salar – The great Salt Lake

Million of years ago, a part of the Pacific Ocean found itself cut away and included in the rise of the Andes Chain. Eventually, all...
Million of years ago, a part of the Pacific Ocean found itself cut away and included in the rise of the Andes Chain. Eventually, all water evaporated and left a huge plain full of salt. It is a strange feeling to drive up to 150km on a virgin white surface.  Seems like ice and that the ground is going to break at any time. The Uyuni Salar is obviously used to provide salt to all of Bolivia, even though the workers conditons are reminiscent of decades ago. Given the amount of supply, there is enough for billion years I guess.  (click...

The train cemetery

Except for the enormous Salt Lake, there isn´t much to see in Uyuni. Except maybe for this old train cemetery.  (click on pictures for high...
Except for the enormous Salt Lake, there isn´t much to see in Uyuni. Except maybe for this old train cemetery.  (click on pictures for high res) All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph

When I grow older …

... I will join the Army.  (taken in La Paz's Plaza de Armas. This post has been programed since we are in the Uyuni salt...
... I will join the Army.  (taken in La Paz's Plaza de Armas. This post has been programed since we are in the Uyuni salt desert without internet connection) Taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph

At the market in La Paz

The market of La Paz is endless, a bit of a Ali Baba cavern. All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph.
The market of La Paz is endless, a bit of a Ali Baba cavern. All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph.

The road to La Paz

Today, a bus took us from Lake Titicaca to the city of La Paz, Bolivia. Unluckily, there were no "garotas" on the beach of this...
Today, a bus took us from Lake Titicaca to the city of La Paz, Bolivia. Unluckily, there were no "garotas" on the beach of this Copacabana, just a few quite interesting characters. (click on pictures for high res) All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph

Lake Titicaca

Uros, Amanti and Taquile sound like names of Antiquity Gods. Yet they are the names of three islands on Lake Titicaca where we spent the...
Uros, Amanti and Taquile sound like names of Antiquity Gods. Yet they are the names of three islands on Lake Titicaca where we spent the last two days. Uros are the floating islands where the inhabitants' houses are built on rushes. Amanti is home of fishermen and sheperds who perpetuate centuries old traditions. As for Taquile, it is know for its weavers which are men only. (click on pictures for high res). All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph

The streets of Aguas Calientes

There are no cars in Aguas Calientes, but the streets are so full of life.  (click on pictures for high res) (This is a pre-programed...
There are no cars in Aguas Calientes, but the streets are so full of life.  (click on pictures for high res) (This is a pre-programed post as we are staying overnight on a Lake Titicaca island with no electricity and obviously, no internet) All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph

The high plains

A 9 hours bus trip with touristic stops brought us from Cusco to Lake Titicaca. We discovered the amazing sceneries of the Altiplano, or high...
A 9 hours bus trip with touristic stops brought us from Cusco to Lake Titicaca. We discovered the amazing sceneries of the Altiplano, or high plains which stand at about 4000 meters about sea level.  Let's therefore leave street photography aside for a day and discover this remote area of the world.  (click on pictures for high res) All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph

Machu Picchu – The climb of Huayna Picchu

So we finally made it to Machi Picchu. I won't show the classic panorama pictures, but a photographic essay on the Mount that overlooks the...
So we finally made it to Machi Picchu. I won't show the classic panorama pictures, but a photographic essay on the Mount that overlooks the Machu, that is Hunaya Picchu. It is 6 am, the gates of the Machu Picchu have just opened. It is a grey day and a light rain falls over the ancient city. Low clouds make it difficult to see beyond a few meters. Only shadows of the long forgotten town appear in the distance. Wooden roofs disappeared long ago, yet the walls resisted the assault of time. A few llamas graze on the terraces once...