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Start Galerien (2D) Natur A journey from Chilean Patagonia across the land of Volcanos to Valparaiso captured with the Sony A7R

A journey from Chilean Patagonia across the land of Volcanos to Valparaiso captured with the Sony A7R


(Video available in 3K and 4K (1440p and 2160p) as well here: http://youtu.be/TlB-MIRYqRo)

If you ever thought about travelling to "the end of the world", this article may give you an impression, how I saw this terrific part of South America through my eyes (ok, to be more precise: through the Sony A7R with some lenses mentioned at the end). On this journey from Punta Arenas, the southernmost city on the South American mainland we crossed Patagonian snow capped mountains "Torres Del Paine", volcanos, fjords, exotic flora and fauna, chilled on Chiloe and roamed the narrow alleys of the Unesco world heritage Valparaiso.

For a better orientation about the locations shown here, you may use this interactive map:


Größere Kartenansicht

Chile, the 4300 km long (but on average only 180 km wide) country covers nearly all climate zones from the Atacama desert to the antarctic boarder. Bounded between the coast on the west and the Andes on the east you can count about 2000 volcanos from which about 100 are currently active. The first station Punta Arenas at the Strait of Magellan is the starting point for trips to Tierra del Fuego and the Antarctica as well as to the Torres del Paine National Park.

View to Strait of Magallanes and Tierra Del Fuego (Feuerland), Punta Arenas, Chile
View to Strait of Magallanes and Tierra Del Fuego, Punta Arenas

Palacio Sara Braun, Punta Arenas, Magallanes y Antartica Chilena, Patagonia, Chile
Palacio Sara Braun, Punta Arenas, Magallanes y Antartica Chilena

Magellanic Penguins near Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile
Magellanic Penguins near Punta Arenas

Magellanic Penguin near Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile
Face to face with a Magellanic Penguin

About a three hours drive north of Punta Arenas you find the major attraction Torres del Paine National Park:

Guanakos at Rio Paine, Torres Del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
Guanakos at Rio Paine, Torres Del Paine

Rio Paine, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
Rio Paine, Torres del Paine

Lago Pehoe, Torres Del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
Lago Pehoe, Torres Del Paine

Pano from Glacier Grey, Lago Grey, Torres Del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
Glacier Grey, Lago Grey, Torres Del Paine

flame cut, Torres Del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
Flame cut, Torres Del Paine

Lago Pehoe, Torres Del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
Lago Pehoe, Torres Del Paine

On a two hours flight to Puerto Montt you can enjoy a great aerial view over the lakes and Andes:

30000 ft above Patagonian Andes, Chile/Argentina
30000 ft above Patagonian Andes, Chile/Argentina

On Chiloe Island, about one hour drive from Puerto Montt, you find lots of wooden churches, Palafitos and fresh Seafood. Chiloe has a lot of rain days but if you are fortunate with the weather, you can enjoy this picturesque island in rich colors:

Iglesia San Francisco De Castro, Chiloe, Chile - DSC01045
Iglesia San Francisco De Castro, Chiloe

Palafitos, Chiloe Island, Patagonia, Chile
Palafitos, Chiloe Island

Dalcahue, Chiloe Island, Chile - DSC01103
Dalcahue, Chiloe Island

Algas - DSC01110
Algas

Iglesia de Chonchi, Queilen, Chiloe, Patagonia, Chile
Iglesia de Chonchi, Queilen, Chiloe

Ostra
Ostra

North of Puerto Montt starts a wonderful area dominated by large lakes and volcanos, starting with volcano Osorno:

Lago Todos Los Santos, Vulcano Osorno, Patagonia, Chile
Lago Todos Los Santos, Vulcano Osorno

View from volcano Osorno, Patagonia, Chile - DSC01268
View from volcano Osorno

Volcano Osorno - View from Puerto Varas
Sunset illuminating snow cap of Volcano Osorno - View from Puerto Varas

Travelling further towards north, Valdivia may be worth a visit as well:

Tango Dancers, Valdivia, Chile
Tango Dancers, Valdivia

Reserva Biológica Huilo Huilo provides some magnificent views to several waterfalls and magical hotels:

Saltos Del Huilo-Huilo, Región de Los Ríos, Neltume, Chile
Saltos Del Huilo-Huilo, Región de Los Ríos, Neltume

Montaña Mágica Lodge, Reserva Biológica Huilo Huilo, Chile
Montaña Mágica Lodge, Reserva Biológica Huilo Huilo

Nothafagus (ex Baobab) Hotel, Reserva Biológica Huilo Huilo, Chile - DSC09668
Nothafagus (ex Baobab) Hotel, Reserva Biológica Huilo Huilo

Another impressive - still acive - volcano is Villarica, located close to Pucon:

Villarica Volcano, View from Pucon, Patagonia, Chile
Villarica Volcano, View from Pucon

Sunset at Pucon, Patagonia, Chile
Sunset at Pucon

Crossing the Casablanca wine valley brings you to the cultural capital of Chile, Valparaiso, a Unesco world heritage site with many eye-candy view points, street and cable art:

Cerro Concepción, Valparaiso, Chile
Cerro Concepción, Valparaiso

Street art, Valparaiso, Chile
Street art, Valparaiso

Street & cable art, Valparaiso, Chile
Street & cable art, Valparaiso

Ascensor, Valparaiso, Chile
Ascensor, Valparaiso

Ascensor operator, Valparaiso, Chile
Ascensor operator, Valparaiso

A collection of some eye catching doors of Valparaiso:

Doors of Valparaiso (8652x12960 px)
Doors of Valparaiso (8652x12960 px)

You can click on the images to see higher resolutions. If you are interested on further images, please visit and comment the video slideshow at the beginning of the this article and and this Flickr album http://www.flickr.com/photos/hhackbarth/sets/72157639475644074

For those who are interested in the equipment used on this journey:

  • Sony A7R
  • Leica Tri Elmar 16-18-21mm f/4 ASPH ("WATE")
  • Zeiss FE 2.8/35
  • Zeiss FE 1.8/55
  • Voigtlander Nokton 21/1.8 ASPH
  • Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85/1.8 G (2012 model)

Most of the time I carried only the A7r with the Leica WATE, the Zeiss FE 2.8/35 and the FE 1.8/55, a lightweight and compact set with the best image quality I've seen so far.

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