Ted’s Travels The colours of South America: Part II
From the pristine white of Uyuni Salt Flats to the vibrant red of the Atacama Desert, South America will surely marvel you with its natural colours. Last week, I told you about four amazing destinations. It’s time to go on with the list!
The Hill of Seven Colours
The ‘Hill of Seven Colours’ is located in Northern Argentina, in the outskirts of the city of Purmamarca. Similar to the Rainbow Mountain in Peru, the Hill of Seven Colours will dazzle you with its tones of pink, white, purple, red, green, brown, and yellow; colours that reflect the diversity of sediments that make it up its body.
Torres del Paine National Park
The granite peaks of the Paine mountain range extend up to 2,500 meters high in one of Chile’s largest and most popular national parks. Imagine this topped up with glaciers, lakes, and breath-taking valleys, and you’re in for a lifetime experience full of colour.
The Glaciers National Park
On the Argentinian side of Patagonia, the Glaciers National Park boasts more colourful sights. The world-famous glacier, Perito Moreno (the only growing glacier in the world), marvels travellers with its blue colossal ice-caps. At the north of the park, Fitz Roy peak rises on top of the village of El Chalten and the Viedma lake. Don’t miss a sunrise or a susnset facing Fitz-Roy – the stone is painted in pink, yellow, and red with the light.
The Marble Caves
If you travel along the Carretera Austral in Southern Chile you will come across a blue destination. The Marble Caves are a mineral formations located in the banks of General Carrera lake. The water has erosioned the minerals, creating a complex system of caves that can be cruised through by kayaks and other small vessels.
Give us a call and we’ll be happy to arrange a tailor-made itinerary that will surely delight the eye! Next week, I will tell you about a country full of national parks and smoking volcanoes. Learn why Costa Rica is a bird watchers paradise in my next column!
Ted Dziadkiewicz is Director and Founder of Contours Travel, Australia’s longest running tour operator to Latin America. He has been more than 100 times to Latin America over the past 40 years and visited over 20 countries.
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