We often think that we have to travel far to see worthwhile places without knowing that our South American land hides some of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. Several of these are off the tourist radar of the agencies and magazines.
In the territory occupied by Chile and Bolivia, there are several impressive world-class landscapes.
Here I show you photos that I could take in these incredible places and tell you a little about each of them.
These are the 6 dream landscapes in Chile and Bolivia:
1) Laguna Verde, Bolivia: Look and don’t touch
The green lagoon is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful natural landscapes that I have seen in my life. The first time I got to the place, I was stunned sitting on a rock, contemplating what seems surreal.
An immense volcano, perfectly conical with this turquoise lagoon at its feet. A deluge of beauty for the eyes of the traveller.
In the “Eduardo Avaroa” Andean fauna nature reserve, this lagoon is located in the Bolivian highlands, very close to the border between Chile and Bolivia.
It arrives in 4 × 4 trucks from Chile, normally departing from San Pedro de Atacama, in the 4-day tour destined for the great Salar de Uyuni. In case you haven’t read it yet, we count this entire 4-day journey as “a walk in the clouds. “
Curiosity: When you see the green lagoon, the first thing that crosses your mind is the possibility of bathing. Unfortunately, it is impossible since its waters are completely toxic due to their high magnesium, arsenic and other minerals.
The green lagoon “You look at it, and you don’t touch it.”
2) Valparaíso, Chile:
In Valparaíso, there is no middle ground. Either you fall completely in love with the place, or you run off in search of other airs. This happens because “Valpo” has a very marked personality, bohemian and artistic, with its underground and gothic touch.
The landscape of its hills with coloured houses, rising above the cultural heritage port, provoke a unique atmosphere.
One venture to walk through the labyrinths of its hills can find with any surprise: stairs that connect streets, musicians playing on the sidewalk, graffiti alleys, stray dog bands, artisan-decorated cafes, and much more.
This inspiring muse city of Pablo Neruda has everything to make you fall in love with.
3) Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia:
The largest salt flat in Uyuni, Bolivia, is the most surreal place in South America.
Getting to the centre of it is an experience that will make you feel like you’re on another planet. You look around, and you can only see the white ground and blue sky. It’s like standing in infinity.
Even if you walk away a bit, you can feel a truly intimidating silence. There you are and nothing else. It is a fascinating experience!
And of course, on a visit to the great white desert, you cannot miss the moment of creativity with the photos in perspective.
4) The Silolí desert, Bolivia:
The Silolí desert is located in the department of Potosí in Bolivia. It is one of the driest places on the planet, a place where it hardly ever rains.
This inhospitable territory generates incredible sensations. At times the gaze is lost in infinity when seeing great distances of only sand, rocks and mountains.
There are sectors where there are giant pieces of volcanic stones with bizarre formations. The famous “stone tree” is a stone monolith 5 meters high that is considered a monument in Bolivia.
5) Valley of the Moon, Chile:
Very close to the Atacama desert’s great oasis, San Pedro de Atacama’s town is this natural wonder of Chile.
At sunset, adventurous foreigners from all over the world come to eat the classic snack in the open air accompanied by glasses of wine and wait to see how the great valley takes on the sunset’s orange colours. It is a landscape like no other!
If you go to Chile and want to feel “on the moon” and keep a landscape that will remain marked for life, you cannot miss the Valley of the Moon.
6) Laguna Cejar and Laguna Piedra, Chile:
There is a nature reserve a couple of hours from San Pedro de Atacama with some of the region’s best landscapes.
In that place is the «Stone Lagoon», one of the few places in the world, along with the Dead Sea, where you can float without the need for any effort. This is due to a large amount of salt in the water.
You can also visit the “eyes of the salt flat” and the volcanoes’ viewpoint along with the lagoon. A spectacular place where you can see an impressive chain of volcanoes at a perfect distance.
I could see one of the best sunsets that I have seen in my life in this place.
Did you like the landscapes that you can find in Chile and Bolivia? These are only 6 of them. There is an infinity of natural beauties that await in these areas to be discovered by curious travellers.