Chile – San Pedro de Atacama, Day 2

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Many people avoid Chile when visiting South America, or just give Santiago a token visit before flying away. Reasons are usually that it’s too expensive or too far out of the way. I think it’s because people are idiots. This was day two in San Pedro de Atacama. All photos are taken with a ‘camera.’

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Chile – San Pedro de Atacama

Usually I consider photo essays to be very lazy and uninspired when a travel writer just posts a series of photos up and think they’re being creative. The only thing more boring is a photo essay about food (fucken oath, right?). But when it comes to San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile words don’t do it justice. Nothing irritating or amusing happened, I just spent two days in jaw-dropped awe of the place, roaming around lost in the scenery before being shepherded back in to the mini-van to go to another equally spectacular setting.

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Belize Part 1 – Belize City

Belize was a highway hugging nation. After crossing through the Mexican border at Chetumal the bus slowly rumbled deeper into the country via the northern highway which doubled as main streets and suburban avenues for every town, village or single house municipality along the way. It was now night, but even in the darkness locals loitered outside the buildings and houses devoid of anything to pass the time with. Elderly couples sat on their porches or stoops watching the evening traffic pass by. Youths huddled in groups sharing cigarettes and children ran amongst them, chasing balls, cats, chickens, dogs or each other. Basically anything that moved away from them.

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a Belizean chicken bus

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Panama – Panama City

Panama City's New Town

Panama City’s New Town

If ever a city embodied the contrast of Central America’s past and possible future it is Panama City, Panama. Stand in the middle of the Avenue Balboa – the main throughway hugging the water of Bahia de Panama – and look right; you see the colonial past of Casco Viejo. Look left and you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Dubai, with a multitude of high rise buildings shooting skywards at a rapid rate as retired Americans and foreign investors move in.

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