The most photographed places in Latin America

the most photographed places in latin america

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Thinking about your next adventure with your camera? Latin America has infinite corners where you can discover the beauty of travel. If you love photography and are planning your next trip, you’re in the right place! In today’s post, we’ll tell you about the most photographed places in Latin America and the ones you’ll want to visit when you finish reading. Ready? Let’s go!

Torres del Paine, Chile

Located in Chilean Patagonia, Torres del Paine is one of the most important and beautiful natural areas in South America. It is perfect for photographing incredible and moving landscapes. Wherever you look, you will want to photograph any point from the same place and at different angles.

torres del paine landscape

This National Park is known worldwide as a destination for trekking. The famous W Trek through Torres del Paine is the most popular route for travelers, followed by the O Circuit, a little longer.

In Torres del Paine, there are different viewpoints such as the French Valley Viewpoint or the Base Torres Viewpoint from where the photos are spectacular due to the play of light and colors.

The light is quite dim due to the weather, as the sky is covered by clouds most of the time and effects such as overexposure can be avoided.

Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

It is the largest salt flat in the world and you will love to discover all the curiosities hidden in Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni. It is one of the most incredible places in South America and if you are wondering when to visit it, think that during the rainy season (January, February and March), there is an impressive mirror effect in front of the camera.

uyuni salt flats mirror effect

To get good photos, you will have to make a precise measurement due to the luminosity of the place. In addition, you can bring out your creative side because in this place you can get very original photos due to the play of perspective.

Besides photos, visiting the Uyuni Salt Flats is an incredible experience and although most visits start from Bolivia, you can also visit the Salar from San Pedro de Atacama if you are in Chile. There you will find a train cemetery and you can contemplate the Dakar salt sculpture. In these last two places, you can play with depth of field and ISO sensitivity to achieve different effects.

train cemetery in uyuni

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, as you can imagine, is one of the most photographed places in Latin America, if not the most. It is one of the 7 wonders of the world and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

machu picchu in peru

Being a photography lover, you will enjoy like a child because with all the places there are to see inside Machu Picchu, different elements can be captured in the same image. In addition, you may come across some emblematic animals such as llamas, which will allow you to capture beautiful pictures on your trip to Peru.

two llamas in machu picchu

If you decide to make a trip to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, keep in mind that many travelers, like you, will want to photograph the place so be patient so that no intruders appear in your photos.

If you want to enjoy this landscape and its surroundings without many people, you can always go to Machu Picchu at sunrise, or do the Salkantay Trek where you can capture different pictures in a 4-day tour.

Huayna Picchu and Picchu Mountain are two areas to which you can also access and get panoramic photos. From there, you will be able to capture the essence of Machu Picchu.

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

This archipelago off the coast of Ecuador is composed of 13 volcanic islands of which only 5 are inhabited:

  • Santa Cruz Island
  • Cristóbal
  • Isabela
  • Floreana
  • Baltra

If you are planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands, you will be surprised by the number of unique animals you can find there.

Landscape of a beach in Galapagos Islands

Besides that, these islands have incredible vegetation and crystal clear water, typical of the paradise that it is. For that reason, we recommend you to bring an underwater camera, because you will surely be eager to snorkel in the Galapagos and it is worth it to capture the life under the surface.

Easter Island, Chile

Visiting Easter Island, you will be visiting the farthest inhabited place from the coast, did you know that? This island is full of traditions and legends of the Rapanui people. That is why it is full of the famous moai statues, which can reach 10 meters high. For this, we recommend using depth of field because the effects are incredible.

You can also find several hidden caverns and landscapes composed of sea and grasslands. The granular effect is quite interesting because it is an island with a very ancient history.

Panoramic view of the moais on Easter Island

Perito Moreno, Argentina

The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most impressive glaciers in Argentina, and it is located in Los Glaciares National Park. The curious thing about this glacier is that it is in constant movement and sometimes produces a rupture of its ice blocks.

perito moreno glacier

Thousands of photographers try to capture such breaks, but it is not known precisely how often it does it, nor the exact day or time, so catching it is complicated. It is important to set up the camera with the correct optical zoom, shooting mode and ISO sensitivity to get the perfect shot.

Photos can be captured from the front from a viewpoint, but you can also do it stepping on the glacier, you read that right! You can trek on the Perito Moreno and take your pictures while walking on a glacier.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil

The Iguazu Falls have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and no wonder. It is a paradise for photographers because of the views, the great connection with nature and the play with lighting. You can get photos of a great variety of tonalities and effects, and it is the perfect place to practice different focuses.

You can visit the Falls from Brazil and from Argentina, as it belongs to both places, and from the rivalry of both in this aspect a slogan was born:

From Brazil you can see the waterfalls and from Argentina you can experience them

Therefore, if you want to take the best picture, we recommend you to visit the Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side to observe and then do it from the Argentine side to enjoy them with a navigation on the Iguazu River. Of course, protect your camera well because it is impossible that you don’t get wet during this visit. And it is the most exciting thing.

iguazu waterfalls

Now you know which are the most photographed places in Latin America. You’ve understood the reasons, right? Well, now you know! Get your camera ready and let’s capture moments 🙂

Lily

Lily is happy with a backpack on her back. Every year she travels through one country in Latin America and has repeated several times, especially Peru where she says she feels at home (although she says the same about Argentina, Chile and Bolivia).

She loves ceviche, hiking and Sunday picnics with her friends, although whenever you ask her, she's always planning her next destination.

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