The Andes are an incredible mountain range passing from north to south through seven countries making it the longest continental mountain range in the world. There is something about the Andes that is simply magical. The grandeur, scale and scope of the Andes is mind-boggling. Over 4,300 miles long (7,000 km) and at points up to 430 miles wide (700 km), the Andes are immense and are blessed with some of the highest volcanoes in the world and largest ice fields.
I have been lucky to have set foot on the Andes in Peru, Chile, Argentina and most recently, Bolivia. There is no way I can pick favorites as each place has been unique and special in its own way. A four-day visit to the Cordillera Real in the Altiplano of Bolivia gave me once again a feeling of the enormous scale of the Andes. There are over 600 snow-capped peaks in just the Cordillera Real and we only hiked two of them.
On the first day at our camp as the morning sun rose high above the Andes, I shot these photos of what was to come. Judging by the immense beauty, I knew that the Bolivian Andes offered something special.
“In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds”. – Robert Green Ingersoll
“The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world”. – Georges Simenon
“If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won, or lasting happiness achieved”. – Maurice Chevalier
I will have many mountains to scale next week as I head to Haiti. I have never been there before but I imagine it will be a life-changing trip. I am honored to be going with a fabulous group of women on behalf of Macy’s Heart of Haiti program where we will document the amazing work women artisans are doing to create sustainable lives for themselves and a better future for their families. I am bound to have many inspiring stories and photos to share so stay tuned.
This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale. To view more entries, click here.