We had about 3 weeks of travel time outside of our elopement-so we definitely wanted to make the most of it, and wanted to see as much variety in landscape as possible. So we decided on Chile as we had never been before and loved the beauty of the rest of SA-and REALLY glad we picked Chile! ❤️❤️  We landed in Santiago first for a couple of days and saw a lot of the demonstrations that were happening over the transit fee increasing. When I found out what their hourly wage was, I immediately took pity on them, especially in compassion the cost to be in Chile for food/transit/accommodation was like staying back home in Canada. We saw a ton of businesses being shut down, like the Crowne plaza hotel, a lot of the transit terminals were permanently shut , movie theatres, museums, restaurants, news paper stations . It’s amazing how fast they would work as well as it only started at night time on Oct 7, 2019 to present day when we visited on jan 3, 2020. The protests began as secondary-school students began an orchestrated campaign of fare dodging on the Santiago Metro. In response, the Metro authority began controlling access to several stations. The protest got out of hand and killed 36 people in February! Which is just horrible ! You can see in one of the photos I took where it started in the metro station and there are shirts hung up from various people up, and graffiti everywhere, and this metro station is permanently closed now. It reminded me of ground zero, just had a very depressing feeling in the air.

 

Our next stop before we got married was Atacama desert up north of Santiago. It was my favourite spots to visit with some of the sites we saw our out of this world amazing!!!  We were staying in a town just outside of Atacama called San Pedro. It was a beautiful desert town with a white wash over the buildings but then of course wind and dust would come and change it to a different colour! The Catholic church in San Pedro, was constructed during the Spanish colonial period, it is the second oldest church in Chile. It was very well constructed and the courtyard and the spires out front looked very unique for how old it is.  It looks especially gorgeous with that sun coming in and casting shadows! We also had some yummy lemonade juice with Rica-Rica from some kind aboriginal women. We also went to a local fruit market that was playing music and this kid was dancing, it was super funny! We also visited an archaeological museum named Pukará de Quitor in San Pedro. It was incredibly unique seeing mountains that looked like peoples faces that were bright red, with green desert grass below. Then the next day we went to the Valley of the Moon and HANDS down one of my favourite places! The sun light casting that harsh shadow over the baron desert with all the bumps in the rock being shown it really did look like an other planet for sure! The full moon was out in the middle of the day, which I don’t think I have seen before. There was fascinating looking Hoodoos everywhere, one part of the san dune looked like a skeleton backbone and because it was super windy there all the time, they are constantly changing! We hiked up there at dusk to the mountain that’s super narrow was a very interesting climb, especially at sunset the whole valley of the desert came alive and lit up bright red, and a super bizarre looking formation that looks like a “U” shape. They don’t call it valley of the moon for nothing as there is no way this is on earth!! The last stop before we left Atacama was more unique than the Valley of the Moon for sure-we drove around the Atacama desert for the day and that area was massive as well we only had time to visit the pink flamingo region which is so cool to see ones that could survive here~ we saw a ton of lamas everywhere as well. We didn’t really go outside much as every time we did we just felt super nausea and sick. NO wonder we did, we looked it up after and it was 5,050 m in elevation which is the same elevation as the Everest base camp!! It was such an incredibly looking place though with bright copper mountains in one area, and purple in another section, and deep blue lakes, with green baron grass , and the salt fields. In some areas it looked like a marble, the colours of blue, purple, and white were swirling together! Just out of this world breathtakingly pretty! ❤️❤️

 

We stopped in Huilo Huilo for our elopement and visited a black sand beach just outside of town with a lush green tree and mountains that were being fogged in. There was a rusty ship on the beach. Our good friend Matt Green photographed our adventure elopement with my husband Joe on January 11, 2020 in Huilo Huilo biological reserve, Chile!! We are super thankful that we got married there, as we would’ve never met our new friends like our hair/makeup artists who attended our intimate ceremony in the middle of the rain forest. We had both written our vows the day before, and during the ceremony I was crying non-stop . Those same vows hold value to both of us today and everyday. We didn’t have time to have our first dance the day of our elopement as we were out taking pictures pretty late to breath taking spots with turquoise lakes/rivers and the volcano Mocho Choshuenco, and black sand beaches, with a lighthouse. So the morning after we had our first dance in sweat pants on the balcony of the hotel overlooking the rain forest!  More of our elopement later…

 

The morning after our wedding we flew down south to Punta Arenas. Then did a boat tour to the Magdalena island where the penguins live in their natural habitat with a ton of fluffy grey babies! It was so cute! They are such characters I took so many funny photos of them. There was hundreds of borrows that they make because of the wind . There was a lot of sea-lions on the edge of the island too. We stayed at a ranch in Puerto Natales, which had a breathtaking view of Torres del Paine. It’s such an incredibly unique mountain and I took soooo many photos of it of course! In town there was hilarious street signs everywhere of polar bears! It was a very picturesque town. We took another boat tour to see all of the other glaciers in Los Glaciares national park inside Torres del Paine. It’s so magnificent and had so many different waterfalls and lush greenery with turquoise water, on all these separate islands. After we were able to stop for an hour walk around the Torres del Paine trail, it was again so lush and had glaciers left inside the mountain and mini icebergs floating in the blue lake  still, and inside the trail had so many beautiful greenery you would never think in a 100000 years this would exist in Chile as it’s pretty cold most of the time. It was very reminiscent of Hawaii! had vibrant blue water below, and breathtaking glaciers above. The sun started to shine finally as all morning it was raining and in the morning we saw so many rainbows we lost count! ❤️ They were especially pretty with the vibrant blue water, and breathtaking glaciers! We also did a bus toor as well with a lot of walking involved and we went to a sandy beach that was divided by two pathways with turquoise water and Torres del Paine! We traveled from the southern end of Chile to the most northern end. We ended up in Argentina by accident that’s how fried how brains were after being in 5,050m elevation in the Atacama desert!

 

If you want to see more nature photography-since I made a lot of references to it. Check out my Hawaii trip!! ❤️a travel photo of the atacama desert with blue, green, purple swirly salt flats, chile south america

a travel photo of llamas walking away in atacama desert with salt flats, chile south america

a travel photo of the valley of the moon sun shadow chile south america

a travel photo of the valley of the moon sunset chile south america

a travel photo of a metro station during the wage protests in santiago, chile, south america

a travel photo of the downtown square with other peoples clothes with out during the wage protests in santiago, chile, south america

a travel photo of the downtown square with other peoples clothes with out during the wage protests in santiago, chile, south america

a travel photo of a statue where the chilean flag used to hang before during the wage protests in santiago, chile, south america

a travel photo of the downtown square with people camped out during the wage protests in santiago, chile, south america

a travel photo of a metro station during the wage protests in santiago, chile, south america

a travel photo of a movie theatre during the protests in santiago, chile, south america

a travel photo of a metro station during the wage protests in santiago, chile, south america

a travel photo of an art piece on the steps during the wage protests in santiago, chile, south america

a travel photo of the downtown square of a horse statue during the wage protests in santiago, chile, south america

a travel photo my husband during the wage protests in santiago, chile, south america

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a travel photo of a metro station during the wage protests in santiago, chile, south america

a travel photo of an art museum with bloody shirts hanging during the wage protests in santiago, chile, south america

a travel photo of an art museum with bloody shirts hanging during the wage protests in santiago, chile, south america

a travel photo of pink flamingos in atacama desert, chile south america

a travel photo of the valley of the moon , chile south america

a travel photo of the valley of the moon , chile south america

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a travel photo of the atacama desert with blue, green, purple swirly salt flats, chile south america

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a travel photo of a roadside church in atacama desert with blue, green, purple swirly salt flats, chile south america

a travel photo of locals walking in san pedro chile south america

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a travel photo of a church in san pedro chile south america

a travel photo of a church with locals walking in san pedro chile south america

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a travel photo of locals walking in san pedro chile south america

a travel photo of locals walking in san pedro chile south america

a travel photo of a church courtyard with locals walking in san pedro chile south america

a travel photo with locals in san pedro chile south america

a travel photo with locals and the volcano in san pedro chile south america

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a travel photo of the valley of the moon chile south america

a travel photo of the valley of the moon chile south america

a travel photo of the valley of the moon chile south america

a travel photo of the valley of the moon chile south america

a travel photo of the valley of the moon chile south america

a travel photo of the valley of the moon chile south america

a travel photo of the valley of the moon chile south america

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a travel photo of the valley of the moon chile south america

a travel photo of the valley of the moon sun shadow chile south america

a travel photo of the valley of the moon sun shadow chile south america

a travel photo of a sunset the valley of the moon chile south america

a travel photo of a rusty ship on a dark sand beach huilo huilo biological reserve chile south america

a travel photo of a rusty ship on a dark sand beach huilo huilo biological reserve chile south america

a travel photo of a bridge in river rapids with a tree on huilo huilo biological reserve chile south america

a travel photo of a river rapids with a tree on huilo huilo biological reserve chile south america

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a travel photo of a turquoise river with an old bridge on huilo huilo biological reserve chile south america

a travel photo of a penguin sticking its beak outside of their enclosure at magdalena island near punta arenas chile south america

a travel photo of a penguin winking at magdalena island near punta arenas chile south america

a travel photo of a penguin at magdalena island near punta arenas chile south america

a travel photo of two penguins walking together at magdalena island near punta arenas chile south america

a travel photo of a penguin at magdalena island near punta arenas chile south america

a travel photo of a baby penguins at magdalena island near punta arenas chile south america

a travel photo of a penguin at magdalena island near punta arenas chile south america

a travel photo of a penguin at magdalena island near punta arenas chile south america

a travel photo of a baby penguins coat at magdalena island near punta arenas chile south america

a travel photo of a penguin at magdalena island near punta arenas chile south america

a travel photo of 3 penguins going for a swim at magdalena island near punta arenas chile south america

a travel photo of a seals at magdalena island near punta arenas chile south america

a travel photo of the street signs with polar bear on each sign puerto natales chile south america

a travel photo of the view of torres del paine in puerto natales chile south america

a travel photo of a man biking with a view of torres del paine in puerto natales chile south america

a travel photo of a church through trees in puerto natales chile south america

a travel photo of our new friend a dog in puerto natales chile south america
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a travel photo of an abandoned building in puerto natales chile south america

a travel photo of a church through trees in puerto natales chile south america

a travel photo of the sun peaking through the clouds with a bird of a view of torres del paine in puerto natales chile south america

a travel photo of the sunset of a view of torres del paine in puerto natales chile south america

a travel photo of a waterfall in los glaciares national park inside torres del paine chile south america

a travel photo of turquoise water in los glaciares national park in torres del paine chile south america

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a travel photo of multiple waterfalls in los glaciares national park inside torres del paine chile south america

a travel photo of a waterfall in los glaciares national park inside torres del paine chile south america

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a travel photo of turquoise water with a mountain in los glaciares national park in torres del paine chile south america

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a travel photo of a beach with turquoise water with a mountain in los glaciares national park in torres del paine chile south america

a travel photo of a beach with turquoise water with a mountain in los glaciares national park in torres del paine chile south america

a travel photo of turquoise water in sunlight los glaciares national park in torres del paine chile south america

a travel photo of a rainbow with turquoise water in los glaciares national park in torres del paine chile south america