Peru and Bolivia: Lands of Wind

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Two months travelling through Peru and Bolivia seems like an awfully long time, but clearly there’s more than enough in both countries to keep a traveller occupied.

Lands of Wind is a short film shot by Baptiste Lanne. In his time travelling around South America – from city to countryside, and jungles to mountains – it’s clear that Peru and Bolivia made an impact on Lanne.

So he put together this gorgeous little video with some colourful clips from all around both countries. Locals in their native dress, a stunning view overlooking Machu Picchu, the Bolivian salt flats, etc. And lots and lots of adorable children running around.

Bolivia is high up there on my list of “must-see” places. The Salar de Uyuni salt flats are worth the trip alone for their mystical quality of having a nearly perfect reflective surface. You’ve probably seen the photos. Then there’s Bolivia’s Lake Titicaca, the largest high-altitude lake in the world. Oh, and the curious flamingos that live high in the Bolivian Andes. In other words, Bolivia is an outdoor lover’s dream destination.

Peru, I have explored. Machu Picchu is still one of the most memorable travel experiences of my life. I remember emerging onto the ridge overlooking the ancient ruins as the clouds began to part, and then I had a perfect view. It was so beautiful, I cried.

There’s a lot more to Peru than Machu Picchu, too. Cusco was one of my favourite little mountain towns (even if the altitude sickness hit hard), and I loved hiking around Colca Canyon. I miss the food—bottles of questionable yellow Inca Cola, cracked corn, and ceviche were some of my favourite dishes. (I didn’t love the guinea pig so much, though.)  One of our GA staffers got blissfully stuck in nearby Arequipa – yet another spot well worthy of exploration – check out her story here.

So if you’ve been on the fence about a trip to South America, don’t be. I promise you won’t regret it.

If you enjoyed this video you may also like The True Beauty of Travel Video Diary and The Northern Lights 

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