Photographer Jason Corroto recently shot this series for Corona Extra Journey’s. All about doing it solo in the South American desert.
Travelling alone is a journey within itself. Being outside of your comfort zone is something every individual has to experience sometime in their life! I chose Chile in South America – buses, flights, treks, hikes, adventures, coldness, fear and excitement.
Pucon was my first stop 6 hours south of Santiago, a little adventure town with hundreds of different activities ranging from rafting, canopying, trekking, hot spring tours and hikes up Volcan Villarrica. I hit the 2860m Volcano, Volcan Villarrica. An exhausting 8 hour round trip with incredible 360 degree views of the Andes in Chile and Argentina.
From Pucon in the south, I headed back to the most northern tip where the desert was dry, though the air is as cold as the south. An overnight bus and a short flight over the Andes dropped me into the town of San Pedro – de Atacama Desert. A simple town made out of clay and brick with surroundings lakes, volcanoes and unreal rock formations. Stargazing at night with a bottle of vino and a few new mates from the hostel was defiantly one of the top experiences of the trip. After several days exploring the desert on two wheels I flew to the beach town of Arica. The surf was fun and the town was alive.
The National Parks in Chile are truly amazing with some of the best hiking in the world! National Park Lauca was a 3 hour drive out of Arica. The perfect blue skies, incredible salt flats and snow captured volcanoes made for some great imagery. The high altitude of Lake Chungara at 4500m knocks the wind out of you, but the amazing scenery, jaw dropping lakes and funny looking llamas and flamingoes make the journey well worth it. From here I flew back to Santiago and prepared for the next stage of my journey which involved a flight to Sau Paulo and 5 weeks in Brazil chasing the World Cup.
Meeting various characters is a bonus of traveling by yourself, as you are forced to make conversation with new and different individuals. Every town you pass and activity you do is with a new and unfamilar face and thats the beauty of a solo mission.
Photos and words: Jason Corroto