Stretching from the warm tropical shores of the Caribbean to the wild and windswept archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, South America has a dizzying treasure trove of landscapes that have long seduced independent travellers seeking an unforgettable experience. Belgian photographer Pascal Mannaerts has been captivated by the continent since he discovered photography during his student years; here is a selection of his amazing pictures of Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru.
The Altiplano, near La Paz, Bolivia
Dried frogs, potions and medicinal plants in the Witches' Market, La Paz, Bolivia
Sur Lípez, Bolivia
Ancestral remains in a cave in Villamar, Bolivia
Abandoned train, Uyuni, Bolivia
The streets of Copacabana, Bolivia
A woman living in the Antiplano, Bolivia
Ipanema beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lago do Pelourinho, Salvador, Brazil
Portrait of a man in Barreirinhas, Brazil
Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Brazil
The view of Rio from Sugarloaf Mountain, Brazil
A man drumming during a street party, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
An Uros woman, Lake Titicaca, Peru
Mama Peruana in traditional dress, Cusco, Peru
Children walking their llama home, Cusco, Peru
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All photographs courtesy of Pascal Mannaerts – you can see more of his work at www.parcheminsdailleurs.com.
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