Tag Archives: South America

Aerial Views: Angel Falls In Eastern Venezuela (5K)

5.4K UltraHD aerial footage of my drone flights at the Angel Falls in Canaima National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site in Gran Sabana region of Bolivar State in Venezuela). Filmed in 2022.

Video timeline: ▶️ Drone – Angel Falls 2022 0:00 ▶️ Salto Angel 1:15 ▶️ Canaima National Park Venezuela 2:30

Angel Falls, Spanish Salto Ángel, also called Salto Churún Merúwaterfall in the Guiana Highlands in Bolívar state, southeastern Venezuela, on the Churún River, a tributary of the Caroní, 160 miles (260 km) southeast of Ciudad Bolívar. The highest waterfall in the world, the cataract drops 3,212 feet (979 metres) and is 500 feet (150 metres) wide at the base. It leaps from a flat-topped plateau, Auyán-Tepuí (“Devils Mountain”), barely making contact with the sheer face. The falls are located in Canaima National Park, and, because of the dense jungle surrounding the falls, they are best seen from the air.

The falls, first sighted by outsiders in the 1930s, were named for James Angel, an American adventurer who crash-landed his plane on a nearby mesa in 1937. In late 2009 Venezuelan Pres. Hugo Chávez declared that the falls should be referred to as Kerepakupai Merú, an indigenous name.

Political Analysis: Brazil – A Fractured Nation (FT)

Latin America’s largest nation is facing its most important election in decades as Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva square off amid deep political and cultural polarisation. FT Brazil bureau chief Bryan Harris travels the nation to look at the enormous economic and social challenges facing the next president. He meets wealthy farmers, truckers, evangelicals and those facing food insecurity. Read more at https://on.ft.com/3Cjrg5T

Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers and with over 214 million people, Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest country by area and the seventh most populous.

8K Views: The Mountains, Lakes And Cities Of Chile

Chile is a long, narrow country stretching along South America’s western edge, with more than 6,000km of Pacific Ocean coastline. Santiago, its capital, sits in a valley surrounded by the Andes and Chilean Coast Range mountains.

Video timeline: 0:00 Mountains and lake in torres 0:08 Salto del claro 0:15 Dry hills in chile 0:22 Santiago 0:29 Misty waterfall 0:34 Araucaria forests 0:42 Tagua lake 0:55 Salto del claro 1:05 Northern chile 1:14 Dry hills in chile 1:24 Rice farmer 1:30 Mother and Child War Memorial 1:37 Dry hills in chile 1:41 Santiago 1:48 Green forest 1:53 Torres del paine 1:58 Puerto montt los lagos 2:12 Chile child 2:23 Araucaria forests

The city’s palm-lined Plaza de Armas contains the neoclassical cathedral and the National History Museum. The massive Parque Metropolitano offers swimming pools, a botanical garden and zoo. 

Aerial Views: Salvador In Bahia, Northeast Brazil

Salvador, the capital of Brazil’s northeastern state of Bahia, is known for its Portuguese colonial architecture, Afro-Brazilian culture and a tropical coastline. The Pelourinho neighborhood is its historic heart, with cobblestone alleys opening onto large squares, colorful buildings and baroque churches such as São Francisco, featuring gilt woodwork.

Morning News: Record Heat Waves, Colombia’s FARC, Ukraine Grain Store

Vast stretches of the temperate world are baking or burning, and as climate change marches on widespread heatwaves will only grow more intense and more common.

After a half-century of insurgency, some rebels of Colombia’s disbanded FARC group needed a new calling: they have become tour guides. And a look at where Ukraine can store its considerable grain harvest. 

Colombia Views: The Food & Culture Of Medellín

Medellín is the capital of Colombia’s mountainous Antioquia province. Nicknamed the “City of Eternal Spring” for its temperate weather, it hosts a famous annual Flower Festival. Modern metrocables link the city to surrounding barrios and offer views of the Aburrá Valley below. Sculptures by Fernando Botero decorate downtown’s Botero Plaza, while the Museo de Antioquia displays more of the Colombian artist’s work. 

Incredible food, amazing art, friendly people all nestled in a breathtaking landscape. Medellin was my first visit to South America, believe it or not and I was captivated by everything it and Colombia has to offer. We were joined by Medellin and Colombia food experts and enthusiast Gaston from Palenque tours to experience some of the lesser known Colombian food. Spoiler alert: it was all absolutely delicious. https://palenque-tours-colombia.com/

Architecture: CASA SAN PABLO DEL LAGO In Ecuador

Bernardo Bustamante Arquitectos realizes this ‘Casa San Pablo del Lago’ SPL house as a retreat to inspire a connection with the landscape of  Ecuador. Emerging from the slopes of San Pablo Lake, the  dwelling  overlooks the community of Pijal — a place populated primarily by indigenous Otavaleña people. From its sloping site, the mountains and volcanoes which make up the North Ecuadorian Andes stand in full view, creating a grand frame around the scenic lake below.

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Travel Views: Lapinha Da Serra In Eastern Brazil

Located in the Santana do Riacho district, in the Serra do Cipó region , Lapinha da Serra is the perfect destination for lovers of nature, gastronomic tourism, adventure sports and those looking for peace, rest and energy. The region is surrounded by beautiful waterfalls, true postcards, has a wide variety of lodging facilities, excellent restaurants and a great calendar of events.

The concept of travel has changed a lot in recent years and we believe that post-pandemic tourism will be different as well. As we’ve already talked about here, the idea is to forget about “seeing as much as possible” and thinking about “living as much as possible”. It’s about slowing down, taking the time to see, experience and, above all, connect – it’s a total immersion in a new place or culture, connecting to yourself and your surroundings and encouraging a more meaningful travel experience.

In June of 2021 we went to Lapinha da Serra, a community located in Serra do Cipó, 136 km from Belo Horizonte. We recorded wonderful images and had unique experiences. This is a film about experiences and connections. The focus is on the journey itself – be present and enjoy each moment.

Creative Production by: Fernanda Brandão; Kulturiz
Cinematography by: Fernanda Brandão and Jean Carlos
Editing by: Fernanda Brandão
Special Thanks: Lapinha Adventure and Casa Pedra Aroeira
Soundtrack: Zaka – Jaja

Short Films: ‘The Legend of Ñaymlap’ – An Andean Origin Story Of Peru (2022)

In the Denver Art Museum’s Art of the Ancient Americas galleries, we worked with Mexico City-based animators Hola Combo to create animations to help tell the origin stories that explain the relationship between ancient American communities and the their environment. For the Andes, we chose a story that loosely relates to the works on display. “The Legend of Ñaymlap” is an ancient story from Peru’s northern coastal communities and supposedly records the origins of the Sicán or Lambayeque dynasty (about 750–1375 CE). Within this origin story, there is a moral about the relationship between the deities and the land. As the ruler turns away from the deities, rain and floods devastate the land, starving the community.

The Peruvian Andes: Cusco To Macho Picchu (4K)

Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, was once capital of the Inca Empire, and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. Plaza de Armas is the central square in the old city, with arcades, carved wooden balconies and Incan wall ruins. The baroque Santo Domingo Convent was built on top of the Incan Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), and has archaeological remains of Inca stonework. 

Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery.