Iquitos, Peru - houses on the Amazon River
Market in Monserrate, Colombia
I photographed this man in smoking in central Bogota, Colombia in 2010 (left), ended up watching No Reservations (with Anthony Bourdain) years later and saw the same man with cigarette in hand (filmed 2008)
McDonalds in Bogota, Colombia - this one only sells McDonalds desserts (no burgers or fries)
KFC in Medellin, Colombia - here is another walk-up dessert bar - you can only buy desserts here - no chicken.
Colombia is known for it's coffee; this is a portable 'coffee shop' of all the places I went for coffee all I could find was Juan Valdez (they must export all of their premium coffee, otherwise Juan Valdez must have a monopoly on coffee sales in Colombia).
Buenos Aires, Argentina - Inside a restaurant in Argentina - you think this would entice people into the USA to stop in for a bite?
Colonia, Uruguay – like Cuba there are a lot of classic cars in this quaint village along the Rio de la Plata. This is a restaurant where you can sit and eat in an old car just like this one, minus the plants growing inside.
Drainage system in Georgetown, Guyana - notice how each house drains into a public 'above ground' sewer. Their fresh water is kept in the large black barrels.
Georgetown, Guyana. A lot of houses built adjacent to one another were literally night and day. The same goes with religions there (Mosques, are built next to Churches which are built next to Temples and based on my conversations with the locals there is no religious conflict - why can't more of the world use this as an example?)
Public beach in Guyana - definitely don't want to go there for the beaches - a good reason is that the sewage referenced before empties near here.
The metro system in Medellin, Colombia is better than any I've been on in the USA. Very expansive, affordable, clean and safe. This is in a very mountainous area so they have cable cars as part of their system to take you to the top of the hills.
So relaxing floating over the high mountain forest on the public transportation from the city up to the National Park. We looked down and saw large blue-butterflies the size of both my hands combined.
From the metro I saw tractors pushing trash into the river, this was a huge trash dump on the side of the hill behind a housing complex in Medellin, Colombia.
Lima, Peru - this is not a pet store, it is a fresh food market.
More of the fresh market in Lima; it isn’t refrigerated in here and it’s rather warm.
Iquitos, Peru (largest city in the Peruvian Amazon) - you think the streets in your town need fixing....
This little boy was sitting on the street drinking juice out of a bag in Iquitos, Peru.
I snapped this photo as I walked by an open door of someone's house in the rural Amazon in Peru - I was surprised that nearly all the houses had TV with dishes attached (somehow) to their houses.
Kayaking in the Seven Lakes District, Argentina
People live here in the mountains on the border of Argentina and Chile – it’s called Refugio Frey and it is roughly a 6-hour hike to get here (about 4 hours to get down). I was surprised to see a cabin here in such a remote location and even more surprised that they sold us a pizza and beer.
Market in Cusco, Peru, this is the cheese aisle –reminiscent of the market in Lima.
Juice anyone – this was a very popular juice stand outside the market in Cusco, right out of a bucket on the street.
Kids all over Central and South America have bags of juice with a straw. I suppose they might find it unusual to see kids with juice boxes in the USA.
Valdivia, Chile – a businessman in a suit is shopping here at a fresh fish market near the water.
All the scraps are taken care of as they are thrown over the dock by the Chilean Seals (Sea Lions).
Some of the best works of graffiti (street art) I’ve seen is in Argentina, also a lot of public displays of affection – you just don’t see people making out in the USA as I see in Central and South America.
This woman was selling water at Ollantaytambo, Peru with her son on her back – I see children accompanying their mother often throughout South America. The girl on the right (eating a snack out of a rock on the side of the road) was with her mother who was working at a juice stand in the mountain area of Pisac, Peru
Driving across the mountain pass between Chile and Argentina – each photo was taken only 2 hours apart – such drastic change in climate in such a short distance.
No cars and a lot of walking people improvise – a lot of carrying heavy things
Being outside in the elements all day shows particularly with the elderly and how weathered they are in the face. This woman’s fingernails and toenails show a hard life – I saw much worse than this but didn’t take pictures
I saw men sleeping everywhere on benches, in the park at bus stops, seems to be a common practice to catch some sleep whenever possible.
Hiking up to the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro; many cities throughout Latin America have statues of Jesus perched on a high point overlooking the city.
The view of Rio from Christ the Redeemer Statue - Copacabana Beach is to the left; Ipanema Beach is to the right.