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My favourite 20 travel photos of 2017

The end of the year is a time for nostalgia, and 2017 has given me some incredible travel memories to reflect on.

In travelling through 12 countries across four continents, I have amassed thousands of photographs – most of them quite mediocre and repetitive! But with a grandstand end to the year in Sydney Harbour looming, I took some time out to look through the backlog and pick out my favourite 20 photographs from our journey.

1.  Inca Trail, Peru

Inca Trail - Machu Picchu - Peru

Taken on the penultimate day of the Inca Trail as we approached Machu Picchu. Literally a path through the clouds.

2.  Cruz del Condor, Colca Canyon, Peru

Condor - Mirador Cruz Del Condor - Colca Canyon - Peru

The world’s largest flying birds prowling for prey at dawn. Here’s our review of the Colca Canyon trek.

3.  Sunset over Lake Titicaca, Copacabana, Bolivia

Lake Titicaca sunset - Copacabana - Bolivia

A beautiful entry to Bolivia, one of the most incredible countries we visited. This article explores our time in Copacabana.

4.  Cerro Rico mine workers, Potosí, Bolivia

Miners - Cerro Rico mines - Potosi - Bolivia

Local miners we visited at work in Potosí. This was not a trip for the faint-hearted: read more here.

5.  Laguna Colorada, Salar de Uyuni tour, Bolivia

Laguna Colorada red lagoon - Uyuni - Bolivia

We saw sunning lagoons of red, green, black and blue on our tour of Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. This was my favourite.

6.  Road from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, to Salta, Argentina

Road from San Pedro de Atacama to Salta - Argentina

Considered by many as the most beautiful bus journey in the world from northern Chile into northern Argentina. Here’s our guide to a northern Argentina road trip.

7.  Sunset colours over Lago Nahuel Huapi, Bariloche, Argentina

Nahuel Huapi Lake - Bariloche - Patagonia - Argentina

Fiery sun rays through grey clouds at dusk in the northern reaches of Patagonia. See our guide to Bariloche here.

8.  Garganta del Diablo, Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Garganta Del Diablo - Iguassu Falls - Brazil

In among the Devil’s Throat on the Brazil side of the world’s largest waterfall system.

9.  Streets of Pelourinho, Salvador, Brazil

Pelourinho streets - Salvador - Brazil

Vibrant and active streets in one of Brazil’s most colourful cities.

10.  Rio de Janeiro at sunset from Sugar Loaf Mountain, Brazil

City view from Sugar Loaf Mountain - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

One of the world’s most iconic city images, and we got lucky with an amazing sunset.

11.  Lighthouse Les Eclaireurs, Ushuaia, Argentina

Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse - Ushuaia - Patagonia - Argentina

The world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia, in the background: the red-and-white lighthouse is one of its icons.

12.  Glaciar Grey, Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile

Glaciar Grey - W Trek - Torres Del Paine - Patagonia - Chile

This view was our reward for over 100 kilometres of trekking on the last day of Patagonia’s famous W Trek.

13.  Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier - El Calafate - Patagonia - Argentina

One of the most jaw-dropping views of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the largest body of ice in the world outside Antarctica.

14.  Fiery sunset at Mount Fitzroy, El Chalten, Argentina

Mount Fitzroy sunset - El Chalten - Argentina

The combination of heavy cloud and a deep orange sunset brought fire to Mount Fitzroy. See our guide to this trek here.

15.  Inside the ancient Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Waitomo Caves - North Island - New Zealand

Beautiful limestone cave formations made up of ancient coral, seashells and fish skeletons.

16.  Mount Ngauruhoe, Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand

Mount Ngauruhoe - Mount Doom - Tongariro Alpine Crossing - North Island - New Zealand

The morning sunshine rebounding off clouds made the real Mount Doom look like an erupting volcano.

17.  Milford Sound at dawn, Fiordlands, New Zealand

Milford Sound - Fjordlands - South Island - New Zealand

The one sight in the world I wanted to see most of all, and so this is my favourite picture.

18.  Sea lions on Milford Sound, Fiordlands, New Zealand

Sea lions - Milford Sound - Fjordlands - South Island - New Zealand

We caught sight of a group of sea lions frolicking on the rocks at Milford Sound. Read about our South Island road trip route here.

19.  Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Australia

Twelve Apostles - Great Ocean Road - Australia

A day trip from Melbourne to one of Australia’s sourthernmost points, and stunning coastal rock formations.

20.  View of Opera House under Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia

Harbour Bridge and Opera House - Sydney - Australia

Nowhere better to end an amazing year than with the tumultuous NYE celebrations in Sydney. We’ll be here for the fireworks.

Have a great New Year everybody, and see you in 2018!

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In 2017, we travelled through four continents, visiting 12 countries in total. Here are my favourite travel photos of the year.


  1. Alex, your photos are wonderful!
    Any chance you will visit USA? You have a place to stay by Washington DC. You would enjoy my son and his wife also.
    Sue Silber your mom’s American friend

    1. Thank you Sue! We would love to visit Washington some time. We actually started our current trip in the USA, in Miami. We would very much like to come back and see more of the country though.

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