Karla Gachet

Los Angeles, USA

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The toilet a small but fundamental part of every-day life, wherever you live in the world.

It was night.

It wasn’t clear if they were lovers or just friends.

“It’s not easy to catch a condor”, Americo Waman said.

The southern tip of South America, made up of the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego and thousands of smaller islands, is separated from the continent by the Strait of Magellan, where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans meet in tempestuous seas, and shared between Chile and Argentina.

Legend has it that mountains used to walk and talk like humans.

It sounds like a contradiction in terms, and in many ways it is.

Bolivia is one of several countries in South America which is home to communities of Mennonites, a group of Christian Anabaptists who migrated to the Americas from Eastern Europe in a number of waves from the late 17th century until the 1950s.

On their epic 7 month journey from Quito in Ecuador down to Tierra del Fuego at the bottom of the South American subcontinent, Karla Gachet and Ivan Kashinsky encountered myriad different communities, landscapes and experiences.

“Jallalla maestritos!

Richly adorned multi-storey mansions with elaborate turrets, balconies, pillars and adornments from across the history of architecture are not the first thing that springs to mind when one thinks of Roma, or Gypsies as they are disparagingly known across Europe.

The Yasuni National Park in the east of Ecuador, home to the indigenous Waorani and Kichwa groups amongst others, is one of the most biologically diverse places on earth, boasting the world’s highest density of amphibian, tree and bat species.

Every May, the small mountain communities of Acatlan and Zitlala in the Mexican state of Guerrero erupt in raucous celebrations during the Catholic Holy week which coincides with the beginning of the spring planting season.

The afternoon sun ignited the dust clouds as silhouettes danced along the mountain path between Salasaca and Pelileo.