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Säntis

I have been visiting the Appenzell Alps for a short hike at the foot of Mt Säntis. At ca. 2’500 m the Säntis is not very high. It is however a remarkable landmark as it is higher than all the surroundings summits and can be seen from far away. I didn’t go to the top as it was in the clouds. When the weather is clear, it is possible to see 6 countries from the summit (Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, France, and Italy)

Here are a few pictures of this hike from Urnäsch to Schwägalp.

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The Säntis

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There were many flowers along the trail.

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And some busy bees...

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Pilatus

It is time for a few pictures of one of my latest hikes, going up Mount Pilatus (2128 m).

The Pilatus is a beautiful mountain, of which the summit can be reached by the world’s steepest cogwheel railway (or a cable car).

Views towards the valley are amazing.

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The train can be seen from many places. Its maximum declivity is of 48%

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When in sight of the summit...

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... there was a small group of ibex grazing peacefully.

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All along the way, there were many beautiful alpine flowers to be seen.

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Finally, after having reached the summit, there was a great view towards Lucerne, the city being at the foot of the mountain.

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Schächental

As a start to the hiking season, I went for a short stroll on the side of the Schächental. It is a valley in canton Uri leading to the Klausen pass.

It was unfortunately quite cloudy, so that I could only guess what the nice weather view would look like. It gave however a great atmosphere to the place.

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Colonia del Sacramento

It has been way too long since I have updated the site. To reward your patience, here are a few pictures from Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, as a preview to the next trip I will upload - namely Argentina.

The city has been founded in 1680 by Portugal and had at the time the name of Colónia do Sacramento. The city has changed many times of ruler, oscillating between Portugal and Spain. The last ruler before independence of Uruguay in 1828 was Brazil.

The historical part of the city (Barrio HIstórico) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Basílica del Santísimo Sacramento
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City gate - Portón de Campo

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Lighthouse

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View from the Lighthouse

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Streets in the historical quarter

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Bolivia - the North

It has taken me a while, but part 2 of the bolivian pictures is now online.

This part concentrates on the north of the country, with places such as Sajama, Titicaca lake and the Cordillera Real.

Landscapes are different from the South, but just as beautiful and varied. In this part of the trip, we have also left the altiplano to venture deeper in the mountains.

For the whole gallery, it is over there

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