Mark Watson

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Lyttelton / New Zealand-based photographer, designer and lover of wild places. Currently cycling from Alaska to Patagonia www.highlux.co.nz/blog
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Los Ochos (The Eights) Caño Cristales at sunset. This river is famous for turning red and green with a profusion of algae-like plants that thrive post wet-season. We were here at the wrong time of year for that spectacle but even still it's a really beautiful river flowing through pools waterfalls and shallows worn onto the sandstone over thousands of years. . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel…

Los Ochos (The Eights) Caño Cristales at sunset. This river is famous for turning red and green with a profusion of algae-like plants that thrive post wet-season. We were here at the wrong time of year for that spectacle but even still it's a really beautiful river flowing through pools waterfalls and shallows worn onto the sandstone over thousands of years. . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel…

El Avión one of the tiny hamlets we stayed in en route to La Macarena from Villavicencio Los Llanos. At each of these isolated spots the people were lovely but there was a recurring theme of how hard times have fallen on such places with the demise of coca cultivation and hence cocaine production in the region since FARC relinquished control and ceased drug trafficking. Nearly everybody we met mentioned it and seemed to mourn for the time when there were more people and more cash…

El Avión one of the tiny hamlets we stayed in en route to La Macarena from Villavicencio Los Llanos. At each of these isolated spots the people were lovely but there was a recurring theme of how hard times have fallen on such places with the demise of coca cultivation and hence cocaine production in the region since FARC relinquished control and ceased drug trafficking. Nearly everybody we met mentioned it and seemed to mourn for the time when there were more people and more cash…

Some of the 300km of perfect dirt road/track touring between Vista Hermosa and San Vincente del Caguan Los Llanos Meta. . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #sonyalphanz #sonya7rii #rideloaded#exploretocreate#travelphoto  #lifeofadventure#intothewild#traveldeeper#everydaylatinamerica #colombia #southamerica #colombiaesincreible #meta #losllanos

Some of the 300km of perfect dirt road/track touring between Vista Hermosa and San Vincente del Caguan Los Llanos Meta. . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #sonyalphanz #sonya7rii #rideloaded#exploretocreate#travelphoto #lifeofadventure#intothewild#traveldeeper#everydaylatinamerica #colombia #southamerica #colombiaesincreible #meta #losllanos

Perros siempre perros!  If they're not chasing us down the road they're waiting patiently for bones and scraps. . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #sonyalphanz #sonya7rii #rideloaded#exploretocreate#travelphoto  #lifeofadventure#intothewild#traveldeeper#everydaylatinamerica #colombia #southamerica #colombiaesincreible #perros

Perros siempre perros! If they're not chasing us down the road they're waiting patiently for bones and scraps. . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #sonyalphanz #sonya7rii #rideloaded#exploretocreate#travelphoto #lifeofadventure#intothewild#traveldeeper#everydaylatinamerica #colombia #southamerica #colombiaesincreible #perros

Caño Canoas one of many beautiful streams that drain the sandstone massif of Serranía de la Macarena. Just a 20 minute walk through jungle from the dirt road to this spot. This waterfall was just one of four or five that cascade off this section of cliff - giving the place a Babylonian feel with warm rock underfoot and epic greenery. . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost…

Caño Canoas one of many beautiful streams that drain the sandstone massif of Serranía de la Macarena. Just a 20 minute walk through jungle from the dirt road to this spot. This waterfall was just one of four or five that cascade off this section of cliff - giving the place a Babylonian feel with warm rock underfoot and epic greenery. . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost…

Excellent dirt road riding as we skirt the edge of the great plains of Los Llanos and the toe of the Serranía de la Macarena. East of the Andes this region - the nexus of the Orinocoan Andean and Amazonian regions - is rich in biodiversity and has been a fascinating journey through small communities. . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring…

Excellent dirt road riding as we skirt the edge of the great plains of Los Llanos and the toe of the Serranía de la Macarena. East of the Andes this region - the nexus of the Orinocoan Andean and Amazonian regions - is rich in biodiversity and has been a fascinating journey through small communities. . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring…

Since the 2016 peace deal between FARC and the Colombian Govt violence has more or less ceased in the Los Llanos region - but the signs of this uneasy time are everywhere in the form of bunkers and checkpoints.  We've just spent two weeks cycling through this amazing region which is finally safe enough for independent travel. . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside…

Since the 2016 peace deal between FARC and the Colombian Govt violence has more or less ceased in the Los Llanos region - but the signs of this uneasy time are everywhere in the form of bunkers and checkpoints. We've just spent two weeks cycling through this amazing region which is finally safe enough for independent travel. . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside…

Forget cats - baby spider monkeys are way more fun! . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #sonyalphanz #sonya7rii #rideloaded#exploretocreate#travelphoto #spidermonkey #losllanos #lifeofadventure#intothewild#traveldeeper#everydaylatinamerica #colombia #southamerica #colombiaesincreible

Forget cats - baby spider monkeys are way more fun! . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #sonyalphanz #sonya7rii #rideloaded#exploretocreate#travelphoto #spidermonkey #losllanos #lifeofadventure#intothewild#traveldeeper#everydaylatinamerica #colombia #southamerica #colombiaesincreible

This incredibly cute trio of Titi Amazonian monkeys sat - tails intertwined - watching us watching them. Meta Los Llanos.  New post on the blog with more from this amazing region - link in bio...  . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #sonyalphanz #sonya7rii #rideloaded#exploretocreate#travelphoto #titi #monkey #meta…

This incredibly cute trio of Titi Amazonian monkeys sat - tails intertwined - watching us watching them. Meta Los Llanos. New post on the blog with more from this amazing region - link in bio... . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #sonyalphanz #sonya7rii #rideloaded#exploretocreate#travelphoto #titi #monkey #meta…

Simón Bolivar Plaza. Bogotá. . . .#alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #sonyalphanz #sonya7rii #rideloaded#exploretocreate#travelphoto #bogota #lifeofadventure#intothewild#traveldeeper#everydaylatinamerica #colombia #southamerica #colombiaesincreible #simonbolivar

Simón Bolivar Plaza. Bogotá. . . .#alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #sonyalphanz #sonya7rii #rideloaded#exploretocreate#travelphoto #bogota #lifeofadventure#intothewild#traveldeeper#everydaylatinamerica #colombia #southamerica #colombiaesincreible #simonbolivar

When the road goes down the size of the plants goes up! . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #sonyalphanz #sonya7rii #rideloaded#exploretocreate#travelphoto  #lifeofadventure#intothewild#traveldeeper#everydaylatinamerica #colombia #southamerica #colombiaesincreible

When the road goes down the size of the plants goes up! . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #sonyalphanz #sonya7rii #rideloaded#exploretocreate#travelphoto #lifeofadventure#intothewild#traveldeeper#everydaylatinamerica #colombia #southamerica #colombiaesincreible

I think only a cycle tourist or a thru-hiker can eat this much for lunch! Admittedly we didn't need to eat again for the whole afternoon ... ;-) . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #rideloaded#exploretocreate#travelphoto  #lifeofadventure#intothewild#traveldeeper#everydaylatinamerica #colombia #southamerica #colombiaesincreible

I think only a cycle tourist or a thru-hiker can eat this much for lunch! Admittedly we didn't need to eat again for the whole afternoon ... ;-) . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #rideloaded#exploretocreate#travelphoto #lifeofadventure#intothewild#traveldeeper#everydaylatinamerica #colombia #southamerica #colombiaesincreible

How much leche can you carry on a motorcycle? - - Throughout Colombia milk has been a staple of the economy. Nearly everyday we ride we these aluminium urns outside people's homes and fincas freshly milked from cows by hand. Old trucks rattle along the roads a couple times a day collecting these urns for the processing centres. Often times though that's just down the road where the milk is made into cheese and yoghurt. - - Love seeing this less industrialised approach to life and to see and…

How much leche can you carry on a motorcycle? - - Throughout Colombia milk has been a staple of the economy. Nearly everyday we ride we these aluminium urns outside people's homes and fincas freshly milked from cows by hand. Old trucks rattle along the roads a couple times a day collecting these urns for the processing centres. Often times though that's just down the road where the milk is made into cheese and yoghurt. - - Love seeing this less industrialised approach to life and to see and…

Colibrí/Humming Bird. Acaime Valle del Cocora. . . .#alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #sonyalphanz #sonya7rii #rideloaded#exploretocreat #travelphoto  #lifeofadventure#intothewild #traveldeeper#everydaylatinamerica #colombia #southamerica #colombiaesincreible #valledelcocora #salento #colibri #hummingbird

Colibrí/Humming Bird. Acaime Valle del Cocora. . . .#alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #sonyalphanz #sonya7rii #rideloaded#exploretocreat #travelphoto #lifeofadventure#intothewild #traveldeeper#everydaylatinamerica #colombia #southamerica #colombiaesincreible #valledelcocora #salento #colibri #hummingbird

Colours of Colombia. Salento Quindío. . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #sonyalphanz #sonya7rii #rideloaded#exploretocreate#travelphoto #salento #quindío #lifeofadventure#intothewild#traveldeeper#everydaylatinamerica #colombia #southamerica #colombiaesincreible

Colours of Colombia. Salento Quindío. . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #sonyalphanz #sonya7rii #rideloaded#exploretocreate#travelphoto #salento #quindío #lifeofadventure#intothewild#traveldeeper#everydaylatinamerica #colombia #southamerica #colombiaesincreible

The sublime wax palms of Valle del Cocora Quindío. . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #sonyalphanz #sonya7rii #rideloaded#exploretocreate#travelphoto #waxpalm #valledelcocora #lifeofadventure#intothewild#traveldeeper#everydaylatinamerica #colombia #southamerica #colombiaesincreible

The sublime wax palms of Valle del Cocora Quindío. . . . #alaskatoargentina #bicycletouring #bikepacking#cyclinglife #pedalforever #exploretheworld#theglobewanderer #igtravel #roamtheplanet #staywild#getlost #optoutside #keepexploring #sonyalphanz #sonya7rii #rideloaded#exploretocreate#travelphoto #waxpalm #valledelcocora #lifeofadventure#intothewild#traveldeeper#everydaylatinamerica #colombia #southamerica #colombiaesincreible