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The Cupolog

The northwest passage : Live without dead time

Red on gray, the day’s first light / Rojo a gris, la primera luz del día
Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Red on gray, the day’s first light / Rojo a gris, la primera luz del día

Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Torres del Paine
Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Torres del Paine

Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Lakes and Lagoons
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Argentina - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Lakes and Lagoons

Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Argentina - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Last Stop in Bolivia
Laguna Verde, Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa, Bolivia
© Diego Cupolo 2012

Last Stop in Bolivia

Laguna Verde, Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa, Bolivia

© Diego Cupolo 2012

Laguna Colorada
Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa, Bolivia
© Diego Cupolo 2012

Laguna Colorada

Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa, Bolivia

© Diego Cupolo 2012

High Altitude Flamingos
Laguna Cañapa, Bolivia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

High Altitude Flamingos

Laguna Cañapa, Bolivia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

High Altitude Flamingo
Laguna Hedionda, Bolivia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

High Altitude Flamingo

Laguna Hedionda, Bolivia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Last Swim in Huacachina
Huacachina, Peru - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Last Swim in Huacachina

Huacachina, Peru - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Lago Quilotoa
Half of it, that is. The whole crater lake wouldn’t fit in my lens. It’s quite large. It took Ania and I five hours to hike around the entire Lago Quilotoa.
Quilotoa, Ecuador - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Lago Quilotoa

Half of it, that is. The whole crater lake wouldn’t fit in my lens. It’s quite large. It took Ania and I five hours to hike around the entire Lago Quilotoa.

Quilotoa, Ecuador - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Laguna De ApoyoThey say it’s the best swim in the country. Laguna De Apoyo was halfway between Masaya and Granada so we stopped by to try out the water. What we found was an overpriced tourist resort. Some places asked for $30 a night. The most we paid up until that point was $5 a night.That day, we entered a different Nicaragua than the one we were used to. The Costa Rican border wasn’t far and we could feel it. Groups of tourists were walking around with cameras in hand.Hide that shit, you’re in Central America!Offended, we walked passed the foreign-owned hotels and pitched our tent in a backyard. Always the best solution.When we got in the water we realized we were swimming in a volcano crater. The water tasted like sulfur. It was nice. Easy to float. Good for the skin.They also say it’s the cleanest lagoon in Nicaragua, but a local biologist told us several tons of plastic garbage sit at the bottom of the crater. He was working with Nicaraguan Marines to pull the trash out over the next few years.Still, it was a good swim.We would’ve stayed longer, but the lack of food drove us away. There were no stores near Apoyo. No markets. Everyone ate at restaurants. The place was made for tourists with bigger budgets so we moved on.
© Diego Cupolo 2011

Laguna De Apoyo

They say it’s the best swim in the country.

Laguna De Apoyo was halfway between Masaya and Granada so we stopped by to try out the water. What we found was an overpriced tourist resort. Some places asked for $30 a night.

The most we paid up until that point was $5 a night.

That day, we entered a different Nicaragua than the one we were used to. The Costa Rican border wasn’t far and we could feel it. Groups of tourists were walking around with cameras in hand.

Hide that shit, you’re in Central America!

Offended, we walked passed the foreign-owned hotels and pitched our tent in a backyard. Always the best solution.

When we got in the water we realized we were swimming in a volcano crater. The water tasted like sulfur. It was nice. Easy to float. Good for the skin.

They also say it’s the cleanest lagoon in Nicaragua, but a local biologist told us several tons of plastic garbage sit at the bottom of the crater. He was working with Nicaraguan Marines to pull the trash out over the next few years.

Still, it was a good swim.

We would’ve stayed longer, but the lack of food drove us away. There were no stores near Apoyo. No markets. Everyone ate at restaurants.

The place was made for tourists with bigger budgets so we moved on.

© Diego Cupolo 2011