For the next three weeks we'll be exploring one of the world's lesser-seen stretches of coastline, from Mexico to Chile. Slowly, I am working my way south towards Antarctica where I'll spend seven weeks exploring during December and January. This run from Central to South America is less-seen in part because much of it is tricky to access, some of it is off-limits (the coast of Colombia) and while it is home to lots of boobys (blue-footed and otherwise) and dolphins it is home to relatively few people.
Along the route south we'll visit Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Peru and Chile (see Google map) at every stop be taking a look at the health of the Pacific Ocean, the wildlife lining the coast and a variety of South American cultures surviving if not always thriving on the edge of the sea.
ISLA FOCA, PERU
A dry, guano-stained and wave-washed island... photo: Fiona Stewart
BAHIA DE SAMANCO, PERU
The floating workplace of scallop handlers, in the heart of the Bahia de Samanco.
photo: Jon Bowermaster