“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world”
French writer Gustave Flaubert had no idea how his quote could resonate with generations of travelers. For Slovenian based filmmaker Rahela Jagric, these words remained in her mind during a recent adventure in South America. “This quote really reflects what I felt while exploring magnificent and picturesque country of Chile” Rahela says. Known in her industry as a ‘Hodophile’ (one who loves to travel), Rahela mostly works on international projects, which allows her to explore unique locations that aren’t close to her back yard.
Taking time off from her filmmaking duties, Rahela and her boyfriend Metod Pirc went on a cross-country trek of Chile, witnessing splendid scenery while crossing paths with friendly locals along the way. “We started the journey at the very south in Punta Arenas, and traveling by bus, we reached the Atacama desert in the north of Chile about a month later. This was really a unique experience, especially going from the snow-capped mountains to the dry dessert in only a few weeks time. We enjoyed trekking, volcanos, glaciers, and wildlife. The Chilean cuisine was delicious, but our favorite part of our trip to Chile was meeting the local people, who were always very kind and generous.” says Rahela.
From all of the locations in Chile that Rahela visited, from the marvelous countrysides to the quaint little towns, ice-capped mountain peaks, jagged boulder trails to long stretches of desert dunes, Flaubert’s words couldn’t be any more true. The couple experienced how tiny they were in the grand country of Chile.
Because “food blends cultures”, they capped their experience by sampling an array of mouth watering Chilean dishes and made friends with the local residents by joining pockets of small festivals in various villages. The couples short film is bound to have many travelers adding Chile to their bucket list.
“Every single day in Chile was an adventure for us, and we truly hope to visit this beautiful country again. I’m grateful for everyone appearing in the video, (they) added authenticity and honesty” Rahela says. “We shot the video using a Canon 5D (mark II) with 3 lenses (35mm, 50mm, 85mm) and a GoPro Hero.”
Asked where they plan to head next, Rahela eagerly shares “We are hoping to visit South America again at the end of this year, most likely Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador”