Cartography N°6



Cartography N°6 embarks on a journey towards the outermost reaches of China, in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Here, where mosques and Zoroastrian temples coexist alongside each other, and the land is inhabited by Turkic-looking Uyghurs and blond blue-eyed Tajiks – we explore what once was the buzzing heart of the Silk Road.

Then comes Argentina, whose frontiers mainly rest upon natural features—rivers, mountains, and the ocean. We touch the edges of the Country: the Misiones subtropical forest, the watery province wedged in between Paraguay and Brazil, the Andean North-West where people’s faces are burnt by the altitude and the light fazes the roads, the beginning of the South, Patagonia, pushing up against the beautiful pre-Cordillera.

Finally, the issue brings the reader along the the Jordan Trail, from South Little Petra to Titin Village, hiking for a hundred miles over eight days, sleeping mostly in serviced wild camps with meals prepared by the local community. Beautifully shot by photographer Catherine Hyland, this almost endless hiking route crosses the entire country, from the Fertile Crescent in the North to the edge of the Arabian Desert and the Red Sea in the South.