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Trekcapri's Travel Adventures
Traveling let's me see the world through my own eyes.
Traveling let's me see the world through my own eyes.
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Majestic sunsets, breathtaking landscapes, dramatic sculptures, architectural splendors, thought provoking artwork . . . . are all amazing subjects to photograph while traveling.  However, I feel that what truly tells the stories of the places we visit can be found in the people.  Here are two of my most favorite photos.

Last year at the busy Chinchero Sunday market in Peru, I spotted this local doing her weekly shopping. She was taking a break and eating a banana. I was on the other side of this vendor when I spotted her. I quickly positioned myself, raised my camera and took my shots.   But I was so excited to spot her that all the shots I took of her eating her banana were blurry. This was the only (out of about 20) photo that came out decent. I love her.

The second shot is one I took from Buenos Aires just outside of my apartment. Prior to my trip, I knew that I wanted to take a photo of one of those famous dog walkers I kept hearing about. On my first day, I spotted this local dog walker about a half a block away. I wanted a photo of him so bad but he walked too fast and next thing I knew he was gone. For the rest of my trip I snapped a few more photos of dog walkers, but none of them were really that exciting.  Then on my last full day in Buenos Aires, I stepped out of my apartment and a block away heading toward me was the same dog walker I spotted on my first day. I quickly positioned myself next to a tree on the side, got my camera ready and waited.  He was coming fast. When he got close enough, I pointed to my camera and smiled (which was people photography talk for "may I take your photo").  He smiled and nodded yes.  As soon as he got to the point I wanted for my shots,  I managed to snap about 6 shots. Remember, he's a fast walker and what I liked about him was he kept on moving and didn't skip a beat. An amazing action shot.  Yay!  When he walked by I thanked him and he said de nada!  I blogged about this on my trip and one of my blogging friends referred to him as my Rock Star Dog Walker. Ha! Ha! I'd have to agree!   #travelphotography   #peru   #buenosaires  
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My next travel adventures takes me to one of the top most beautiful cities in the world.  

I can't speak for the cities of Budapest & Rio de Janeiro since I've not yet visited there, but  for the most part I agree with the cities and rankings on this article.  I'm surprised that Seville and Edinbugh didn't make this top 10 list, but they are on everyone's top 20 List for sure. 

I'm excited to see #lisbon   #portugal  , my next Travel Adventures destination ranked at No. 4 top 10 Most Beautiful Cities in the World.  I can't wait to see all the reasons why it high on this list. 

Btw, Budapest just got bumped up a notch or two on my Next Travel Adventures radar. :)
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This time last year I based myself in the beautiful small town of #ollantaytambo   #Peru   while I explore the #sacredvalley    and acclimate to the high altitude before heading over to Machu Picchu. I have such fond memories of my stay here. The people, the natural beauty is an absolute treat for any traveler.
 
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Using Google Maps for Trip Planning is something I first discovered in 2008 when I planned my first trip to Spain. Google Maps is an effective tool when creating my trip itinerary by:
 1). Keeping track of my sightseeing ideas
 2). Grouping must see sights together which are in close proximity to each other
3). Gives me a visual for what I'll be seeing
4). Provides Information on possible distances (very helpful when grouping sights & planning day trips). 
5). You can customize it with different icons, create layers to differenciate things like sights, transportation, places to eat, etc. 

If you aren't already using Google Maps when trip planning, well you should.   #traveltips  
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And the Dream Lives On . . .  My next Travel Adventures takes me to Portugal! Stay tuned. #Lisbon   #Travel  
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This visitor to #MachuPicchu found a very creative and effective way to keep dry during a sudden down pour.
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I just returned from  spending three weeks in Peru. It was a dream of mine to travel to Peru to see Machu Picchu.  Sometimes I still feel like it is a dream.

Thankfully, it is not a dream and I have the photos and videos to remind me that I was actually there. What an amazing experience. The fun part about returning from a trip is getting to go through all of your photos and videos.  I always seem to find certain clips that I decided to video tape at the time to be kind of silly and funny as I watch it post trip.  I call this video . . . "Walking on the Edge".   
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Machu Picchu or the "old mountain" is located 7,970 feet above sea level with the Urubamba ("Sacred River") flowing below. It took 100 years and 5,000 Incas to build Machu Picchu, but why? Was it a Royal Estate of Pachacuti or was it built to honor the sacred landscape in this beautiful part of Peru! The Incas had no written language and so for many years historians and archaeologists have worked hard to uncover this mystery.

It has been a dream of mine for many years to see Machu Picchu and now my dream is about to come true.  Stay tuned as I travel to Peru to see and to learn more about the Incas and to photograph Machu Picchu.  
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Packing for Peru!
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