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Lima, Peru—Magic Water Circuit

As my open-air double-decker tour bus turned the corner our guide pointed out Circuito Mágico del Agua, the Magic Water Circuit in Lima’s Parque de la Reserva. Named the largest fountain complex in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records, the water park features 13 fountains, including one that shoots more than 260 [...]

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Amazon Tropical Rainforest, Cuyabeno National Park, Ecuador

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF_bj2jdiv4

Can’t view the above video about the Amazon rainforest in Cuyabeno National Park, Ecuador? Click here.

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Changing of the Guard at the Presidential Palace, Quito, Ecuador

Quito enjoys a fair share of fame. Its elevation of 9,200 feet makes it the second highest administrative capital city (after La Paz, Bolivia) and the highest legal capital in the world. It is also the only capital located directly beneath an active volcano, Pichincha, which erupted as recently as 2006, sprinkling ash over the [...]

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A Symphony of Animals, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

While my words may have painted an intriguing picture of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, there is nothing like video to get a true feel for a place, so I’ve put together a video of many of the animals I saw during my recent cruise and set it to music. Hope you enjoy. www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lFQ8NBZz64 Can’t [...]

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Adventures with Sea Lions in the Galapagos Islands

I have always felt an affinity with wild animals and they, likewise, seem inordinately attracted to me. On a visit to the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York this summer, a black racer snake crawled across my foot. On safari in the Serengeti of Africa we encountered a lion sleeping with his head hidden behind [...]

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Otavalo Market in Otavalo, Ecuador

The Otavalo Market in Otavalo, Ecuador is South America’s largest market and on Saturdays the whole town comes out for an orgy of awesomeness. You can buy anything from snails and mystery meat to fake shrunken heads and dream catchers. For those of you who know about my addiction to markets you can understand what a great day this was for me in Otavalo. Checkout the video above and photos below to get a feel for the Otavalo Market experience. If you’re ever in Ecuador, take the 2 hour bus ride from Quito to Otavalo on a Saturday morning and experience true Ecuadorian culture at the Otavalo Market.

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Guayaquil, Ecuador – Dangerous Destination or Paranoia?

After checking into the Oro Verde Hotel in Guayaquil, Ecuador I asked for a map of the city center. The concierge hesitated for a moment before unfolding one on the countertop. He marked off the sites of interest: museums; the Malecon 2000, a broad boulevard dotted with gardens, restaurants, playgrounds and theaters that runs for [...]

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru is one of those Machu Picchu, Peru is one of those ‘must see’ tourist attractions that actually totally lives up to all of the hype. Come join me for this 25 part travel video series where I explore the grounds and show you vantage points and close-up encounters with wildlife that are somewhat unique from other documentaries I’ve viewed. [...]

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru is one of those Machu Picchu, Peru is one of those ‘must see’ tourist attractions that actually totally lives up to all of the hype. Come join me for this 25 part travel video series where I explore the grounds and show you vantage points and close-up encounters with wildlife that are somewhat unique from other documentaries I’ve viewed. [...]

nomadic samuel

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru is one of those Machu Picchu, Peru is one of those ‘must see’ tourist attractions that actually totally lives up to all of the hype. Come join me for this 25 part travel video series where I explore the grounds and show you vantage points and close-up encounters with wildlife that are somewhat unique from other documentaries I’ve viewed. [...]

nomadic samuel

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru is one of those Machu Picchu, Peru is one of those ‘must see’ tourist attractions that actually totally lives up to all of the hype. Come join me for this 25 part travel video series where I explore the grounds and show you vantage points and close-up encounters with wildlife that are somewhat unique from other documentaries I’ve viewed. [...]

nomadic samuel

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru is one of those Machu Picchu, Peru is one of those ‘must see’ tourist attractions that actually totally lives up to all of the hype. Come join me for this 25 part travel video series where I explore the grounds and show you vantage points and close-up encounters with wildlife that are somewhat unique from other documentaries I’ve viewed. [...]

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2 Years Deep in Buenos Aires, Argentina

This past Saturday marked the 2 year anniversary of Tourist2Townie.com and my quest to travel deeper. On October 1st, 2009 I left everything comfortable in my life in search of something more. My dream was to become part of a foreign community, learn new skills, meet new people and experience new adventures. Now, as I sit here writing this on the eve of my next mission, I think about that dream and how much this experiment has developed. The memories I’ve accumulated over the past 2 years are what fuel me to move forward, do more and constantly improve. I can’t wait to see what the future holds. The video above is a quick summary of the first chapter of my Tourist 2 Townie Experience – work and travel in Buenos Aires, Argentina. See you in Ecuador on Wednesday.

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Un Dia En La Vida – Medellin, Colombia

While I’m happy to be home visiting friends and family for a few months, putting together this little piece really made me miss life back in Medellin. The music, food, language, culture and women… I fell in love with Colombia in the 5 short months of living in Medellin and I can’t wait to get back soon. I shot all the clips for this Medellin time-lapse video the day before returning to the States. I sat for 25 minutes at 20 different locations around Medellin and Envigado. I wish I had more footage of the housing and neighborhoods but for safety measures, I decided against. I actually ventured across town and up to one of the hoods of Medellin that afternoon to film, but with some advice from a local friend, I never took the camera out of my bag. Next time. As you can see at the very end …

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Extreme Chile

by BOLLARD Bastien More info on my trip on bastienbollard.com