The main purpose of my trip to Peru was to shoot a series of videos about the some of the many sights in that great country. I have teased out a few clips in the last few weeks on my Facebook Page as I took the time to do all the editing needed to get full videos up.
Today is the day. Video number one is of Machu Picchu — what else could I choose for the first video?
One of the things that made this trip to Manchu Picchu, my second though definitely not my last, really special was my guide, Darwin Camacho. He is not merely a tour guide; he is a professor specializing in the history of the site and has written a book on the topic. He’s also been featured in publications as august as the LA Times.
He was an absolute joy to spend two days with. If you ever book a trip down to Peru with Cox&Kings, make sure you ask for him. Heck, I don’t even know if that is possible (probably should have asked them before writing that), but he’ll make the entire time at Machu Picchu worthwhile.
Being my guide when I am working can be a bit of a thankless task, especially when I am shooting video and/or time lapse. There is a lot of running around looking for the right shots and angles and not nearly enough of what a guide likes to do, which is to impart their knowledge of the location.
Darwin was perfect.
He took me to the exact spots I needed. He let me do my work without trying to talk to me too much. And in some of the downtimes, I videotaped him talking about Machu Picchu… and here is his video. Dedicated entirely to him, because this is the place he loves more than any place on earth.