Welcome to Valle De Guadalupe! This is Mexico's premiere wine region with over 100 wineries and counting. It is known for its low key atmosphere, offering a more authentic wine tasting experience and farm to table restaurants. On this trip, we travel with a guide to get an inside look into this exciting wine region.
We travel two hours from San Diego by car with our tour guide Mario from Baja Winery Tours. After taking the scenic route, we arrive at Santo Tomas, one of the largest wineries in the region. We take a tour of the winery where the winemaker explains the history of the region and the micro-climates that make the various types of wine.
Next, we visit Lomita, a boutique winery where we get a glimpse into the wine making process. Lomita is a smaller, more intimate setting filled with artistic murals made from a Tijuana muralist. During our visit, we got to see the wine-makers in action as they were sorting the grapes onsite.
Now time to eat. Mexico is one of my favorite foodie places in the world because of the exquisite, complex, and creative dishes. We go to Javier Plascencia's farm-to-table restaurant called Finca Altonzano, one of the top restaurants in the region. Javier is a Tijuana native, credited for helping to start the culinary scene here in Baja California. His restaurant has an onsite farm, where the ingredients are picked fresh. It makes for a truly unique and memorable experience.
If you are looking for an exciting alternative to Napa Valley, be sure to check out Valle de Guadalupe!
Finca Altozano Restaurant:
► ► http://fincaltozano.com/
Wine Tasting Tour:
Be sure to book a guide to get the most out of your trip and skip the drive!
► ► http://www.bajawinerytours.com
Purchase the Wine:
► ► http://www.trulyfinewine.com
Welcome to Siem Reap! Wondering what to do in this region beyond Angkor Wat? We ventured 1.5 hours outside of the city to a remote jungle area where we find a sacred mountain and hidden waterfall with significant history to the ancient Khmer Empire. Let's go check it out!
Behind the Scenes video:
First we visit Phnom Kulen, which is a National Park area located about 48 km to the north of the provincial town of Siem Reap. Phnom Kulen is considered a holy mountain in Cambodia, of special religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists who come to the mountain in pilgrimage. It is where the Khmer empire was established in the 9th Century and also served as the quarry for Angkor Wat.
The site has two waterfalls and a temple. The Buddhist temple has a reclining Buddha with views of the jungle. The waterfall is where locals gather for picnics and festivities. We went into the waterfall, which was refreshing after experiencing the 90 degree humidity.
The area was also one of the last strongholds for the Khmer Rouge in 1979 and even still has landmines. The country is making great progress to remove the landmines and rebuild its economy from the civil war. Despite the tough recent past, the country is extraordinary and Cambodian people are some of the sweetest and most inspiring people I have met on my travels.
Welcome to Angkor Wat! In this travel vlog, we take a guided tour of the ancient temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and photograph the temple. Like most magnificent sights, we were not the only ones there. In fact, crowds can reach the thousands during this time. So be sure to come prepared. Here is how to photograph the temple like a pro.
Behind the scenes video:
When to go:
September or March, which are the vernal and autumnal equinoxes. At this time, the sun lines up directly above the central pinnacle of Angkor Wat, a estimate to the genius architecture.
First, we get up at 4:45 am to buy our ticket to the temple, which is $36 for a one day pass and $62 for a three day pass. At 5 am, we reach the temple. You can get to the temple via tuk tuk, taxi, or bike.
Here is the scene when we arrived:
Camera Set Up:
First, make sure your DSLR lens does not fog from the humidity. It took me about 15 minutes for the humidity on my lens to dissipate. I set up my tripod and filmed a time-lapse photo of the glorious sunrise. Be sure to get in the front row for optimal viewing.
Where to set up your camera:
Set your camera up on the west or north sides of the temple next to the outer moat (see pin drops below). You can also cross the moat and set up next to the "Libraries" where you will find an interior reflective pool. This area is much more crowded, so be sure to get there early.
View from the West side of the outer moat. The temple looks more distant, but I got an unobstructed view with no people or scaffolding in the shot.
View from the interior pool near the "Libraries". The temple is closer in view and the colors change every few minutes.
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