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Always be mindful of your surroundings.

Melissa Locker
July 06, 2016

Two tourists died in separate photo taking incidents in Peru in the last week.

Oliver Paps, a 51-year-old German tourist, fell more than 300 feet after asking another hiker to take a photo of him at a viewing platform near the summit of Machu Picchu, an hour’s hike up the mountain citadel.

According to The Independent, Paps crossed a barrier at the park and entered an area closed to tourists. When Paps bent over to hand the man his camera, he lost his footing and fell into a deep ravine.

“The man came over to take the photo and in the moment he was handing him the camera, he lost his balance and fell,” a witness told Canal N in Peru.

In a separate incident, Kim Jongyeob, a 28-year-old South Korean tourist, died while trying to take a selfie at Peru’s Gocta waterfall. He slipped while looking for the perfect backdrop for a photo and fell 1,600 feet, AFP reported. Divers and mountain rescue teams eventually found him underwater in the Amazonian lake where the waterfall empties.

The two incidents are tragic reminders that while a unique photo can make a great souvenir, it isn't worth your life. Pay attention to your surroundings, and mind warning signs.

Last year, more people died from accidents related to taking selfies than from shark attacks, Condé Nast Traveler reported.

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