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Balancing Rugged and Luxury in Chilean Patagonia

Balancing Rugged and Luxury in Chilean Patagonia
Traci and Denise returned recently from a custom trip to Chile. They wanted time to do more challenging trekking in Torres del Paine but also indulge in the luxury that Patagonia Camp has to offer. They ultimately tackled the famous W-trek using Eco-Camp as their base and spent 4 nights in lavish yurts at Patagonia Camp. Beginning and ending in Santiago, they had a magnificent adventure that truly allowed them to soak up the very best of Torres del Paine and Chile’s vibrant capital. Traci and Denise share their experience below: “Gretchen, Patagonia was amazing!! We have traveled with Wildland before and appreciate your quality of the service. It took some tweaking to get the "perfect" trip planned but you were successful. Patagonia Camp and Eco Camp are both wonderful and very different. Being in the park itself at Eco Camp was wonderful. Our guides in Patagonia Camp changed daily, but...
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I wish my biology professors had Onik's wide-ranging knowledge

I wish my biology professors had Onik's wide-ranging knowledge
Doug and Peggy just returned from a trip to Costa Rica in the middle of the dry season and had an incredible time, they especially loved their guide. This active couple traveled with their friends Allan and Terry visiting different areas of the country including the North, Central and South areas of the Osa Peninsula (one of my favorite places in Costa Rica) and shared some memorable pictures of the abundant wildlife they encountered along the way which was one of their main targets on this trip.     "Hi Grettel.  Fabulous trip!!     The communication with you was excellent. You tailored the trip to our goals providing answers to our questions quickly. Everything was well delineated prior to our departure.  The places we enjoyed the most were La Paloma, Lapa Rios, and Arenal Observatory Lodge.  They were all excellent. The accommodations were great and the locations were in the...
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Crafting your own itinerary is really the way to go!

Crafting your own itinerary is really the way to go!
Marilyn and Steve, along with their friends Tom and Betlyn, just returned from a customized adventure exploring the top sites of Patagonia. Beginning in Santiago, they continued on to a luxurious and active jaunt in Torres del Paine at Explora Lodge, glacier viewing in El Calafate, sunset sailing in Bariloche and finishing in Buenos Aires with time to catch a live jazz show and test out their tango skills! Marilyn recounts their experience below. “I am just now getting a moment to write about the trip…Bottom-line: it was fabulous! The concept of crafting an itinerary and identifying where and how much time you spend is really the way to go - I just cannot imagine being “captive” on a scheduled tour anymore! Meeting the local guides at each stop was a real treat - Jorge in Santiago, Fernanda in Buenos Aires, Marissa in Bariloche, Pilar in El Calafate, and of course...
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Do Patagonia in The Off Seasons

Do Patagonia in The Off Seasons
Alumni travelers, Dian and Doug, just returned from an extensive hiking adventure in Patagonia. Using our Hiker’s Patagonia Itinerary as the base of their trip, they added on time in Barlioche, Argentina’s little Switzerland, for fishing and more hiking. Below, Dian recounts some the highlights of their trip along with tales of the mighty Patagonian winds and advice for future travelers. "Doug and I chose this trip because we wanted to challenge ourselves to hike in Patagonia. We are totally in awe of how well all of the arrangements worked. We are very thankful for all your help. We have traveled with Wildland in the past and for this trip we couldn't have been more prepared.   Our Patagonia accommodations were unique and we loved them. Patagonia Camp is a wonderful place. We loved the hiking. We went on 3 great outings, including hiking the French Valley and the Torres. Wonderful!...
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Field Report: Trekking in Nepal

Field Report: Trekking in Nepal
A group of four friends recently finished up Nepal's iconic Annapurna Base Camp trek. Here's an update from their adventures in Nepal about their trek in this remote and mountainous nation.  "We spent the last five days descending into terraced valleys, crossing through rhododendron jungles, climbing carefully constructed steps all to reach this climax: Base Camp. I have never been so stuck by mountains- no words could describe the elation at the spectacular images we were seeing.  I realized that trekking has become my pilgrimage, a way to give homage to the great pachamama.. I absorb spiritual qualities from the people I meet and the natural phenomena that we encounter... For the past 3 days we have had a spirit friend walking beside us in dog form, we have walked through rain and snow, helped porters and have met so many beautiful people.. Leaving behind my western views I am seeing this...
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