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Five Hidden Gem Treks in South America

Five Hidden Gem Treks in South America
How often can you say that you were able to trek in the steps of the Inca, bike through Martian landscapes and walk amongst guanacos and condors on the Patagonian steppe through the famous Torres del Paine? If your answer is not very often, then I'm here to help! This year I am extremely excited to share several new treks in South America for travelers looking for new, rare and enticing experiences that showcase the various gems of South America’s diverse landscapes and the local peoples that call these unique places home.  FIVE HIDDEN GEM TREKS IN SOUTH AMERICA: 1) Epic Chile Expedition: Atacama & Patagonia My personal new favorite, and the trip that I will be leading this October to celebrate our 30th anniversary explores the two most iconic regions of Chil: the Atacama & Patagonia. This is South America’s trekker’s paradise! The adventure kicks off in an otherworldly landscape in the Atacama, the world’s highest and driest desert. Hike, bike...
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5 Great Adventures for Mom

5 Great Adventures for Mom

Show Mom the world!

In the spirit of Mother's Day, we wanted to share 5 trips that we know Moms everywhere will love. Whether traveling with or without the family, here's some inspiration to get out and see the world.

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What is this Pura Vida thing?

What is this Pura Vida thing?
When you visit Costa Rica the first greeting you are likely to hear is ‘Pura Vida’ (pronounced ‘poo-RAH vee-DAH’). Literally translated it means “Pure Life”, mainly it is a sunny, feel good expression used to say hello or goodbye. It can also be used as a response if you are asked how you are doing (everything is just fine, everything is awesome, etc). There are many theories as to how the phrase ‘Pura Vida’ was born. The most common explanation comes from a Mexican movie of the same name that came to Costa Rica in 1956. The movie’s main character, who has a particularly positive attitude, encounters situations that would depress anyone but yet somehow he always remains optimistic in spite of the misfortune that surrounds him. By 1970, the phrase was being used widely in Costa Rica though it never took off in the same way in other countries. Since...
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Win a Safari and Support the EKARI Foundation

Win a Safari and Support the EKARI Foundation
Hello Wildland Adventurers! My name is Michelle Bradley. I am the Executive Director and co-founder of EKARI Foundation and I would like to invite you to our annual Seattle event on May 22 from 2 to 5 pm at the Central Cinema (directions). We are a grassroots, community-based, nonprofit organization headquartered in Seattle with operations in the Phalombe district of Malawi, Africa. We focus on educating Malawians toward self dependency through youth education, adult literacy, and economic community development. We provide access to the educational training and resources necessary for our beneficiaries to emerge from extreme poverty through their own efforts.   We would love for you to join us on May 22 at the Central Cinema! All are welcome to come and celebrate sustainable livelihoods with great food, beer, and African music and dance! Elias Makina, EKARI’s In-Country Director and co-founder, will be visiting from Malawi to connect with our...
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Bhutan is Beautiful! - Berkvam Family Review

Bhutan is Beautiful! - Berkvam Family Review

The Berkvam family just returned from traveling to Asia on an expansive journey from Delhi to Bhutan to Kathmandu. They explored the busy streets of Delhi and watched the sun rise behind the Taj Mahal then jetted off to Bhutan for a full week of exploring this remote nation. After attending the Paro tsechu (festival) and getting to meet Bhutanese royalty they continued on to Kathmandu for a quick day of exploring Nepal's capital. Here's a little more directly from the Berkvams:

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