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Facts about Zika virus in Central America

Facts about Zika virus in Central America
I’m Costa Rican, and have been living in Costa Rica for 44 years. I travel to Central America and within Costa Rica multiple times each year to visit new hotels, lodges, activities being offered, etc.  I am concerned about health issues as much as any other person. None of my friends or colleagues have had Zika virus. In over 22 years working in the tourism industry and over 10 years working for Wildland Adventures I’ve never met a client with a case of mosquito-borne disease. According to the data currently available, Zika is no worse than the flu and is a potential threat only to pregnant women. Only 1 in 5 people who contract Zika show symptoms, and if they do have symptoms it is usually only a slight fever, rash, joint pain or conjunctivitis and goes away after a week. Unless I or one of my traveling companions was pregnant...
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Choosing the Right Elephant Experience in Southeast Asia

Choosing the Right Elephant Experience in Southeast Asia
The sentiments above are direct quotes from Wildland travelers who have just returned from Southeast Asia. Almost everyone who travels to Southeast Asia with us comes back mirroring these feelings – elephants are a highlight of any trip to SE Asia and it’s really not much of a surprise. There’s something romantic about riding an elephant through an Asian jungle; something unique about reaching out and touching your hand to an elephant’s trunk; a once in a lifetime experience to splash around in a lake with a friendly & playful pachyderm 10 times your size. Wildland has always prided itself on making sure we are environmentally and socially conscious – a standard applied across the board and especially to wildlife. We carefully vet all of the elephant experiences we use in SE Asia and you should too! This blog is meant to not only educate but inspire. I’ll discuss what...
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The high side of down under: The Bridge Climb in Sydney, Australia

The high side of down under: The Bridge Climb in Sydney, Australia
Sydneysiders, as they are called, see the Sydney Harbor Bridge as more than an iconic landmark. They drive it, walk it, drift under it, and we saw many of them stop to pose momentarily in its golden shadow at sunset.      For the visitor to Sydney Harbor, it’s ever present and in most pictures of the city, and with a little zoom lens you can see groups of climbers constantly ascending one side and down the other.  We scheduled our climb the last day in the city, so for two days prior we watched and photographed teams of about 10-12 persons streaming up and down starting ascents from 8 AM to 8 PM.      Every visitor is in awe of the bridge, and most are in awe of the many people who climb it. So, of course, we couldn’t resist either. Anne was nervous until she saw what an...
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Heres what the first 24 hours of our Endless Summer Downunder looks like

Heres what the first 24 hours of our Endless Summer Downunder looks like
What a breeze flying from LAX departing at 10 PM, in the air for 14 hours getting a solid night's rest and arriving Sydney at 7 AM, 3 movies in with just a 5 hour time difference. Flying Virgin Australia in Premium Economy (roomy seats with same Biz Class in-flight service) certainly helped make the trans-Pacific crossing easy too.    8 AM:  We headed straight from the airport to a beautiful coastal trail in Royal National Park just 45 minutes from the city.  12 Noon:  Our Aussie angel, Sheree Knickel, a friend and guide at Longitude 131 one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia (Ulhuru), took us to the beach for a swim by high noon. 2PM:  Checked into our room with a view of Syndey Harbor at the spectacular Intercontinental, centrally located in the hub of Circular Quay with views of the water, Sydney Opera House, and spectacular waterfront suburbs....
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Meet Your Guides: Snehaa Sundaram

Meet Your Guides: Snehaa Sundaram
Namascar! More often than not the highlight of adventure trips to India is the guides. We know how important  good guide is to a trip and we put a lot of effort into finding the best guides for every area that we travel to. We focus on using local guides in each area, ensuring that these guides possess a seemingly unlimited wealth of knowledge about their area of expertise. The last time I traveled to India I compiled a list of questions so we could all get to know our Wildland guides a little better. Snehaa was my main guide at Kanha Jungle Lodge in Kanha National park, a famous tiger park known for being one of the largest and oldest in India. Her laugh is infectious and her knowledge of everything elephant is truly impressive! Try to stump her with a question about elephants, I dare you! Snehaa works at...
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