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Remarkably Knowledgeable Naturalists and Guides Hello, and thank you, muchas gracias, to everyone at Wildland Adventures for your expertise, calm guidance, and good sense in arranging our wonderful Galapagos trip in the latter half of August. It still feels as if the ink is not dry from it yet, but we wanted to let you know (before it does) that this was a fantastic adventure, on many levels, and we greatly appreciate all that you did to make it so. We realize that it is really a privilege to visit there, and to be able to do so in the company of interesting people, remarkably knowledgeable naturalists and guides, and the gracious and capable captain and crew on the Eric was quite special. All the best. John Blanchard and Kathleen LoGiudice  Galapagos Adventure Cruise - Eric/Flamingo/Letty...

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The Up For Anything Shirt I have been meaning to write a gear review about my favorite shirt for a long time because my ExOfficio Reef Runner™ Shirt absolutely deserves a shout out. It has stood up to everything I've thrown at it; not only has it stood up to the test, but it's the only shirt that I feel like I could literally wear anywhere and in any situation. This shirt has been with me while guiding trips around the world, journeying across the Sahara, backpacking through our National Parks, downhill mountain biking in Canada, salsa dancing in Madrid's discotecas and even doing a "Man Test" in Montana. On this adventure I took only my ExOfficio shirt, a pair of pants and a furry Montana hat and headed out into the backcountry to see if I could survive with nothing else. I've even worn this shirt going out on first dates! If that doesn't show faith in a product,...

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Finding The Heart of Turkey This week we heard back from Christine Ye and Jeffery Marso who spent 2 weeks in Turkey with their daughters on our new Heart of Turkey Family Adventure which includes a 2 night stay at a village south of Cappadocia. They really enjoyed the homestay and their guide who joined them there. “My favorite experience was the home stay.  I loved the small town atmosphere.  The people were so friendly, generous and welcoming in the villages as well as at our homestay. Fondest Homestay memories:  I got up early most mornings to run before the others got up.   One morning I ran into town and was greeted by a small herd of goats with 2 women herding them.  Even the goats were friendly!  They swarmed around me  eyeing me with curiosity while the women tried to coax them back onto the road.  We were all laughing and enjoying the...

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Northface Women's Horizon II pants I got my first pair of Women's Horizon II Pants (black) about four years ago for a safari in Africa and since then that’s the only type of pants I like to travel with. They are especially nice for traveling in Central America, where I work and play. Since then I've bought two other pairs in beige and olive green. They are perfect for the sometimes intense tropical weather conditions you can find at these destinations. The pants are super light weight, dry very quickly and offer a lot of mobility and flexibility for climbing, hiking and trekking. They also feature roll up cuffs with tabs to keep the hems out of mud or pools of waters and provide some relief when it gets too hot. Having a good pair of pants in the jungle is important because they can also protect you from bug bites. It has a secure-zip...

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Chile for hip travelers When thinking of trips to Chile, most travelers think of the rugged, southern frontier of Patagonia or the arid, crimson Atacama Desert in the north. Santiago, when compared to some of it austral capitol counterparts, is often overlooked. Though I personally do not find Santiago to be the most inspiring of cities, its surrounding wine country and western, more artsy sibling city on the coast, Valparaiso, are absolutely amazing and tend to go undiscovered by the vast majority of adventure travelers. When taking off on an adventure, I find that as much as I yearn for foreign nature and wilderness, I equally find myself lusting for culture and unfamiliar urban inspiration. Santiago’s neighboring areas of Valparaiso and diverse wine country offer just this juxtaposition and make for an excellent way to begin or end a trip in Chile before or after embarking out into its more far-flung back country. Take...
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