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Leaving a Footprint of Help to Stop Human Trafficking in Nepal

Leaving a Footprint of Help to Stop Human Trafficking in Nepal
When Seattle-based Wildland alumni traveler, Debbie Daniels, called to ask if we would make a financial contributioin to her "Nepal 2015 Adventure" we said yes! Because Debbie was signing up for one of the most purposeful and meaningful adventures of her life: to help stop human trafficking of Nepalese girls. She was also going to help with the post-earthquake rebuilding campaign.    She was traveling in a small working group with our friend and colleague, Chris MacKay, founder of Crooked Trails, a non-profit travel organization that operates some of the most impactful community-based tourism initiatives we know. When Debbie made the ask, Wildland contributed to this initiative, and we have subsequently committed to further supporting the Maiti Nepal project through our own Nepal treks and adventures.     Here's Debbie's report:    The experience lives on and on inside of me.    I am only now able to write and share...
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Why You Should Travel to Bhutan Now

Why You Should Travel to Bhutan Now
It's hard to describe the raw beauty of Bhutan. Only by traveling to Bhutan can you really get an understanding of the magnitude of its allure. To try to put it in perspective here's a few reasons why you should travel to Bhutan. Define: Shangri La (shang.ruh.la) – a mythical Himalayan utopia enclosed in mountains, shrouded in mist and mystery, a permanently happy land isolated from the outside world. Or is it mythical? Bhutan, aka Druk Yul the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is perhaps the closest we can ever get. It’s a land where snow-capped peaks rise above lush green valleys and primeval forests. Where dzongs and monasteries perch on the sides of mountains and Buddhist culture reigns supreme. Bhutan is a land full of ancient mysticism and surprises, where you’ll find yourself asking if this is reality at every corner. There are a plethora of reasons to travel to Bhutan but here...
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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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