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The Best Part About Working At Wildland

The Best Part About Working At Wildland
Every quarter I get to do the coolest thing. I get to give money to really amazing organizations on behalf of Wildland clients. With almost all of our trips we include a line item that reads “Optional Contribution to Travelers’ Conservation Trust” and then lists a local organization that we believe in. And most of you do make that optional donation, allowing us to forward funds quarterly. Here are just a few of the checks that I’ve written this year:  $750 to the Dorobo Fund for Tanzania which will be used for the Ujamaa Community Resource Trust. They work with orphans and the complex struggle for land between the Maasai cattle and the wildlife that brings so many tourism dollars to Tanzania. $1450 to Conservacion Patagonica who is working to create a trans-frontier National Park in Patagonia. They are purchasing land, restoring it, and showing local communities how they can benefit from...
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Why Cuba Now?

Why Cuba Now?
We've been watching, and waiting, for the right time to start offering Wildland Adventures to Cuba and here's why we think the time has arrived... 1. Visitors to Cuba who engage in people-to-people tours now enjoy greater opportunities to plan more flexible and diverse itineraries fostering individual one-on-one interactions with Cubans from all walks of life. Heretofore Americans traveling legally on people-to-people tours in Cuba were strictly limited as to the people they met, where they could go and what they could do. Now, as a result of enhanced tourism infrastructure throughout much of Cuba, more people-to-people exchanges are sprouting up in diverse regions and communities. For example, there are more private B&B accommodations especially in more traditional enclaves of eastern Cuba. This means that visitors can engage in thriving grass-roots community endeavors. Artists and academics, farmers and fishermen, musicians and dance troupes are all eager to share their stories. 2....
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Piranha Fishing & Machu Picchu

Piranha Fishing & Machu Picchu
This Wild family of three just returned from a custom adventure to Machu Picchu and the Amazon.  After hiking a segment of the Inca Trail, getting a taste of Peru’s cutting edge culinary delights, mountain biking through the highlands and ending piranha fishing in the Amazon, they had quite a few stories to share! “Gretchen, thanks to you and the entire Wildland Adventures team, we enjoyed a fantastic vacation!  Started off very well with your recommendation and subsequent reservation at Casa Moreyra, Astird & Gaston in Lima for our first amazing dinner (Astird introduced herself and we had a very nice chat J).   Accommodations, activities and most importantly, the Wildland Adventures representatives, drivers and naturalists/guides throughout our Peruvian adventure were top-notch!   Today alone, I’ve mentioned/recommended Wildland Adventures multiple times to friends at work. Top on my list; Piranha fishing, mountain biking, Inca Trail to Sun Gate & Huayna Picchu/Wayna Picchu.  ...
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Wildland Staff's Favorite Travel Bags

Wildland Staff's Favorite Travel Bags
Recently I was packing for a month-long trip overseas, and I was sure to take my go-to "extra" daypack - an Outdoor Research Dry Peak Bagger - for whatever adventures were to greet me on my journey. I love this bag because it's super lightweight, durable, completely waterproof and takes up no room whatsoever in my regular suitcase. I use it for all my roadtrips, active adventures and international travel too. It made me wonder what bags other avid travelers can't live without.  So I started my research with the Wildland staff and here's what they had to say: Kelsey, Wildland's Asia program director, can't live without her Longchamp purse. "The same one has been through over 12 countries and is my trustiest companion. Thick shoulder strap so you can sling it on one shoulder or across + difficult to cut. Lightweight but super surable nylon. Big enough to throw whatever you want...
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5 Things that really excite me about Kruger National Park in South Africa

5 Things that really excite me about Kruger National Park in South Africa
Howzit! I recently spent a week in the Greater Kruger National Park. At 50 million unfenced acres (larger than New England, or about the size of Nebraska) this network of public and private reserves is one of the largest conservation areas in all of Africa. This park is the crown jewel of South Africa and is featured in almost every one of our South Africa safaris. Here are the 5 things that really blew me away during this trip. 1) ElephantsAnti-poaching programs and stronger protections for elephants in this area have led to a burgeoning population. Guests can enjoy up close and personal interactions (like the one I had below) in this area. Because parts of the park have been around since 1898, many of the animals here have grown up in the presence of safari-goers and do not see people or vehicles as a threat. This means close encounters are...
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