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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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Do Patagonia in The Off Seasons

Do Patagonia in The Off Seasons
Alumni travelers, Dian and Doug, just returned from an extensive hiking adventure in Patagonia. Using our Hiker’s Patagonia Itinerary as the base of their trip, they added on time in Barlioche, Argentina’s little Switzerland, for fishing and more hiking. Below, Dian recounts some the highlights of their trip along with tales of the mighty Patagonian winds and advice for future travelers. "Doug and I chose this trip because we wanted to challenge ourselves to hike in Patagonia. We are totally in awe of how well all of the arrangements worked. We are very thankful for all your help. We have traveled with Wildland in the past and for this trip we couldn't have been more prepared.   Our Patagonia accommodations were unique and we loved them. Patagonia Camp is a wonderful place. We loved the hiking. We went on 3 great outings, including hiking the French Valley and the Torres. Wonderful!...
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Field Report: Trekking in Nepal

Field Report: Trekking in Nepal
A group of four friends recently finished up Nepal's iconic Annapurna Base Camp trek. Here's an update from their adventures in Nepal about their trek in this remote and mountainous nation.  "We spent the last five days descending into terraced valleys, crossing through rhododendron jungles, climbing carefully constructed steps all to reach this climax: Base Camp. I have never been so stuck by mountains- no words could describe the elation at the spectacular images we were seeing.  I realized that trekking has become my pilgrimage, a way to give homage to the great pachamama.. I absorb spiritual qualities from the people I meet and the natural phenomena that we encounter... For the past 3 days we have had a spirit friend walking beside us in dog form, we have walked through rain and snow, helped porters and have met so many beautiful people.. Leaving behind my western views I am seeing this...
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Guest Review: Ultimate Vietnam and Cambodia: Be Ready for Adventure!

Guest Review: Ultimate Vietnam and Cambodia: Be Ready for Adventure!
Bob and Judy traveled with us to SE Asia on our Ultimate Vietnam and Cambodia trip. They have traveled extensively but wanted to finally make it to a part of the world that loomed so large in their past. After days spent exploring Hanoi & Halong Bay, scootering around Ho Chi Minh, and watching the sun rise behind Angkor Wat we think it's safe to say the Reeds found everything they were looking for and more. Read a little more about their trip below:  What were the main reasons you chose this itinerary? This itinerary covered places we were interested in seeing. Bob was lucky enough not to have been involved in the war in spite of a #1 draft lottery spot in 1969, he got a deferment teaching school. We were interested in visiting the country and area that loomed so large in our past. We were very interested in...
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Argentina Reciprocity No Longer Required for US Citizens

Argentina Reciprocity No Longer Required for US Citizens
This week Obama is visiting Argentina and one of the main points of interest for negotiations between he and Argentine President, Macri, is ease of travel between Argentina and the US for their respective citizens. As a result of yesterday’s negotiations, the Argentine government has temporarily suspended the US$160 reciprocity fee it has charged US travelers entering the country since 2008. The measure, now in effect as of today, was revealed in a statement yesterday by the Foreign Affairs Ministry. According to the Argentine embassy in the US, “as from March 24, 2016, and until further notice, payment of the Reciprocity Fee will not be required from US passport holders.” You can see this new decree displayed on the Argentine Embassy of the United States website HERE. Want to plan your next adventure to Argentina? Feel free to contact me. Your friendly Argentina expert, Gretchen  
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