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Getting past luxe on the Arabian Peninsula By invitation of Ethiad Airlines, KAI Associates and our friends in the Arabian Gulf, I'm headed to Ahu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, and to Muscat, Oman. UAE has become a major international air hub with many competing carriers offering free stopover opportunities.  I know what to expect. Skyscrapers, gold and glitz, and fancy air-conditioned malls amidst a modern global culture rooted in ancient tradition and Islamic faith. And I know that Business Class on Ethiad Air 16 hours direct from LAX should be smooth sailing in the air. Not to mention a few overnights in the Emirates Palace in the pinnacle of luxury and Arabian hospitality.  But it begs the question: Will I get beyond the luxe and the hardscape to experience anything resembling ecotourism? After all, Wildland Adventures is rooted in responsible travel that conserves the enviornment and supports the well-being of local people. I...

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An Early Christmas Gift From the Galapagos Have you made your family’s Christmas plans yet? Even if you have plans, you may want to reconsider when you read this fantastic opportunity! Due to a last-minute cancellation over Christmas, one of our most highly sought-after accommodations on the beautiful island of Santa Cruz, Galapagos Safari Camp, suddenly has space for 6 adults, or up to 8 people total with kids occupying sofa beds. This is for the Safari Camp’s deluxe family suite, complete with a Master bedroom plus 2 spacious twin-bed rooms (all bedrooms with private ensuite bathrooms), a recreation room, and private patio. Intrigued? You should be! Here’s the itinerary: Day 1 (Thursday 12/25) Arrival to Galapagos · VIP Welcome services · Private guided tour of the Santa Cruz Highlands and tortoise reserve · Lunch at local restaurant · Welcome cocktail · Dinner and overnight, Galapagos Safari Camp’s deluxe family suite Day 2 (Friday 12/26) Private chartered...
Returning to Nepal: the most fun we have had anywhere in this world Message from Wildland alumni after returning from a custom trip to India and Nepal, planned by our Asia expert Laura Finklestein: Dear Laura,   Debbie, Jesse and I returned home safely.  We have had some really great trips in our lives, but this was the best.  Outstanding, fantastic.  Despite the ungodly heat and monsoon rains, we never had a better time.  Everything was seamless without any aggravation or confusion.   Your itinerary was perfect as regards what we wanted to see... There was always cold bottled water on hand.  If we wanted some "street food" the guides knew where to go and we NEVER got sick.   All of the guides and drivers were helpful and the guides were extremely knowledgeable.  Having travelled to India and Nepal many years ago, I was afraid that the trip might be "too sanitized" and my family would not experience the real India.  The...
Early Bird Special - $700 off Kenya Bushcamp Explorer if booked by November October is the month to make your safari dreams in Kenya come true! We're offering a $700 per person savings to launch our new Kenya Bushcamp Explorer for travel any time until April 15th, 2015 if we receive your reservation within the month of November. What makes this trip so special are the intimate safari camps set in private wilderness concessions with close connections to local Maasai communities. So when venturing on game drives you are not sharing your wildlife encounters with other vehicles as often happens in popular national parks, and here in private concessions there are plenty of opportunities for walking safaris with Maasai trackers on this active African safari through the rift valley. Please contact our Africa Program Director for more information on this offer or any of our safaris in Africa.  ...

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THE WILD’S CALLING: PATAGONIA AND PERU Attention last minute travelers and methodical trip planners a like! Having just come back from a 5 week trip to South America, I wanted to take the time to say that I am happy to be back here at the Wildland office and I am equally excited to help spread the energy and enthusiasm I have rekindled for some of my favorite places in the world to our wild travelers. As the weather is beginning to change and winter is starting to peak its grey, cold and rainy head around the bend, I would like to take a moment to talk about travel to Peru and trips to Patagonia and planning a last minute trip before winter really kicks in (for those last minute planners) or a trip that you can look forward to through the most bitter months and reward yourself with on the other side (for those more...
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