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Reciprocal Learning though Responsible Tourism in Peru

Reciprocal Learning though Responsible Tourism in Peru

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Wildland Adventures was founded on the principle that culturally and environmentally responsible travel can be a powerful force for change. Tourism should contribute to conservation and benefit local communities. As part of our community outreach, Wildland Adventures and our partners in Peru have begun to donate to Amantani in honor of guests who travel with us to Peru. Amantani is a non-governmental, non-profit organization (NGO) working to help indigenous Quechua children in the region of Cusco, Peru. This highly effective program provides safe housing, educational opportunities and cultural activities to children ages 7 to 18 years old. Amantani, "invites you to re-imagine the relationship between the world’s so-called poor and those in a position to help. It’s time...to move away from pity and assumptions of cultural superiority, towards reciprocal connections based on respect and mutual understanding". In the interest of reciprocity, one of the Amantani children, Yuri, would like to share...
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Want to Try Vietnamese Noodles with Obama and Bourdain?

Want to Try Vietnamese Noodles with Obama and Bourdain?
To be honest, we can't actually organize dinner with President Obama and food connoisseur Anthony Bourdain but we have long been sending our travelers to Bun Cha, the very joint they chose for their $6 lunch rendezvous on May 23.    Our Vietnam itineraries allow you to dive into Hanoi’s diverse neighborhoods, sample new foods, and experience life like a local. Start the day at Hoan Kiem Lake, where groups of people can be found practicing tai chi and aerobics in the early morning – you’re free to join in if you like! Explore Ngoc Son Temple, situated in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake, before walking to a charming traditional coffee shop to sample a Vietnamese classic: Cà phê sữa đá (iced coffee). If you’re feeling more adventurous, try the local delicacy known as “egg coffee,” a fusion of egg yolk, sugar, condensed milk, and coffee. After coffee, stop in at a street...
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New Lower Prices on Greece Family Adventure

New Lower Prices on Greece Family Adventure
Good news for families interested in planning an adventure in Europe this year: prices went down on our popular Greece Family Adventure in the Peloponnese & Cyclades by over $3,500 for a family of four. Bad news for the Euro, but good news for US travelers! Greece is a haven for families seeking to immerse themselves in ancient history, blue waters, sporty adventures and delicious cuisine. Besides watching their world history come alive at sites such as the Parthenon and Delphi, kids will enjoy racing up to hill-top temples to imagine epic battles, or playing soccer with local children in the streets of a small village. Parents will appreciate the crystal blue Mediterranean waters, meeting local shepherds, walking on ancient footpaths and the comfortable hotels included in the itinerary.  Families come to Greece for the opportunity to see historic temples up close and taste the delicious cuisine, but on your return...
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Redefining Adventure in Brazil’s Wild West (Part 1)

Redefining Adventure in Brazil’s Wild West (Part 1)
Vibrant sunsets, pastel sunrises, crystal clear waters, scuba diving, caving, country cycling, wildlife spotting and a real taste of the Pantaneiro (Brazilian cowboy) way of life: welcome to Brazil’s Wild West. Last month, I had the extraordinary opportunity to explore Mato Grosso do Sul on the Adventure Travel and Trade Association’s Adventure Week in Brazil. In ten days we covered two spectacular areas brimming with adventure, unique landscapes, quaint colonial towns, rustic ranches, charismatic people and the most tantalizing food! Our journey began in Corumba, a charming frontier town in the South Pantanal, seated on the mighty Paraguay River. The Pantanal, the largest continuous wetland on the planet, declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, is South America's primary wildlife sanctuary. With a total area of approximately 58,000 square miles, the Pantanal marks the heart of the South American continent and brings together several diverse regions: the Amazon rainforest,...
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Don't wait for a travel companion. Going solo may be the best!

Don't wait for a travel companion.  Going solo may be the best!
One of my favorite aspects of my position as a Program Director at Wildland Adventures is receiving post-trip emails from happy travelers!  Whether they use words like "transformed by..." or something as truly remarkable as "My doctor says she is going to start prescribing the Galapagos Islands for her patients with high blood pressure....mine came way down!" it's a gift to know we positively affect our travelers' lives.  I absolutely LOVE to read evaluations from solo women travelers, people who initiated our conversations reticent about taking on a big trip as a single traveler, but didn't want to wait for someone else to join her.  This was the case with a recent traveler to Ecuador and the Galapagos, Joanne Pires, who had called me to plan a post-birthday celebration.  A bubbling-over evaluation included this gem of a passage:   Joanne P in the Galapagos "Sherry, this truly was a wonderful trip.  Thank you...
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