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A good guide can make the difference One of the joys of travelling is seeing things that are unique, unlike anything we’ve witnessed before. And it’s even better when we’re not just watching it, but immersed in a new and wonderful experience. Sometimes those things happen spontaneously. But often they’re the result of hiring an intelligent, well-informed guide. A good guide can make the difference between taking the typical tourist path, and really getting to the core of a country. That’s what happened when we visited Guatemala with Wildland Adventures this spring. Upon arriving in the country, we met our guide, Fidensio, and Rudy, our driver. Rudy was courteous, punctual, and had a great sense of humour. And Fidensio was knowledgeable and keen to share that knowledge with us.  Our first stop was in the colonial city of Antigua. During Lent, Antigua is known for its weekly parades from the outskirts of town into its Central Park,...

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How to Tip on the Inca Trail Trek Head porters, chefs, toilet porters and guides - oh my! The Inca Trail trek, like any supported backcountry trip, has a large cast of characters who ensure that you as a trekker are encouraged, enriched, well-fed and safe throughout your journey. These individuals work very hard, literally engaging in 'back breaking' labor for a seemingly puny salary by our standards, and they rely on tips from trekkers as a portion of their compensation. The polite thing to say is that 'gratuities are at your discretion,' but in reality if you are trekking the Inca Trail in Peru, you should budget porter, guide and support staff tips into the overall cost of your trip. Here are my recommendations for 'how-much' and 'how-to' when it comes to divvying up tips on the Inca Trail.  How Much: This varies greatly based on the number of people in your trekking group, but at a...
Passion + Purpose = Adventure Philanthropy Adventure philanthropy is all about combining your passion with a purpose. My passion happens to be travel, so with each trip I try and incorporate a philanthropic activity—volunteering with a local charitable organization, making a donation, or just becoming more knowledgeable and engaged in a social issue that is affecting the community I’m visiting. My Personal Journey I became an adventure philanthropist several years ago, while visiting a school in Tanzania’s Usambara Mountains. This one day field trip turned out to be the highlight of my entire two months in Africa – eclipsing climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, learning to scuba dive in Zanzibar, and a mountain biking safari. The school trip made such an impression because it gave my fellow travelers and me an opportunity to learn first-hand how much we take for granted in more economically advanced countries. Meeting the school children and seeing their joy of learning despite the...

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Kutay family adventures in the early years Many family trips in the early years ended our day of adventure around pools like this one in Mexico circa 1991 when our son Tarek was 2 years old. I have to wonder how many simple moments like this, hangin' in the pool eye to eye with a Mexican commrade, and two older girls lookin' on, not only developed into his charming character, but later earned him an award as the student who best represented the inner-cultural mission of Franklin College..."who exemplifies a sensitivity and mindfulness to other cultures." We have gained so much from our Wildland Family Adventures together. Now it's payback time for our Mother Earth; I know Tarek Kutay has much to give. I honor you son on this Throwback Thursday!  Keeping it wild, Kurt Kutay More about Wildland family adventures   ...

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Takeaways From The Galapagos Guest review from Val B, a grandma traveling with her daughter and two grandkids to the Galapagos. First off, Wildland Adventures provided excellent materials and prep work for our Galapagos Family Adventure. All crew on the ship (Flamingo I) were excellent. They worked for us, but seemingly enjoyed each other, too. Which makes for a great team spirit and enthusiasm that could be "felt" by all. Our Naturalist guides, Gabby and Karina were exceptionally knowledgeable, and nice. There wasn't one question they couldn't answer fully. At the end, it was like we were "family" --- I've been on a lot of tours (Africa, China, Peru, Antarctica) and NEVER had such a great experience with trip leaders. Our local (Quito) guide, Marya, was super nice, friendly, and took us to really fun places. And, I LOVED that Karina made a cd of her photos and video for each of us. Plus...
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