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Why the whole family will love the Galapagos Islands Probably 2/3 -3/4 of the travelers I work with on Galapagos Island trips are families. They come to us in all ages and configurations – multi-generational reunions, or a single parent taking a newly-graduated son or daughter on a celebratory trip. Sometimes several families join together for a holiday celebration. If you have not yet considered the Galapagos for your next family holiday, here’s why you SHOULD: The Galapagos have something for everyone – amazing wildlife, incredible landscapes, morning-to-eve activities like hikes, kayaking and snorkeling.   All of these great activities are reached via the comfort of a beautiful yacht, with complimentary wetsuits, snorkeling gear and kayaks. Even complimentary wine with delicious dinners. What’s not to like?   A visit to the Galapagos Islands makes the best “Show & Tell” subject EVER for your child’s class. Sea lions in mangrove trees and dinghies, snorkeling with penguins (yes, penguins!), volcanic craters...

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Elusive Prowler Finally Caught on Film! Some of you may recall I recently mentioned Hacienda Zuleta as one of my Top 3 Places to Fall in Love in Ecuador. Maybe I’m not the only critter who feels that way, because the hacienda’s remote trail cameras caught the following images of a visitor patrolling the night in the Andean backcountry…perhaps enroute to a romantic interlude? We received these wonderful images from Zuleta’s current patriarch, Fernando Polanco Plaza (grandson of Ecuador’s past President Galo Plaza Lasso), along with his very entertaining story about how they decided to install the trail cameras. We are thrilled that Hacienda Zuleta’s conservation efforts are yielding these results! "I've been around Zuleta since I was a little boy, when my Grandfather Galo Plaza was living here. My entire life I've heard rumors that we have Puma roaming around the Andean Páramo (higher elevations, above the primary forest), but never, in all my time...

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Top 3 Places to Fall in Love in Ecuador Everyone knows that beaches are romantic, right? Walking barefoot in sand & surf, playing tag with the waves….awwww. But there are other natural locations that offer their own distinctive glow.  Here are my top 3 places to fall in love while traveling in Ecuador: The rainforest – Lazing in a hammock while a tropical storm sweeps through the verdant forest, leaving everything sparkling and sultry in its wake. A nighttime canoe paddles under star-studded skies, the sounds of the night forest alive all around you. Exhilarating and sensuous, all at the same time. At the top of my list is the Napo Wildlife Center in Ecuador. It is located adjacent to 82 sq miles of Yasunì National Park and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the largest tract of protected tropical rain forest in Ecuador. The Mountains – Specifically an Andean hacienda, tucked away amidst volcanic peaks. Spend the day hiking alpine trails, horseback riding,...

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  2014 is going to be an exciting year for adventure travelers and I couldn't be more excited our Bedouin trek to Petra. I’m drawn to this trip because it is unlike anything else being offered. The opportunity to camp with Bedouins under the starry desert skies, sipping tea around a campfire, tracing timeless paths through the mind-blowing landscape of Jordan and ultimately arriving into the “back door” of Petra, the magnificent Monastery, away from the hordes of day-trippers. Well, not everyone gets to do that!  What excites me is introducing our Wild travelers to an ancient culture and place that too often is overlooked due to the “noisy neighbors” surrounding Jordan. Jordan is a jewel of a destination, and accessing it by foot, through the beautiful sandstone desert, is something few adventure travelers ever experience. Our Bedouin trek to Petra was named among National Geographic’s 50 Tours of a...

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New Galapagos Family Adventure! Be a part of an actual research program in the Galapagos Islands. Who out there in our Wild World has ever wanted to be part of a real research team...gathering data on giant Galapagos tortoises or joining an international team of volunteers, fighting to eradicate invasive species in this fragile ecosystem? Wildland Adventures, in partnership with one of our most popular Galapagos yacht companies, is now offering teenage adventurers the opportunity to work side-by-side with scientists in the field in the fabulous Galapagos Islands! This rare opportunity to join a team of researchers and local and international teenage volunteers for one day is part of the Ecology Project International (EPI), and is available on our 11 day Galapagos Family Research Adventures. Guided by local scientists, the EPI experience introduces teens to authentic scientific study, raises cultural and ecological awareness, and promotes international cooperation. EPI empowers its...
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