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Ecuador Has it All Galapagos, Guayaquil and Giant Otters Update on Ecuador's Andes, Amazon and Enchanted Island Archipelago I’ve had several weeks to reflect on my recent trip to the Galapagos Islands and the Napo Wildlife Center Amazon jungle lodge in Yasuni National Park, and remain more convinced than ever that the tiny country of Ecuador is one of the best travel destinations in all of South America for its ecological diversity and rich cultural heritage. Galapagos I voyaged through Galapagos onboard one of our three most popular yachts, the 20-passenger Eric, Flamingo and Letty. I consider these vessels to be one of the best values in Galapagos for their exceptional guides, lowest passenger-to-guide ratio at 10:1 (or less), and multiple cabin options with corresponding prices to fit every traveler's needs. These yachts also rank high on our sustainability goals with their Smart Voyager certification. Right now, our Thanksgiving voyage from November 21-December 1,...

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Galapagos Summer Specials The Galapagos, the one destination that might be on everyone's bucket list. Home to some of the most unique and diverse wildlife and plant species our planet has to offer. In addition to the extraordinary beauty the Galapagos has to offer it's also home to some of the top naturalist guides in the world and an impressive collection of small luxury yachts. That's where our summer specials come to life, we've pulled some strings and got some of our local partners to share some discounts with us, which (as always) we pass on to our Wild travelers.  2014 Specials:  Take 5 to 10% discount off our published cruise rates on our Galapagos Adventure Cruise - Eric/Flamingo/Letty departures! 10% off Dolphin deck - 5% off Booby deck including singles, shares and triples valid on these departure dates: Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21, Nov 28, Dec 5. This offer is valid through July 30,...
Why You Should Explore Guayaquil on Your Next Trip to the Galapagos Since the day I took the desk of the Ecuador & Galapagos Program Director at Wildland Adventures, we have focused our land arrangements in the capitol city of Quito. There’s a lot to be said for this arrangement: Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage site for very good reason, and it is the obvious gateway to the world famous market town of Otavalo as well as other charming Andean villages. The only flights to Ecuador’s incredible Amazon basin depart from Quito, and the birding heaven of Mindo-Tandayapa is a convenient 2 hour drive from Quito. But Quito isn’t the only star in the Ecuadorian firmament. On my recent trip to Ecuador this spring, I spent more time in Guayaquil on the Pacific delta of the Rio Guayas, and came away very impressed with that city’s attractions and advantages: Transfer times between the cities’ airports and main tourist centers are hugely...

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Cacao y Mango Finca By now, most travelers know that dining experiences have become an enormous part of the travel “buzz.” Four and five star restaurants are touted in glossy travel magazines, and there are so many “foodie” tours on the market, a really determined appetite could eat its way around the world. Although we at Wildland Adventures certainly understand the importance of good, wholesome local food to the travel experience, we believe it is best consumed with a side of adventure and human connection. Cacao y Mango Finca, located approximately 25 miles from Guayaquil, satisfies through all courses!  This lovely 12 hectare finca (farm) has been in the Lara family for 65 years. Last century, government-owned mangrove forests were divided into 12 hectare plots and granted to farmers to encourage settlement. Through the generations, the Lara family has created not only abundance of crops…cacao, mangos, dragon fruit, plantains, lemon grass, spices…they are blending...
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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