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Be Moved by the Mountains Being surrounded by raw natural beauty stirs the soul in ways that we as humans can feel and recognize but perhaps not accurately describe. Recent Wildland traveler Steve Fors, who embarked on our Machu Picchu Mountain Lodges Trek in March, very eloquently summed up his experience trekking through the Cordillera Vilcabamba.  “Our trekking guides Manolo and Darwin were off-the-chart fabulous in every way. My favorite moments for the trip were as follows; we went out on the upstairs deck at Salkantay Lodge, shut off all nearby lights and saw the most spectacular stars I have ever seen. While the sky above us was clear, there were thunderstorms nearby. The valley below lit up several times. Then lightning lit up Mt. Salkantay and its neighbors several times. When we hiked over Salkantany Pass, the mountain was obscured by clouds and fog. The next morning we awakened to clear sky, the first rays...

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Why Shoulder Season Travel is Spectacular! I recently returned from a trip to Peru with my brother to trek the Inca Trail and search for wildlife in the Amazon region of Tambopata. Our trip was in early March, just a few days after the Inca Trail opened for the 2014 season and right in the middle of Peru’s ‘rainy season.’  Traditionally, this is not thought of as an ideal time to go trekking since most people prefer not to hike in the rain. (Unless you live in the Pacific Northwest, then you are just used to it.)  Our timing wasn’t the best in that sense but we were just stoked to go so we packed the gortex, rain pants and ponchos and hoped for the best. It only rained on us twice in 16 days.  There were occasional wimpy sprinklings in the mornings but those didn’t even merit breaking out the rain jacket.  Mostly we had...

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Guiding is a Family Affair One of our senior guides in Costa Rica recently read my blog My Family Roots in Turkey and was moved to write me his personal sentiments about his own family and how he views Wildland travelers as his own extended family visiting him at home.  This is what makes Costa Rica guide, Leo Chaves, such a great Wildland guide. I like to say that being a good Wildland guide is really easy. Of course, it requires the requisite study of history, ecology, archaeology, or other areas of expertise, first-aid training, and leadership characteristics are also necessary. But the reason it should also be easy is because ultimately the most important attribute of a guide is to share your Self! And that's what I really appreciate about Leo's comments: "Family roots and history are so important.  Reading your words about your family brought back memories of many personal moments. My mother...
7 Tips for Fun-filled and Fulfilling Family Adventures 1. Local Walks and Village Visits: Following local footpaths through villages and farmlands opens windows to family life far different from our own. Include some walking and hiking out of the vehicle on local footpaths to explore a new land and meet people of different cultures.  2. Fun and Enriching Experiences for Everyone in the Family: A family vacation should engage each member of the family in fun and enriching experiences, which may mean something different to each family member. Therefore, ather all the family around the kitchen table (or your family computer) when planning your Wildland Adventure so that everyone’s interests and ideas are included and even young participants have something fun to look forward too.  3. Guides as Parents: Our trip leaders are family friendly and child-oriented. Our best guides for family trips are often parents themselves or teachers who are familiar with young minds so they can deliver...
7 Wild Things Not to Miss on a Belize Family Adventure Belize is one of the most exciting family adventure travel destinations in Central America, especially for teens and young adults. Lately, I've been planning a lot  of adventure trips to Belize for active families. It seems likes the everyone's most cherished experience involves making connections with the local cultures. Dinning on traditional native cuisine, exploring Maya ruins and learning about the history of this beautiful country. Here are my top 7 activities and experiences you don't want to miss during your family vacation in Belize. 1. ATM CAVE: Actun Tunichil Muknal is considered one of the top 10 caves in the world. Access to this Maya underworld and sacrificial site can be done by most spelunkers 12 and older. We first hike through the forest, once we get to the caves we swim in underground rivers surrounded by crystallized stalactites and stalagmites to get to the main chamber. Inside you'll...
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