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Everest Base Camp Hike Voted One of the World's Dream Trails

Everest Base Camp Hike Voted One of the World's Dream Trails
National Geographic just released their list of 20 Dream Trails from all over the globe. It came as no surprise to us here at Wildland that the Everest Base Camp trek made the cut but don't just take our word for it! Check out the excerpt from the NG article below: This year we asked 20 outdoor luminaries—from trail runners to CEOs to beloved authors—about the trails they dream about. Here are their picks for the world's best hikes. Ready for adventure? Hiker: Jim Whittaker, mountaineer In His Words I would recommend the trek to Everest Base Camp to anybody. The people are incredible, the scenery can't be beat, and you get to take a look at Everest or Chomolungma, meaning the "Goddess Mother of the World." It's spectacular just to see the highest point on planet Earth. In 1963, it was a 185-mile trip. These days you can start by flying into...
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Where to go on Safari in Africa Part 2: Southern Africa: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Where to go on Safari in Africa Part 2: Southern Africa:
South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Southern Africa spans a diverse range of topography with a wide variety of habitats, from grassy savannahs and bushy woodlands, to the thundering waters of the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls, the sweeping dunes and clear night skies of the Namib desert, and the idyllic beaches of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Game viewing very much depends on season, water and food availability. The best time for safaris in Africa is generally May through October, although off-season safaris in the rainy season can yield some great game viewing. Weather in Cape Town is best from December to March, their summer months. The safari experience in Southern Africa is characterized by smaller camps and lodges on private concessions (instead of national parks), creating a more exclusive and personalized safari experience, generally with a more wilderness feel and at a higher cost. Walking safaris originated in Southern Africa more than a century ago...
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Redefining Adventure in Brazil’s Wild West (Part 2)

Redefining Adventure in Brazil’s Wild West (Part 2)
Here is part one if you haven't already read it: Redefining Adventure in Brazil’s Wild West (Part 1) Prying ourselves away from the majesty of the Pantanal’s landscapes and warmhearted people was a difficult task. To ease the pain of separation, we were surprised with a traditional Pantaneiro lunch of epic proportions at the charming Recanto Vale do Sol. Greeted by a live local samba band, grilled meats galore, a refreshing swimming pool for a mid-day dip and bottomless caipirinhas, we were instantly reminded that there is no time to be forlorn in Brazil, because the best always yet to come! The second half of our adventures in Brazil was based from the adventure heaven of Bonito- an ecotourism paradise chock full of natural attractions and rich in culture. Crystal clear rivers, cascading waterfalls, epic caves, abundant wildlife, tempting culinary delights, and a strong sense of community make this area utterly unique; it...
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Reciprocal Learning though Responsible Tourism in Peru

Reciprocal Learning though Responsible Tourism in Peru
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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