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African Winelands to Wildlands: 35 Days from Cape Town to the Zambezi In 35 days from Cape Town to the wilds of Zambia, Anne and I explored the wines and wildlands of Southern Africa. Together with our friends and wine experts, Ruth and David Arista of Arista Wine Cellars in our hometown of Edmonds, WA, we co-led our Wine and Wildlife Safari, April 12-29.     Along with 10 fun-loving Wildland travelers, 8 of them previous alumni guests, we laughed, tasted and gasped our way through Africa, astonished at the wildlife, the incredible food and wine, stunning safari camps, and amazing Africans we met throughout.      We return full of gratitude and appreciation for all the heroic and stunningly talented and dedicated South Africans, Zimbabweans, and Zambians we met during our travels from pro-guides, chefs and winemakers, to all the smiling and hardworking drivers, pilots, and service staff who gave us their all (including song and dance not just as a...

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Sri Lanka: A Review and an Unveiling We recently had a couple come to us with a request to travel to Sri Lanka. Wildland has been working in India for many years, but until a year ago had yet to set our sights on the small, teardrop shaped nation to the south. After doing some research, we decided Sri Lanka was a perfect fit for Wildland.  Wildland has always made the environment a core focus of our trips and Sri Lanka not only lays claim to the world's first national park, but over 15% of its land area is protected wildlife area. We seek out ways to make authentic cultural connections and Sri Lanka is a friendly nation with people who are truly excited to show off what it has to offer to foreign visitors. The Vedda, the indigenous people of Sri Lanka who can draw a direct line of descent from the island's original neolithic community,...

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Harendra: A Guide Worth Celebrating Wildland prides itself on making local connections and supporting the communities we visit. One of the best ways we can do this is through partnering with local guides who have grown up in these different areas and know what makes them truly special. As Amit, our India contact states, "India is a land of experiences. You may have come 10 times to India, but it is based on the person who shows you India that will make all the difference. This person should become your best friend by Day 2." That's why we were so happy to receive a review from Wildland alums Faye and Lee Younker who recently traveled with us to Southern India (round 2 after they traveled to Northern India with us in 2012!) They had a wonderful time traveling through the national parks, cities, and backwaters of southern India, but what really struck us was this...
The distance from the rest of the world was part of the appeal Carol and Chas just returned from our newest Chile Adventure- Exploring Wild Chile: Off the Beaten Path in Patagonia with a customized cruise in the middle.  Beginning in “Chile’s Yellowstone”- Patagonia Conservation- in the Aysen Region, continuing on to explore the southern fjords on an intimate cruise and culminating amidst the stellar peaks of Torres del Paine National Park, in the south, Carol recounts her experience here: “Every part of our trip was wonderful.  We enjoyed all of the accommodations.  Hotel Castillo Rojo in Santiago was delightful, lovely staff, nice quiet neighborhood with lots to walk to (restaurants, hike up to the Santuario Imaculata Concepcion, Pablo Neruda house, etc.)  It was lovely being in the Parque Patagonia in Valle Chacabuco.  The distance from the rest of the world was part of the appeal.  It took 8 hours of driving on a dirt road to get there, rather than the 5...
Machu Picchu is a don't miss travel destination This multigenerational family just returned from their Sacred Lands of the Incas trip to Peru- their 5th Wildland Adventure! Beginning in Cusco, they continued on to the lush Sacred Valley where they met with locals and hiked to remote villages and ruins.  They ended their trip at the ancient and awe-inspiring citadel of Machu Picchu with a stunning and challenging hike up to the impressive Huayna Picchu.    “We signed up for this trip because Machu Picchu is a don't miss travel destination and I like outdoor trips with the kids. Wildland's help in planning and preparation was excellent.  We had all the right clothing and accessories. Reading "Turn right at Machu Picchu" was a fantastic recommendation. Ground arrangements were prefect- always someone there to greet us. Our guide, Elkin was great.  Elkin had to deal with some of us struggling during the 3 hour hike and he took my...
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