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I think that sometimes when traveling, we spend much of our time and attention on the grand adventure, looking through a camera lens trying to capture that perfect “National Geographic” shot. The older I’ve gotten and the more I travel, I have become increasingly fond of the small—and often unexpected—moments. For me, the small moments add a richness and another dimension to a trip, making it much more meaningful and memorable. There are no photos of the small moments—they are captured and stored in our hearts. Our last Wildland Adventure took us back to South America—to iconic places in Ecuador and Peru. Our ambitious itinerary included Quito, the Napo Wildlife Center in the Yasuni National Park, and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, and in Peru, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Lima. A trip designed to fulfill lifelong goals and, from grand sites to small moments, the trip did...

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2013 was a great year for tourism in Turkey, and Istanbul’s total number of international arrivals last year proved that.      Istanbul broke the all time record welcoming 10.474.867 tourists in 2013. The Tourism Directorate said that the number of foreign tourists visiting Istanbul increased 11.7 per cent compared to 2012.   The number of tourists visiting the city also increased 15.6 per cent in December compare to December 2012. 754.789 tourists arrived to Istanbul in December 2013.   Most of the visitors in Istanbul were from Germany with 1.179.397 tourists which is followed by Russia with 573.528, USA with 503.019 tourists is in 3rd, and France with 478.258 tourists in fourth and UK with 456.172 tourists made the 5th place.   I gave a presentation last weekend about our Wildland Adventures in Turkey and someone asked the same question we get every time: "Is it safe to travel...

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I was interviewing someone today for a position in Wildland Adventures and when we asked the candidate what are two of the most important elements of meaningful travel experience she replied, "One is the accommodations." Where we bedded down was not so important when we started 30 years ago; that would not have been the right answer many years ago when "the experience" was considered more about the "adventure" itself and the associated cultural encounters. Today the experience is so much more. As this prospective candidate explained her answer: "...space is a reflection of the culture we are in and has, even though at times quite subliminally, an everlasting impact on how we remember our time in a place." Samode Palace is one of India's truly great palace hotels. Picking the right accommodations is important as to how it reflects the local culture and landscape through design, architecture, cuisine and...

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Much of Morocco’s Anti-Atlas Mountains in the far south are built of Paleozoic rocks, dating back 245 to 570 million years, and Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian and Devonian limestones abound. When these rocks were deposited, a warm, shallow sea teeming with life covered the region. Trilobites scuttled along the seafloor, and huge schools of Orthoceras, squid-like nautiloids with cone-shaped shells, swam above. When these creatures died, their shells were preserved in the limy mud of the seafloor. The epicenter of this open-air ancient underwater world is Erfoud at the end of the desert road in the middle of the Ziz oasis. Just a few miles outside of town you can start picking up stones at random looking for imprints of marine life millions of years ago. One of the Tahiri Brothers, local self-made paleontologists who founded the Museum of Fossils and Minerals likens it to fishing. "We're like fishermen living off...
February 8, 2014 at 10 am - The Savvy Traveler (Edmonds, WA) will be hosting a travel seminar on Patagonia and Beyond: Chile and Argentina Top to Bottom presented by Wildland Adventures South America Program Director Kirsten Gardner.  More about the event: Patagonia is a vast, wild land stretching from the Antarctic environment of Tierra del Fuego to high Andean mountains and wind-swept Patagonian steppe. Wildland Adventures’ will highlight the wildlife, gaucho culture, and the hiking and trekking opportunities throughout this spectacular region of Chile and Argentina. We’ll review the best ways to explore Patagonia, recommended lodges and eco-camps for hiking in the heart of Torres del Paine, Fitzroy and Los Glaciares National Parks. And beyond Patagonia, in the rest of Chile and Argentina we travel to Iguazu Falls, the Lakes District, the Atacama Desert, wine tasting and exploring Mendoza and Salta of NW Argentina, Easter Island, the great cities...
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