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Don't wait for a travel companion. Going solo may be the best!

Don't wait for a travel companion.  Going solo may be the best!
One of my favorite aspects of my position as a Program Director at Wildland Adventures is receiving post-trip emails from happy travelers!  Whether they use words like "transformed by..." or something as truly remarkable as "My doctor says she is going to start prescribing the Galapagos Islands for her patients with high blood pressure....mine came way down!" it's a gift to know we positively affect our travelers' lives.  I absolutely LOVE to read evaluations from solo women travelers, people who initiated our conversations reticent about taking on a big trip as a single traveler, but didn't want to wait for someone else to join her.  This was the case with a recent traveler to Ecuador and the Galapagos, Joanne Pires, who had called me to plan a post-birthday celebration.  A bubbling-over evaluation included this gem of a passage:   Joanne P in the Galapagos "Sherry, this truly was a wonderful trip.  Thank you...
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Advice for Traveling to Morocco, from a Wild Alum

Advice for Traveling to Morocco, from a Wild Alum

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Three-time Wildland Adventures alumni Tom & Patti Saunders recently returned from a 13-day exploration of Morocco that roamed from the medinas of Fez and Marrakech to the serene oceanside town of Essouira to the oases and kasbahs of the Skoura Valley to the windswept dunes of Erg Chebbi They even emailed us in the midst of their journey to share their happiness: “For now, just a quick email to thank you. This trip has truly been amazing. We've just arrived in Marrakech and I have to let you know that the accommodations, choice of route, guides, our exceptional driver Kamal, our camel in the Sahara, the Atlas Mountains experience, and every day of this tour, could not have been better. What an experience. Enchanting!” Descriptions don’t do Morocco justice but the Saunders’ comments about traveling there should be inspiration for everyone. Here’s some more, in their own words:  What were the main...
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Signing Off the Season in Patagonia

Signing Off the Season in Patagonia
As Patagonia’s trekking season comes to a close this year, Wildland Adventurers alumni Lynn and Lawrence, report back in after spending the final days of their trip to Patagonia in the Fitz Roy area of Argentine Patagonia.   Lynn enthusiastically recounts, “We absolutely adored the trip and we LOVED the trekking! We know that many people are weary about traveling to Patagonia at the very end and beginning of the season, but it was perfect- there were hardly any tourists and mostly locals, who were eager to interact with us and make suggestions of local hot spots in El Chalten; the restaurants in this town are great! Our guide, Shaun, was wonderful! We are very active and got to cover 26 miles in two days around Los Glaciares National Park. Our drivers in and out of El Chalten were also great and made everything easy and we loved our hotel.” This ambitious couple also...
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Father-Son Team Tackle Inca Trail

Father-Son Team Tackle Inca Trail
Re-trace the steps of 10 time alumni traveler, John, and his son Robby, who recently returned from a stellar father-son journey into the high Andes and along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.   “We are loyal to Wildland, having taken ~11 trips with you over the past 10 years. You always do a great job for us!   Gretchen did an outstanding job of putting together an itinerary that met our needs and ensured our satisfaction.  As usual, you handled all the details perfectly. We enjoyed virtually everything - Cusco has the history, the excitement, the food and the cultural attractions; the Sacred Valley helped immerse us in the Inca culture and exposed us to fabulous ruins, the Inca Trail was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that was both challenging and supremely rewarding.  I would not have changed a thing. Our guide, Fisher did a great job throughout. He was knowledgeable about...
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Meet Your Guides: Arvind Khare

Meet Your Guides: Arvind Khare
Namascar! More often than not the highlight of adventure trips to India is the guides. We know how important good guide is to a trip and we put a lot of effort into finding the best guides for every area that we travel to. We focus on using local guides in each area, ensuring that these guides possess a seemingly unlimited wealth of knowledge about their area of expertise. The last time I traveled to India I compiled a list of questions so we could all get to know our Wildland guides a little better. Arvind is a local favorite at Khajuraho, a spectacular complex of Jain and Hindu temples located in Madhya Pradesh. Khajuraho is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one that shouldn't be missed on your trip to India - especially with a guide like Arvind who can masterfully weave tales and bring the complex to life.  WHERE ARE YOU...
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