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10 fun facts about sloths.... keep calm, slow down and enjoy! First of all, let me put a sloth smile on your face. Watch this fun video of Samantha, the cutest Costa Rican sloth and her friends who want to give us a message. Ok, now that you have a smile on your face and are contemplating Samantha’s message let me share some fun facts about one of my favorite creatures on earth, the sloth. You just have to travel with us to Costa Rica to see their faces! The word adorable comes to mind, right? Here are some really fun facts about these slow-moving mammals who are easily found on an ecotour in the jungles of Central and South America. I invite you to share any other of your favorite facts about sloths in the comments and we will add them to the list! 1. Sloth are arboreal creatures. If you want to find them look up in the Guarumo...
A Tomar Una Copa Festiva! (To a Celebratory Drink!) Fourth of July is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a special festive drink from my favorite destination- Fernet from Argentina!? One of my first memories of going out with friends in Argentina, was on a warm night in March- Argentina’s late summer. A well-intentioned friend handed me a glass of dark medicinal, smelling liquor, better known as Fernet, and then proceeded to flood the glass with Coca-Cola. “Toma! Es nuestra bebida nacional! Drink! It's our national drink” I took a gulp.  The bitter flavor of Fernet perfectly complimented by the sweet, fizzy cola is refreshing and absolutely bizarre- it took me years of living in Argentina to finally appreciate and, dare I say, LIKE, Fernet! Though my first experience with trying Fernet was one mostly of utter shock at the complex and foreign flavor, I have grown to love it and associate it with...

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A Great Trip We Will Cherish for a Lifetime!   Daryl and his grandson just returned from a customized Sacred Lands of the Incas adventure where they not only visited Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, they added on time doing a fly-over of the Nazca lines and sand boarding on the high dunes surrounding Ica, in the wine country of Peru.  "Our trip was outstanding in all respects, starting with the various guides and including the accommodations. Machu Picchu was of course the highlight. I came away both amazed by what I witnessed and convinced they had backhoes and frontend loaders in the 1500’s. I just can’t imagine they could do it any other way. The Nazca lines were impressive although a disappointment for my grandson, as he is vision impaired and was unable to see them.........I had been concerned about that from the beginning. He bounced back though and had an amazing time the next day...
Turquoise Coast Odyssey: Impressed By Planning, Details and Wealth of Experiences Julie and Bob Reed, and Jane Kaplan, were among a small group of Wildland travelers on our Turquoise Coast Odyssey. Here's what they had to share about their guide, and deep personal experiences in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus and cruising in a gulet along the Mediterranean coast:     "It is very hard to say what we enjoyed the most, every experience was unique and offered its own insights. Istanbul was overwhelming and amazing, we enjoyed the energy. Cappadocia was so different, would have loved another day there because our time there was very busy. Sirence with Ephesus was wonderful, the history was hard to comprehend as was all the history in Turkey, but our guide Ozlem made the experience exceptional.    Ozlem was wonderful, she was very enthusiastic about everything on the trip, and especially knowledgeable on the history and ruins as well as insights into Turkey today. She took care...

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3 Reasons Why Travel to Turkey is #1 The most frequent question people ask me as the founding director of Wildland Adventures is: "What is your favorite destination?" Depending on my mood I might say Manu National Park in the Amazon of Peru, or tiger viewing in India, or the wilds of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. But most of the time I declare my #1 destination is Turkey. I qualify that choice by simultaneously acknowledging that it's not just because of my Kutay family Turkish heritage. And I'm not the only one who rates Turkey #1. Among all our Wildland Adventures around the world, Turkey is the one destination we most often hear from returning travelers they didn't expect they would be so surprised, so amazed, and so delighted; that their Wildland Adventure in Turkey was one of the best trips ever. 1. Why so surprised? These days there is some initial trepidation traveling to this...
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