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Best Beach Resort for 2014 Outside Magazine just named South Water Caye, Belize the best beach in 2014 and Pelican Beach Resort the best place to stay while you're there. From the Belizean styled wooden cottages to the breathtaking views, Pelican Beach Resort on South Water Caye is a the perfect spot for everyone looking to escape the chaotic city life and go wild on their Belize beach and active adventure. Find peace and tranquility surrounded by the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Families love the safe sheltered beach for swimming, where kids can even have their first snorkeling experiences. Adult travelers love this piece of paradise because of the flexibility to either join a guided excursion or just get kayaks and snorkeling equipment and ‘get lost’ on a short adventure. Not to mention this is the perfect place for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Don't just take my word and Outside Magazine's word, check...

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Elusive Prowler Finally Caught on Film! Some of you may recall I recently mentioned Hacienda Zuleta as one of my Top 3 Places to Fall in Love in Ecuador. Maybe I’m not the only critter who feels that way, because the hacienda’s remote trail cameras caught the following images of a visitor patrolling the night in the Andean backcountry…perhaps enroute to a romantic interlude? We received these wonderful images from Zuleta’s current patriarch, Fernando Polanco Plaza (grandson of Ecuador’s past President Galo Plaza Lasso), along with his very entertaining story about how they decided to install the trail cameras. We are thrilled that Hacienda Zuleta’s conservation efforts are yielding these results! "I've been around Zuleta since I was a little boy, when my Grandfather Galo Plaza was living here. My entire life I've heard rumors that we have Puma roaming around the Andean Páramo (higher elevations, above the primary forest), but never, in all my time...

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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...
Explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico  is situated in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. For many people PATAGONIA has been in their bucket list... now is the time to experience the most southern tip of the world. Explora Lodge is designed to bring its guests into intimate contact with the magnificent natural world of remote Patagonia. Located on a remarkable site on the shores of Lago Pehoe in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, it provides a convenient departure point for daily explorations. All inclusive services include Patagonia luxury accommodations, four meals per day with wine, drinks or soft drinks, daily excursions in Torres del Paine National, and use of all hotel facilities including saunas, heated lap pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, horses, row-boats, bicycles, etc. Choose from up to 17 hiking, biking and horseback riding excursions throughout the park led by bilingual guides with gourmet picnic lunches,...
The current June/July issue of National Geographic Traveler Magazine features a list of the “Best 25 Ecolodges” in the world. Many of them are accommodations we already include on Wildland Adventures throughout the world.  One of our favorites is the Feynan Ecolodge, located in Dana Biosphere Reserve, Jordan, included on our Jordan Explorer and the Bedouin Trek to Petra. Hiking in the Dana Reserve with Feynan Lodge in the background. Feynan Ecolodge is a 26-room solar-powered lodge with an ethos of providing unique visitor experiences, with minimal impact on the environment, while contributing to conservation work and providing income generation opportunities to the local community.  Coffee ceremony with local Bedouin from the nearby community.  In November 2012 we traveled together with Nabil Tarazi, Founder & Managing Director of EcoHotels. Nabil is a dynamic and dedicated entrepreneur and conservationist working closely with the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (Jordan's version...
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