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6 Must-have Items for 6 of South America’s Ultimate Adventures

6 Must-have Items for 6 of South America’s Ultimate Adventures
Finding the right clothes and gear for the modern adventurer, who climbs jagged peaks, kayaks down rapids and zip-lines through cloud forests by day and wines and dines in hip, local hot spots by night, can be difficult: versatility is critical. This is especially true, when completing a multi-day or multi-week adventure in several climates, environments and countries. With airline restrictions becoming ever more rigid, being able to pack light and compact is also necessary. Outlined below are six adventure trips in South America and six items that I highly recommend to maximize your travel experiences in each destination. 1) Brazilian Amazon: ExOfficio’s Bugs Away Marigold Shirt This past year I spent almost a collective month in the heart of Brazil’s Amazon. While hosting our travelers, working with local communities, tree climbing, caiman spotting and hiking I quickly became a fan of ExOfficio’s Bugs Away garments. Not only was the built-in Insect Shield...
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Empanadas Para Morirse! // Empanadas to Die For!

Empanadas Para Morirse! // Empanadas to Die For!
When I was 15 I moved to a small town in the Pampas of Argentina as an exchange student. Knowing absolutely no Spanish upon arrival (besides hola and la cucaracha- neither being the most helpful), I found numerous other ways to communicate with my local family and hosts- my favorite being through food! Learning a culture’s culinary traditions is by far and away one of the best ways to gain new perspectives on who people are and where they come from. My host mom and I immediately hit it off as I started learning to cook some of Argentina’s favorite dishes from her. One of my favorite dishes, that I still love to bake with friends and family, is Empanadas. Empanadas are the beloved comfort food of much of Latin America and come in numerous sizes, shapes and delicious flavor variations. The name Empanada comes from the Spanish word “empanar”...
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Foodie Paradise and Trekking in Patagonia

Foodie Paradise and Trekking in Patagonia
Barbara and Dennis just returned from our Hiker's Patagonia trip and, as they are foodies, we set up a special culinary tour in Buenos Aires at the end for them. Touring Buenos Aires from a gastronomic standpoint is such great a way to connect with the city from a different, more local view and an awesome way to immerse yourself in Argentina's culture and rich history. Ultiamtely, who doesn’t want to meet locals and visit their favorite hot spots for delicious food and wine while in Argentina?!   "Every single guide was great. Truly, we had fun with all and felt all were professional and enthusiastic. We really enjoyed time with the guides as we could really pick their brains about the areas, culture, society, etc. None disappointed and it really helps to get the feel of an area when you can spend a lot of time with someone who...
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When the travel gods give you bad weather- keep calm and…drink wine!

When the travel gods give you bad weather- keep calm and…drink wine!
Currently in Argentina there are several severe wind storms, mainly within the province of Buenos Aires, passing through the country. This has resulted in much pandemonium around flight delays and cancellations including two of our own traveler’s flights from Mendoza to Buenos Aires. I checked in with these guests this morning to let them know that we were adjusting their itinerary so as not to miss important excursions in their next destination and that we had alerted the next hotel they would be arriving later than expected. They told me that they were having a ball and taking advantage of the extra time to do some additional wine tasting in Mendoza. I loved this attitude and think that it perfectly embodies the go-with-the-flow nature we all must strive for while traveling when circumstances out of our control arise. Why not make something great of it? This underlies howwe, the Wildland Team,...
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A Wild Wine Tasting in Argentina

On this day we head off to Clos de Los Siete, a collaboration of seven bodegas initiated in the early 2000's by Michel Rolland. The bodegas here are architecturally stunning, each designed in a way that reflects the individual winemakers, just like the designer wines made here. We first visited the wine making facilities of  Cuvelier Los Andes where we learned just how specific and sophisticated the art of wine making can be. The winemaker at Cuvelier Los Andes shares his craft with our  Argentina  wine tour group. He described how they take grapes from specific areas of their vineyards, combine various varietals mainly Malbec, but also from their own plantations of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot, blending each according to the winemaker's specifications. Then he showed us and explained the amazing technology behind it with automatic control systems in fermentation tanks capable of fermenting each parcel of vineyard...
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Guest — Kurt Kutay
Madelene,Thanks for your comment. Lots of empty wine glasses on the table is a good sign of what's to come! Lovely to see you run ... Read More
Friday, 12 April 2013 04:35
Guest — Madelene Swinny
It's lovely to see those wine glasses at the table. Looks like they were having fun. Nice photos by the way. -GoGrape.com
Thursday, 11 April 2013 18:38
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