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Get Ready for an Incredibly Special Experience in Bhutan - Family Guest Review

Get Ready for an Incredibly Special Experience in Bhutan - Family Guest Review
A three generation family of intrepid travelers recently returned from an unforgettable trip to Bhutan with nothing but glowing reviews for the land of the thunderdragon. Sabra, Hawkins, and Indigo are an active family who were looking to travel to Bhutan to experience the culture of this remote mountain kingdom, go hiking in the foothills of the Himalayas, and immerse themselves in Buddhism. They found all this and more as you can see from their comments below: Please comment on the enthusiasm, professionalism, or other qualities of your local guides:Sherab Zangmo- who my son named "Sherif" the first day - was absolutely amazing. She was very knowledgable, full of interesting information, always enthusiastic, made adjustments according to our needs, took great care of us - no words can express our gratitude for her. We loved her and highly recommend her! Superb. Our guide and driver became like family. They were informative,...
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Still So Excited by the Huge Variety of Birds We Were Able to Capture on Film

Still So Excited by the Huge Variety of Birds We Were Able to Capture on Film
This adventurous couple just returned from a 17-day customized Manu Wildlife Safari Overland Adventure. After visiting Cusco, The Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, several areas of the Amazon, the Colca Canyon and Arequipa, see what wisdom they have to share! “The trip was amazing; it enabled us to see many aspects of Peru--from Machu Picchu that we had heard so much about to the huge variety of animals (especially birds!) We really enjoyed the overall impression of Peru--so many aspects! We loved all the ruins and terraces that illustrated how vast the Inca influence was and surprisingly how much was pre-Inca. Fascinating to see how much remains the same. Two of our favorite experiences were: 1) The Amazonia Lodge en route to Manu National Park- there were so many great birds! 2) In Arequipa, we saw "juanita", the ice maiden: definitely worth it—fascinating!   Our guides were good! Vignor was very...
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"We nearly hijacked the gulet!" - Denise Hastings, Turquoise Coast Odyssey October 2015

"We nearly hijacked the gulet!" - Denise Hastings, Turquoise Coast Odyssey October 2015
You know a trip has gone well when the travelers nearly mutiny and refuse to leave! That was the resounding message we received from our October guests onboard the season's last Turquoise Coast Odyssey, beginning with arrival to Istanbul on 4 October and ending with a very reluctant departure on the 18th. In between, 12 exceedingly happy travelers strolled through Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet district, spent 3 beautiful days exploring the underground cities of Cappadocia, hiking the lush river valleys and floating above the iconic fairy chimneys in a hot air balloon at dawn. But it was when they boarded the Kaya Guneri II gulet that things got really interesting! Said multiple-time Wildland Adventures Alumni traveler Denise Hastings: The sailing was great! The boat was perfect, cabins are great with plenty of space, nice bathrooms. There was plenty of space to relax on deck, too. The crew was exceptional, and the...
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Manaus: Gateway to the Amazon & Unlikely Cultural Center

Manaus: Gateway to the Amazon & Unlikely Cultural Center
Manaus is green and tranquilly chaotic with charming and inviting people. It is a city where over 600 billion-dollar industries collide with the impending brute force of the surrounding sea of inhospitable jungle. No man-made roads lead to Manaus; there was a failed attempt at one from Matto Grosso, which the Amazon took hold of and promptly re-ingested into its suffocating embrace. Now, the only ways into the city are, as was always the case, via one of the thousands of waterways winding their way to the Amazon itself, and flight. The heat has character. It has a weight, music and flavor all its own; it works its way into the wood of the small houses along the riverbanks, into the fibers of clothing and finally into deeper epidermal layers where it gleefully takes hold. It smells lush- every plant fighting to dominate the dense air with its own native,...
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Kurt Kutay
I'm headed to Manaus next month and can't wait. Thanks for sharing. Love the cool varieties of fish from the Amazon River!
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:44
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3 Reasons Why Travel to Turkey is #1

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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