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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,...
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...
We just received your invitation to attend the wedding of Varun and Vivek, our "second cousins" of sort, in Jodphur, India! 1500 guests have been invited and you'll be part of the wedding party on the groom's side.
For you Wild women our guide will help you pick up a sari a few days before the gala event, and it's your chance to go with bold color! Wild guys just need a sport jacket because you'll be fitted with a turban according to the color scheme and style of the Jodphuri family.
This is the wedding of Amit Sankahla's cousin. Amit is our India in-country program director, and if you are able to attend you'll be hosted by Amit and his wife Jessika, and our local guide who will accompany you and explain everything that's happening around you.
So, if you are planning a trip to India in the New...
We believe in the power of travel to create understanding, brotherhood and peace on the planet. This is a really wonderful project that many Wildland family travelers, young travelers and teachers might be interested in participating and supporting. TIMOTCA, in partnership with Artsonia and Teachers Discovery, is connecting thousands of teachers around the world to have their students share “PostCards From The World, My Dream of Peace”. Creating small original art works, this project celebrates the creative spirit that is within all of us and has the power to change the world.
TIMOTCA, a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 launched the project to foster peace and cultural understanding through art and to build a Peace Monument and Cultural Center presenting the visual and performing arts of every country on earth. What a great project!
Art Beyond Borders is the first collection of postcards from 60 different...
Written by one of Wildland Adventures top South Africa guides, Doug Thomson.
We, as South Africans, are feeling a mixture of grief and celebration all at the same time. We grieve and feel a sense of sadness at our loss, but at the same time we celebrate and take note that we have been a part of an incredible journey. One that will probably never be repeated. We have witnessed an unbelievable man do the unusual. Using all his statesmanship, charisma and warmth, he managed to turn a nation that was tearing itself apart into one. Although, not without enormous challenges.
I clearly remember that day in Feb 1990 when Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster prison a free man and gave his “long walk to freedom’ speech at City Hall opposite the Grand Parade in Cape Town. The tension in the country was palpable. Blacks wanted revenge, the...