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Harendra: A Guide Worth Celebrating Wildland prides itself on making local connections and supporting the communities we visit. One of the best ways we can do this is through partnering with local guides who have grown up in these different areas and know what makes them truly special. As Amit, our India contact states, "India is a land of experiences. You may have come 10 times to India, but it is based on the person who shows you India that will make all the difference. This person should become your best friend by Day 2." That's why we were so happy to receive a review from Wildland alums Faye and Lee Younker who recently traveled with us to Southern India (round 2 after they traveled to Northern India with us in 2012!) They had a wonderful time traveling through the national parks, cities, and backwaters of southern India, but what really struck us was this...

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Why visit Cape Town with a guide? We asked our Cape Town guide Doug Thompson, pictured here with his wife Sarah, to tell us why Cape Town, and why Cape Town with a guide. Why Cape Town ? Cape Town is the perfect gateway to Southern Africa. It's a gentle landing for those travelers who are on their first adventure to Africa. Many guests are surprised at its cosmopolitan feel , its vibrancy and the Mediterranean atmosphere. It is unmistakably Africa, but for those heading into 'darkest' Africa on safari , it offers a colorful arrival that often takes ones' breath away. Cape Town has the variety of settings that few other cities offer. Within a radius of 40 minutes drive, one can experience spectacular coastline, majestic mountains, semi-arid ecozones, and the beautiful winelands. As far as cities go ( 4.5 million people) , we can get out of the city onto the beach, into the forest, up...

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What a wonderful safari in Tanzania Working with Wildland Adventures and Jeff was a pleasure. All questions were promptly answered in the planning stages and we were thoroughly prepared for the adventure of a lifetime. We had the right clothes, equipment, and medical preparation. I have never been so well prepared for travel to a specific destination as I was for our safari in Tanzania. There were many highlights and glorious moments - witnessing the birth of a wildebeest, watching a pride of nine lions feasting on a giraffe, watching a hippo saunter by our vehicle, hearing George's exact replication of specific animal sounds, being surrounded by elephants crossing the road, and so many others. Samson and George were phenomenal at spotting animals and birds that were far away. I cannot say enough good words about our guides. They were the stars of our experience in that they added a much greater dimension to the animals,...
How to Make a Local Connection Traveling to Costa Rica Many of our guests traveling to Costa Rica attribute their ‘highlights’ to the special people they meet along the way. From farmers to shop owners, local families, teachers and students, our expert guides and drivers,  all the 'Ticos' you meet will make your trip to Costa Rica an adventure to remember. In fact, many of them are my friends. As Wildland's Central America Program Specialist, I am a 'Tica' living in my native Costa Rica, so I'm always finding new people I want you to meet. Our local connections here allow me to handcraft one of a kind Costa Rica adventure vacations that give our travelers an authentic cultural experience and an especially unforgettable journey.  Here are just some of the local connections I love sharing with our travelers in Costa Rica. Rodrigo Rodrigues Oranganic Coffee Farm: I first met Rodrigo at an organic farmers market and discovered that he owns a...

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Guiding is a Family Affair One of our senior guides in Costa Rica recently read my blog My Family Roots in Turkey and was moved to write me his personal sentiments about his own family and how he views Wildland travelers as his own extended family visiting him at home.  This is what makes Costa Rica guide, Leo Chaves, such a great Wildland guide. I like to say that being a good Wildland guide is really easy. Of course, it requires the requisite study of history, ecology, archaeology, or other areas of expertise, first-aid training, and leadership characteristics are also necessary. But the reason it should also be easy is because ultimately the most important attribute of a guide is to share your Self! And that's what I really appreciate about Leo's comments: "Family roots and history are so important.  Reading your words about your family brought back memories of many personal moments. My mother...
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