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Rugged Beauty, Remoteness and Lack of People

Rugged Beauty, Remoteness and Lack of People
This couple just returned from a custom trip to Patagonia with their friends. Starting in Santiago, they worked their way down to Torres del Paine National Park for hiking and exploring the environs and then came back north to visit the rustic coastal vineyards. “Torres del Paine national park and all of Patagonia stood out the most to us during this trip because of the rugged beauty, remoteness and the lack of people. Tierra Patagonia was awesome in the true sense of the word!! The staff was extremely professional, friendly and helpful. They went out of their way to accommodate our needs. It was an excellent stay. The views from Tierra Patagonia will provide peace and tranquility to me for many, many years. The park was breathtaking and the activities offered were numerous and there were several levels of abilities from which to choose. The guides at Tierra Patagonia were all...
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Wild South Africa!

Wild South Africa!
Abby S. and Steve B. chose an off-the-beaten-path custom itinerary for their South African holiday this past Fall.  A particular highlight from their trip was spending time in the Drakensberg mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The steep cliffs of these mountains surround Lesotho and are so rugged that there is only one break where a 4x4 road could be built to access the mountain kingdom at Sani Pass. "The hiking is superb. A variety of trails, in terms of length, altitude gain/loss, and views, depart directly from the resort. The views are stunning; kind of like the highlands of Scotland. Most trails are well-marked, and a map purchased at reception was serviceable. We saw elands, baboons, and raptors while hiking, and beautiful flowers." Abby and Steve also enjoyed seeing some spectacular wildlife viewing at Tanda Tula Lodge in Timbavati private game reserve as well as at Phinda Mountain Lodge...
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Wildland Does South America Better Than Anyone!

Wildland Does South America Better Than Anyone!
This 3-time alumni family just returned from a holiday adventure to Chile and Argentina, doing a custom Best of Patagonia  trip visitng: Atacama, Valparaiso, Santiago, Torres del Paine, El Calafate and Buenos Aires.  Continue reading as they share their incredible experience:   "This was another outstanding Wildland trip! We have traveled with Wildland 3 times before and have loved the trips. We believe you all do South America better than anyone! We were incredibly grateful for all of Gretchen's help in planning this trip and her patience in helping with the changes and questions along the way. We were especially grateful and impressed with how Gretchen and others helped us when our daughter missed her connection. The Delta agents kept telling her not to go to Santiago because of the strike but she left anyway and we kept our fingers crossed that it would work. Thanks to all of you,...
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Meet Your Guides: Luis at Explora Atacama

Meet Your Guides: Luis at Explora Atacama
As the year comes to a close, I wanted to take the time to highlight some of the key players in Wildland Adventures’ travel experience: our guides! This year, I had the chance to be out in the field with several of our amazing guides: Joao and Abadias in the Brazilian Amazon, Bira in Salvador, Tiago in Chapada Diamantia, Everaldo in Rio de Janeiro, Cata and Nicole in Torres del Paine, Chile and Oscar and Luis in Atacama, Chile. One of my favorite memories, while out in the field this past year, was hiking up Lascar Volcano with our guide Luis in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Luis has made a strong reputation for himself amongst Wildland travelers for his expert knowledge of astronomy while entertaining guests during his informative lectures about the night skies at the Explora Atacama observatory in addition to his intricate knowledge of the unique flora,...
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Our Guides Were Phenomenal!

Our Guides Were Phenomenal!
After invited by her friends to join them on the Machu Picchu Mountain Lodges Trek, Marian decided to go for it! Here she shares some of the highlights of her high Andean adventure while trekking to Machu Picchu! “The main highlights, besides Machu Picchu ,for me was the fact that the Inca ruins everywhere! Cusco was incredible and our guides were phenomenal! We couldn't have had better service and attention. We were greeted in Cusco in the middle of a transportation strike and your staff took excellent care to see that we made it to our hotels. They did an excellent job. Eddie Pisaro, our guide, and his assistant, Claudio were absolutely fantastic. Every meal at the mountain lodges stood out! The accommodations were AMAZING, I wish I lived there! My favorites were: the JW Marriott in Cusco, all of the mountain lodges and Machu Picchu Pueblo in Aguas Calientes!!”...
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