This family of four just returned from a week-long trip to the Andean highlands and was blown away by Peru’s beauty.
“We had an amazing time. We all loved Peru and said it's the best family trip we've had. Everything was incredible. I had wanted to go to Machu Picchu and I was celebrating a big birthday this year. Several friends had used Wildland and had excellent trips and so we decided to plan something with you for Peru. Peru was easy to get to and allowed us to do a short enough trip to schedule with my adult children.
I had no idea Peru was so gorgeous. It was an eye opener. We enjoyed everything. Machu Picchu was magical. Lima was probably our least favorite place, however, our guide did a great job of making the city feel smaller and more special. It was the perfect amount of time for...
Wildland Adventures was founded on the principle that culturally and environmentally responsible travel can be a powerful force for change. Tourism should contribute to conservation and benefit local communities. As part of our community outreach, Wildland Adventures and our partners in Peru have begun to donate to Amantani in honor of guests who travel with us to Peru.
Amantani is a non-governmental, non-profit organization (NGO) working to help indigenous Quechua children in the region of Cusco, Peru. This highly effective program provides safe housing, educational opportunities and cultural activities to children ages 7 to 18 years old. Amantani, "invites you to re-imagine the relationship between the world’s so-called poor and those in a position to help. It’s time...to move away from pity and assumptions of cultural superiority, towards reciprocal connections based on respect and mutual understanding".
In the interest of reciprocity, one of the Amantani children, Yuri, would like to share...
Re-trace the steps of 10 time alumni traveler, John, and his son Robby, who recently returned from a stellar father-son journey into the high Andes and along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
“We are loyal to Wildland, having taken ~11 trips with you over the past 10 years. You always do a great job for us!
Gretchen did an outstanding job of putting together an itinerary that met our needs and ensured our satisfaction. As usual, you handled all the details perfectly.
We enjoyed virtually everything - Cusco has the history, the excitement, the food and the cultural attractions; the Sacred Valley helped immerse us in the Inca culture and exposed us to fabulous ruins, the Inca Trail was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that was both challenging and supremely rewarding. I would not have changed a thing.
Our guide, Fisher did a great job throughout. He was knowledgeable about...
How often can you say that you were able to trek in the steps of the Inca, bike through Martian landscapes and walk amongst guanacos and condors on the Patagonian steppe through the famous Torres del Paine?
If your answer is not very often, then I'm here to help! This year I am extremely excited to share several new treks in South America for travelers looking for new, rare and enticing experiences that showcase the various gems of South America’s diverse landscapes and the local peoples that call these unique places home.
FIVE HIDDEN GEM TREKS IN SOUTH AMERICA:
1) Epic Chile Expedition: Atacama & Patagonia
My personal new favorite, and the trip that I will be leading this October to celebrate our 30th anniversary explores the two most iconic regions of Chil: the Atacama & Patagonia. This is South America’s trekker’s paradise! The adventure kicks off in an otherworldly landscape in the Atacama, the world’s highest and driest desert. Hike, bike...
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...