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Father-Son Team Tackle Inca Trail

Father-Son Team Tackle Inca Trail
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...
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Five Hidden Gem Treks in South America

Five Hidden Gem Treks in South America
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...
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6 Must-have Items for 6 of South America’s Ultimate Adventures

6 Must-have Items for 6 of South America’s Ultimate Adventures
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...
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Is Travel to Peru Safe?

Is Travel to Peru Safe?
Peru, a country of magnificent people, culture, customs, geography and adventure is our number one pick for family's introductory experience to South America (Read more in our blog Peru vs Patagonia: Choosing the Right Multigenerational Trip). While our guests prepare for their upcoming and/or future trips to Peru there are several main travel questions that we are often asked about. Below is a list of the most common questions we receive, addressed for travelers to feel informed, confident and, most of all, safe while traveling to this enchanting country. 1) ALTITUDE SICKNESS: Am I going to get altitude sickness while in Peru? How do I avoid altitude sickness? If I know I’m prone to altitude sickness, and still want to visit Peru, what can I do? The pleasures of trekking in the Andean highlands surrounded by the sheer geographic splendor and unique cultures that call the high Andes home, is...
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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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