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On Sunday I head south to Peru for two weeks to explore the Tambopata Rainforest and trek the Inca Trail. It's a special trip for me because for the first time, I'm able to share what I am lucky to do for a living with a family member; my 'little' brother, Eric, is trading his Sloan Kettering research scrubs and NYC subway commute for ancient Inca footpaths through the Andes and bushwhacking in the southern Peruvian Amazon. Amazingly, though we've both hopped around the world quite a bit and were even somewhere in Europe at the same time, we've never actually traveled together outside of the United States.
Growing up Eric and I spent hours outside pretending to explore dense, fearsome jungle (the woods at the end of the street) or imagining we were on safari in Africa, flailing about in the backyard as we acted out the wildebeest stampede...
I think that sometimes when traveling, we spend much of our time and attention on the grand adventure, looking through a camera lens trying to capture that perfect “National Geographic” shot. The older I’ve gotten and the more I travel, I have become increasingly fond of the small—and often unexpected—moments. For me, the small moments add a richness and another dimension to a trip, making it much more meaningful and memorable. There are no photos of the small moments—they are captured and stored in our hearts.
Our last Wildland Adventure took us back to South America—to iconic places in Ecuador and Peru. Our ambitious itinerary included Quito, the Napo Wildlife Center in the Yasuni National Park, and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, and in Peru, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Lima. A trip designed to fulfill lifelong goals and, from grand sites to small moments, the trip did...
Sheri Goodwin, a women's health and wellness coach, is leading a special women's-only trekking adventure to Machu Picchu in July of 2014. Based out of Seattle's Greenlake neighborhood, Sheri provides customized personal training, energy healing and wellness therapy geared towards helping women become healthier, look and feel better, regain energy and experience increased confidence. Many of Sheri's clients contact her with a specific goal in mind, such as getting in shape to climb Kilimanjaro, run a marathon or embark on a challenging trek in Peru. We sat down with Sheri to find out what inspires her to lead other women on life-changing adventures around the globe!
1.) What made you want to become a trip leader?
I started my travels working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean and helped engage passengers with games of shuffleboard, ping pong, & volleyball tournaments as well as leading trivia nights, karaoke and dance parties! I left that job with enough money...
Hike the Inca Trail during the peak trekking season of April-October, and your experience upon arrival at Machu Picchu may look something like this:
Spiritual journey over. Welcome to tourist central, DisneyPicchu!
Hike the Inca Trail in December, and you may just have one of those remember-forever moments of solitude at Machu Picchu, where the only object in the way of your perfect shot is a local resident. (Photo credit to Wildland traveler J. Lopinot)
In early December, after the majority of the trekking crowd has fallen off for the year, I'll be hiking the Inca Trail and would be excited for you to join me! Our December 5-13, 2013 Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu. To sweeten the deal, we are offering a discount of $300 per person which means the following rates for this trip apply:
Two travelers: $2995 per person
Four travelers: $2650 per person
Guest Review from our Machu Picchu Mountain Lodges Trek
“Although hiking in the high altitude caused me to fall behind the main group, trekking up to the high pass on the second day with the additional local escorts/guides was a great experience. On that second day one guide walked with me who later performed a blessing for the group. We didn't have a common language but still communicated. He helped me walk across a ledge and made me feel safe. I so much enjoyed the time with him during the trek telling him my English and Chinese names. His name was Luciano and had such a kind spirit.
I really enjoyed the assistant guide, Alfredo’s guidance and support. I didn't realize that the altitude was slowing me down and it put me behind the group. Alfredo coached me on my trekking technique and breathing. He was very encouraging that I was...