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Exploring Peru and Argentina for 30 Days Beginning with a trip to visit family and friends in Stockholm, Berlin and Bulgaria, 2014 commenced with a festive bang! This was just the warm up though, for what was yet to come. In August, I set out to Peru for four weeks of exploring the contrasting, ancient-modern urban centers, trekking the Inca Trail, piranha fishing and swimming in the Amazon, boating on Lake Titicaca, and eating the best ceviche of my life in a quiet fishing village on the sea. All the while surrounded by warm, inviting and inspiring people. After having lived between Seattle and Argentina for almost nine years, Peru was an exciting window to another invigorating facet of Latin America’s rich diversity. Peru is a land of contrast as much geographically, as it is culturally, architecturally, visually, and gastronomically. In the west, the coast is dry, tracing its way north and south along the Pacific. To...
Tremors For Real: Glowing Predatory Worms Found in Peruvian Amazon Its dark, the howler and capuchin monkeys are in the high branches of the canopy turning in for the night, night birds are singing their songs across the oxbow lakes, the tapirs are feasting at their clay licks and the caiman are slowly starting to come out to feed: nighttime in the Tambopata rainforest and what Jeff Cremer, wildlife photographer, was setting out to attempt to capture on film. What he did not expect, was what he found around the bend on one of the numerous jungle paths this particular evening; embedded in a dirt wall, Jeff came face to face with multiple glowing, green spots luring him in towards them-a type of larva. Never having encountered anything quite like this, he took several photos of the strange phenomenon. What exactly were these bizarre and alluring species beckoning to him in the black of night in the Amazonas? Calling in...

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50 and Nifty with Faye Holtz Faye Holtz came to Wildland as an alumni traveler wanting to celebrate her 50th birthday. What better way than spend it cooking in the culinary capital of South America, visiting the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu and exploring the canopy of the Amazon?! After 12 days of adventure travel in Peru here are some of Faye’s thoughts when asked about her Wildland Adventure: “I wanted to let you know how impressed I was with…the service Gerhard and I received during the entire trip...Ruben was a wonderful guide and took good care of us.  All of the pickups, transferred, etc. went according to plan…  I would also like to give credit to the drivers and individuals who picked us up at the airport/hotels to make sure we made it to our next destination.  Everyone was so helpful and the guides were very knowledgeable.  It was so reassuring knowing that someone was...

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THE WILD’S CALLING: PATAGONIA AND PERU Attention last minute travelers and methodical trip planners a like! Having just come back from a 5 week trip to South America, I wanted to take the time to say that I am happy to be back here at the Wildland office and I am equally excited to help spread the energy and enthusiasm I have rekindled for some of my favorite places in the world to our wild travelers. As the weather is beginning to change and winter is starting to peak its grey, cold and rainy head around the bend, I would like to take a moment to talk about travel to Peru and trips to Patagonia and planning a last minute trip before winter really kicks in (for those last minute planners) or a trip that you can look forward to through the most bitter months and reward yourself with on the other side (for those more...

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How to Tip on the Inca Trail Trek Head porters, chefs, toilet porters and guides - oh my! The Inca Trail trek, like any supported backcountry trip, has a large cast of characters who ensure that you as a trekker are encouraged, enriched, well-fed and safe throughout your journey. These individuals work very hard, literally engaging in 'back breaking' labor for a seemingly puny salary by our standards, and they rely on tips from trekkers as a portion of their compensation. The polite thing to say is that 'gratuities are at your discretion,' but in reality if you are trekking the Inca Trail in Peru, you should budget porter, guide and support staff tips into the overall cost of your trip. Here are my recommendations for 'how-much' and 'how-to' when it comes to divvying up tips on the Inca Trail.  How Much: This varies greatly based on the number of people in your trekking group, but at a...
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