Every quarter I get to do the coolest thing. I get to give money to really amazing organizations on behalf of Wildland clients. With almost all of our trips we include a line item that reads “Optional Contribution to Travelers’ Conservation Trust” and then lists a local organization that we believe in. And most of you do make that optional donation, allowing us to forward funds quarterly. Here are just a few of the checks that I’ve written this year:
$750 to the Dorobo Fund for Tanzania which will be used for the Ujamaa Community Resource Trust. They work with orphans and the complex struggle for land between the Maasai cattle and the wildlife that brings so many tourism dollars to Tanzania.
$1450 to Conservacion Patagonica who is working to create a trans-frontier National Park in Patagonia. They are purchasing land, restoring it, and showing local communities how they can benefit from...
This Wild family of three just returned from a custom adventure to Machu Picchu and the Amazon. After hiking a segment of the Inca Trail, getting a taste of Peru’s cutting edge culinary delights, mountain biking through the highlands and ending piranha fishing in the Amazon, they had quite a few stories to share!
“Gretchen, thanks to you and the entire Wildland Adventures team, we enjoyed a fantastic vacation! Started off very well with your recommendation and subsequent reservation at Casa Moreyra, Astird & Gaston in Lima for our first amazing dinner (Astird introduced herself and we had a very nice chat J). Accommodations, activities and most importantly, the Wildland Adventures representatives, drivers and naturalists/guides throughout our Peruvian adventure were top-notch! Today alone, I’ve mentioned/recommended Wildland Adventures multiple times to friends at work.
Top on my list; Piranha fishing, mountain biking, Inca Trail to Sun Gate & Huayna Picchu/Wayna Picchu. ...
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...