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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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Rare Photos of Baby Harpy Eagle Harpy Eagles are one of the most powerful birds of prey in the world. Their talons are the size of Grizzly Bear claws and their gigantic beaks make quick work of the monkeys and sloths they hunt for food.  These massive birds of prey have a wingspan of six to seven feet and, when sitting, have the height of a five-year-old child. They are also one of the least observed raptor species in the world. Combined with diminished number due to habitant loss and human trophy hunters, Harpy Eagles don't soar to hunt, but lurk in the trees like a gigantic winged monstrosity, waiting to ambush prey in surprise. (It goes without saying that monkey and sloth nightmares are dominated by Harpy Eagles.) They also require a huge territory for hunting, with a single pair occupying between 3,000 and 7,000 hectares of forest. So for birders and wildlife enthusiasts alike, a...

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A Father-Daughter Trip to Peru Molly Greathouse and her father John traveled with Wildland Adventures to Peru over spring break on our Best of Peru itinerary. Both Molly and John are journalists and Molly was nice enough to share her stories from the trip, which she published on her personal blog.  To follow their journey and view Peru (and family travel) through the eyes of a college student, click on the links below. A great resource for parents who may be considering a similar trip with a college-aged child! Blog 1: Getting Ready for Peru Blog 2: Arrival to the Urubamba Valley  Blog 3: Pre-Incan Structures, a Shaman & Chicha Blog 4: The Trek to Machu Picchu, or, How I Lost the Use of My Legs  Blog 5: Machu Picchu & Wayna Picchu  Blog 6: Cusco Churches, Tourism Police & Food Blog 7: The Amazon: No Internet and a Whole Lot of Bugs    Thanks for sharing...

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Savings in South America Blossoming cherry trees, tulips and daffodils up north mean that the leaves of the beech trees in Torres del Paine and Los Glacieres National Park have all turned red and gold, sure signs that winter in the Southern hemisphere is not far off. But it isn’t too early to start planning your trip for next season to... For the first time in years, the cost of travel to Patagonia has decreased! Chile has eliminated the $160 Reciprocity Fee US citizens were formerly charged upon arrival into Santiago, a considerable savings for families. If you have some flexibility with your dates and aren’t set on traveling over the peak months of December, January and February, you can stretch your travel dollars further by booking one of the discounted shoulder season departures with savings of up to $1000 per person. (See below for a complete listing of discounted departure dates.) I had...
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