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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? 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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Meet Your Guides: Luis at Explora Atacama As the year comes to a close, I wanted to take the time to highlight some of the key players in Wildland Adventures’ travel experience: our guides! This year, I had the chance to be out in the field with several of our amazing guides: Joao and Abadias in the Brazilian Amazon, Bira in Salvador, Tiago in Chapada Diamantia, Everaldo in Rio de Janeiro, Cata and Nicole in Torres del Paine, Chile and Oscar and Luis in Atacama, Chile. One of my favorite memories, while out in the field this past year, was hiking up Lascar Volcano with our guide Luis in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Luis has made a strong reputation for himself amongst Wildland travelers for his expert knowledge of astronomy while entertaining guests during his informative lectures about the night skies at the Explora Atacama observatory in addition to his intricate knowledge of the unique flora,...

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Spectacled Bear Spotted in Machu Picchu Sanctuary! We are so excited to hear that an Andean Spectacled Bear was spotted on Thursday, November 25th by a group of Italian tourists on the last day of their Inca Trail Trek. Check out the video they captured: This threatened species is the only native South American bear whose habitat extends from Panama through Argentina. It's largest population resides in the Peruvian Andes. Many of our guests traveling with Wildland Adventures to Peru have helped us make a difference for the Andean bear by supporting local research and conservation efforts.    Fun facts about the Andean Bear: • Andean bears are among the least known and most vulnerable of the eight bear species in the world.  • About the size of an American black bear, the Andean bear spends a lot of time in trees searching for fruit. • Also known as Spectacled bears, these charismatic creatures have unique markings...

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Ceviche a la Galapagos! Almost every country with a coastline has its own version of ceviche. The ingredients might change with availability, but the heart of the recipe - seafood "cooked" or marinated in acidic juices - remains the same. In South America, Ecuador and Peru clash over who has the best ceviche, and I must confess I cannot decide myself! Lima's neighborhood cebicherias could keep me occupied for weeks, checking out another each day. But when I travel to Ecuador, and particularly in the Galapagos Islands, ceviche is one of the culinary treats I crave! This recipe comes to us courtesy of the EcoVentura yachts, whose onboard chefs magically turn out exquisite meals day after day, in a galley about the size of my small apartment's kitchen. If you've never attempted to make your own ceviche, give this one a try! And don't be afraid to play with the ingredients. This recipe features...
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