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Ecuador Has it All Galapagos, Guayaquil and Giant Otters Update on Ecuador's Andes, Amazon and Enchanted Island Archipelago I’ve had several weeks to reflect on my recent trip to the Galapagos Islands and the Napo Wildlife Center Amazon jungle lodge in Yasuni National Park, and remain more convinced than ever that the tiny country of Ecuador is one of the best travel destinations in all of South America for its ecological diversity and rich cultural heritage. Galapagos I voyaged through Galapagos onboard one of our three most popular yachts, the 20-passenger Eric, Flamingo and Letty. I consider these vessels to be one of the best values in Galapagos for their exceptional guides, lowest passenger-to-guide ratio at 10:1 (or less), and multiple cabin options with corresponding prices to fit every traveler's needs. These yachts also rank high on our sustainability goals with their Smart Voyager certification. Right now, our Thanksgiving voyage from November 21-December 1,...

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Galapagos Summer Specials The Galapagos, the one destination that might be on everyone's bucket list. Home to some of the most unique and diverse wildlife and plant species our planet has to offer. In addition to the extraordinary beauty the Galapagos has to offer it's also home to some of the top naturalist guides in the world and an impressive collection of small luxury yachts. That's where our summer specials come to life, we've pulled some strings and got some of our local partners to share some discounts with us, which (as always) we pass on to our Wild travelers.  2014 Specials:  Take 5 to 10% discount off our published cruise rates on our Galapagos Adventure Cruise - Eric/Flamingo/Letty departures! 10% off Dolphin deck - 5% off Booby deck including singles, shares and triples valid on these departure dates: Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21, Nov 28, Dec 5. This offer is valid through July 30,...
Light, Desert, Wine and the Andes- Argentina’s Northwest Treasures In light of a recent New York Times article entitled, “In Argentina, Wine, Art and Altitude” by Alessandra Stanley, I felt inspired to take a moment to highlight our Wine, Cultures and Canyonlands: Mendoza and Northwest Tour, and put a special emphasis on Argentina’s Northwest. In Stanley’s article she tackles a grand feat of successfully painting a picture of the rugged beauty and oddities that thrive at Donald Hess’ Colome Vineyard and his James Turrell-dedicated Light Museum in the northwest corner of Argentina. “Together, the Hess winery and art museum may well be one of the most puzzling one-man grand projects since the Pyramids of Egypt”, Stanley only half-jokingly points out. She indulges in the, somewhat comical and rather imaginative contradiction that is the rigid, traditional and extraordinary Colome winery of Swiss businessman, Donald Hess, and his contrasting obscure light museum, which poses as a shrine to James Turrell’s work,...

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A Patagonian Victory Patagonia. The word is synonymous with the rugged beauty and untamed landscapes that is an utter rarity in today’s modern world. Home to thousands of miles of old-growth forests, extraordinary species, mountain glaciers and a vast variety of other bountiful natural resources, Patagonia is a priceless refuge and heritage site that must be protected. Over the past several years, the HidroAysen Project, which intended to place five dams on two of the healthiest rivers in Chile’s Patagonian region- two on Rio Baker and three on Rio Pascua respectively- has been a looming threat. The proposed joint-collaboration between Chile’s Colbun and Spain’s Endesa companies would have cost $7 billion dollars and generated 18 gigawatt hours of power. The damage, including 1,000 miles of old-growth forest clear-cut, 1,500 miles of transmission lines stretched, 15,000 acres flooded, and the displacement of many local peoples “would have put at risk the wilderness, traditional culture,...

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New in the Wild Hola! As the new South America program director, I wanted to take the time to introduce myself and also take a moment to thank Kirsten Gardner for paving the way for me and offering such great support and guidance as I assume this position. My name is Gretchen Traut and I was born in New York City and raised in Seattle.  My family has roots in Germany and along the Slovak/Polish border which resulted in frequent travels to Europe during my childhood to visit relatives and family friends. My family’s strong heritage and yearly travels ignited within me a deep and ever-broadening desire to venture into the unknown and seek out intercultural experiences and adventures. The vast majority of my adult life I have spent abroad, as I have constantly looked for new ways to study, teach and travel internationally on my own.  I think that, as international citizens in...
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