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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...

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YOU Can Save the Charles Darwin Foundation As the oldest, largest and most respected research institution in the Galapagos Islands, as well as the key scientific advisor to the Galapagos National Park, the Charles Darwin Foundation has had an immense impact on the conservation and management of the Galapagos Islands for over 50 years.  Among the CDF’s major accomplishments are bringing Espanola Island’s giant tortoise population back from the brink of extinction, along with numerous other endemic species.  The Foundation was also instrumental in establishing the Galapagos Marine Reserve, and spearheading ambitious projects to rid these iconic islands of invasive species. Now, the Charles Darwin Foundation itself is facing extinction due to severe financial pressures forced upon it by the vagaries of island politics and the forced closure of their small local Puerto Ayora gift shop, a store that generated valuable income for the Foundation during lean times.  “I think the correct expression is the situation is...
February 28 Travel Seminar: Travel to Argentina February 28 @ 10:00 AM - The Savvy Traveler (Edmonds, WA) will be hosting a travel seminar on Argentina: Traversing El Cono Sur from Iguazu to Patagonia by Wildland Adventures' South America Program Director Gretchen Traut. More about the event: Planning your first trip to the wine and tango capital of South America? Or maybe you've had a taste of Buenos Aires' vibrant culture and you want to now dive in for a deeper Argentine adventure? Argentina is a country as long as the United States is wide, encompassing a vast geographical span from tropical rainforests of Iguazu, a wildlife rich Atlantic coast, the high Andes of Salta, Mendoza and Bariloche, to wind-swept Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Having lived between Argentina and Seattle for nine years, South America Program Director, Gretchen Traut, will share experiences, tantalizing images and useful information how to combine all that Argentina offers with possibilities...
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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