Vibrant sunsets, pastel sunrises, crystal clear waters, scuba diving, caving, country cycling, wildlife spotting and a real taste of the Pantaneiro (Brazilian cowboy) way of life: welcome to Brazil’s Wild West. Last month, I had the extraordinary opportunity to explore Mato Grosso do Sul on the Adventure Travel and Trade Association’s Adventure Week in Brazil. In ten days we covered two spectacular areas brimming with adventure, unique landscapes, quaint colonial towns, rustic ranches, charismatic people and the most tantalizing food!
Our journey began in Corumba, a charming frontier town in the South Pantanal, seated on the mighty Paraguay River. The Pantanal, the largest continuous wetland on the planet, declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, is South America's primary wildlife sanctuary. With a total area of approximately 58,000 square miles, the Pantanal marks the heart of the South American continent and brings together several diverse regions: the Amazon rainforest,...
The sentiments above are direct quotes from Wildland travelers who have just returned from Southeast Asia. Almost everyone who travels to Southeast Asia with us comes back mirroring these feelings – elephants are a highlight of any trip to SE Asia and it’s really not much of a surprise. There’s something romantic about riding an elephant through an Asian jungle; something unique about reaching out and touching your hand to an elephant’s trunk; a once in a lifetime experience to splash around in a lake with a friendly & playful pachyderm 10 times your size.
Wildland has always prided itself on making sure we are environmentally and socially conscious – a standard applied across the board and especially to wildlife. We carefully vet all of the elephant experiences we use in SE Asia and you should too! This blog is meant to not only educate but inspire. I’ll discuss what...
This adventurous couple just returned from a 17-day customized Manu Wildlife Safari Overland Adventure. After visiting Cusco, The Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, several areas of the Amazon, the Colca Canyon and Arequipa, see what wisdom they have to share!
“The trip was amazing; it enabled us to see many aspects of Peru--from Machu Picchu that we had heard so much about to the huge variety of animals (especially birds!)
We really enjoyed the overall impression of Peru--so many aspects! We loved all the ruins and terraces that illustrated how vast the Inca influence was and surprisingly how much was pre-Inca. Fascinating to see how much remains the same. Two of our favorite experiences were:
1) The Amazonia Lodge en route to Manu National Park- there were so many great birds!
2) In Arequipa, we saw "juanita", the ice maiden: definitely worth it—fascinating!
Our guides were good! Vignor was very...
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...
Guest review from two alumni travelers who, with a group of their friends, just completed our Manu Wildlife Safari Overland Adventure: Andes and Amazon in Peru!
“We had a wonderful experience in Peru. Our guides (Ruben & William) were fabulously friendly, had great senses of humor, and had great stores of knowledge about Inca and cultural history, flora and fauna. William's ability to imitate bird calls or reproduce them using his Iphone to lure them, then pointing them out to us with his laser was amazing in allowing us to view them.
A fond memory was catching Piranha with William in an Oxbow lake. Ruben told tales of bullfights featuring condors and bulls and his own experience with an Alto Misayoc seeking treatment for his friend 6 years ago.
A favorite memory is listening to a choir of Quechuans in traditional dress, singing in the Cusco Cathedral, a very haunting and heart-piercing experience....