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Redefining Adventure in Brazil’s Wild West (Part 2)

Redefining Adventure in Brazil’s Wild West (Part 2)
Here is part one if you haven't already read it:  Redefining Adventure in Brazil’s Wild West (Part 1) Prying ourselves away from the majesty of the Pantanal’s landscapes and warmhearted people was a difficult task. To ease the pain of separation, we were surprised with a traditional Pantaneiro lunch of epic proportions at the charming Recanto Vale do Sol. Greeted by a live local samba band, grilled meats galore, a refreshing swimming pool for a mid-day dip and bottomless caipirinhas, we were instantly reminded that there is no time to be forlorn in Brazil, because the best always yet to come! The second half of our adventures in Brazil was based from the adventure heaven of Bonito- an ecotourism paradise chock full of natural attractions and rich in culture. Crystal clear rivers, cascading waterfalls, epic caves, abundant wildlife, tempting culinary delights, and a strong sense of community make this area utterly unique;...
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Redefining Adventure in Brazil’s Wild West (Part 1)

Redefining Adventure in Brazil’s Wild West (Part 1)
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...
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Don't wait for a travel companion. Going solo may be the best!

Don't wait for a travel companion.  Going solo may be the best!
One of my favorite aspects of my position as a Program Director at Wildland Adventures is receiving post-trip emails from happy travelers!  Whether they use words like "transformed by..." or something as truly remarkable as "My doctor says she is going to start prescribing the Galapagos Islands for her patients with high blood pressure....mine came way down!" it's a gift to know we positively affect our travelers' lives.  I absolutely LOVE to read evaluations from solo women travelers, people who initiated our conversations reticent about taking on a big trip as a single traveler, but didn't want to wait for someone else to join her.  This was the case with a recent traveler to Ecuador and the Galapagos, Joanne Pires, who had called me to plan a post-birthday celebration.  A bubbling-over evaluation included this gem of a passage:   Joanne P in the Galapagos "Sherry, this truly was a wonderful trip.  Thank you...
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Father-Son Team Tackle Inca Trail

Father-Son Team Tackle Inca Trail
Re-trace the steps of 10 time alumni traveler, John, and his son Robby, who recently returned from a stellar father-son journey into the high Andes and along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu .   “We are loyal to Wildland, having taken ~11 trips with you over the past 10 years. You always do a great job for us!   Gretchen did an outstanding job of putting together an itinerary that met our needs and ensured our satisfaction.  As usual, you handled all the details perfectly. We enjoyed virtually everything - Cusco has the history, the excitement, the food and the cultural attractions; the Sacred Valley helped immerse us in the Inca culture and exposed us to fabulous ruins, the Inca Trail was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that was both challenging and supremely rewarding.  I would not have changed a thing. Our guide, Fisher did a great job throughout. He was knowledgeable...
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Good News of the Day:Tiger Populations Are Growing!

Good News of the Day:Tiger Populations Are Growing!
The World Wildlife Fund announced Sunday that for the first time in 100 years the numbers of endangered, wild tigers is increasing! "After a century of constant decline, global wild tiger populations are on the rise! According to the most recent data, around 3,890 tigers now exist in the wild—up from an estimated 3,200 in 2010. We can attribute this updated minimum number—compiled from national tiger surveys—to rising tiger populations in India, Russia, Nepal, and Bhutan ; improved surveys; and enhanced protection of this iconic species. “This is a pivotal step in the recovery of one of the world’s most endangered and iconic species,” said Ginette Hemley, senior vice president of wildlife conservation at WWF. “Together with governments, local communities, philanthropists, and other NGOs, we’ve begun to reverse the trend in the century-long decline of tigers. But much more work and investment is needed if we are to reach our goal...
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