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El Nino - Is it Really That Bad?

El Nino - Is it Really That Bad?
We all hear a lot about El Nino and how, every 5-7 years, it turns weather patterns on their heads, adversely affecting wildlife at the same time. While this is true to a degree, no two El Nino events are the same, so predicting the outcome is never a given. It's important to understand the mechanics of El Nino in order to understand how the 2015 event is impacting a region such as the Galapagos Islands. To begin, typical westward blowing trade winds slow down. This in turn throws off the usual westward-flowing water currents such as the icy Humboldt Current, which typically bring rich nutrients to the islands. Fish and algae slowly die off, followed by sea birds which depend on those fish, and marine iguanas and turtles which depend on the algae. Moving up the chain, sea lions begin searching in new places for sustenance. Species such as Galapagos...
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Opting For Adventure & Giving Back

Opting For Adventure & Giving Back
Wildland is opting to close our office this Black Friday to encourage our staff, friends and family to get out, give thanks and enjoy the wild. We have a lot to be thankful for as we approach our 30th anniversary and what better time to say thanks than Thanksgiving? This year we're giving thanks to an incredible cause and you can too! A young Wildland traveler, 12-year-old Jamie Eisner, who recently returned from a  family safari in Tanzania  has taken on the monumental task of raising money to build a well for a school she visited. “Before I visited Tanzania, I took for granted that I have easy access to water whenever I want, air conditioning, plenty of food, medicine, a great education, and so much more. The children at Mikocheni have none of this, but we can give them something that would change their lives,” explains Jamie. “With the well, the kids will...
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Camera Gear For Adventure Photography

Camera Gear For Adventure Photography
Probably the coolest aspect of my job, aside from traveling the world, is the opportunity to document my trips with photos and video. Luckily for me, I’m really into photography. When I was in college, I got started taking photos of skiing and snowboarding. Then I began packing my DSLR on all of my trips and I’m absolutely sure that submitting photos from my adventures helped me land my current job. Now photography and videography are a large part of what I do and magazines like AFAR have featured my work. This year I've been on two work trips and I've decided to share a bit about my gear for the budding photographers out there. My first trip was 3 weeks of  adventures in Southeast Asia and the most recent trip was a 3 week trip to Chile  to attend the Adventure Travel World Summit. The following photo won the adventure...
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Climbing a Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka

Climbing a Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka
If you’ve been up Huayna Picchu and loved it you may want to start considering a trip to Sri Lanka as your next destination for its fantastic rock fortress – Sigirya. A UNESCO heritage site, this commanding palace was built in the 5th century. 1,200 stairs take you to the top with the final push to the summit guarded by the paws of a giant lion. The top offers sweeping views of the surrounding countryside, ruins to explore, and a birds eye view of the oldest gardens in Asia. After your early morning hike, you can enjoy some Sri Lankan delicacies prepared by a local family that will allow you to sit and imagine what life was like when this palace in the sky was at the height of its glory. Your friendly Asia expert, Kelsey  Got questions about travel to Sri Lanka ? Ask me ! PS: You might also...
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The Best Trip So Far!

The Best Trip So Far!
"We have used Wildland for two of our previous trips- each being a very pleasant experience, but this custom Peru trip was the best so far! Every place on this trip has been amazing. Really. With wonderful guides who really care about our having a great time definitely made a difference. At the Cruz del Condor, we weren't having much luck with condor sightings and although we told our guide Betty that it was not a big deal, she was determined to get us at least one sighting. When we did end up seeing the condors- which was indeed spectacular- it was an even greater experience because our guide was so happy that we got a chance to see it. Her enthusiasm was very influential to our experience. Our 2 main guides (Betty and Carlos) were superb! They were very passionate about their country and were very intuitive when it came...
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