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Still So Excited by the Huge Variety of Birds We Were Able to Capture on Film

Still So Excited by the Huge Variety of Birds We Were Able to Capture on Film
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...
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Peru Travel for 2015!

Peru Travel for 2015!
Now that the new year is starting to pick up pace, I wanted to take the time to plant the seed of excitement for Peru travel in 2015 and share my experiences from my trip last year. In August, I set out to Peru for four weeks of exploring the contrasting, ancient-modern urban centers, traversing 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.   CUSCO My trip to Peru began in Cusco and it was largely a sensory experience. At 11,150 ft, I recall stepping out of the plane in Cusco and...
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How to Train for a Trekking Adventure

I love exploring our world on my own two feet be it via backpacking, mountaineering, climbing or hiking. On any given weekend (occasionally sliding into Monday), you can find me high on a peak in the North Cascades or 30 miles deep in the Hoh Rainforest. This passion for the outdoors stretches into wild places across the globe and some of my favorite trips to design for our travelers involve trekking to Machu Picchu or hiking in southern Patagonia .   Sunrise in Glacier Peak Wilderness. Photo courtesy of Nick Drake. Physical challenges in the outdoors are exhilarating, reaffirming and impactful, but for your memories to be ones of breathtaking vistas and natural wonder (not gasping for breath and feeling faint from exhaustion) you need to be fit enough to enjoy what you are doing. Here’s what I do to train for my own adventures, tips that are sure to have...
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Escorted Trek to Machu Picchu and the Virgen del Carmen Festival

If you still haven’t made summer travel plans, consider joining me in Peru this July on what is surely a once-in-a-lifetime trip, trekking to Machu Picchu via the Salkantay route and celebrating an authentic Peruvian festival with locals on our Escorted Trek to Machu Picchu + Virgen del Carmen Festival trip.   We only feature this trip once every few years and space is limited to 12 participants.      Beneath the towering snowy peaks of Mt. Salkantay (meaning Savage Mountain in Quechua), we’ll hike along high mountain passes, meet local Quechua communities and engage in traditional customs honoring the spirits of the mountains and descend through the lush, bird and orchid-filled cloud forest to arrive at Machu Picchu.   You’ll carry just a day pack as we trek between comfortable mountain lodges, enjoying gourmet Andean cuisine, delicious wines, relaxing Jacuzzis and camaraderie each evening.   Pack horses accompany our group...
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Inca Trail Permits

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Inca Trail Permits go on sale Monday, January 7th! Permits for the Inca Trail Trek are now given on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. Therefore, if you plan to trek during the most popular months of the year (April-Sep) it is important to make your reservation with Wildland Adventures as early in the new year as possible when permits go on sale; many key dates sell out within the first few weeks of January each year. Immediately upon receipt of your deposit at the time of your reservation, we require your full name (as shown on your passport), date of birth, nationality and passport number and expiration date. To confirm your Inca Trail permit, we must submit this information, along with an $80 non-refundable deposit. The final deadline for securing a permit is 30 days prior to the trek, however the likelihood of obtaining a trekking permit for last minute bookings is...
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