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The Sweet Smell of Travel: Can You Smell it?

"The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it." - Rudyard Kipling Floral offerings in IndiaA destination is experienced with all senses, but we have to agree with Mr. Kipling that smell and travel have a particularly strong connection. It’s the sliver of a foreign place that you can always discern, even somewhere completely familiar and mundane; the faintest hint of jasmine in a local floral shop will suddenly conjure strong, vivid memories of balmy nights in Southern India, even if explored long ago. I like to think of it as our mind imprinting a destination by what it notices first, much like baby animals do when they open their eyes; they never forget the first thing that comes into focus. The travel experts at Wildland Adventures share some of their strongest travel/aroma associations: “Upon my first visit to Eastern Africa, I instantly picked up on the smoky aroma...
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Guest — Kurt Kutay
In the rain forest it's like you can smell the oxygen. That fresh air combined with the scent of decomposition makes me relax and ... Read More
Thursday, 11 July 2013 06:30
Guest — Jonathan Burnham
Great blog post! I always enjoy when a memory from a trip is inspired by a smell.
Thursday, 11 July 2013 06:07
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7 Things Costa Ricans want you to know before you visit

sunset-costa-rica 7 Things you should know about Costa Rica
As a native Costa Rican and as Wildland Adventures Costa Rica program director I enjoy sharing facts about my country. Below are 7 things you should know about Costa Ricans before you visit.1. Hola Tico: Costa Ricans call themselves Ticos and Ticas.2. No Army: We feel very proud that we have no standing army and we want everyone to know! It was constitutionally abolished in 1949.3. Pura Vida: It is our national saying, which means “pure life,” a sunny, feel good expression used as a greeting, goodbye, or if someone asks how you are doing.4. Gallo Pinto: We love it! Gallo Pinto (rice and beans with herbs) is a stable dish of our diet that we can eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner.5. Sorry Google Maps: We don’t move around by street signs, nor addresses with streets and avenues in Costa Rica. Our address system is still from the Mango Tree...
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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 to carry belongings...
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Why travel to Nicaragua?

  Travel to Nicaragua and enter the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes: a place where local guides will help you discover this region’s grand Spanish colonial heritage, quaint rural villages, friendly native peoples and lush landscapes. Despite its tumultuous political history, the people of Nicaragua have a lasting commitment to peace and prosperity – something they openly share with our travelers, especially families. Nicaragua is also the perfect place to get in touch with your inner-explorer: discover the colorful architecture (and history!) of Leon and Granada, hike one of Nicaragua’s 40 volcanoes, kayak along the shoreline of the largest freshwater lake in the Americas or join one of our naturalist guides to search for monkeys, birds and other wildlife in the rainforests and cloud forests. Why travel with Wildland Adventures to Nicaragua?The Guides: We work with the best guides in Nicaragua, young enthusiastic professional bilingual guides who are very family friendly...
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How to be a Good Traveler

  We here at Wildland Adventures feel traveling is a privilege and that travelers have the responsibility to be good global citizens when they travel. With that said here are some tips from our staff on how to be a good traveler. Go with the flow - Turn every delay or deviation into an opportunity; bonding with locals over a long delayed flight in Argentina could result in an invitation to share dinner and drinks at a friend’s house later or a political demonstration blocking the path of a pre-arranged city tour can provide valuable insight into the socio-economic issues present within a country that aren’t addressed in a guide book. Try everything once - Almost seven years ago I (Kirsten Gardner) sat in a tiny, smoky hut in a remote Burmese village and watched three women chop apart a chicken, tossing bones, skin, entrails, feathers and all into a bubbling pot...
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