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Takeaways From The Galapagos

Takeaways From The Galapagos
Guest review from Val B, a grandma traveling with her daughter and two grandkids to the Galapagos.First off, Wildland Adventures provided excellent materials and prep work for our Galapagos Family Adventure.All crew on the ship (Flamingo I) were excellent. They worked for us, but seemingly enjoyed each other, too. Which makes for a great team spirit and enthusiasm that could be "felt" by all. Our Naturalist guides, Gabby and Karina were exceptionally knowledgeable, and nice. There wasn't one question they couldn't answer fully. At the end, it was like we were "family" --- I've been on a lot of tours (Africa, China, Peru, Antarctica) and NEVER had such a great experience with trip leaders. Our local (Quito) guide, Marya, was super nice, friendly, and took us to really fun places. And, I LOVED that Karina made a cd of her photos and video for each of us. Plus the accommodations on...
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Top 3 Places to Fall in Love in Ecuador

Top 3 Places to Fall in Love in Ecuador
Everyone knows that beaches are romantic, right? Walking barefoot in sand & surf, playing tag with the waves….awwww. But there are other natural locations that offer their own distinctive glow.  Here are my top 3 places to fall in love while traveling in Ecuador: The rainforest – Lazing in a hammock while a tropical storm sweeps through the verdant forest, leaving everything sparkling and sultry in its wake. A nighttime canoe paddles under star-studded skies, the sounds of the night forest alive all around you. Exhilarating and sensuous, all at the same time. At the top of my list is the Napo Wildlife Center in Ecuador. It is located adjacent to 82 sq miles of Yasunì National Park and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the largest tract of protected tropical rain forest in Ecuador. The Mountains – Specifically an Andean hacienda, tucked away amidst volcanic peaks. Spend the day hiking alpine trails, horseback riding, visiting...
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Small Moments Amid Grand Places

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I think that sometimes when traveling, we spend much of our time and attention on the grand adventure, looking through a camera lens trying to capture that perfect “National Geographic” shot. The older I’ve gotten and the more I travel, I have become increasingly fond of the small—and often unexpected—moments. For me, the small moments add a richness and another dimension to a trip, making it much more meaningful and memorable. There are no photos of the small moments—they are captured and stored in our hearts.Our last Wildland Adventure took us back to South America—to iconic places in Ecuador and Peru. Our ambitious itinerary included Quito, the Napo Wildlife Center in the Yasuni National Park, and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, and in Peru, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Lima. A trip designed to fulfill lifelong goals and, from grand sites to small moments, the trip did not disappoint....
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Watch How The Blue Footed Boobies Do It!

Here's a clip from tonight's PBS show Nature featuring none other than the blue footed boobies. Grab a bottle of bubbly with your lover and watch how they do it in the animal kingdom. Our friend, Chris Morgan, a bear biologist from Bellingham, WA, the Executive Director of Wildlife Media, is now the "chosen one" by Nat Geo to narrate many PBS and Nat Geo nature programs. He's the new David Attenbourgh of nature films, and he makes this mating display in Galapagos really funny. In fact, he's not unlike many of our Galapagos tour guides who share their amazing knowledge about natural history and evolution in an informed and entertaining style at a level everyone on a Galapagos tour can learn and enjoy. And this clip is too funny! For more information about Galapagos voyages see Wildland Adventures Galapagos tours. Interested in learning more? Contact Sherry Howland, South America Program...
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Incredible Wildlife Diversity at Yasuni National Park

One of my favorite places on Earth lies in the verdant northeastern corner of Ecuador; Yasuni National Park is home to the Napo Wildlife Center, one of our most popular rainforest lodges. More importantly, Yasuni is home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals, insects and plants, as well as traditional home to two of Ecuador’s main indigenous cultures, the Kichwa and Huaorani . It sits at the convergence of the Andes, the Equator and the Amazon rainforest, what National Geographic has called “…an ecological bullseye.” The name Yasuni may ring a faint bell, as this was the spot that Ecuadorian President, Rafael Correa, offered up to the world conservation community to purchase, rather than turn it over to oil companies for exploitation. Unfortunately, the deal never materialized. Here, on this 3:23 minute video, is a look at what we all stand to lose if this amazing reserve is clear cut,...
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Recent Comments
Guest — Yasuni Wilderness
Nice.. thanks for sharing
Thursday, 24 October 2013 08:04
Guest — Kurt Kutay
Wow, that's a very productive forest habitat! It's so cool to see all the wildlife that uses the same trails we use...actually, th... Read More
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 07:57
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