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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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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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New Galapagos Family Research Adventure

New Galapagos Family Adventure! Be a part of an actual research program in the Galapagos Islands. Who out there in our Wild World has ever wanted to be part of a real research team...gathering data on giant Galapagos tortoises or joining an international team of volunteers, fighting to eradicate invasive species in this fragile ecosystem? Wildland Adventures, in partnership with one of our most popular Galapagos yacht companies, is now offering teenage adventurers the opportunity to work side-by-side with scientists in the field in the fabulous Galapagos Islands! This rare opportunity to join a team of researchers and local and international teenage volunteers for one day is part of the Ecology Project International (EPI), and is available on our 11 day Galapagos Family Research Adventures. Guided by local scientists, the EPI experience introduces teens to authentic scientific study, raises cultural and ecological awareness, and promotes international cooperation. EPI empowers its student...
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How to plan a trip to the Galapagos

If you’re like most aspiring Galapagos adventurers I encounter, you have Googled and looked at countless brochures and website after website about the iconic Galapagos Islands, only to become more confused. So many yachts, islands, itineraries! And what’s all this about naturalist guide ratings? When I initially speak with my Galapagos travelers, I try to zero in on the following: · When are you traveling? The Galapagos Islands don’t adhere to “normal” rules of weather cycles, so don’t try to fit them into our seasons. They are governed by ocean currents more than anything. · Are you motion-sensitive? PLEASE don’t allow the fear of seasickness to put you off a Galapagos voyage! There are steps we can take to alleviate the effects – from choosing a calm weather period to finding a yacht and cabin location that will lessen the effects of “sway.” The trip itinerary can make all the difference,...
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Getting Romantic in the Galápagos

Working in the adventure travel industry you come across some incredible places and hear some pretty amazing stories. Today I wanted to share an incredible place with an amazing story. The photo above is of the Galápagos Safari Camp on Santa Cruz Island and I think it might be the most romantic spot I've been to. This past spring I had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador and stay at the Galápagos Safari Camp for a few nights and it was a truly remarkable experience. I have stayed in some luxury hotels around the world and I would choose staying in a safari camp like this over a 5* luxury hotel in the middle of a city any day of the week.First off you get to be out in nature and you really can't beat that! Second the tents are awesome, it is like staying in a really nice hotel but you get to...
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Guest — Kurt Kutay
It's been too long since I was in Galapagos last. I need to go meet Michael and Stephanie in their home, along with all their anim... Read More
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 09:27
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I Have an Obsession With Ecuador

Tiny Ecuador, no larger than the state of Nevada has it all! Think of it divided into 4 distinct north/south bands: The lush rainforest and indigenous cultures of the jungle in the Oriente (east) The Andean spine is the seat of the capital city of Quito, the world-famous Otavalo Indian market, and elegant 300+ year old Spanish haciendas, reborn as boutique hotels. The western slope of the Andes is shrouded in cloud forests and cascading waterfalls, lush habitat for wild orchids and hundreds of exotic bird species. And 600 miles off shore, the Galapagos Islands continue to evolve, to educate mankind in evolution, and the sheer, stark beauty of Mother Nature at work. As Wildland Adventures Galapagos Program Director I love the fact that I not only plan trips, but I am directly involved in projects that affect positive change in our destinations. Wildland Adventures was a founding corporate member of...
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