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How to Tip on the Inca Trail Trek

How to Tip on the Inca Trail Trek
Head porters, chefs, toilet porters and guides - oh my! The Inca Trail trek , like any supported backcountry trip, has a large cast of characters who ensure that you as a trekker are encouraged, enriched, well-fed and safe throughout your journey. These individuals work very hard, literally engaging in 'back breaking' labor for a seemingly puny salary by our standards, and they rely on tips from trekkers as a portion of their compensation. The polite thing to say is that 'gratuities are at your discretion,' but in reality if you are trekking the Inca Trail in Peru, you should budget porter, guide and support staff tips into the overall cost of your trip. Here are my recommendations for 'how-much' and 'how-to' when it comes to divvying up tips on the Inca Trail.  How Much: This varies greatly based on the number of people in your trekking group, but at a...
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A Father-Daughter Trip to Peru

A Father-Daughter Trip to Peru
Molly Greathouse and her father John traveled with Wildland Adventures to Peru over spring break on our Best of Peru itinerary. Both Molly and John are journalists and Molly was nice enough to share her stories from the trip, which she published on her  personal blog .  To follow their journey and view Peru (and family travel) through the eyes of a college student, click on the links below. A great resource for parents who may be considering a similar trip with a college-aged child! Blog 1: Getting Ready for Peru Blog 2: Arrival to the Urubamba Valley  Blog 3: Pre-Incan Structures, a Shaman & Chicha Blog 4: The Trek to Machu Picchu, or, How I Lost the Use of My Legs  Blog 5: Machu Picchu & Wayna Picchu  Blog 6: Cusco Churches, Tourism Police & Food Blog 7: The Amazon: No Internet and a Whole Lot of Bugs    Thanks for...
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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 th rough a camera len s trying to capture that perfec t “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,...
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Q & A with Women's Travel Leader Sheri Goodwin

Sheri Goodwin, a women's health and wellness coach, is leading a special  women's-only trekking adventure to Machu  Picchu in July of 2014 .  Based out of Seattle's Greenlake neighborhood, Sheri provides customized personal training, energy healing and wellness therapy geared towards helping women become healthier, look and feel better, regain energy and experience increased confidence. Many of Sheri's clients contact her with a specific goal in mind, such as getting in shape to  climb Kilimanjaro , run a marathon or embark on a challenging trek in Peru. We sat down with Sheri to find out what inspires her to lead other women on life-changing adventures around the globe!   1.) What made you want to become a trip leader?  I started my travels working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean and helped engage passengers with games of shuffleboard, ping pong, & volleyball tournaments as well as leading trivia nights, karaoke and dance parties! I left...
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Guest — Hamish Healey
What a great job to have, getting to train and motivate people who want to attempt difficult adventures and improve themselves... Read More
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:54
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Trekking to Machu Picchu as a Solo Woman Traveler

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Guest Review from our  Machu Picchu Mountain Lodges Trek   “Although hiking in the high altitude caused me to fall behind the main group, trekking up to the high pass on the second day with the additional local escorts/guides was a great experience. On that second day one guide walked with me who later performed a blessing for the group. We didn't have a common language but still communicated. He helped me walk across a ledge and made me feel safe. I so much enjoyed the time with him during the trek telling him my English and Chinese names. His name was Luciano and had such a kind spirit. I really enjoyed the assistant guide, Alfredo’s guidance and support. I didn't realize that the altitude was slowing me down and it put me behind the group. Alfredo coached me on my trekking technique and breathing. He was very encouraging that I...
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