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One of the most amazing things I have ever seen

One of the most amazing things I have ever seen
Susan and her family just returned from our Sacred Lands of the Incas Adventure and was amazed by Machu Picchu, Cusco and the people they met while in Peru. “I appreciated all the information that you sent and found it very helpful. We were able to get a good background from this information and the books you suggested. Machu Picchu was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. It was truly fascinating and I am inspired to research and read more about these people and their way of life. We also found the time in and around Cusco to be fascinating. Walking through some of the villages and seeing how the people live and go about their daily activities was eye-opening. I watched one woman trudge up a hill to a village outside Cusco. She was wearing typical garb with a hat and brightly colored skirt. Her feet,...
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50 and Nifty with Faye Holtz

50 and Nifty with Faye Holtz
Faye Holtz came to Wildland as an alumni traveler wanting to celebrate her 50th birthday. What better way than spend it cooking in the culinary capital of South America, visiting the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu and exploring the canopy of the Amazon?! After 12 days of adventure travel in Peru here are some of Faye’s thoughts when asked about her Wildland Adventure: “I wanted to let you know how impressed I was with…the service Gerhard and I received during the entire trip...Ruben was a wonderful guide and took good care of us.  All of the pickups, transferred, etc. went according to plan…  I would also like to give credit to the drivers and individuals who picked us up at the airport/hotels to make sure we made it to our next destination.  Everyone was so helpful and the guides were very knowledgeable.  It was so reassuring knowing that someone was there...
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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 minimum,...
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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 sharing Molly!...
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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...
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