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Beyond the Inca Trail: Optional Hikes at Machu Picchu

Beyond the Inca Trail: Optional Hikes at Machu Picchu
So you want to hike along Inca trails to Machu Picchu, but even the 1-day Inca Trail Trek seems a little too daunting or time consuming? Consider one of two optional hikes that you can do right at Machu Picchu; either Cerro Machu Picchu (Machu Picchu Mountain) or Wayna Picchu (also spelled Huayna Picchu). Cerro Machu Picchu is great for families with younger children and both hikes are perfect for travelers who don't want to devote a full day to hiking; these Machu Picchu hikes still give you the thrill of an Andes trekking adventure to Incan ruins but can be done in less than half a day. Permits are required in advance for both of these options, so you can’t just wait till the day-of to decide. I've done both hikes and as Wildland's Peru Program Director, I'm happy to discuss the greater and lesser pros (we don’t believe in...
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Guest — Jonathan Burnham
Dang it Kirtsten! Now I am going to start dreaming about hiking Macchu Picchu all the time. I hope your escorted trek to Machu Pic... Read More
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 02:41

My Gorilla Trekking Dream

My Gorilla Trekking Dream
   As Wildland Adventures Marketing Manager one of the hardest parts of my job is reading amazing itineraries, listening to guests and staff share trip memories and looking at extraordinary photos from far off destinations all day. I know what you're thinking "Tuff life dude," but let me explain. After a long day at work all I ever do is dream about work every night, I think that should count as overtime if you ask me!One adventure that frequently appears in my dreams is our Ultimate Uganda Gorilla Adventure. As a photographer, wildlife junkie and adventurer I think gorilla trekking in Uganda would be a true life changing experience. It has all the ingredients for an epic adventure: an exotic destination off the beaten path, unbelievable wildlife experiences and plenty of diverse landscapes. Even the accommodations on this trip blow my mind, a mixture of 5 different lodges, camps and hotels that each encompass...
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Guest — Jonathan Burnham
I would love to not only go with Jeff, but to have him as my guide would be an epic adventure.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 06:06
Guest — Tad
Those sound like sweet dreams! Trekking with gorillas is amazing and in many ways, life changing. You should join Jeff on his next... Read More
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 04:18

The Calm Eye of the Middle East

The Calm Eye of the Middle East
  Our Wildland Adventures Jordan tour group hikes into the back side of Petra  early in the morning before hardly any other day tourists can manage the hundreds of steps up from the main entrance. Arriving to Petra on the ancient trail by foot is spectacular!  Happy Holidays, Wildland friends and family! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and survived the various Black Friday/Local Saturday/Cyber Monday events. I must confess to being slightly out of the loop, having just returned from Wildland Adventures’ inaugural departure of our Bedouin Trek to Petra! I was fortunate enough to join 6 of our most intrepid travelers as well as Wildland president, Kurt Kutay, on the 6 day, 50-mile journey from the Dana Biosphere Reserve south to the “back door” of Petra, entering the site at the awe inspiring Monastery. Timing is everything. We arrive early to the Monastery, spend the entire day...
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Guest — Eiman Jafar
I hope you met some Jordanian! people are warm and very friendly! people you meet on the streets are ready to invite you to their ... Read More
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 03:21
Guest — Kurt Kutay
Trekking to Petra is comparable to hiking the Inca Trail in Peru following ancient footpaths, and then ultimately to hike into the... Read More
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 06:31
Guest — Jonathan Burnham
Great blog Sherry, I can't wait to hear more about your adventures in Jordan.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 01:21

12 Miles of Paradise

12 Miles of Paradise
Guest Author Brad Nahill I’ve done a lot of jungle hiking but never at night and never at this pace. We moved quickly through the rainforest, hurrying to the beach at the end of the trail, in the hopes of arriving in time to put a satellite transmitter on a black turtle currently on the beach. The rumble of far-off thunder faded into the sound of crashing waves as we crested a hill near the end of the trail. Our destination was Brasilon Beach, within the La Flor Wildlife Refuge in the southwestern corner of Nicaragua. This beach is one of several turtle nesting beaches along this stretch of coast protected by Paso Pacifico, an innovative young conservation organization. Paso Pacifico focuses on protecting the “Paso del Istmo”, an incredibly beautiful 12-mile stretch of land between Lake Nicaragua and the Pacific Ocean. I had arrived to this incredible corner of Nicaragua earlier that...
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Can Africa Style Wildlife Tourism be Brought to India?

Can Africa Style Wildlife Tourism be Brought to India?
Guest Blog by Amit Sankhala   Around the world when we talk about wildlife tourism, the first instinct of any traveler is – ‘Let’s go to Africa. They have the Big 5’. Although, when we compare mammals, India has the big 5 and more – Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhinoceros and the Leopard. In addition to these African Big 5, we have the Royal Bengal Tiger, which alone stands as the most attractive of all. We have all seen the news in the last few weeks, criticizing wildlife tourism in India. Are we that unregulated? And is the argument – ‘this is not Africa’, allow us to ignore the African models? In my book, no. I have been to Africa a few times, they have great models that allow humans and animals to coexist. But unlike Africa, India has rainforest, deserts and savanna land. There isn’t one guideline for national park’s or conservancies...
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