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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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Tiger Tourism Ban Lifted

Tiger Tourism Ban Lifted
  First off I wanted to share some Tiger facts before we got down to business about the Tiger tourism ban. Tigers can reach up to 11ft and are the heaviest cats in the wild weighing up to 660lbs!!! Three of the nine subspecies of the modern tiger are now extinct and the remaining six are all classified as endangered species. India is home to approximately half of the world’s tiger population, with an estimated 1,700 in the country. The current range of the tiger is only 7% of what it used to be, which brings us into our discussion about the Tiger tourism ban.On July 24, the Supreme Court banned tourists from the core areas of parks where tigers are believed to breed and hunt. They passed an interim order disallowing tourism to Tiger reserves until another direction to further question the manner in which the country protected areas are...
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The Puzzle of Patagonia Part II: Donde Ir?

The Puzzle of Patagonia Part II: Donde Ir?
Back in August I set out with the best intentions to compile a series of blog posts to share my first-hand knowledge of the vast region known simply as Patagonia and help educate you, dear readers, on where and when to spend your time in this most fabled swath of South America. Between planning custom trips, developing new programs in Brazil and Colombia (coming soon!), embarking on a few jaunts myself and readying for winter relocation to Breckenridge, CO, I got a tad sidetracked. Without further ado, here is part II of our Patagonia Puzzle series, which delves into the highlights of three of the most popular destinations in the region; Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and El Calafate & El Chalten in Argentina, located at opposite ends of Los Glacieres National Park. Two questions that I hear from potential travelers time and again are "What is the difference...
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Guest — Suzy Guese
Wow, that ice cave photo is really remarkable! The landscape of Patagonia sounds so varied that it has something for everyone. The... Read More
Sunday, 25 November 2012 09:27

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