Kirsten inherited her sense of wanderlust from her parents; her mother was in President Kennedy’s first class of Peace Corps volunteers (stationed in Lesotho) and then traveled throughout the African continent as a single woman. Having traveled to over thirty countries in less than three decades, Kirsten is particularly passionate about...

Kirsten inherited her sense of wanderlust from her parents; her mother was in President Kennedy’s first class of Peace Corps volunteers (stationed in Lesotho) and then traveled throughout the African continent as a single woman. Having traveled to over thirty countries in less than three decades, Kirsten is particularly passionate about Southeast Asia and South America, areas that share the appeal of vibrant cultures and history, genuine hospitality, savory cuisine and boundless opportunities for active adventures off the beaten path. A former program director at Wildland Adventures, Kirsten is now a professional guide.

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How to Train for a Trekking Adventure

I love exploring our world on my own two feet be it via backpacking, mountaineering, climbing or hiking. On any given weekend (occasionally sliding into Monday), you can find me high on a peak in the North Cascades or 30 miles deep in the Hoh Rainforest. This passion for the outdoors stretches into wild places across the globe and some of my favorite trips to design for our travelers involve trekking to Machu Picchu or hiking in southern Patagonia .   Sunrise in Glacier Peak Wilderness. Photo courtesy of Nick Drake. Physical challenges in the outdoors are exhilarating, reaffirming and impactful, but for your memories to be ones of breathtaking vistas and natural wonder (not gasping for breath and feeling faint from exhaustion) you need to be fit enough to enjoy what you are doing. Here’s what I do to train for my own adventures, tips that are sure to have...
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Quinoa Pancakes Recipe from the Pueblo Hotel at Machu Picchu

Quinoa Pancakes Recipe from the Pueblo Hotel at Machu Picchu
These pancakes are a favorite among our guest who travel to Peru and stay at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel at Aguas Calientes. Here is the recipe directly from the hotel's kitchen so you can recreate them in your own home!   QUINOA PANCAKE INGREDIENTS: • 1 ½ cups of flour • 2 eggs • 5 tablespoons sugar • Pinch of salt • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1/4 teaspoon Pisco or brandy • Approximately ½ cup milk • 5 tablespoons previously cooked quinoa • 1 1/2 tablespoons melted, unsalted butter • 2 teaspoons baking powder PREPARATION: • Mix eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, pisco , milk and the melted butter. • Mix the flour and the baking powder separately and then add slowly to the wet mixture until it becomes soft. • Add the previously cooked quinoa, and add milk if the mixture is too dry. • Sautee the final...
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Photograph Wildlife Like a Pro: New Amazon Photography Tour in Peru

Getting good photographs of wildlife can be challenging for a novice photographer; your subjects are always moving, there's variable light and weather to contend with, flora may be camouflaging your fauna and chances are you have yet to accrue or master how to use the higher-end camera equipment that you need to take magazine-quality photos. But did you know that deep within the Amazon Rainforest of Southern Peru is one of the best places to learn to take professional wildlife photos? Operating out of the Tambopata region of the Peruvian Amazon, award-winning photographer Jeff Cremer escorts small-group trips between three different lodges and offers a mix of in-the-field shooting opportunities combined with photography workshops back at the lodge to help budding photographers develop their skill set. The Tambopata is one of richest wildlife areas in the Amazon so photographers and wildlife enthusiasts have an excellent chance of encountering and shooting a...
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Argentina's Perito Moreno National Park Expands with Land Donation from Conservation Land Trust

When you travel to Patagonia with Wildland Adventures, you have the opportunity to make a donation to Conservacion Patagonica, a non-profit organization headed by Kris Tompkins with the mission of "creating national parks in Patagonia, in collaboration with neighboring communities, and local, regional, and national governments." A sister trust, the Conservation Land Trust, also headed by Doug and Kris Tompkins, made history today with one of the largest land donations in Argentine history; 37,500 privately held acres given to Argentina to expand Perito Moreno National Park to include Patagonia's second-highest peak, San Lorenzo. Amazing news for climbers and conservationists alike! Read on for the full story, reprinted from Conservacion Patagonica's newsletter. "In one of the largest land donations in Argentine history, Doug and Kris Tompkins donated Estancia El Rincon to the national parks system of Argentina today, in a formal reception in Buenos Aires. In the northwest area of the Santa...
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What to Pack for a Trekking Trip in South America

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