The founding President and CEO of Wildland Adventures and the director of the non-profit Travelers Conservation Trust. He has traveled and guided throughout the world since 1975. Kurt completed an M.S. degree in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan after conducting research in the National Parks of Costa Rica. He has also worked on international programs for the U.S. National Park Service. Kurt has authored a chapter on adventure travel for Fodor's guide books and published numerous articles on ecotourism. As a recognized industry pioneer in adventure travel and ecotourism, he has served on numerous professional boards and conservation organizations including The International Ecotourism Society, the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association, the Maasai Environmental Resource Coalition of East Africa, and the Adventure Travel Trade Association.

30 Years of Going Wild: Shedding your baggage to find your soul

30 years of going Wild
Motoring up the Amazon River in a dugout canoe 30 years ago, we could see them running from afar. As soon as they heard us approaching, the small native Yagua tribe ran into their huts in jeans and t-shirts, and exited to greet us half-naked in grass skirts with blowguns in hand. In that instant leading my first group tour I decided this: At Wildla...
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Americans Traveling To Cuba: What To See and Do

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Americans visiting Cuba are required to to be part of an exchange with 5-6 hours every day spent engaging with Cubans in an "organized fashion," in our case a people to people tour. We couldn't just go to chill or play, it had to be structured. We went with Wildland Adventures , owned by my cousin Kurt Kutay  and his wife Anne, and&n...
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Experience Alaska Up Close and Outdoors, from an Insider’s Perspective

Experience Alaska Up Close and Outdoors, from an Insider’s Perspective
​Most of us know someone who has taken a  trip to Alaska  only to see The Great State from the deck of a cruise ship and through the looking glass of a Gray Line tour bus. Indeed, the view from high up top of a cruise ship is spectacular, but it's not experiencing Alaska up close, outdoors, and from an insider's perspective. The Great Lan...
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The Zimmerman family connecting in Cuba.

The Zimmerman family connecting in Cuba.
Considering travel to Cuba? Check out this trip review and travel tips with images from the Zimmerman family, 5x alumni travelers having been on Wildland Adventures to Costa Rica, Patagonia, India, Kenya and Peru. They asked us if we could arrange a short weekend-to-weekend adventure to Cuba with their adult son and his partner. They viewed this custom trip to Cuba as their first of more adventures to the island so they decided to stay together as a family in an apartment and focus exclusively on exploring Havana in depth. Jeff was specifically interested in pursuing his interest in drumming and everyone in the family wanted to learn all about Cuba. They also wanted to have time for independent exploration beyond the people-to-people guided connections we planned for them each day. Their trip review will give you a good idea of what to expect on our custom adventures to Cuba designed according to...
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Travel to Morocco in Winter

Travel to Morocco in Winter
Most people think of Morocco’s hot deserts with golden dunes, it’s bustling outdoor markets, nighttime street food vendors, and sunny beaches. And while travel to Morocco in Spring and Summer is considered the best time of year, travel to Morocco in winter has its own virtues, not the least of which it’s an easy 7-hour flight from New York to plan an exotic adventure during the holidays. From November through February, everywhere tends to be more tranquil (outside of the Christmas-New Year’s holiday when advance booking is required), where the best boutique accommodations and small villages make for truly private getaways. Located in the northern hemisphere with the high Atlas Mountains running through it, Morocco is cool and wet from November-February, but not so much so that it prevents you from doing anything you do in spring or summer with the exception of high elevation trekking the mountains. Overall, conditions...
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