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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...

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.

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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 change...
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State Memorial for Tigress Machli of Ranthambore National Park, India

State Memorial for Tigress Machli of Ranthambore National Park, India
The legendary tigress Machli was given a state memorial service yesterday recognizing the deep respect Indian government officials have for their endangered Bengal tiger population. Machli was 19 years old, far beyond the average age of 12-15 years. She was perhaps the most photographed tiger of all time as she became accustomed to the presence of humans in the park often revealing herself to park vistors and conservationists studying her movement and behaviors.  The territory of Rathanbore National Park that she ruled included several lakes around the Ranthambore Fort where crocodiles dominated the shore. Macheli was also we'll known for this 2008 video where she attacks and kills a 14 foot long crocodile!  She was featured in the National Geographic documentary Tiger Queen, and also honored on a postal stamp.    As we recently reported in a recent blog tiger populartions in India are growing: Good News of the Day: Tiger Populations Are...
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Why Cuba Now?

Why Cuba Now?
We've been watching, and waiting, for the right time to start offering Wildland Adventures to Cuba and here's why we think the time has arrived... 1. Visitors to Cuba who engage in people-to-people tours now enjoy greater opportunities to plan more flexible and diverse itineraries fostering individual one-on-one interactions with Cubans from all walks of life. Heretofore Americans traveling legally on people-to-people tours in Cuba were strictly limited as to the people they met, where they could go and what they could do. Now, as a result of enhanced tourism infrastructure throughout much of Cuba, more people-to-people exchanges are sprouting up in diverse regions and communities. For example, there are more private B&B accommodations especially in more traditional enclaves of eastern Cuba. This means that visitors can engage in thriving grass-roots community endeavors. Artists and academics, farmers and fishermen, musicians and dance troupes are all eager to share their stories. 2....
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Advice for Traveling to Morocco, from a Wild Alum

Advice for Traveling to Morocco, from a Wild Alum
Three-time Wildland Adventures alumni Tom & Patti Saunders recently returned from a 13-day exploration of Morocco that roamed from the medinas of Fez and Marrakech to the serene oceanside town of Essouira to the oases and kasbahs of the Skoura Valley to the windswept dunes of Erg Chebbi They even emailed us in the midst of their journey to share their happiness:“For now, just a quick email to thank you. This trip has truly been amazing. We've just arrived in Marrakech and I have to let you know that the accommodations, choice of route, guides, our exceptional driver Kamal, our camel in the Sahara, the Atlas Mountains experience, and every day of this tour, could not have been better. What an experience. Enchanting!” Descriptions don’t do Morocco justice but the Saunders’ comments about traveling there should be inspiration for everyone. Here’s some more, in their own words: What were the main reasons you...
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Leaving a Footprint of Help to Stop Human Trafficking in Nepal

Leaving a Footprint of Help to Stop Human Trafficking in Nepal
When Seattle-based Wildland alumni traveler, Debbie Daniels, called to ask if we would make a financial contributioin to her "Nepal 2015 Adventure" we said yes! Because Debbie was signing up for one of the most purposeful and meaningful adventures of her life: to help stop human trafficking of Nepalese girls. She was also going to help with the post-earthquake rebuilding campaign.  She was traveling in a small working group with our friend and colleague, Chris MacKay, founder of Crooked Trails, a non-profit travel organization that operates some of the most impactful community-based tourism initiatives we know. When Debbie made the ask, Wildland contributed to this initiative, and we have subsequently committed to further supporting the Maiti Nepal project through our own Nepal treks and adventures.  Here's Debbie's report:  The experience lives on and on inside of me.  I am only now able to write and share  about my experience, and let you all know how...
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