Sherry Howland has focused her life around conservation, adventure travel and the ecotourism industry. She has traveled extensively throughout the world including numerous Wildland Adventures to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Peru, Patagonia and personal explorations to Alaska, Europe, Jordan, Egypt and living in Turkey for a year crewing...

Sherry Howland has focused her life around conservation, adventure travel and the ecotourism industry. She has traveled extensively throughout the world including numerous Wildland Adventures to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Peru, Patagonia and personal explorations to Alaska, Europe, Jordan, Egypt and living in Turkey for a year crewing aboard a gulet on the Turquoise Coast. Sherry is a dedicated travel pro with extensive experience in customer service and ecotourism planning and development, and including event planning and management as Tourism Development Manager for the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau. Sherry contributes her professional editorial skills at Wildland, having worked several years as an online editor, writer and consultant. She has served on the Board of Directors for IGTOA (International Galapagos Tour Operators Association), advancing the cause of conservation and sustainable tourism in the archipelago. In her personal life, Sherry volunteered as a Keeper's Aid at Woodland Park Zoo’s feline unit, assists in cooking demonstrations at her local organic farmers market, and dances regularly with various Brazilian Samba and West African groups in Seattle.

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Ecuador Has it All

Ecuador Has it All
Galapagos, Guayaquil and Giant Otters Update on Ecuador's Andes, Amazon and Enchanted Island Archipelago I’ve had several weeks to reflect on my recent trip to the Galapagos Islands and the Napo Wildlife Center Amazon jungle lodge in Yasuni National Park, and remain more convinced than ever that the tiny country of Ecuador is one of the best travel destinations in all of South America for its ecological diversity and rich cultural heritage. Galapagos I voyaged through Galapagos onboard one of our three most popular yachts, the 20-passenger Eric, Flamingo and Letty . I consider these vessels to be one of the best values in Galapagos for their exceptional guides, lowest passenger-to-guide ratio at 10:1 (or less), and multiple cabin options with corresponding prices to fit every traveler's needs. These yachts also rank high on our sustainability goals with their Smart Voyager certification. Right now, our Thanksgiving voyage from November 21-December 1,...
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Why You Should Explore Guayaquil on Your Next Trip to the Galapagos

Why You Should Explore Guayaquil on Your Next Trip to the Galapagos
Since the day I took the desk of the Ecuador & Galapagos Program Director at Wildland Adventures, we have focused our land arrangements in the capitol city of Quito. There’s a lot to be said for this arrangement: Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage site for very good reason, and it is the obvious gateway to the world famous market town of Otavalo as well as other charming Andean villages. The only flights to Ecuador’s incredible Amazon basin depart from Quito, and the birding heaven of Mindo-Tandayapa is a convenient 2 hour drive from Quito. But Quito isn’t the only star in the Ecuadorian firmament. On my recent trip to Ecuador this spring, I spent more time in Guayaquil on the Pacific delta of the Rio Guayas, and came away very impressed with that city’s attractions and advantages: Transfer times between the cities’ airports and main tourist centers are hugely different!...
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I love Guayaquil. It's also the perfect jumping off point for easy flight connections up to the beautiful Andean town of Cuenca, a... Read More
Friday, 11 July 2014 15:05
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Cacao y Mango Finca

Cacao y Mango Finca
By now, most travelers know that dining experiences have become an enormous part of the travel “buzz.” Four and five star restaurants are touted in glossy travel magazines, and there are so many “foodie” tours on the market, a really determined appetite could eat its way around the world. Although we at Wildland Adventures certainly understand the importance of good, wholesome local food to the travel experience, we believe it is best consumed with a side of adventure and human connection. Cacao y Mango Finca, located approximately 25 miles from Guayaquil, satisfies through all courses!  This lovely 12 hectare finca (farm) has been in the Lara family for 65 years. Last century, government-owned mangrove forests were divided into 12 hectare plots and granted to farmers to encourage settlement. Through the generations, the Lara family has created not only abundance of crops…cacao, mangos, dragon fruit, plantains, lemon grass, spices…they are blending their...
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Sherry, love the blog. Cacao has such powerful healing elements and combining it with lemongrass sounds very tasty too! Connecting... Read More
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:08
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Why the whole family will love the Galapagos Islands

Why the whole family will love the Galapagos Islands
Probably 2/3 -3/4 of the travelers I work with on Galapagos Island trips are families. They come to us in all ages and configurations – multi-generational reunions, or a single parent taking a newly-graduated son or daughter on a celebratory trip. Sometimes several families join together for a holiday celebration. If you have not yet considered the Galapagos for your next family holiday, here’s why you SHOULD: The Galapagos have something for everyone – amazing wildlife, incredible landscapes, morning-to-eve activities like hikes, kayaking and snorkeling.   All of these great activities are reached via the comfort of a beautiful yacht, with complimentary wetsuits, snorkeling gear and kayaks. Even complimentary wine with delicious dinners. What’s not to like?   A visit to the Galapagos Islands makes the best “Show & Tell” subject EVER for your child’s class. Sea lions in mangrove trees and dinghies, snorkeling with penguins (yes, penguins!), volcanic craters and...
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Elusive Prowler Finally Caught on Film!

Elusive Prowler Finally Caught on Film!
Some of you may recall I recently mentioned Hacienda Zuleta as one of my Top 3 Places to Fall in Love in Ecuador. Maybe I’m not the only critter who feels that way, because the hacienda’s remote trail cameras caught the following images of a visitor patrolling the night in the Andean backcountry…perhaps enroute to a romantic interlude? We received these wonderful images from Zuleta’s current patriarch, Fernando Polanco Plaza (grandson of Ecuador’s past President Galo Plaza Lasso), along with his very entertaining story about how they decided to install the trail cameras. We are thrilled that Hacienda Zuleta’s conservation efforts are yielding these results! "I've been around Zuleta since I was a little boy, when my Grandfather Galo Plaza was living here. My entire life I've heard rumors that we have Puma roaming around the Andean Páramo (higher elevations, above the primary forest), but never, in all my time living...
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