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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Top 3 Places to Fall in Love in Ecuador

Top 3 Places to Fall in Love in Ecuador
Everyone knows that beaches are romantic, right? Walking barefoot in sand & surf, playing tag with the waves….awwww. But there are other natural locations that offer their own distinctive glow.  Here are my top 3 places to fall in love while traveling in Ecuador: The rainforest – Lazing in a hammock while a tropical storm sweeps through the verdant forest, leaving everything sparkling and sultry in its wake. A nighttime canoe paddles under star-studded skies, the sounds of the night forest alive all around you. Exhilarating and sensuous, all at the same time. At the top of my list is the  Napo Wildlife Center in Ecuador. It is located adjacent to 82 sq miles of Yasunì National Park and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the largest tract of protected tropical rain forest in Ecuador. The Mountains – Specifically an Andean hacienda, tucked away amidst volcanic peaks. Spend the day hiking alpine trails, horseback riding,...
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Walking With Conquerors and Shepherds

  2014 is going to be an exciting year for adventure travelers and I couldn't be more excited our Bedouin trek to Petra. I’m drawn to this trip because it is unlike anything else being offered. The opportunity to camp with Bedouins under the starry desert skies, sipping tea around a campfire, tracing timeless paths through the mind-blowing landscape of Jordan and ultimately arriving into the “back door” of Petra, the magnificent Monastery, away from the hordes of day-trippers. Well, not everyone gets to do that!  What excites me is introducing our Wild travelers to an ancient culture and place that too often is overlooked due to the “noisy neighbors” surrounding Jordan. Jordan is a jewel of a destination, and accessing it by foot, through the beautiful sandstone desert, is something few adventure travelers ever experience. Our Bedouin trek to Petra was named among National Geographic’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime....
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New Galapagos Family Research Adventure

New Galapagos Family Adventure! Be a part of an actual research program in the Galapagos Islands. Who out there in our Wild World has ever wanted to be part of a real research team...gathering data on giant Galapagos tortoises or joining an international team of volunteers, fighting to eradicate invasive species in this fragile ecosystem? Wildland Adventures, in partnership with one of our most popular Galapagos yacht companies, is now offering teenage adventurers the opportunity to work side-by-side with scientists in the field in the fabulous Galapagos Islands! This rare opportunity to join a team of researchers and local and international teenage volunteers for one day is part of the Ecology Project International (EPI), and is available on our 11 day Galapagos Family Research Adventures . Guided by local scientists, the EPI experience introduces teens to authentic scientific study, raises cultural and ecological awareness, and promotes international cooperation. EPI empowers its...
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How to plan a trip to the Galapagos

If you’re like most aspiring Galapagos adventurers I encounter, you have Googled and looked at countless brochures and website after website about the iconic Galapagos Islands, only to become more confused. So many yachts, islands, itineraries! And what’s all this about naturalist guide ratings? When I initially speak with my Galapagos travelers, I try to zero in on the following: · When are you traveling? The Galapagos Islands don’t adhere to “normal” rules of weather cycles, so don’t try to fit them into our seasons. They are governed by ocean currents more than anything. · Are you motion-sensitive? PLEASE don’t allow the fear of seasickness to put you off a Galapagos voyage! There are steps we can take to alleviate the effects – from choosing a calm weather period to finding a yacht and cabin location that will lessen the effects of “sway.” The trip itinerary can make all the difference,...
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Larger than life trip to Jordan

Once in awhile, something comes along that truly fires the imagination, capturing a long-buried fantasy. For me, that idea can be found alive & well in our Bedouin Trek to Petra , and I believe this is what the good folks at National Geographic Traveler also recognized when they selected the Trek for their 2013 “50 Tours of a Lifetime.” Petra itself is every American kid’s holy grail – a fabulous, larger-than-life “lost city” hidden away behind steep, impenetrable walls. Add to that the notion of reaching this object of desire by way of trekking across rocky mountain passes, through brilliant sandstone river valleys, and camping with Bedouins –Bedouins, for petes sake! - under starry desert skies, and you have the stuff of every adventurous day dreamer’s dearest fantasy. But of course a successful trip is not made of fantasy alone, and with the Bedouin Trek to Petra’s seamless support structure,...
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