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Growing Up With Wildland Adventures

Growing Up With Wildland Adventures
Dear Kurt, Anne and Wildland Adventures Team – My daughter and I were sorting through photos today and were struck by how many great memories we have had with Wildland Adventures . While we have been blessed to experience so many countries and many cultures over the years, our experiences with Wildland have always been particularly special. From our first Wildland trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos (at age 8) to our most recent to Peru and the Amazon rainforest (at age 16), my daughter has literally “grown up” with Wildland. We look forward to future adventures, and thought you might like to see the photos that we certainly enjoyed as we took a quick trip down Memory Lane. Happy Holidays with warm regards,  Debbie and Elizabeth
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These Islands Humble Me

These Islands Humble Me
It’s that time of year to look back, reflect on where we’ve been, what the year brought, what lies ahead. This past Spring, I spent two-plus weeks between the Galapagos Islands onboard the M/Y Eric with a number of other adventure travel professionals and journalists, then onto Ecuador’s Yasuni Reserve in the Amazon watershed. Even though I have visited the Galapagos an average of once every two years since 2001, the islands never fail to humble me. The simplicity and clarity of life, carried on without human intervention (or at least as much as possible in today’s world) is both exhilarating and frightening…what if we screw it up?? Where can we find another Galapagos, a place this unaffected by…US? Sure, there are a few population settlements there, and the human presence is growing. But most of the outer islands maintain that magical isolation, the animals are still unafraid of us bipedal...
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YOU Can Save the Charles Darwin Foundation

YOU Can Save the Charles Darwin Foundation
As the oldest, largest and most respected research institution in the Galapagos Islands, as well as the key scientific advisor to the Galapagos National Park, the Charles Darwin Foundation has had an immense impact on the conservation and management of the Galapagos Islands for over 50 years.  Among the CDF’s major accomplishments are bringing Espanola Island’s giant tortoise population back from the brink of extinction, along with numerous other endemic species.  The Foundation was also instrumental in establishing the Galapagos Marine Reserve, and spearheading ambitious projects to rid these iconic islands of invasive species. Now, the Charles Darwin Foundation itself is facing extinction due to severe financial pressures forced upon it by the vagaries of island politics and the forced closure of their small local Puerto Ayora gift shop, a store that generated valuable income for the Foundation during lean times.  “I think the correct expression is the situation is touch...
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Spring break without the crazies

Spring break without the crazies
Galapagos is a terrific Spring Break destination, it rivals Christmas & New Years as one of the most popular time periods for families. The great thing about our Galapagos Adventure Cruise  is we can intentionally juggle passenger loads so that 1 yacht has families with younger kids (ages 6-11, 12 years), another has mid-older teens, and the third is adults only. So any travelers to the Galapagos who prefer it, can be completely free from kids in general. And of course, Galapagos National Park rules strictly forbid any food or drink (except water) to be brought onto the pristine islands, so no one has to worry about stepping around beer bottles, pizza boxes or fast food wrappers! And if anyone does get too rowdy, you can always toss them overboard... Your friendly Galapagos expert, Sherry Howland Got questions about trips to the Galapagos ? Let's talk,  800-345-4453 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
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Great News for Galapagos Conservation!

Great News for Galapagos Conservation!
We here at Wildland Adventures are thrilled to hear the news that conservationists associated with the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry have brought back a unique species of giant tortoise on the island of Espanola! Once thought to be extinct in the late 50s, Chelonoidis hoodensis has grown from 15 individuals to now 1000 tortoises, each of which can potentially live up to 200 years. This is a major win for the diversity of giant tortoises on the islands, and our congratulations go out to Professor James Gibbs and his team. All Wildland Adventures travelers to the Galapagos have at least one opportunity to visit tortoise breeding centers like the one responsible for this tremendous success, and our travelers’ optional contribution to the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association goes toward programs exactly like this one as well as other conservation endeavors. We invite you to...
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