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Wildland guide Yamaan Safady is a class act!

Excitement reigns from Seattle to Amman after National Geographic Traveler recognized our Bedouin Trek To Petra as one of the "50 Tours of a Lifetime" because it truly delivers that kind of experience. Our guide, Yamaan Safady, is so excited to share this trip with more Wildland trekkers. His friends and family in Jordan made a cake for him and he wrote this classy note to us in Seattle: " I wanted to make sure to write a note on this important, and what I hope will be game changing day for us all!! To see my name, linked to your well respected adventure travel company, in National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Trips of a Lifetime list, I am truly humbled. Obviously you had passed along the news that this was coming, but to see it now printed is a whole new feeling… I value our partnership and have had such a...
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Meet Yamaan Safady, Petra Trekking Guide Extraordinaire

A short retrospective in pictures, video and words from our travelers on our Bedouin Trek to Petra :  Our Petra trek group with Bedouin staff in camp. I loved the Feynan Ecolodge in the Dana Reserve! Beautiful location, ambience, a great way to start the trek. Magic. A perfect introduction.  Also the wadi rum permanent camp was a fantastic memory. Feynan Ecolodge: "A wonderful stay and an excellent example of  how tourism, the land, the people and nature can be combined. A real highlight of Jordan!"  The experience of trekking through the desert and arriving at Petra via the monastery was so special. We toured Petra throughout the day and saw the Treasury at five pm, with very few people around, in gorgeous light. Hiking out that late afternoon through the canyon gorge to our Movenpick hotel after the full day at Petra is an indelible memory. The constant Bedouin theme...
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Nat Geo Honors Bedouin Trek to Petra

  Excitement reigns/rains at Wildland Adventures this week! For the fifth time, National Geographic Traveler has named one of our trips among its “50 Tours of a Lifetime!” Our Bedouin Trek to Petra claimed its place on the list, and this is indeed a well-deserved honor. Our trekking guide extraordinaire, Yamaan Safady , offers Wildland Adventurers a unique and privileged exploration of his ancient country and its history. This is an exhilarating journey through a spectacular landscape rarely seen by outsiders capped by entry to the fabled Nabatean city of Petra via the breathtaking Monastery. Perhaps equally important, Yamaan introduces travelers to today’s Jordan, a dynamic kingdom of mixed cultures and inhabitants, both strikingly modern yet timeless all at once. Jordan retains its place as a vital crossroads of humanity even today. I invite you to join us and Yamaan on that path this year, and find out why National Geographic...
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New Bedouin Trek to Petra

Are you looking for something completely new? Do you feel yourself slipping into a “been there/done that” funk? I have the cure! My name is Sherry Howland and I am the Jordan program director for Wildland Adventures and I'm here to tell you that our new  Bedouin Trek to Petra is a one-of-a-kind adventure you won't just find on every travel site. In fact, you will find it with Wildland Adventures alone. Pioneered by Yamaan Safady , one of Jordan’s most respected adventure guides, the Bedouin Trek to Petra was created by Yamaan after months spent living with the Bedouin tribes in the remote interior of Jordan, tracing their timeless nomadic routes and establishing the best campsites along the way.     Sherry and Yamaan share a laugh, one of many, trekking for 5 days into the back side of Petra  through the desert, mountains and wadis (canyons) of Jordan.   As...
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Call Me "Abu Tarek"

I love to adopt local customs wherever I travel, so at my presentation in Jordan on ecotourism before an audience of local travel professionals including the Minister of Tourism, I introduced myself not as Kurt Kutay, President of Wildland Adventures, but rather as "Abu Tarek", or the father of Tarek; it is customary among Jordanians to refer to yourself by the name of your first born son (or daughter if you don't have a son). So, I kept it up everywhere I traveled throughout Jordan including our  Bedouin Trek to Petra  and it was a great icebreaker as a visitor here. Everyone was surprised that our son has an Arabic name because of my Turkish heritage. (And he looks Arabic as seen in this picture with Anne.) As soon as I used Tarek's name instead of my own for introductions, they would smile and do the same, always gushing with pride for their first born...
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