Wild Women Expeditions

The World’s Largest Women-Only Adventure Travel Company

Website: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com

About

Wild Women Expeditions offers more travel departures for women only than any other company in the world. And it brings women-only travelers to more countries than any other women-only travel company. In 2018 it will have programs in 26 separate countries. The company website clarifies that the objective of its tours is not primarily cultural immersion, but baptism by wilderness experience.

Wild Women Expeditions is founded on the beliefs that:

  • Women need opportunities to just be themselves, together;
  • The wilderness helps women connect with elements of their psyche that may be lost in the daily hustle and bustle;
  • Pairing women and wilderness often encourages women beyond their comfort zones, leading to increased confidence;
  • These ingredients can be transformational, perhaps leading to answers to the question that Poet Mary Oliver poses: What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Roots

The company was created in 1991. Its initial focus was on canoe paddling on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became Canadian experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. Now as then, women carry their accommodations (tents) on their backs, as well as food and personal belongings, into remote wilderness where come night, a campfire and the stars overhead provide the only light. Even though the company now hosts guests all over the world, it retains a national focus with more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping adventures in Canada than any other company in the world.

Expansion

By early 2000, women who had experienced the magic of these canoe trips began asking for other kinds of women-only, wilderness adventures. The company began hosting multi-sport, hiking and horse riding programs and expanded beyond Ontario into Newfoundland and British Columbia.

Ownership

In 2010, its 20th anniversary year, ownership of the company passed from Beth Mayers to its current owner Jennifer Haddow, who brought with her a global perspective, having worked on international development, social justice and environmental concerns for, among others, Oxfam and the Canadian foreign ministry. By 2013 global expansion was in full swing, supported by a repeat customer base eager to expand their own horizons. Today the company has programs throughout the world while still retaining its Canadian heritage and roots.

Clients

Typical clients are often novices when it comes to wilderness experiences.  Or they may be women who haven’t actively pursued a physical adventure for years or who may be looking for a renaissance. Perhaps they haven’t ridden a horse, paddled a kayak or summited a mountain peak for 20 years. The brand focuses on being beginner friendly and accessible. The average age of a client is between 40 and 60.

Activities

Wild women Expeditions has the world’s most extensive roster of women-only horseback riding trips. In addition, on various programs women canoe, cycle, kayak, raft, sail, stand up paddleboard, surf and engage in wellness and yoga.

Current Trip Destinations

Signatures

Two signatures stamp Wild Women Expeditions. These are horseback riding trips numbering nine unique itineraries in six countries, the most of any women’s only program in the world; and backcountry camping that occurs on 70 percent of its trips, a higher percentage than any other women-only company offers.

Customized Tours

Wild Women Expeditions can organize private trips that might be, among others, a sailing trip in Greece, or kayaking in Baja or Georgian Bay, or touring Newfoundland or Kauai. The minimum group size is five.

Retreats

Learning and bonding experiences that lead to the acquisition of new skills and the possibility of personal transformation. Current retreats include:

Thesis

Working with owner, Jennifer Haddow, some Wild Women Expeditions’ clients agreed to assist a graduate student on research for the student’s thesis presented to Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ontario, Canada) professors in spring 2017. Fifteen clients shared their stories of planting themselves in the wilderness with only women present. Reviewed were “their definition of wilderness, the role the wilderness played in their experience, any therapeutic or health related benefits, the impact of these benefits and whether there were any distinctive aspects of participating in a woman-only immersive wilderness experience.” Interestingly, major themes emerged which related more so to the activity, than the synergy between human and the wild elements. Major themes included activities, women only wilderness experiences and the qualities of wilderness as a setting, which included elements of escape and an altered state of being.

Vision

Women engaging with Wild Women Expeditions in the near future will have opportunities to engage in conservation efforts through partnerships the company is exploring with wildlife conservation charities. “I’m trying to move us strongly toward positioning this business as a vehicle for engaging in conservation work,” says Jennifer Haddow.

Magazine

Jane Goodall is featured on the cover of the company’s second issue of Wild Woman Magazine that goes to clients and is also available for purchase online. To obtain a copy: http://wildwomenexpeditions.com/magazine/

About Jennifer Haddow

Jennifer grew up in Newfoundland on the edge of Gros Morne National Park.  Adventures in their own backyards might seem commonplace to some children, but not for Jennifer. As an adult she came to a crossroads. She was living and working in Toronto in an office job. In 2005 “I got really sick. I attribute part of that to not having enough activity and nature in my life and to being in an unsustainable lifestyle in many ways. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.”

Smoking and other toxic contributions perhaps contributed to this condition. “I had an epiphany. I didn’t want to die or be in wheelchair. I started asking questions of myself. How do live? I already had an interest in alternative healing and powers of nature. I decided I wanted to challenge myself to not end up in a worst scenario. Someone suggested I go with them on hiking trip to Mount Everest base camp.  I probably laughed out loud. I was having disability (at this stage she could not lift her arms above her head) and was on heavy meds. I set a goal that I am going to get myself to Mount Everest. I will hike to base camp!

“This became a beacon to me, an aspirational driving force. If I did this, I would be ok. I clung to it in my mind. Several months later I did it. I went to Nepal, spent a month trekking in the mountains and got to the base camp. I am not a poor, pathetic, weak person waiting to decline; I can do more than I thought I can do. This was a transformative experience. I came back from that mountain and vowed I would be as healthy as I can be. I was going to get stronger and higher and better.”

The good news,“everything started to change. I bought the company. I felt fierce about the value of having these adventures for people -- for women, to provide the connection between outdoor adventure and deep wilderness immersion. For us to be able to put ourselves in such a nourishing environment as some of these wild places, we feel aliveness, we challenge ourselves to do things.”

“This was 12 years ago. I have changed my lifestyle radically. I focus on self-care. I am in great health. MS is a non-issue. I am not sick. This story is so important. Outdoor adventure can change the whole idea of your life. Women alone together share their personal stories of healing, their stories of transformation. I think that’s part of the women’s community, the connections we can make. Theirs are heart-centered, vulnerable stories. Women tend to be more vulnerable and expressive and when in that healing space (wilderness) that can be created, a lot of women are encouraged to see themselves on Mount Everest.”

As part of her own healing, Jennifer became a certified yoga instructor. Because of her own personal interest in health and wellness and yoga, she said that many Wild Women Expeditions programs integrate yoga and meditation into the natural outdoor setting. The result? A wild yoga type of experience!

Contact Information

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Two Wild Women Expeditions Itineraries Showcase the Canadian Wilderness of Newfoundland

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, April 5, 2018– The trail blazer of women-only travel has created two itineraries where few travel. On five departures in 2018, Wild Women Expeditions immerses women in the physically challenging, poignantly stunning landscape of Newfoundland in the remote northeastern corner of Canada.

Two distinct, week-long adventures engage guests on Newfoundland’s western shore, separated from Quebec by the Gulf of St. Lawrence that eventually pours into the North Atlantic.

This is home turf for Wild Women Expeditions that offers more active travel departures for women only than any other tour operator in the world. The company was founded in Newfoundland and maintains its headquarters here. Owner Jennifer Haddow grew up near Gros Morne National Park where many of the itineraries’ activities take place.

“This is a place of stark ancient beauty, where the ground beneath your feet tells the story of Earth’s geological history. It’s also a place where icebergs stroll up and down coastal waters and where fjords claw their way into the interior,” explained Haddow, noting that few other adventure travel companies offer tours here.

Indigenous peoples predated the Vikings who arrived some 1000 years ago. England first raised a flag on the North American continent in the late 16th century in what came to be called Newfoundland. Fishermen soon discovered some of the Atlantic’s most productive waters here. The park’s Long Range Mountains testify to this once geologically charged world rife with volcanos and glaciers. These mountains are part of the Appalachian chain rising from Georgia through Maine.

“Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is as important to Plate Tectonics Theory as Ecuador’s Galapagos Archipelago is to the Theory of Evolution,” Haddow added. “The challenges of this environment become metaphors for the challenges faced by the women who choose to travel with us.”

Hiking first through a barren landscape, women discover where the peridotite ends and ancient oceanic crust begins. They hike through a boreal forest to the rugged coastline where pillow lava and sea stacks dominate the shore. They move to the rich marine wonderland of Bonne Bay and a landlocked lake before summiting Gros Morne Mountain in a hike of up to 10 hours.

Following are two 2018 Wild Women Expeditions’ itineraries in Newfoundland. Daily challenges reflect the company’s philosophy that women can discover and build on their own inner strengths by mastering hurdles in the safe company of other women.

Newfoundland Gros Morne Multi-Sport Adventure is a seven-day hiking and kayaking expedition in one of the wildest places in Canada. In 2018 there are three departures: July 21-27, Aug. 11-17 and Sept. 8-14. The $2,695 CAD per person rate includes professional local female guides, all meals, six nights shared accommodation in oceanside cabins, fully outfitted sea kayak day trip on Bonne Bay, guided hikes, ground transportation, park pass and Western Brook Pond Fjord boat tour.

Guests walk on rugged trails over the Earth’s mantle that supports little to no vegetation, explore fossil remains, visit an artsy village, kayak in a sheltered fjord, witness Minke whales, eagles, terns, and kingfishers in the bay and on land; caribou, Rock ptarmigan and Arctic hare. There’s also time to relax on a boat tour of a land-locked fjord accessed through bogs and limestone ridges. For trip details see http://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/newfoundland-multisport/.

Icebergs and Arts Adventure is an eight-day wilderness immersion with a hefty dollop of culture on two departures in 2018: June 3-10 and July 6-13. The per person rate of $2,695 CAD includes professional female guides; all meals; seven nights shared accommodation in an authentic house and suites, a wilderness lodge and seaside cabins; guided and fully outfitted sea kayak day; guided hikes and interpretive walks in Gros Morne National Park and along the Great Northern Peninsula; Western Brook Pond Fjord boat tour and iceberg and whale watching boat tour; interpretive tour and lunch at the French Shore Museum in Conche; and a visit to L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where Viking history comes alive.

At Port aux Choix National Historic Site guests hike to Philips Garden to explore the ancient remains of one of the largest Dorset Paleoeskimo settlements in the Eastern Canadian Arctic. They also visit the Myra Bennett Heritage House, the home of a nurse known along the 200 miles of coast simply as “the nurse.” This remarkable woman brought her life-saving skills to what was then an isolated, rugged Great Northern Peninsula. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/newfoundland/

“Canada is a country designed for adventurers. For women who want it all, Canada delivers the goods,” said Haddow. “We’ve been trailblazing outdoor adventures in Canada for over a quarter of a century. Increasingly women want to feel the freedom of connecting with wild space in its finest form. In Canada are some of the wildest and grandest natural treasures on the planet.”

Wild Women Expeditions’ Canadian programs are prototypes for the baptism-by-wilderness experiences that Haddow’s team arranges in 26 countries this year. These journeys reflect that…

  • Women need opportunities to just be themselves, together;
  • The wilderness helps women connect with elements of their psyche that may be lost in the daily hustle and bustle;
  • Pairing women and wilderness often encourages women beyond their comfort zones, leading to increased confidence;
  • These ingredients can be transformational, perhaps leading to answers to the question that Poet Mary Oliver poses: What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

For details, availability and reservations for these and all Wild Women Expeditions’ programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became Canadian experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. Even though the company now hosts guests all over the world, it retains a national focus with more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping adventures in Canada than any other women’s travel company in the world.

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Media Contact:        Widness & Wiggins PR

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Wild Women Expeditions Hosts Women-Only Kayak Odyssey In Spiritually Profound Region of British Columbia

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, March 12, 2018– The company that pioneered and now leads the world in women-only adventure travel will introduce its female guests this summer to a spiritually profound region of British Columbia accessed by kayak on a fully supported back country expedition.

Wild Women Expeditions’ Great Bear Rainforest Kayak Adventure scheduled July 10-17, 2018, is a professionally outfitted, eight-day wilderness immersion expressing what it truly means to be wild. Days are structured only by the slant of the sun’s rays and how far guests manage to glide their way down the crystalline waters of the Great Bear Rainforest. Here the only sounds for miles may be the call of a raven and the gentle splash of a paddle blade breaking the surface.

The per person rate of $2,995 CAD includes all activity and camping gear (kayaks, skirts, paddles, PFD’s, paddling jackets, dry bags and all safety gear, tents sleeping bags, liners, camp kitchen and bathroom kit); all meals; return flight from Port Hardy to Bella Bella; water taxi from Dallas Island to Bella Bella; and the services of two certified female kayak guides.See https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/great-bear-british-columbia/

The setting is a temperate rainforest of 1,000-year-old Western red cedar and Sitka spruce that spans the Pacific Coast of British Columbia and part of the world’s largest remaining, pristine coastal temperate rainforest. Here, too, are the traditional (since 7190 BCE) territories of the Heiltsuk First Nation. The forest teems with life, including the “spirit (Kermode) bear,” a white (thanks to a recessive gene) relative of the American black bear that also resides here, along with cougars and wolves. In the surrounding water are flitting dolphins and the blowing mists of humpback whales.

On this nomadic tour, guests cast their tents nightly on a new shore on beaches dotted with pebbles and shells. Weather, tide and sea conditions determine the itinerary on any given day in a maze of islands and channels waiting to be explored after guests fly from Port McNeill (a former logging camp on the North Island region of Vancouver Island) to Bella Bella, the main Heiltsuk community and once home of the Hudson Bay Company that engaged in the fur trade with this First Nations people.

"Our adventure in the Great Bear Rainforest celebrates the spirit of the international campaign to bring attention to this endangered coastline and its iconic wildlife. If we want to see precious places like this protected, we need to go there and enjoy them and show the world their tremendous value,” said Jennifer Haddow, Wild Women Expeditions’ owner and guiding director. “We support the end to the trophy bear hunt and making sure that threatened species such as sea wolves are targeted in a positive way by tourism."

This kayak odyssey is one of nine women-only itineraries that Wild Women Expeditions hosts in British Columbia. All rates are quoted in Canadian Dollars.

Additional sea kayak programs are offered worldwide. For a full list please see: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/activity/all/kayaking/.

Wild Women Expeditions is founded on the beliefs that:

  • Women need opportunities to just be themselves, together;
  • The wilderness helps women connect with elements of their psyche that may be lost in the daily hustle and bustle;
  • Pairing women and wilderness often encourages women beyond their comfort zones, leading to increased confidence;
  • These ingredients can be transformational, perhaps leading to answers to the question that Poet Mary Oliver poses: What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Women carry their accommodations (tents) in their kayaks, as well as food and personal belongings, into remote wilderness where come night, a campfire and the stars overhead provide the only light. Even though the company now hosts guests all over the world, it retains a national focus with more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping adventures in Canada and across the globe than any other company in the world.

For details, availability and reservations for this and all Wild Women Expeditions’ programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About Wild Women Expeditions

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. The company now hosts guests all over the world, offering more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping, hiking, paddling and horseback adventures than any other women’s travel company in the world.

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Follow Wild Women Expeditions on Social Media:

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Media Contact:        Widness & Wiggins PR

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Wild Women Expeditions Introduces Egypt and Her Goddesses on New 12-Day Journey

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, Feb. 13, 2018– Stories of women who hold wealth and power are fascinating. For example, one binge-viewing favorite is “The Crown” that depicts the life of Elizabeth II.

Push the time machine back five millennia, circa 3000 BC. Who were Elizabeth’s female counterparts? The answer lies in Egypt.

A new 12-day Goddesses, Queens and Heroines Tour circumscribes recorded history, thanks to the insights of a female Egyptologist guide assigned by Wild Women Expeditions to this Nov. 1-12, 2018, program for women only. The per person rate is $4,795 inclusive of all meals, 11 nights accommodation in 4/5 star hotels and on a luxurious Dahabiya cruise boat, all in-country travel (including return train/flight Cairo-Luxor) airport transfers and all entry fees to museums/temples and activities. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/egypt/.

Five thousand years ago ancient peoples were burbling, some cultures already leaving markers for posterity. Among the most significant displays were those attached to oases along the Nile (think Pyramids) as the Egyptians burst forth. Over several millennia until the Greeks tilted through these desert kingdoms the sands shifted, rulers came and went, belief systems became monotheistic and peoples were captured and enslaved.

Guide Yassmin Fekry’s challenge is to help her guests understand an ancient world where powerful women were elevated to the status of goddess, ruling alongside their god pharaohs and sometimes themselves becoming goddess pharaohs.

Yassmin graduated from the faculty of Hotels and Tourism (Guiding Section) in 2003. Since then she has been fulfilling her childhood dream – to be a tour guide in Egypt. As an Egyptologist, she interprets the stories of ancient Egypt, from important sites and museums including the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities with over 10,000 pieces from every period of Egyptian history, including the many treasures from the wondrous tomb of Tutankhamun. Along the way she sheds light onto contemporary life in Egypt by arranging meet-ups at a food and camel market, a family farm and at small family-run businesses. And she welcomes questions about what life is like for a woman today in her world.

“It is such a unique experience to be in a group of all women, travelling in this ancient land where Isis and Cleopatra reined, where Hatshepsut and Hathor were the Divine feminine powers. This place vibrates with history and with ‘her story’. You can feel a woman’s power here in a way you’ve never quite experienced before,” says Jennifer Haddow, company visionary and owner.

Guests view, among many others,

  • the world’s first large-scale, cut-stone structure, the step-like Pyramid of Djoser;
  • the pyramids of Giza;
  • the awe-inspiring Sphinx;
  • a desert that was once an ocean, Wadi Al-Hitan or Valley of the Whales, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the history of whale skeletal development is displayed by hundreds of fossilized whale skeletons along with mangrove roots and crab tunnels found in the sand.

At Wadi El Rayan National Park flora and fauna reveal the miracle that water is to the desert. Here is also one of the few remaining populations of the slender-horned gazelle, an endangered species. Then come the spine-tingling splendors of

  • the Temple of Luxor and its towering obelisks,
  • the Temples of Karnak, Egypt’s greatest compound of temples;
  • the tombs of the pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings and the tombs of the princes and queens in the Valley of the Queens;
  • the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, a reminder of the power women held in the Ancient Kingdom;
  • the massive, unbelievable Colossi of Memnon.

The exploration continues for four days from the vantage of the Nile aboard a dahabiya, a motorized boat with sails traditionally used for river touring since the 19th century. The destination is Cairo, with stops enroute to

  • indulge in Egyptian cooking lessons and learn about the unique food culture;
  • visit the sandstone quarries of Silsila and the sandstone temple of Kom Ombo;
  • tour local villages and markets, meeting women who live in the countryside along the river;
  • steep the senses in Aswan during a visit to a spice market, with time for adorning the hands with intricate Henna designs and meeting female artisans displaying their treasures;
  • overnight in an eco-lodge in the Nubian countryside with a visit to one of the grandest temples of ancient Egypt, Abu Simbel, dedicated to Ramesses II.

“Women who travel with us to Egypt say how warmly welcomed and surprising safe they feel here, despite all the media hype” adds Haddow. “This is a new day for tourism in Egypt and we are honored to support more women to discover the wonders of this magnificent place in an empowering adventure.”

For the detailed itinerary please see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/egypt/ For details, availability and reservations for this and all Wild Women Expeditions’ programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About Wild Women Expeditions

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. The company now hosts guests all over the world, offering more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping, hiking, paddling and horseback adventures than any other women’s travel company in the world.

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Follow Wild Women Expeditions on Social Media:

Facebook                  https://www.facebook.com/WildWomenExpeditions/

Twitter                        https://twitter.com/wild_women

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Media Contact:        Widness & Wiggins PR

Sara Widness / 802-234-6704 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Wild Women Journey to “The Land of Happiness” on New Bhutan Adventure Tour

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, Jan. 25, 2018– Imagine a country that places happiness above all else, where every policy must pass a Gross National Happiness filter to be enacted. Imagine trekking through lush green mountainous valleys of a remote Himalayan kingdom where yak herders greet you with smiles as the chanting of monks echoes from ancient cliff-side monasteries and colorful prayer flags ripple before snow-capped peaks.

Welcome to Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon.

A company devoted to active travel adventures designed for women only presents for 2018 its brand-new itinerary in this distant land that time – almost – forgot.

Wild Women Expeditions, the pioneer in women-only travel adventures, introduces Spirit of Bhutan on three brand-new 2018 hiking departures: Sept. 20-Oct. 2, Oct. 11-23 and Nov. 12-24. 

Only over the past 50 years have visitors been allowed to visit Bhutan, land locked in the Himalayas between Tibet and China to the north and India to the south. It is still also time locked, only early in the 21st century opening to Western influences. Bhutan, despite the encroachment of the internet and hand-held devices, remains steeped in ancient traditions with overlays of powerful Buddhist mythologies. How spirituality and myth translate into 21st century life in this 750,000 population is a focus of Wild Women Expeditions’ quest.

“Bhutan is a shining example of how spirited adventure tourism can be truly sustainable,” underscored Jennifer Haddow, visionary Owner/Director of Wild Women Expeditions. “Bhutan’s commitment to being a carbon neutral country comes to life in its approach to tourism, where travelers take great care to minimize their footprint on this wilderness Shangri-la.” She personally researched and helped craft this tour of west and central Bhutan -- with the highest standards of ecotourism at heart.

The per person rate is $4,495 inclusive of ground transportation, including airport transfers; 12 nights accommodation (lodges, inns, a luxury resort and one night camping); meals throughout the trip; services of an experienced Bhutanese English-speaking female guide and of porters; camping equipment for a hiking expedition to Tiger’s Nest; entry fees and permits; and domestic air fare from the gateway, Paro, one way to Bumthang, the spiritual heartland of Bhutan.

Visits to monasteries or dzong perched on cliffs overlooking traditional rural life reveal that these fortress-like cloisters historically served as lighthouses, sending warning signals against potential marauders. An afternoon of river rafting coincides with a visit to the imposing Punakha Dzong (Palace of Great Happiness). Built in 1637, it is strategically placed at the confluence of two rafting rivers (Po Chu and Mo Chu).Guests also visit Taktshang (Tiger's Nest) whose lore and location epitomize Bhutan’s spirituality and beauty. One day guests walk for several hours through a forest of rhododendron and hemlock to meet some 30 nuns in contemplation and seclusion at oneof the oldest (early 9th century) of seven nunneries in Bhutan.

Guests can anticipate walking up to 16km on mountain pathways through blue pine and juniper forests. One trek leads to Bumdra Monastery and a meadow laced with chortens (stupas) and prayer flags. Here women camp under the stars with a nearby 4,000m peak beckoning the hearty.

Each glimpse of a dzong brings high-altitude vistas of mountains gouged by deep river valleys and rice fields, together comprising the country’s 60 percent of land designated national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Forests covering over 70 percent of the landscape are themselves resources. For example, guests visit a family-owned incense factory that utilizes juniper, rhododendron and cypress to make incense. They are served tea during another family visit; they experience the restorative properties of a hot stone bath followed by a lesson in Bhutan’s national sport, archery.

A day trip to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, features the weekly market and revered Memorial Chorten that underscores the importance of the country’s two-party constitutional monarchy. The Changangkha temple, since the 12th century overlooking Thimphu, is a study of devotees flocking here to circumambulate and turn the prayer wheels. The temple contains beautiful wall paintings and hundreds of religious scriptures written in gold. A huge golden statue of Buddha Dordenma commands a view of the valley. His three-story throne holds several chapels; the body itself is filled with 125,000 smaller statues of Buddha. On an earthly note is a visit to a nearby weaving center where local women create intricate fabric for the traditional Bhutanese garment of gho (for men) and kira (for women).

“Wild Women Expeditions gives women the opportunity to empower themselves amongst other women, connect with the natural world and make a positive impact in the communities we explore,” says Haddow. “When women adventure together in the wild, it is transformational.”

For trip details seehttps://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/spirit-of-bhutan/.

For details, availability and reservations for these and all Wild Women Expeditions’ programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About Wild Women Expeditions

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. The company now hosts guests all over the world, offering more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping, hiking, paddling and horseback adventures than any other women’s travel company in the world.

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Follow Wild Women Expeditions on Social Media:

Facebook                  https://www.facebook.com/WildWomenExpeditions/

Twitter                        https://twitter.com/wild_women

Instagram                  https://www.instagram.com/wildwomenexpeditions/

Media Contact:        Widness & Wiggins PR

Sara Widness / 802-234-6704 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Elephants Star in Wild Women Expeditions’ Immersion into Nature and Culture of Northern Thailand’s Chiang Mai Region

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, Dec. 13, 2017– Elephants are the stars in a new-for-2018 multi-sport Thailand adventure for women-only hosted by Wild Women Expeditions.

Fall 2018 departures of Elephants, Treks and Temples tour of Northern Thailand (http://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/thailand-elephants/) will immerse guests for 11 days in the culture and landscape of northern Thailand’s Chiang Mai region on bicycles, and while trekking and coursing down rivers on bamboo rafts.  Stops enroute include helping to bathe, feed and walk elephants at both and an elephant rescue center and in a Karen tribal village in the jungle.

“Ethical, sustainable tourism is the Asian elephant’s best hope to survive. In the spirit of the #BeKindToElephants movement, we want to respect and protect these majestic animals and so won’t be riding elephants on any Wild Women tours,” says Jennifer Haddow, Owner/Director of Wild Women Expeditions. “This practice often relies on wild elephants being brutally tamed before they can be ridden and we are creating tourism opportunities with elephants that do not cause harm.”

The focus on elephants is part of a Wild Women Expeditions’ commitment to change the perception of elephants as beasts of burden for tourists. The company is supporting Chai Lai Sisters, a community-based tourism project to convert an abusive elephant riding camp into a sanctuary or rescue center for elephants that is run by the Karen tribal community near Chiang Mai. This company also benefits a second organization, Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation, supporting the work of the work of the first elephant hospital in Thailand to rehabilitate elephants injured by overwork and neglect in tourist camps. 

Wild Women Expeditions has also thrown its financial support behind Chai Lai Orchid and a Go Fund Me Campaign to empower local women and rescue elephants. Donations are needed to save 13 Asian elephants from abusive conditions and to support a human-trafficking prevention program. For more details and to contribute see: https://www.gofundme.com/ChaiLai.

Elephants in this region are big business. The animals are enslaved to the tourist trade 365 days a year as cheap transportation carrying the weight of a heavy metal chair plus the weight of humans. Elephants are also in chains to logging interests, day after day dragging felled trees from the jungle. In the rescue center caretakers from a Karen hill tribe assure that the animals are well treated and have access to water for bathing. See: https://www.chailaiorchid.com/elephant-sanctuary/

In Chiang Mai is the world’s first elephant hospital that is supported by a non-profit organization called Friends of the Asian Elephant. Here treatments cover the spectrum of what distressed elephants may require, from illnesses requiring antibiotics to injuries mandating surgeries and future prosthesis, to maternal and infant care. See: http://www.friendsoftheasianelephant.org/en/.

Thailand’s Chiang Mai is the gateway to access the country’s north. The Wild Women Adventure Tour will visit several tribal communities to get a view of the rural landscape through activities including cycling, rafting and trekking.

Rice paddies, orchards, bamboo and fern groves surround women on bicycles in Sri Lanna National Park. To cross a reservoir they board a longtail boat bound for lunch at a floating bamboo raft house. Atop Thailand’s second highest mountain they gaze across a landscape to neighboring Myanmar; they hike along a jungle trail and immerse themselves in the culture of a hill tribe whose business is maintaining tea plantations. The group will stay for two nights at Phu Chaisai, at an award-winning eco-resort crafted by bamboo in the jungle near Chiang Rai. One 3.5-hour trek leads to a Karen village hill tribe where elephants await new hands to feed and bathe them. Another day is spent at an elephant sanctuary near Chiang Mai.  Omnipresent throughout this journey are temples – or wats – and the role that rivers continue to play in shaping Thailand’s trade and agriculture.

The per person double rate is $2,295 USD inclusive of 10 nights accommodation (including a home stay), most meals, services of an English-speaking certified female guide and assistant guides, drinking water and snacks, activity-related equipment, travel, including airport transfers, in private air-conditioned vans, sightseeing tickets and zone entrance fees, flight confirmations and luggage transfers.

A quarter century ago Wild Women Expeditions pioneered today’s steam-charged movement encouraging women to travel in small women-only groups. “Wild Women Expeditions gives women the opportunity to empower themselves amongst other women, connect with the natural world and make a positive impact in the communities we explore,” says Haddow.  

For details, availability and reservations for these and all Wild Women Expeditions’ programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

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Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only active travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became Canadian experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. Even though the company now hosts guests all over the world, it retains a national focus with more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping adventures in Canada than any other women’s travel company in the world.

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Pioneers in Women-Only Travel Help Guests Score Altitudinal Highs Hiking in Presence of Formidable Peaks

A leading travel company that specializes in women-only expeditions lays out a roster of active adventures for women who love the mountains and who love to hike.

“Our adventures are about inspiring women to lift each other up and reach new heights. What is more inspiring than watching the sun rise over Mount Everest or Kilimanjaro, surrounded by a supportive circle of sister adventurers?” asks Jennifer Haddow, Owner/Director of Wild Women Expeditions (https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/) that offers more active travel departures for women only than any other tour company in the world. The answer comes, she says, after reaching peak destinations like Everest Base Camp in Nepal and on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, just two of many places on Planet Earth where women can achieve new challenges and witness a transformation within themselves.

Following are examples of Wild Women Expeditions’ high-altitude, international hiking and trekking adventures for 2018.

Nepal – Trek to Everest Base Camp. Assisted by Sherpas, women hike up to eight hours a day over 18 days after Kathmandu’s introduction to a culture that embraces both the Hindu faith and Buddhism. The latter is a recurring theme expressed by colorful prayer flags. Guests visit monasteries and share the daily lifestyle of the Sherpa people along the route on this Base Camp-focused trek. Guests lodge in hotels in larger communities. The per person rate is $2,995. Departure dates in 2018 are May 13-30 (sold out), Oct. 1-19, Oct. 21-Nov. 8, Nov. 18-Dec. 5, and in 2019 April 1-18 and May 12-29. For details see http://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/trek-to-everest-base-camp/.

Tanzania – Savannah to Summit Kilimanjaro Expedition. This is a tented expedition leading to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano and Africa’s highest peak that for decades has captured the imaginations of restless souls. Guests hike up to eight hours a day over eight days moving from rainforest to alpine desert to arctic snowcap that rises majestically from the golden grasslands of Tanzania. The gateway is Kilimanjaro International Airport. The per person rate is $3,795. Departures in 2018 are Sept. 19-26 and in 2019 June 11-18. For details see http://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/kilimanjaro-trek/.

Patagonia/Chili - Torres del Paine Multisport Adventure. The playground for this 10-day high-altitude journey is the other-worldly landscape of peaks, glaciers, pampas and lakes is Torres del Paine National Park. Challenges include hiking up to eight hours, kayaking, mountain biking and a six-hour horseback ride. Guess reside in tented Eco Camp Patagonia Domes and at a scenic lodge in shared huts. Punta Arenas is the gateway. The rate is $5,295. Departures in 2018 are Feb. 3-12 (waitlist being taken) and March 12-21, 2018, and in 2019 Feb. 3-12, March 2-11 and March 17-26. For details see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/torres-del-paine-multisport-adventure/.

Iceland – Ultimate Iceland Adventure. For 10 days women hike up to 10 miles a day for five days over volcanic rock and black basalt sand, hearing ancient ice crack across the glacier tongue. This is the geothermal landscape along the Laugavegur Trail that National Geographic calls one of the greatest hikes on earth. They kayak into a thousand-island fjord harboring orcas and sea birds and they ride horses. Accommodation is in volcano huts and hotels. Reykjavik is the gateway city. The rate is $4,995. Departures in 2018 are July 17-26 and Aug. 20-29. For details see http://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/ultimate-iceland-adventure/.

Alaska (Denali) - Best of Wild Alaska Multisport. For nine days women explore Prince William Sound by sea kayak, climb glacier ice in the Matanuska Valley and trek in the shadow of Denali, the highest mountain in North America. Some hikes are up to 10 miles. Accommodations are in mountain lodges and backcountry campsites. The gateway is Anchorage. The rate is $4,295. Departure dates in 2018 are July 14-22 and Aug. 18-26. For details see  http://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/best-of-wild-alaska-multisport/.

New Zealand – South Island Alpine Adventure. The famous Kepler Track brings hikers through a mountain beech forest to the edge of Lake Manapouri and into caves inhabited by thousands of glowworms, one of Nature’s iconic displays. Over 10 days women hike for up to five hours, kayak on Milford Sound and marvel at the foot of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki (Maori for “cloud piercer”) Mount Cook and trek the main ridge above Mueller Glacier opposite the mountain. The gateway is Queenstown. Accommodations include lodges, a backcountry hut and farm cottages. The rate is $4,895. Departure dates in 2018 are April 8-17 and Nov. 4-13. For details see http://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/south-island-hiking-adventure/.

Says Haddow: “Wild Women has been running amazing hiking trips for over two decades. Our 2018 Wild Women hiking adventuresare heading to some of the most compelling destinations on the planet, including theCamino pilgrimage route in Spain, the Inca Trail in Peru, the Scottish Highlands, Italy’s Cinque Terre and in northern Vietnam.” Under development are new hiking trips to the Grand Canyon, Bhutan and the Rockies. Click here to check out Wild Women hiking adventures in 2018.

A quarter century ago Wild Women Expeditions pioneered today’s steam-charged movement encouraging women to travel in small women-only groups. “What Wild Women Expeditions does is give women the opportunity to achieve amongst other women, test boundaries, take risks and become leaders,” she adds.

For details, availability and reservations for these and all Wild Women Expeditions’ programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became Canadian experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. Even though the company now hosts guests all over the world, it retains a national focus with more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping adventures in Canada than any other women’s travel company in the world.

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Wild Women Expeditions Encourages Guests to Bring an Open Heart and Mind On New 11-Day Jungle and Jewels Adventure in India

CORNER BROOK, NL, CDN, Oct. 16, 2017– A new 11-day itinerary from Wild Women Expeditions plunges guests in a mindful way into India’s wild world. India Jungles and Jewels Adventures tasks small women-only groups to comprehend why, for example, tigers, waiver precariously on and off the endangered species list.

“Environmental and conservation challenges can only be met when they are understood,” underscores Jennifer Haddow, Owner/Director.

Helping to make sense of this wild world and the people the travelers meet is Guide Dimple Bhati, who comes to Wild Women Expeditions by way of her home city, Jodhpur, India. Her husband, Tarun Bhati, a naturalist, is the grandson of Kailash Sankhala, one of the first to study tigers in the 1950s and who laid the foundation for Project Tiger, an early tiger conservation initiative in India. Her own immersion in the wild began while helping manage Kanha Jungle Lodges. More on Dimple Bhati’s.story: (https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/guide/dimplebhati/).

The learning curve begins at Kanha Tiger Reserve in India’s Kanha National Park as participants interface with volunteers who are on alert around their villages for illegal wildlife activities (poachers, illegal wood choppers and those in the bush meat trade). Wild Women Expeditions has access to these volunteers through Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFTigers) that supports responsible tourism as a way to save the tiger and the wildlife and wilderness areas of India and Nepal. Kanha National Park was made famous in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and is the home of Project Tiger.

Haddow notes that the conservation-minded history and accommodations her guests enjoy on this adventure in turn contribute to preserving endangered wildlife. Wild Women Expeditions engages Kanha Jungle Lodge for guests who learn the importance of utilizing indigenous materials. Thanks to Dimple’s interests here, guests mingle with locals while exploring medicinal plants, learn how to drape a sari and apply ritual henna; experience community environmental awareness programs and learn the art of making masala chai. They even help to bathe elephants excused from poacher patrol and tiger-tracking duties. Habitat explorations are on foot and in 4x4 jeeps.

Later in the journey, a luxury tented camp, Jamtara Wilderness Lodge in Pench National Park, is a glamping home near a savannah-like environment. Guests may also opt to sleep like a native under the stars in a Machaan, an open-air tent with mosquito netting atop. Villagers gain income when guests choose this sleeping accommodation. Dimple and her husband also look after the crucial tiger landscape here, where under the starry sky, as in Kanha, they spread their message of conservation from the lap of nature.

At Satpura Tiger Reserve in Satpura National Park, Reni Pani Jungle Lodge, a conservation and wildlife-focused accommodation, embraces visitors who engage in jeep, elephant, boat and walking safaris.

One night is spent wilderness camping, an experience unique to Wild Women Expeditions. On the last morning, guests canoe on the Satpura River, rife with winged creatures, before transfers to Bhopal airport to connect with international flights home.

In addition to tigers, guests may expect to see elephants, cloven-hooved animals and birds aplenty on the trips scheduled Feb. 8-18, Feb. 27-March 9 and Oct. 25-Nov. 3, 2018. The per person double rate for 11 days and 10 nights is $3,995 including accommodations, all meals, sightseeing in and entry fees to national parks escorted by a naturalist guide in air-conditioned private coaches and 4x4 vehicles, the company of a safari specialist, an English-speaking female tour leader, guided canoe outing, applicable lodge taxes and gratuities and complimentary water and snacks. For more information please see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/india-jungles-and-jewels-adventure/.

For details, availability and reservations for this and all Wild Women Expeditions’ 2017-2018 programs, call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About Wild Women Expeditions

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company.  Since its inception, Wild Women Expeditions (https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/) has pioneered today’s steam-charged movement encouraging women to travel in small women-only groups. After 25-plus years, Wild Women Expeditions offers more active travel departures for women-only than any other company in the world and in more countries (26 in 2018). A high return-guest ratio indicates how hungry women are for baptism-by-wilderness experiences that can be extreme -- or not – without men setting the pace. And always there’s a dollop of cultural interface to round out the edges.

“What Wild Women Expeditions does is give women the opportunity to achieve amongst other women, test boundaries, take risks and become confident leaders,” says Haddow.

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Pioneers in Women-Only Travel Invite Adventurers to Patagonia Wild Women Expeditions-Style

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, Sept. 26, 2017– When sailing ships smashed through high seas many years ago, often a lady rode with them. Symbolic of the female adventurer, she was the carved wooden figurehead on the prow taking on the full force of wind, waves and whatever life came her way.

Gone is the girl on the prow, but Patagonia, at the bottom of the world, similarly tugs imaginations.  Wild Women Expeditions (http://wildwomenexpeditions.com/) understands that women need to test their mettle against the wind in wild places. This company has designed two new trips to draw small women-only groups to Patagonia in 2018 and 2019. One trip is a multi-sport adventure; the other is an exploration on horseback.

Torres del Paine Multisport Adventure departure dates are Feb. 3-12 (waitlist being taken) and March 12-21, 2018. This program is also scheduled in 2019 for Feb. 3-12, March 2-11 and March 17-26. The per person double rate for 10 days and nine nights is $5,295 including English-speaking female guide and activity specialist guides, accommodations, all meals, and all equipment for excursions including sleeping bags for hiking overnights, mountain bikes, sea kayaks, horses and tack and corresponding safety equipment. The playground is an other-worldly landscape of peaks, glaciers, wild horses, pampas and lakes that composes Torres del Paine National Park. Challenges come by way of hiking up to eight hours per hike, kayaking, mountain biking up to four hours per outing, and a six-hour horseback ride. In adherence to sustainable practices, participants reside in tented Eco Camp Patagonia Domes, with two women paired in a tent and a scenic lodge in shared huts. Punta Arenas is the gateway. Please see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/torres-del-paine-multisport-adventure/.

Patagonia Cordillera Riding Adventure departure dates are Jan 22-Feb. 1, Feb. 5-15 (waitlist being taken) and March 4-14, 2018. Dates for 2019 will be announced shortly. The per person double rate for 11 days and 10 nights is $3,395 including 11 days of horseback riding into the rugged heart of the Andes, the cordillera chain of mountain ranges, by way of strong and surefooted Argentine Criollos. The rate includes a seven-day pack trip; horses, pack mules and riding gear; professional female wrangler guides; 10 nights of on and off-grid shared accommodation including the first two nights and the night before departure at an estancia where Ranquilco Lodge showcases its eco-sensitive off-the-grid homestead systems; camping equipment; hand-crafted meals; laundry services; roundtrip transfers from Neuquen Airport to destination in the rugged heart of the Andes.  Estancia hospitality serves up locavore along with off-the-grid living before heading to the cordillera (mountain range) to ride trails deep into the Andes and into the simple lifestyle of the gauchos. Guests are transferred from and back to Presidente Perón International Airport in Neuquén Province, Argentina. Please see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/patagonia-horse-adventure/.

Wild Women Expeditions already tops the list with more active travel departures for women only than any other tour company in the world. In this unique niche, this company also outpaces other companies with more women-only horseback riding trips.In addition to Patagonia, equestriennes can travel to

·                     Iceland-- Golden Circle Riding Adventure, nine days at $3,295 per person; Women & Girls Golden Circle Riding Adventure, seven days at $1,995 per person; Hekla Volcano Riding Adventure, nine days at $3,295 per person

·                     British Columbia-- Chilcotin Cowgirl Riding Adventure, eight days at $3,495CAD per person

·                     Mongolia – Orkhon Valley Horseback Adventure, 14 days at $2,295 per person; and Marvels of Mongolia, 14 days at $2,895 per person, mixing trekking with camel and horseback riding.

·                     Ireland– Connemara Riding Adventure, seven days at $3,295 per person. 

A quarter century ago Wild Women Expeditions pioneered today’s steam-charged movement encouraging women to travel in small women-only groups. “What Wild Women Expeditions does is give women the opportunity to achieve amongst other women, test boundaries, take risks and become leaders,” says Jennifer Haddow, Owner/Director.

For details, availability and reservations for these and all Wild Women Expeditions’ programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became Canadian experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. Even though the company now hosts guests all over the world, it retains a national focus with more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping adventures in Canada than any other women’s travel company in the world.

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Two Adventures Just for Women Showcase Darwin’s Galapagos Through Eyes of Female Naturalists

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, Sept. 12, 2017– A leading travel company that specializes in women-only expeditions has teamed up with female Ecuadorian, naturalist-trained guides for two itineraries that explore on land or from the sea the Galapagos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Wild Women Expeditions (https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/) offers more active travel departures for women only than any other tour company in the world. Its programs in the Galapagos epitomize for owner Jennifer Haddow the importance of being part of the solutions emerging in places where tourism, among other issues, places fragile infrastructure at risk.

“We run adventure programs with highest standards in ecotourism,” says Haddow. “This includes giving back to communities and investing in conservation. Wild Women Expeditions is an Ambassador of the Galapagos Conservancy, and supports the Charles Darwin Foundation whose research and program implementation affect how people both live and visit here in harmony with this environment.”

The land-based, Galapagos Islands Multisport Adventure uses small water craft to explore the distinguishing features of some of the islands that reveal the pressures of a volcanic history that led to the formation of this archipelago. Guests hike to a volcano rim, kayak to beaches of docile sea lions, snorkel through fantasy worlds of colorful fish swarming a lava cone, and even while stand up paddle boarding bear witness to a bizarre birdlife that remains unafraid of humans, even after being the subjects of attention to throngs of curious passers-by. While hiking to the spot where Darwin’s HMS Beagle landed in 1835, the guide discusses Darwin’s theories and findings from his five-week exploration of the islands. On another day, a six-mile roundtrip hike leads up Sierra Negra, an active volcano with the second largest (6.5 mile span) caldera in the world where birdlife is abundant.

The per person, double rate is from $5,495 for this 10-day Multisport vacation with dates of Nov. 11-20, 2017, and Nov. 10-19, 2018. Included are domestic flights from Quito, Ecuador, to San Cristobal in the Galapagos and Quito return from Baltra, plus related airport transfers; national park and transit control taxes and documentation; three nights camping on Galapagos Islands; six nights double occupancy in hotels; ground transportation and private group transfer by motorized boats between islands; all meals from beginning of program to end including a dinner with a local fishing family; four days of sea kayaking and wildlife viewing; one-day hike of Volcan Sierra; all gear and equipment related to programs including kayak, stand up paddle board and snorkeling excursions; and the expertise of English-speaking naturalist guides; Alejandra Mosquera and Africa Berdonoes.

Born and raised in Quito, Alejandra Mosquera started guiding in 2004 and now divides her time between guiding and parenting. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/guide/alejandra-mosquera/

Africa Berdonoes grew up in the Galapgos islands, scuba diving since age12 and later becoming a Dive Master and guide. She once crossed the Pacific Ocean in a traditional Polynesian canoe, powered by wind and guided by stars. She holds an advanced degree in Protected Area Management. She believes the Galapagos can one day be an example of humans living in harmony with nature. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/guide/africa-berdonces/

The cruise-based Galápagos Islands Eco-Yacht Adventure utilizes theM/V Eric a hybrid solar-powered vessel which incorporates some of the best conservation-focused technology in the world and sets the bar for environmental sensitivity for ships in the Galapagos.  In accordance with Galapagos National Park protocol, M/V Eric’s route ventures through the islands on routes proscribed to minimize environmental impact. Twenty privileged guests travel aboard this luxury yacht enroute to bold discovery and quiet revelation while walking stretches of land that serve as nesting sites for clusters of fearless, air-born creatures or snorkeling and swimming alongside a friendly sea lion or following the trail to the dramatic ocean blow hole or watching colorful crabs crawling along the shoreline. A visit to Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena (formerly the Charles Darwin Research Station) helps connect these experiential dots.

The per person, double rate for this eight-day Nov. 26-Dec. 3, 2017, adventure on this solar-powered yacht is from $5,295. The rate includes roundtrip domestic flights from Quito to San Cristobal and related airport transfers; single, double or triple-berth accommodation for seven nights aboard M/V Eric; national park and transit control taxes and documentation; all meals aboard; complimentary use of wet suits and snorkeling gear and excursion and activities-related equipment such as sea kayaks and stand up paddle boards; guided hiking and Zodiac excursions; and the expertise of English-speaking naturalist guides; Malena Cruz and Gaby Espinoza.

Magdalena “Malena” Cruz enjoys sharing her knowledge of sea currents, geology and the marine reserve. She studied to be a Tourism Professional Guide at the Universidad Internacional del Ecuador. When not guiding, she manages her family’s hotel on San Cristobal. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/guide/malena-cruz/

Maria “Gaby” Espinoza holds degrees in science education from the University Estatal Guayaquil. Fluent in English and German, she became a naturalist guide in 1990. Conservation is her passion. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/guide/maria-gaby-espinoza/

For more information on both itineraries please see: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/destination/all/galapagos/. For details, availability and reservations for these and all Wild Women Expeditions’ 2017-2018 programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About Wild Women Expeditions

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. The company now hosts guests all over the world, offering more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping adventures than any other women’s travel company in the world.

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Wild Women Expeditions, Pioneer in Women-Only Travel, Adds Four New Itineraries for Upcoming Winter: India, Patagonia (2) and Costa Rica

CORNER BROOK, NL, CDN, Aug. 7, 2017– A quarter century ago Wild Women Expeditions (WWE) (https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/) pioneered today’s steam-charged movement encouraging women to travel in small women-only groups.

Upcoming for winter 2018 are WWE’s four new women-only itineraries in India, Patagonia and Costa Rica. After 25-plus years, Wild Women Expeditions offers more active travel departures for women-only than any other company in the world and in more countries (26 in 2018). A high return-guest ratio indicates how hungry women are for baptism-by-wilderness experiences that can be extreme -- or not – without men setting the pace. And always there’s a dollop of cultural interface to round out the edges.

“What Wild Women Expeditions does is give women the opportunity to achieve amongst other women, test boundaries, take risks and become leaders,” says Jennifer Haddow, Owner/Director. She noted that Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook Chief Operating Officer, in a recent BBC interview, indicated that women too often are not encouraged and trained to assume leadership positions.

“Wild Women Expeditions is changing this,” Haddow adds. These four new trips for next year reflect Haddow’s vision and mission.

In India:  India Jungles and Jewels Adventures explores India’s national parks and a long list of big cats, cloven-hoofed creatures, elephants and birds, all setting the stage for nurturing and transformational experiences in eco systems that include Kanha National Park made famous in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and home of Project Tiger, an early tiger conservation initiative in India.

Scheduled trip dates are Feb. 8-18, Feb. 27-March 9 and Oct. 25-Nov. 3, 2018. The per person double rate for 11 days and 10 nights is $3,895 including accommodations, all meals, sightseeing in and entry fees to national parks escorted by naturalist guide in air-conditioned private coaches and 4x4 vehicles, the company of a safari specialist, an English-speaking female tour leader, guided canoe outing, applicable lodge taxes and gratuities and complimentary water and snacks. Please see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/india-jungles-and-jewels-adventure/

Guests lodge at Kanha Jungle Lodge that emphasizes utilizing indigenous materials; they mingle with locals while exploring medicinal plants, community environmental awareness programs and learning to make masala chai, how to drape a sari and apply ritual henna; they even help to bathe elephants excused from poacher patrol and tiger-tracking duties. Habitat explorations are on foot and in 4x4 jeeps. A luxury tented camp, Jamtara Wilderness Lodge in Pench National Park, is a glamping home near a savannah-like environment. Or guests can sleep like a native under the stars in a Machaan, an open-air tent with mosquito netting atop. (Villagers gain income when guests choose this sleeping accommodation.)

Reni Pani Jungle Lodge is an exquisitely designed conservation and wildlife-focused lodge near Satpura National Park. Here is the Satpura Tiger Reserve, an amalgamation of one of India’s best-kept secrets, the Satpura National Park, the Bori Wild Life Sanctuary and the Pachmarhi Sanctuary. Jeep, elephant, boat and walking safaris are on the schedule here. One night is spent wilderness camping, an experience unique to Wild Women Expeditions. On the last morning, guests canoe on the Satpura River, rife with winged creatures, before transfers to Bhopal airport to connect with international flights home.Please see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/india-jungles-and-jewels-adventure/.

In Patagonia:Two new trips are a multi-sport adventure and another on horseback. Torres del Paine Multisport Adventure is offered Feb. 3-12 and March 12-21 (sold out), 2018. The per person double rate for 10 days and nine nights is $4,795 including English-speaking female guide and activity specialist guides, accommodations, all meals, and all equipment for excursions including sleeping bags for hiking overnights, mountain bikes, sea kayaks, horses and tack and corresponding safety equipment. The playground is Torres del Paine National Park, an other-worldly landscape of needle-like peaks, vast glaciers, wild horses, pampas and lakes. Challenges come by way of hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Guests reside in a tented Eco Camp. Please see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/torres-del-paine-multisport-adventure/.

Patagonia Cordillera Riding Adventure is scheduled for Jan 22-Feb. 1, Feb. 5-15 (sold out), March 4-14, 2018. The per person double rate for 11 days and 10 nights is $3,395 including 11 days of horseback riding (including a seven-day pack trip); horses, pack mules and riding gear; professional female wrangler guides; 10 nights of on and off-grid shared accommodation; camping equipment; hand-crafted meals; laundry services; roundtrip transfers from Neuquen Airport to destination in the rugged heart of the Andes.  Estancia hospitality serves up localvore and off-the-grid living before heading to the cordillera (mountain range) to ride trails deep into the Andes and into the simple lifestyle of the gauchos. Please see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/patagonia-horse-adventure/.

In Costa Rica: Para Vida Adventure Retreat dates are Jan. 13-20 and Feb. 18-25, 2018. The per person double rate for eight days and seven nights is $3,295 including English-speaking female and activity specialist guides; seven nights accommodation; all meals; all excursions and equipment and in-country flight. Here yoga and this country’s ecosystems combine in off-grid realities, with mountains and trees to climb and waterfalls to conquer. Mountains, reefs and the rainforests of Corcovado National Park encourage hiking, rappelling, kayaking, snorkeling and spacing out on the natural world. Please see http://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/pura-vida-adventure-retreat/.

For details, availability and reservations for these and all Wild Women Expeditions’ 2017-2018 programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became Canadian experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. Even though the company now hosts guests all over the world, it retains a national focus with more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping adventures in Canada than any other women’s travel company in the world.

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