Wildland Adventures

Website:  http://www.wildland.com/

About Wildland Adventures

Kurt Kutay, Founding CEO/President, and Anne Kutay, Vice-President, established Wildland Adventures in 1986. They are actively at its helm and continuously refining and evolving their Wild Style of travel. Wild Style is homegrown to help break down barriers and boundaries that separate people from people, from the environment and from other living things. Wild Style builds lasting intercultural, interpersonal and environmental bonds to enhance instead of exploit by impressing with each step along a journey sincerity, compassion and understanding. The results are lasting bonds -- intercultural, interpersonal and environmental -- wherever Wildland Adventures travels as well as their family-like community of enlightened, passionate travelers who have experienced how to focus on what matters most. Intrinsic to Wildland Adventures are strong personal connections with guests, especially the relationships Kurt, Anne and the Program directors have with alumni.

“We value experiencing daily life wherever you are… It may be alongside migrant farm workers harvesting potatoes and singing songs.  The guides love dong it; clients realize it’s totally spontaneous.” ~Kurt Kutay, Founder

Itinerary Design

The design of each itinerary necessitates deep destination knowledge along with the connections and the savvy to locate and involve the correct experts and personnel, whether they be specialized guides, academics, lecturers or other specialized experts. Today the company offers more than 150 unique itineraries in 37 countries. Destinations include, among many others, Costa Rica, Peru, Patagonia, the Galapagos, Belize, Africa, Turkey, SE Asia and the Indian sub-continent.

“We have developed such close working relationships with the people we collaborate with in each of our destinations.  Local families who have come to know us will open their homes to receive our guests for lunch.” ~Kurt Kutay, Founder

Why Travelers Choose Wildland Adventures

For nearly three decades, they have been leading the way in adventure travel and ecotourism, not just to new destinations, but pioneering new approaches to travel that guarantee your experience with Wildland Adventures will be qualitatively superior.

  • The Personal Difference

They are personally involved in the design of your trip in coordination with local field staff. When you call their USA staff you will be speaking with another traveler with firsthand experience in your destination who will help you choose the right trip and craft an itinerary that meets your personal interests and style.

  • Friends In Faraway Places

Cross-cultural interaction is not only having respect for local customs, but is genuine, honest, personal interaction stimulated by sensitive introductions from respectful guides who introduce you to their home like a friend and treat you as a personal traveling companion.

  • Comfort and Safety

Prepare for total immersion, secure in your health and safety. Relax and enjoy the experiences of native cultures and pristine wilderness environments confident of exceptional accommodations, transportation, hygiene and security, and the support of professional in-country outfitters.

  • Bask In Native Hospitality

Wildland Adventures seeks out small, boutique hotels and lodges and even home stays where native culture is strong and travelers can enjoy regional cuisine and experience traditional lifestyle. Designed in indigenous style that fit into their environs naturally, chosen accommodations deliver charm, amenities and native warmth.

  • Local Escorts To Exploration

The direct involvement of professional indigenous guides in organizing and leading each Wildland Adventure assures guests will have an exceptionally informative, well-executed, and authentic experience.

  • Like-minded Travelers

By creating more personal, in-depth and meaningful life enhancing travel experiences the company consistently attracts active and inquisitive travelers of all ages who discover that Wildland Adventures are not the stereotypical group experience. Participants on their very small group trips are frequently experienced world travelers who request Wildland’s services for efficiency, economy, reliability, security and superior leadership.

  • Journeys of Discovery

Wildland Adventures are physical, intellectual and spiritual adventures--more a state of mind than a risky or arduous challenge. The real adventure is new insights, the awe found in nature, encounters with new cultures, and the excitement of personal discovery.

  • Dependability

Guests rest easy with an established record of professionalism and safety. Prestigious travel writers, guidebooks and travel industry media, recognize Wildland Adventures as a leading ecotourism company. The company was a founding member of The International Ecotourism Society, the Galapagos Tour Operators Association, and the Maasai Environmental Resource Coalition, and retains corporate membership in other professional tourism associations and the Better Business Bureau.

Guaranteed Departures

Most all departures are guaranteed for two or more participants. Tiered group pricing makes this possible. Group size usually does not exceed 12 people.

Custom Fit for Your Style of Travel

An adventure vacation with Wildland Adventures will be a world of difference because they design specialized itineraries that match guests with their personal interests and style of travel. Wildland’s specialty travel programs include multi-generational Family Travel, Honeymoon and Romantic Adventures, cutting edge Exploratory Trips, expedition Small Ship Cruises, Custom and Private travel, and Specialized Group travel planning services for museums, clubs and nonprofits.

“A Program Director who is also a seasoned destination expert, is THE primary point of contact with every guest from start to finish.” ~Kurt Kutay, Founder

Recent Accolades

Travelers Conservation Trust

Wildland Adventures was founded on the principle that culturally and environmentally responsible travel can be a powerful force for change. Tourism should contribute to conservation and benefit local communities. The Travelers Conservation Trust (TCT) was founded in 1986 by Kurt Kutay as a non-profit, affiliate program of Wildland Adventures to foster means by which travelers can support local conservation initiatives and small-scale community development projects. By forming and strengthening links between environmentally conscientious travelers and host-country grassroots conservation groups, natural areas and cultural heritage can be preserved. This link between adventure travel, conservation and sustainable development enhances a vacation experience by creating more meaningful and authentic cultural encounters through learning, sharing and giving something back. See: http://www.wildland.com/about/giving-back

Memberships         

  • The International Ecotourism Society (founding Board 1991)
  • International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (founding Board of Directors in 2000, and President of the Board 2010-2014)
  • Adventure Travel Trade Association (Advisory Board since 2005)
  • Founding Member: Trusted Adventures, Adventure Vacations from the Experts (Business and marketing alliance of 8 affiliated companies)
  • Co-founder of TAP– Travelers Against Plastic. 

Officers

Kurt Kutay, Founding CEO/President
Anne Kutay, Vice-President

Executive Team

Rachael Garrett, VP of Operations
Tim Hocking, VP of Communications

Address

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Seattle, WA 98155-7412

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A Personal Message from Kurt Kutay

Dear Friends,

On the cusp of Thanksgiving we’re taking stock of our blessings here at Wildland Adventures. High on our list always is the privilege we have of sharing the world and its many people with our clients.

While this has been our practice for over three decades, we’re following an emerging trend that is especially gratifying. Grandparents want to travel alone with their grandchildren – leaving parents behind. Something we and others are calling 'Skip-Gen' travel. We started asking questions of both generations.

What’s it like for tweens and young adults to travel in a foreign country with only their grandparents as companions? And conversely, what do grandparents experience when their travel mates are more than a generation apart?

Interviews by telephone with grandparents were intense and often emotional just before the recent midterm elections and after learning that scientists predict that Mother Earth, as we know it today, may slip from our fingers by 2040. The grandchildren interviewed reflected confidence and were highly appreciative of their grandparents.

The desire of these grandparents to bond and create memories with their grandchildren is universal. However their motives in opting for travel as a pathway to those memories is informed by their concerns about the world and by their passion to impress upon their grandchildren that the world is more than the United States. They see travel as a game changer for grandchildren who will better understand the changing environment and vulnerable communities on the planet they are to inherit. They want their grandchildren to become better ambassadors of their future.

Good Luck in Morocco

“I didn’t travel until I was 50 beyond Mexico, Canada and Hawaii. I wanted my grandchildren to explore the world earlier. They had a hand in where we went, a place they were curious about, but I insisted it be on another continent. I just traveled to Spain and Morocco with my granddaughter who is 20. Emma’s world is getting way beyond mine. I wanted to get experiences myself through their eyes, to be awed by a very different lifestyle and culture,” says grandparent Anne.

Anne and her daughter’s journey through Morocco sparked conversations about the roles of women in the world, about what constitutes work in different cultures and even about social media. They tented one night in the Sahara, experiencing a severe storm that induced a long-dry river to suddenly flow. Their guide wept and said that they brought good luck.

“In Morocco there are so many different cultural codes. It was hard for me to understand. But I could still relate to people. We had different world views but we could share this incredible moment. An experience like this expands your world view. I definitely won’t be the same person that I was before I left,” reflects Emma.

Active in Belize

Lollie is another grandparent inspired to travel with a younger generation.  When her grandchildren turn 11, they study up on where they want to go and select activities. Her goals, shared by nearly all of the grandparents are to broaden their appreciation for the rest of the world, to understand that, throughout the world, cultures are different but people are very much the same, to learn about the abundance (and diversity) of animals that inhabit our Earth and to become better stewards of the environment.

Granddaughter Emily, age 12, chose Belize’s active adventure, including zip lining, cave tubing, horseback riding, canoeing, snorkeling and paddle boarding, with time out to visit ruins...all the while experiencing a culture very different from home.

“This trip made me able to see how different other parts of the world are from where we are. It changed the way I look at things,” says Emily.

Slower but More Fun in Tanzania

Adventuresome grandparents George and Dianne enjoy arranging activities and experiences for grandchildren that may be out of the parents’ reach financially at this point in their life.

Their 14 year old granddaughter, Ana, remembers her excitement as George planned their trip to Tanzania.

“The Africa trip was really, really fun. Grandpa booked everything before. He knew everything about the trip. We just came along and enjoyed. He always likes planning ahead of time,” Ana says. One difference between traveling with grandparents is that travel is “slower but more fun. It’s always a quicker pace with my parents.”

“On the way to Tanzania, we spent a few days in Amsterdam”, adds Diane, “While there, we had a tour of the city by a young lady who showed us her family’s synagogue and shared the experiences of her Jewish Grandparents’ survival during WWII. That experience impressed the children far more than just reading about WWII in a school setting would.”

South Africa Then and Now

At age 20, Hunter’s grandson, Evan, hopes to pursue environmental engineering, in part because of a trip to South Africa.

“Living in the US, my concept of being poor was very different before the trip than after. Travel gives you an appreciation of the hardships people face in other places around the world,” reflects Evan.

Hunter enjoys sharing generational differences related to exploring the world, explaining along the way “what it was like to travel abroad when you traveled back in the 1950s compared to now, the understanding that traveling around Africa even 10 years before we did Africa was different.” He anticipates traveling with the next grandchild but with the caveat that deciding where to go isn’t “totally free form. We’re not going to Yemen.”

Globe Trotting

When she was widowed, Marna thought, “Aha!I know how I can see the world...” Costa Rica, Galapagos, Tanzania, Hong Kong and Malaysia later, she has traveled with one grandchild at a time, save for one trip which included an extra cousin.She prefers a solo companion.

“These were serious 10- to 14-day trips taken in the summer. We went where they wanted to go. I wanted them to know there’s something else going on in the world. Now I’m out of grandchildren. A lot of people would like to give me theirs,” says Marna, who professes to be a third-world traveler.

It’s Not a Frightening World

Grandparents Bob and Judy like to feel the excitement of their grandchildren when together they visit places familiar to the grandparents.

“I want the kids to know that differences are good. There’s a world out there they should be able to travel in and be with anybody. It’s not a frightening world,” Judy underscores.

Their granddaughter, Isabelle, thinks it’s more fun to travel with Bob and Judy than with her parents. Her travel takeaways? “You never understand how much you have until you come back. You visit poor villages; you see things they can’t get in everyday life – clean water, a healthy diet. In Cape Town houses are made of trash, metal slabs, they built with their own hands. They had no electricity. A family of eight lives in a house the size of my bathroom. How grateful I am. I don’t take things for granted.”

Taking Charge in Costa Rica

Determining where to go is a challenge, says Ellen, a grandmother of six. It is especially difficult when one of the rules is that the upcoming destination can’t be one a sibling or cousin has visited. “We want them to be interested in travel and out of the basic comfort zone with their own family,” notes Ellen, underscoring the importance of guides in helping secure the impressions and memories that come with travel.

Ellen and Robert charged their 13-year old grandson to take oversee their inner-generational vacation. “Our grandson chose Costa Rica and did the research where and what he wanted to see. He made the final decision choosing a company. We just tagged along, enjoyed everything, and were thankful he chose Wildland.”

This grandson was moved to write a blog about their trip. Please see  https://ww2.wildland.com/travel-blog/costa-rica-teen-review-everything-was-perfect.html

The experience he shared expresses what Anne and I as guides and grandparents hope to foster from our inner-generational Wildland Adventures around the world. After our son traveled together with his Turkish grandfather in their ancestral homeland of Turkey, and after many family adventures together throughout the world, our son’s family is truly all of humanity. Most recently we traveled with our teenage grandson to the jungles, Mayan temples and indigenous villages of Guatemala, a journey that took him way out his comfort zone while discovering the mysteries of ancient civilizations and wildlife of tropical rainforests, and in these discoveries transforming his outlook on the world and of himself. 

Whether traveling for first-hand insight or through informed journalism, we strive for an accurate depiction of our world. Thank you for the understanding you share through your communications. If you would like to pursue this new trend with us, please let me know and I can introduce you to some of our senior and junior clients.

Helping all to become citizens of this amazing world!

Kurt Kutay

Founder and President of Wildland Adventures

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GoFundMe for Solar-Diesel Water Pumps Will Yield Water for Elephants, Villagers in Africa’s Arid Hwange National Park

SEATTLE, WA, Aug. 28, 2018 – Making positive change through travel is a goal of one travel company’s new safari into southern Africa to showcase the results of a $24,000 GoFundMe campaign to purchase, install and maintain four new solar-diesel water pumps assisting elephant conservation and villages in Hwange National Park in western Zimbabwe.

Wildland Adventures’ Water for Hwange Conservation Safari is scheduled for June 10-20, 2019. It is designed as a special insider’s opportunity to be immersed into a symbiosis of incredible wildlife viewing, village life, community development and hands-on conservation efforts on the front lines of wildlife protection. A new fundraising effort has been set up through the Travelers Conservation Trust foundation to support the campaign. For details please see https://www.gofundme.com/water-for-hwange.

The itinerary showcases the necessity of sustainable and reliable water sources for wildlife and clean drinking water for local villages. Guests will discover firsthand from local villagers how they now view wildlife conservation as essential to their livelihood and therefore keep a lookout for poachers who may threaten it. The per person double rate for this 11-day safari is $6,950. This includes a $600 tax-deductible contribution to the non-profit Travelers Conservation Trust that assists communities like those visited in Hwange.

The park is just an hour south of Victoria Falls, the first stop on this itinerary. From the bountiful falls of the Zambezi River, guests witness the arid realities within the park that has no major rivers. Year-round water supplies (including an aging infrastructure of diesel pumps and bore holes) are, therefore, unreliable for villagers and some 45,000 elephants. This region of grasslands and mopane woodland supports over 100 species of mammals including lion, leopard, cheetah, African wild dog and the rare sable antelope.

The Wildland Adventures safari will be led by guru safari guide Mark Butcher, a native Zimbabwean and visionary conservationist who directs wildlife conservation and community development in and around Hwange. Mark leads guests on walks in the bush to experience firsthand the impact that renewed water resources have on the wildlife and communities of Hwange.

Guests will assist in a pump run, which means working alongside villagers who tend to a system of water pumps (including the new solar hybrids) that pump water up into “pans” where animals come to drink. Game drives are coupled with village visits including school children, elders and tribal chiefs who help stitch together stories of living with wildlife, and the promise that solar water pumps and conservation hold for a better future for people and wildlife. Other tour highlights include mountain biking on elephant trails, close-up elephant viewing and photography from ground-level “look-up blinds,” and an overnight fly-camp under the African sky together with an elite Cobra unit of anti-poachers. The journey ends at a luxury camp on the banks of the Zambezi River with canoeing on the “River of Life,” the fourth largest river system on the African continent and the force that created Victoria Falls where this itinerary begins.

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About Wildland Adventures

Kurt Kutay, Founding CEO/President, and Anne Kutay, Vice-President, established Wildland Adventures in 1986. As active managing directors, they are continuously refining and evolving their Wild Style of travel based on an ethic of sincerity, compassion and understanding that breaks down barriers of separation to build lasting intercultural, interpersonal, and environmental bonds designed to enhance rather than exploit the people and places where they travel.

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Wildland Adventures Digs into Cuba’s Soul Via Musicians and Artists

SEATTLE, WA, July 9, 2018 – The active travel company known for its transformational journeys has curated a new, nine-day plunge into Cuba focused on that country’s soul – its art and music.

Wildland Adventures’ itinerary, Adventure Cuba: Art, Music & Dance that debuts Nov. 10-18, 2018, probes how music and the arts overall have celebrated the revolution and sustained Cubans through decades of deprivations. See: https://www.wildland.com/trips/caribbean/cuba/adventure-cuba--col---art2c-music-26-dance/overview.aspx

“Music and revolution go hand in hand in Cuba, as music in many aspects is a representation of the revolution,” says Kurt Kutay, CEO and President of Seattle-based Wildland Adventures (https://www.wildland.com/) who will be co-leading this departure with company Vice-President, Anne Kutay.

People-to-people moments are staples of all Wildland Adventures. This trip reveals the creativity of 21st century Cubans and stories of their forebears who toiled in sugarcane and tobacco fields but who never stopped singing and dancing.

“We've chosen a variety of artists and a range of both musicians and performance venues from living rooms to community centers and performance stages. Our travelers will experience the vibrant character of Cuban culture, with opportunities for open-ended Q&As in private-audience settings,” he underscores. “The musicians will showcase how deep – and how far reaching – this musical heritage is with a musicologist lecture on the history of Cuban music and performances from Dayme Arocena’s songs reflecting the original Yoruban culture up to contemporary fusion jazz performances.”

This stroll by way of Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad explores how music, art and dance rooted themselves in the Cuban character, helping Cubans endure isolation imposed on them by political isolation and economic blockade as they used art to challenge artificial boundaries and limitations.

Every day this exploration guarantees dialogue with Cubans who are at some level engaged in the arts: culinary, visual including needle and pottery, music, dance, literature and architecture. Some meals are taken with artists and scholars. Farmers markets and, yes, ration stores are mixed into the tour, along with a private sunset cruise and a walk through El Cubano National Park.

Guest accommodations include bed & breakfast-style overnights in casas particulares (private homes) and the glamour of Hotel Nacional de Cuba, a national monument overlooking Havana Harbor that harbors the stories of the rich and famous pre-revolutionary days. Cuban-American Gloria Estafan immortalized the hotel in song. Its gardens include a museum memorializing the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The 2018 scheduled trip date is Nov. 10-18 (additional small group scheduled departures are available and private trips on request). A per person double rate starts at $5,600. A single hotel room supplement is available for $900.  Included are:

  • all guided tours, group transport (including airport transfers) and excursions;
  • entrance fees, speaker fees and private concerts;
  • services of two in-country guides;
  • accommodations with breakfasts;
  • some lunches and dinners;
  • gratuities for presenters, luggage service and meals
  • limited Cuban medical insurance of only $1,000 coverage;
  • People-to-People tour license;
  • Wildland Adventures travel consultation and pre-departure services

This itinerary is available upon request for educational and arts groups who seek to expand their familiarity with Cuban culture and music. For organized groups of 12 to 14 the per person, double rate is $5,800. For 15-18 participants the rate drops to $5,600 per person, double, including an American escort from the sponsoring organization.

Local in-country guides use their extensive network of friends and professional colleagues to design in-depth and personal small group experiences for over 18-years leading specialist in tours of Cuba and focusing on Cuba’s burgeoning music world.

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Wildland Adventures

Kurt Kutay, Founding CEO/President, and Anne Kutay, Vice-President, established Wildland Adventuresin 1986. As active managing directors they are continuously refining and evolving their Wild Style of travel. The ‘Wild Style’ is based on an ethic of sincerity, compassion and understanding that breaks down barriers of separation to build lasting intercultural, interpersonal, and environmental bonds designed to enhance rather than exploit the people and places where they travel. Rated by National Geographic Adventure as the #1 Best ‘Do-it-all’ Outfitter on EarthandFodor’s as one of the World’s Best Tour Specialists, Wildland Adventures offers more than 150 unique itineraries on seven continents in 45 countries.

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Wildland Adventures Immerses Guests In Spiritual Life of India Over 10-Day Journey in February 2019

SEATTLE, WA, April 5, 2018 – A rare journey in 2019 will guide guests over 10 days through the centuries-old worlds and traditions that help define today’s spiritual universe of India.

Wildland Adventures has organized this Feb. 9-18, 2019, trip, Diving into Immortality, to culminate at the Kumbh Mela (The Festival of the Urn), a 45-day spiritual gathering in Allahabad, which the Hindus consider to be India’s religious capital.

A massive pilgrimage of faith and the most euphoric religious event in India, the Kumbh Mela observes the largest congregation of men, women and children on the planet. It is especially renowned for the presence of an extraordinary array of sages, yogis, mendicants and religious ascetics (sadhus and mahants) enticed from remote hideaways in forests, mountains and caves. During the festival, more than 10 million zealous devotees gather together to wash away their sins for the purification of body, mind and soul. The city vibrates in hectic religious fervor amidst the intermittent chanting of mantras, the heart-rending dance of the Aghori (people smeared with cremation ashes) and the holy ghats (steps to the river) lit up with fiery diyas (oil lamps). The Hindu people hold this festival in the highest regard because the Kumbh Mela, representing a cycled phased over 12 years is considered to be the most auspicious time to take a dip in the sacred river and attain a step forward toward salvation.

“Over the two days we spend in Allahabad, we will step out of the comfort of our luxury tents in the heart of the Kumbh Mela to the center of the largest gathering of sadhus and pilgrims on earth. Streets are awash in ash-covered bodies hung with garlands of bright orange marigolds. The smells, sights and sounds overwhelm the senses. With our camp host and personal guru, we will walk into a zone unknown to western culture and religion. I predict we will return home reborn with new perspectives that will manifest in positive changes in our lives. This is how travel can be transformational,” underscored Kurt Kutay, Wildland Adventures’ founding CEO/President.

Shepherding Wildland guests from their “glamping” tents will be host Lakshmi Singh, a spiritual disciple of two great Advait philosophy masters and a princess from the royal family of Tikari in Bihar. She spent years operating luxury camps throughout India. In 1989 she discovered the Kumbh Mela when one dip in the holy Ganges changed her life. She has traveled multiple times to Allahabad to be part of the special gathering with her guru. Lakshmi and expert guides navigate guests through the sea of people and labyrinth of piety, providing unrivaled access and photographic opportunities.

In the week leading up to this immersion, Wildland Adventures’ guests dive into India’s soul in some of its holiest cities. The itinerary begins in with the imperial vibe of New Delhi and the frenetic bustle of Old Delhi, moving on to Amritsar, the center of the Sikh religion, and then to the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi and Allahabad, both so sacred for the Hindu religion.

Guests lodge in New Delhi at Claridges, which gives a nod to this city’s British colonial past. They enjoy modern regional Indian dishes in the gardens of the National Handicrafts Museum and they witness the world of street children as seen through the eyes of the children themselves, now trained as local guides. Here in India’s capital city are vestiges of the one-time Mughal Empire that was ruled by a Muslim dynasty.

The Sikh religion, the world’s fifth largest religion, is introduced at the gold-plated holy shrine in Amritsar, the site of Sikhism, a religion founded in the 15th century in part as a rejection of the Hindu caste system. Since 1481 the Golden Temple has been serving free hot meals (Langar) to people of all faiths who come to its doors. Volunteers, along with 300 sewadars (permanent helpers), daily prepare over 50,000 nourishing vegetarian meals. Wildland travelers join devotees to witness the Langar and participate in an evening Palki Sahib ceremony that prepares a palki orpalanquin (a large box carried on horizontal poles) for the transport of the Guru Granth Sahib (Holy Book) from the main shrine to the inner sanctum, laying the book to rest for the evening. The Sikhs also represent an ethnic group known as Punjabis. Out in the country guests visit a working farm and sit down to tandoori, a typical Punjabi lunch, returning in the evening to Swarna Amritsar, a five-star Taj hotel.

In Varanasi guests participate in the glittering Aarti ceremony on the Ganges when to honor the deities candle wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) are set afloat. And guests walk through the great cremation ground of Shiva, the deity that destroys evil. The host hotel here, Suryauday Haveli, is located beside the river with convenient access to a particular flight of steps to the river, the Ganga Ghats. Guests have multiple opportunities in this, one of the oldest living cities in the world, to witness the rituals of life and the afterlife that are focused on Mother Ganga.  

The per person double rate exclusive of international and domestic air is from $6,395. A single supplement is $2,375. For details please see: http://www.wildland.com/trips/asia/india/diving-into-immortality/overview.aspx.

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About Wildland Adventures

Kurt Kutay, Founding CEO/President, and Anne Kutay, Vice-President, established Wildland Adventures in 1986. As active managing directors, they are continuously refining and evolving their Wild Style of travel. The ‘Wild Style’ is based on an ethic of sincerity, compassion and understanding that breaks down barriers of separation to build lasting intercultural, interpersonal, and environmental bonds designed to enhance rather than exploit the people and places where they travel.

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Wildland Adventures Introduces Three New Tour Itineraries to The Emerging Travel Hot Spot of Colombia

SEATTLE, WA, Feb. 22, 2018 – Successful tour operation requires months if not years of careful research and planning. One award-winning travel company known for its meticulous tour development, Wildland Adventures, is now primed to introduce the newest emerging travel hot spot of Colombia.

For 2018, Wildland Adventures (http://www.wildland.com/) offers three new active tour itineraries in Columbia that weave culture and wildlife with hiking, rafting and birdwatching.

“Now that peace and security have been restored, Colombia is “one of the world’s extraordinary new travel hot spots because of its stunning biodiversity and cultural heritage,” said Kurt Kutay, Wildland Adventures founder and president.

Americans are often surprised by the sophistication they find upon shaking hands with such South American gems as Bogota, Colombia’s capital. These itineraries introduce the 500-year-old patinas of vibrant cities, still cobblestoned, former colonial hubs that welcomed explorers, pirates and conquistadors searching for El Dorado.

“Our Wildland Adventures in Colombia utilize a comprehensive network of new airline connections and a good primary road system, with 4x4 access on secondary roads into more remote regions and trailheads. The last decade has seen new-found economic growth and political stability, andvastly improved security presenting itself as the new gateway to South America. As tourism develops, restored colonial boutique hotels and ecolodges are popping up across the country. There’s also an exciting gastronomic scene evolving,” added Kutay.

Colombia is a virtual topographical and ecological smorgasbord with…

  • two coastlines, the Caribbean to the east and the Pacific to the west,
  • Andes Mountains thrusting to 18,700 feet in elevation
  • Amazon rainforests splayed across the horizon below Andean cloud forests
  • Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, the most irreplaceable concentration of biodiversity on Earth

Rafting, snorkeling and diving into freshwater rivers and salty seas hint at a gold standard of adventure. Along with prehistoric and extant jungle creatures come nearly 20 percent of the world’s bird species. The company’s Colombia Wildlands and Wildlife is a 14-day program that starts and ends in Bogota. The per person double rate is from $5,840. See: http://www.wildland.com/trips/south-america/colombia/colombia-wildlands-and-wildlife/overview.aspx.

In Bogota guests visit vibrant neighborhoods and plazas, including the impressive Gold Museum and the Botero Museum. Fernando Botero’s transcendent depictions of his people recall themes familiar in the work of Mexico’s Diego Rivera. Then the economy and culture of coffee come to life in the cool uplands of the central Andes, along with sub-tropical cloud forest rife with bird and wildlife. One of the world’s most difficult genus of birds to catch sight of, antpittas, and the masked saltator and ocellated tapaculo are protected in their natural habitat in the Rio Blanco Nature Reserve.

The Amazon Basin eco system introduces a conservation project and eco-lodge helping support indigenous peoples on their own lands. The tour visits a foundation that protects and studies primates on site.Another ecosystem of montaine forest rises to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains, a coastal range home to around 600 bird species. Once off-limits for security reasons, the San Lorenzo Ridge is the crown jewel of the avian habitat, allowing birders to see over 20 of the Sierra’s 24 endemic species representing the highest level of endemism in the world. Here are the Santa Marta parakeet and rufous antpittas that can be spotted walking along the road just before sunrise.

Highlights of Colombia is an 11-day itinerary from $3,150 per person double. See: http://www.wildland.com/trips/south-america/colombia/highlights-of-colombia/overview.aspx#/overview.

Guests meet in Bogota before transferring to Villa de Leyva, a 16th century colonial town surrounded by a dry Andean Acacia forest. Guests hike in a nearby cloud forest and bike in the adventure capital of Colombia, the province of Santander, where the UNESCO World Heritage town of Barichara dating to the Spanish conquest remains “the prettiest town in Colombia.” One six-mile hike on the cobblestoned Caminos Reales (Royal Road) leads to a meet up with a restoration specialist who demonstrates how to construct mud adobe brick walls in their original style. Caminos Reales also connects to Chicamocha, the Grand Canyon of South America. A stay at a coffee plantation concludes the interior tour before moving to the Caribbean coast to explore Tayrona National Park, a bio-diverse, palm-fringed paradise skirting white sand beaches. Here are the ruins of El Pueblito, a vast system of stone terraces, aquaducts and round platform foundations of an ancient civilization.

Leaving nature behind, Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage city, teases appetites for colonial and Caribbean flavors in this former (1533) Spanish port. A visit includes a foodie walk stopping at favorite cafes and food stands frequented by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the fabled author of, among others, Love in the Time of Cholera. Kutay thinks that Cartagena is the most seductive city of the Caribbean.

“Here in the capital of amor, we eat and drink our way through Cartagena following in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ footsteps with a literary expert reciting excerpts from the author’s writings describing his favorite food stands, pastries, cafes and local drinks that we savor on a Marquez culinary walk in Cartagena,” he added.

Unexplored Colombia: Coffee, Culture, and Coast over 12 days combines the Coffee Triangle with whale watching (extension) on the Pacific. The per person double rate is from $3,660. See: http://www.wildland.com/trips/south-america/colombia/unexplored-colombia/overview.aspx.

From Bogota guests travel to Cali, famed for the Salsa Dance Academy. Medellin (the departure city) is revered as one of the most beautiful places in South America. Here via cable car, guests access the re-invigorated and thriving barrio that drug king Pablo Escobar helped build. They also hike through the Otun Quimbaya Flora & Fauna Sanctuary, a cloud forest with hundreds of species of butterflies; birds ranging from eagles to hummingbirds; and mammals, including spectacled bears, tapir, deer, cane skunks, and howler monkeys. Enroute to the Andes guests may climb 600+ stone steps for a 360-degree view from El Penol, amassive stone rising out of the flat ground and once worshiped by the Tahamies Indians. The one-time mansion of Pablo Escobar is nearby.

Guests engaged in the extension to the Pacific Coast fly to the Chocó region. Here there are no roads, just air and boat access. Misty jungle-clad hills spouting waterfalls and hot springs meet the white sand of the Pacific. This biodiverse region offers kayaking around one of world’s largest humpback whale migrations (June – November).Located in the Biological Conservation Corridor Panamá-Chocó-Manabí, this zone is one of the most pristine marine ecosystems in the Pacific.

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Kurt Kutay, Founding CEO/President, and Anne Kutay, Vice-President, established Wildland Adventures in 1987. As active managing directors, they are continuously refining and evolving their Wild Style of travel. The ‘Wild Style’ is based on an ethic of sincerity, compassion and understanding that breaks down barriers of separation to build lasting intercultural, interpersonal, and environmental bonds designed to enhance rather than exploit the people and places where they travel.

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Christmas Will Be Extra Sweet For Person Who Wins Wildland Adventures’ 12-Day Tanzania Safari Giveaway for Two

SEATTLE, WA, Dec. 5, 2017 – As safari specialists in the Serengeti region, Wildland Adventures has shared its love of the people, wildlife and landscape of Tanzania. To bring in the new year the company is announcing new enhancements to its safaris plus a trip giveaway for two. 

“What better way to celebrate 25 years of Wildland Adventures’ African safaris than to offer an online giveaway with a grand prize, a 12-Day Serengeti Wilderness Safari for two!” says Kurt Kutay, Wildland Co-Founder and President. The giveaway, wildtripgiveaway.com, runs Dec. 4 through Dec. 24, 2017. In addition to the safari valued at nearly $12,000 for two, the winner and companion also receive three sets of clothing from Toad&Co, two Adventure Camera Kits from Mountainsmith and two Grayl Water Purifier Bottles. International air is the responsibility of the winner and not included.

The runner-up prize is one Adventure Pack from Mountainsmith, one piece of Debug Clothing with Insect Shield Technology from Toad&Co and one Grayl Water Purifier Bottle. Plus, one daily winner will receive a Grayl Water Purifier Bottle.

New for this year on its Serengeti Family Safari are visits to a Wa Irakw tribal family in the Karatu area enroute to the Ngorongoro Crater and coffee-growing areas. The Wa Irakw are genetically linked to Afro-Asiatic tribes who migrated south from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers over 500 years ago, stopping enroute in Ethiopia and Somalia. Children and adults alike will learn how to make a traditional Wa Irakw hand drum, engage in Swahili language lessons and try out their haggling and business skills in a local market.

Also new are expanded family accommodations (two with interconnecting rooms) at the southern Serengeti’s Lake Masek Tented Camp. This camp is ideally located for viewing the Great Migration from December through March when the wildebeests are calving. Guests will also appreciate the new vehicle upgrades with the addition to the fleet of five new Land Cruisers with pop-up roofs, camera-charging plugs and a fridge for cold drinks.

For every night on a Wildland itinerary, a donation per guest goes to the Emusoi Project in Arusha which educates indigenous women and girls who lack the support or funding on their own. Guests have the option to visit the project during their stay and see firsthand the difference this program makes. Also the new Mara River Tented Lodge (12 spacious ensuite tents, 4 family tents, swimming pool, solar power and Wifi) will open in May 2018 in North Serengeti National Park. Ideally situated in the Kogatende (with airstrip) near the Mara River, guests can observe northbound herds crossing the river as well as the proliferation of African wildlife throughout the area.

The per person double rate for a 12-day Serengeti Wilderness Safari is $5,685. Experiences include game drives in Tarangire National Park, visits to markets and a beading co-op, hunting or foraging with Hadzabe Bushmen, hiking with Maasai in the highlands at Ngorongoro Crater, and four nights safari in Serengeti National Park.

The per person double adult rate for a 10-day Serengeti Family Safari starts at $4,550. There are discounts offered for children under 14 years of age.

Both programs include guided tours and excursions, English-speaking naturalist guides, airport-hotel transfers, local air transportation (family program only), accommodation (hotel, tented camps, local farmhouse), safari transport on specially outfitted 4 WD safari vehicle, three meals daily, bottled water and beverages, park entrance and camping fees, Wildland Adventures travel consultation and pre-departure services.

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Wildland Adventures’ New Zimbabwe Conservation Safari Showcases How Tourism Can Assist Environment

SEATTLE, WA, Aug. 16, 2017 – People travel thousands of miles to Zimbabwe to immerse themselves in a symbiosis of nature co-mingling with village life, hopeful always of extracting meaning beyond what they see in stock photos.

For 30 years Wildland Adventures’ (http://www.wildland.com/) raison d’etre has helped travelers reach beyond the clichés of destinations they visit. The company’s new Zimbabwe Conservation Safari is a hands-on journey through the heart of Africa’s wildlands with a modern-day conservation hero. Over nine days guests interact with villagers and elephants in ways that bring sustenance to community and wildlife alike. They begin to understand the issues behind and the possibilities of safeguarding wildlife to secure better lives for local people.

This safari, among others, turns over to a Zimbabwean foundation that conducts community work in Zimbabwe a $700 tax deductible contribution included in each guest fee. Participants engage with villagers and school children while pounding a nail here, reading a story there and perhaps kicking around a soccer ball. Visitors roll up their sleeves to provide water for elephants to drink. The trip is led by fourth generation Zimbabwean, Mark "Butch" Butcher, who is a modern-day hero of African conservation.

Mark, who won the 2014 Guardian and Observer ethical travel award, is an ecotourism pioneer, professional safari guide and leading conservationist in his native country. He receives Wildland travelers at his lodges in Victoria Falls, on the Zambezi River and in Hwange National Park where he shares stories about working as a game ranger fighting rhino poachers in the late 1980s. Today, he leads safaris and saves elephants by employing ex-poachers as his staff and they in turn protect wildlife for tourism that now pays their salary.

The program begins at a pioneering community-based tourism accommodation, Gorges Lodge, overlooking Batoka Gorge at Victoria Falls. Next guests board a 24-seat private rail car, the Elephant Express, that traverses an historic colonial-era railway line along Hwange National Park. On the vast game plains of Ngamo guests are accommodated in the luxurious Camelthorn Lodge for four nights going on safari each day and immersed in the daily life of a Zimbabwean village. Here they assist in wildlife monitoring, releasing animals from snares and assisting anti-poaching activities.  A day trip to Mfagazaan Pan introduces Hwange’s famous elephant herd sustained in the dry season on a pumped water program started in the 1930s.

While enjoying two nights in a luxurious tented camp on the Zambezi River guests go out on patrol with park rangers, a dedicated anti-poaching team who routinely patrol along the shoreline of Zambezi National Park.

Kurt Kutay, founder of Wildland Adventures, reflected that not long ago, indigenous rural communities received very little direct benefit from Zimbabwe’s safari tourism business.

“For the rural villager living next to a national park, wildlife was by no means an attraction. Elephants ate their crops and lions killed their livestock. The animals were problematic and not something local people wanted to protect. Tourists who came to see the game typically passed by villages in safari vehicles and spent their money elsewhere. We’re proud to say that visitor by visitor we are helping to change this,” Kutay Said.

The per person double rate of the safari is from $5,575 (single supplement $1,057) that includes the $700 tax deductible contribution to the Imvelo GTrust/D3 Foundation that supports local social service projects in Zimbabwe; all guided tours and excursions; National Park entrance fee; English-speaking naturalist guides;  airport-hotel transfers, land transportation; accommodation for eight nights; meals, soft drinks, beer, wine and local spirits; laundry service; Wildland Adventures travel consultation and pre departure services.https://d.adroll.com/cm/aol/outhttps://d.adroll.com/cm/index/outhttps://d.adroll.com/cm/n/outThe June 13 - 21, 2018 departure can accommodate up to 14 guests (minimum age 12). See: http://www.wildland.com/trips/africa/zimbabwe/zimbabwe-conservation-safari/overview.aspx#/overview

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Wildland Adventures Celebrates 30th Anniversary With Opportunity to Win Trip for Two To Thailand and Cambodia

SEATTLE, WA, July 13, 2017 – How does a travel company in business for 30 consecutive years celebrate its success?

This was a no-brainer for Kurt and Anne Kutay, who founded Wildland Adventures in 1987. Of course, they would celebrate their loyal clients as well as those who long to travel with them. In recognition of their contribution, the company will offer a series of trip giveaways, the first being a trip for two to Thailand and Cambodia. The online contest begins July 13 and concludes at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 3, 2017.

Interested travelers may enter the Wildland Adventures Thailand & Cambodia Trip Giveaway by visiting the company website at http://wildtripgiveaway.com/ and completing and submitting the online entry form. Additional entries can be earned by referring friends or by visiting a number of social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram as explained on the contest page.

“Thanks to our intrepid travelers, we continue to expand our global community. What better way to express our gratitude and celebrate 30 years of ‘Going Wild’ than to give away a trip to Thailand & Cambodia, welcoming two lucky winners into our family of adventure travelers,” Kurt and Anne Kutay, Directors.

Joining this birthday bash are two highly respected travel partners. The winning duo will be outfitted with a load of travel gear from Eagle Creek and prAna. Included from Eagle Creek are two Expanse Carry-Ons and two Expanse Flatbed 29” luggage pieces. prAna will donate four items of prAna travel clothing to each person.

The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), of which Wildland Adventures is a charter member, is also helping promote this festivity through their consumer website www.adventure.travel. Adventure.Travel showcases the best adventure companies and stories inspiring travelers to explore the world in a passionate and responsible way.

The Trip Giveaway winner and guest will have time to build their excitement over the Thailand & Cambodia Trip where travel may be scheduled from Aug, 30, 2017 to May 31, 2018. Upon arrival in Bangkok (flights not included), a Wildland Adventures guide will meet them at the airport and help settle them in to the first of several boutique hotels they’ll enjoy enroute.

The sights of old and new Bangkok reveal themselves while bicycling through the city and then cruising by boat the Chao Phraya River, virtually the city’s lifeline. After absorbing Bangkok’s cultural treasures comes a visit by car and long tail boat to the ancient capital of Ayutthaya dating to the 15th century. Moving from ancient history to tropical jungle reveals one of Asia’s largest intact monsoon forests, home to several hundred wild elephants, as well as tiger, leopard, Asiatic black bear, sambar deer, gibbon, macaque, and several species of hornbill.

Although the pleasures of Thailand are far from exhausted, this tour next brings guests to theThai-Cambodian border and on to Siem Reap’sAngkor Archeological Park, visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking and one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia, if not in the world. Stretching over some 400 square kilometers, the park contains the magnificent remains (think Angkor Wat) of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. In the course of a bike ride along the Siem Reap River are children waving in small villages where cyclists see palm wine and sugar production, basket weaving and rice farming before transferring to the airport for the flight home.

The Kutays three decades ago birthed a new travel concept they call The Wild Style. This means consciously choosing to travel deeper, not farther; to experience a world that craves our understanding and compassion rather than our judgement; to visit communities that seek to welcome us rather than entertain us.

“Today we feel at home in the pivotal global movement to build inter-personal, inter-cultural and environmental bonds among the people and the places we travel,” said Kurt Kutay. “Over the course of our 30-year journey, we have held firm to a truth that travel may be the most important path to a growing global community which sustains – rather than degrades -- life on earth. We do this not between nations but through conscientious individuals and communities who care about Mother Earth, economic inequities and social injustices.”

For additional details on Wildland’s 30th Anniversary please see https://ww2.wildland.com/30th-anniversary

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How a Canoe Trip 30 Years Ago Transformed Anne & Kurt Kutay, Founders of Wildland Adventures

Dear Friends,

In 1987, Anne and I, founders of Wildland Adventures, birthed a new travel concept we call The Wild Style.  We wanted to travel deeper, not further; to experience a world that craves our understanding and compassion rather than our judgment; to visit communities that seek to welcome us rather than entertain us. Starting out, we questioned if we could build a successful business around accomplishing these goals, but over 30 years we achieved a delicate balance of introducing guests to remote destinations while preserving the culture they’ve come to experience. The Wild Style requires more effort to deliver. Our field research to make inroads into local communities and find guides who delight in our quest for life-changing travel takes time but results in big rewards for the guest.

Our impetus? While motoring up the Amazon River in a dugout canoe 30 years ago, we came upon the Yagua, an indigenous people of Colombia and northeastern Peru. From afar we witnessed the commotion as they ran into their huts in jeans and t-shirts and emerged half-naked in grass skirts with blowguns in hand to greet us. In that instant, while leading our first group tour we decided:

At Wildland Adventures, authenticity will be our highest priority;

that we will approach our world and the people and cultures we share it with

embraced in an ethic of honesty and sincerity.

When we approached the Yagua in gratitude with respect, what otherwise might have been a one-sided tourist parade was a heartfelt cultural connection. This was not a group of individuals living in the past, but rather an indigenous community transitioning into the modern world. We laughed together while learning how to use a blow gun and the façade between us faded as we began asking deeper questions about them as individuals. How did they live today? Provide for their families in the jungle?  They were excited to share their traditions, customs and present-day lifestyle with a group of eco-tourists genuinely interested in learning more. 

Later, as our canoe drifted back downriver to our reality, we were returning home with a new-found understanding of the hardships faced by indigenous peoples. We began to understand their challenges in overcoming inequities and prejudices, as well as their struggle to reclaim the basic human rights necessary to participate in modern life while preserving their own cultural heritage. Our interaction on that sand bar in the middle of the Amazon River was their opportunity to earn income and share their culture with the outside world.

Today we continue to seek out rural communities where we can bring the benefits of ecotourism to help support local people while promoting the conservation of wildlands.

Over the course of our 30-year journey, we have held firm to a truth that travel is one of the most important paths to a growing global community which sustains – rather than degrades – life on earth. Thanks to our travelers, we’re expanding our global family. We do this not between nations but through conscientious individuals and communities who care about Mother Earth, economic inequities and social injustices.

Our Wild Style of travel opens the possibilities of exploring, as author Joe Robinson describes, “…the vast incognita territory within each of us.”  When you travel in gratitude with an intention to experience the world in sincerity and good faith, every adventure becomes your own personal journey to discover something in yourself.

Our purpose is to return home from a trip not only knowing the world, but our place in it.  After 30 years of travel with friends and family, our children now show us by example that to be transformed by travel is to transform the world. They remind us that our adventures down an open road help us shed our baggage, summoning us to cultivate love and renewed purpose.

Thank you for your support over these past 30 years. Please check your inbox in the coming months for how we plan to celebrate moving forward into the future.

With kindest regards,

Kurt and Anne Kutay

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Wildland Adventures Kicks Off Its 30th Anniversary of Going Wild Around the World with Multimedia Presentations by Expert Guest Speakers

SEATTLE, WA, Jan. 6, 2017- Wildland Adventures kicks off its 30th anniversary in 2017 with a January series of travel seminars featuring guest speakers who are all top guides and conservationists in their native countries of Zimbabwe, India and Brazil. The seminars are on three consecutive Saturdays at The Savvy Traveler in Edmonds. The dates are Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. on Zimbabwe, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. on India and Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. on Brazil.

“We are very excited to kick off our 2017 season and the start of our 30th anniversary ‘Going Wild’ around the world by inviting our community to presentations by some of our most enthusiastic and engaging guides, all of whom are nationally recognized in their native countries for innovative ecotours that take our travelers to remote habitats they have helped to protect,” says Wildland Adventures President Kurt Kutay. “We’ll show short videos of Mark leading us on foot in tracking elephant in the bush, searching for the Bengal tiger (and finding them) from Amit’s jungle lodges and swimming with Douglas in the “meeting of the waters” where two rivers form to create the mighty Amazon River.”  

All events are held at The Savvy Traveler store, 112 5th Ave S in downtown Edmonds, WA 98020, telephone (425) 744-6076. Call or register here: http://www.savvytraveleredmonds.com/Imports/Registration.asp?Id=717&TIME=10:00%A0AM

Safaris in Zimbabwe / Saturday, Jan. 14, 1 p.m. - Guest Speaker: Mark “Butch” Butcher, Safari Guide and Conservationist

Fourth generation African and native Zimbabwean,Mark "Butch" Butcher holds the 2014 Guardian and Observer ethical travel award. He is an ecotourism pioneer, professional safari guide and leading conservationist who hosts Wildland travelers at camps and lodges on the Zambezi River and in Hwange National Park. Wildland Adventures Directors Kurt and Anne Kutay and other local travelers recently returned from Zimbabwe will introduce Mark and relay their own adventures on safari. Mark will share some of his life's stories: from working as a game ranger fighting rhino poachers in the late 80's to his latest roles leading safaris and saving elephants by employing ex-poachers as an incentive to protect wildlife through ecotourism. The presentation features amazing lodges and tented camps, the Elephant Express safari train, and incredible wildlife encounters including a video of Mark tracking elephants up close on foot with Kurt and Anne.

Inspiring India! / Saturday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. - Guest Speaker: Amit Sankahla, Guide and Tiger Specialist

Amit Sankahla is Wildland Adventures’ foremost Indian guide and one of India’s leading tiger conservationists. This evening of stories and multimedia unveils the spectacular labyrinth of sights, sounds and mysteries of the sub-continent. Amit will share his kaleidoscope of award-winning images and videos revealing treasures to be discovered traveling among rural communities and into the wild places throughout his native India. Together with Wildland Directors Kurt and Anne Kutay guests will track the elusive Bengal tiger and Snow leopard, visit traditional markets and festivals including ancient Sufi and gypsy dance performances among many other surprises Wildland Adventures arranges for travelers to India’s premier tiger parks, hidden villages, the historic cities, majestic forts and opulent palaces of Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal, the spiritual city of Varanasi and the soaring temples, tropical Malabar backwaters, and plantations of the Spice Hills in the south. India remains the 'great frontier' for adventure travelers. Following in the path of his grandfather who was recognized by Indira Gandhi as "The Tiger Man of India", Amit operates two lodges and a luxury camp in the heart of tiger reserves, and through his collaboration with many others, he is credited with contributing to the success of the recent increase in population of tigers.

Discovery and Adventure in Brazil / Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. - Guest Speaker: Douglas Simoes, Ecotourism Guide and Conservationist

Wildland Adventures' Brazil guide, Douglas Simoes, explores how to create a comprehensive and seamless introductory itinerary that links the best of Brazil’s nature and culture. Guests will explore deep into the Pantanal wetlands epicenter for jaguar spotting and into the vast wilderness of the Amazon, home of some of the world’s most biologically diverse habitats for primates, caiman, capybara, 700 bird species, ocelots, pink dolphins and more! Walking on remote jungle trails, canoeing on rainforest lakes and rivers and mingling with monkeys in observation towers in the canopy of the rainforest are part of the fun. Foodies and culture buffs will love the international fusion of African, Amerindian and European cultures through architecture, food, music and dance on the beautiful coast of Salvador de Bahia. Inland lies the remote region of Chapada Diamantina where active travelers find endless trekking, swimming and photographic opportunities in a beautiful landscape of tabletop mountains, canyons, valleys, caves, electric blue pools and thundering waterfalls, including small villages to experience rural life with locals. All routes in Brazil lead to Rio with visits to the famous Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer Statue atop Corcovado Mountain and the sun-soaked beach of Copacabana. It's a short hop down the Green Coast to Paraty, the picturesque colonial UNESCO World Heritage Site town and jumping off point for hiking and kayaking in Brazil's rainforest fjord - Mamangua. Guests can begin or end a Brazil adventure in magnificent Iguassu Falls draped in rainbows and glittering mist.

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Wildland Adventures

Kurt Kutay, Founding CEO/President, and Anne Kutay, Vice-President, established Wildland Adventures in 1986. As active managing directors, they are continuously refining and evolving their Wild Style of travel. The ‘Wild Style’ is based on an ethic of sincerity, compassion and understanding that breaks down barriers of separation to build lasting intercultural, interpersonal, and environmental bonds designed to enhance rather than exploit the people and places where they travel.

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