Here at Truly Wild we believe in conservation through responsible wildlife tourism.
Zoologist Cristina Garcia and her husband, wildlife photographer Hal Brindley, research, design, and lead every tour themselves. We focus on guided tours for small groups of no more than 6 guests, allowing for an intimate and personal wildlife experience for every guest.
Our way of traveling
- Very small groups. Our tours vary from private tours (2 people) to small groups (maximum 6 guests). This allows us to do things that most tours can’t: stay in remote cottages, move quietly through the wilderness, participate in small local tours, dine in fine restaurants, and experience nature in an intimate way.
Wilderness exploration. We design our tours to include some wilderness camping allowing immersion in the habitat.
- Passionate and experienced tour leaders. We know where the animals are. We take guests to places we know and love. We’ll take you to special locations we’ve discovered that might not be in any guide (learn more about the tour leaders).
- We understand the needs of photographers. When traveling in a vehicle, every guest has their own window for comfortable viewing and photographing of wildlife. We know when the light is right and we have the patience to wait for the perfect shot.
How we interact with wildlife
- We always put the animal first. If an animal changes its behavior or is affected by our presence, we back off or leave the sighting altogether.
- We don’t touch wildlife. We don’t pick up or handle wild creatures. On the rare occasions where wildlife may initiate an encounter (like manatees) it is always on the animal’s terms. If an animal is in danger from a human-caused problem we may provide it with assistance (like moving a tortoise out of the highway)
- We never feed wildlife or support any attraction that feeds wildlife or uses bait. In nearly all circumstances, wild animals that are fed lose their natural fear of humans, which leads to unpleasant human/wildlife encounters, usually resulting in the “destruction” of the “problem animal”. We prefer to let wild animals eat what they’re meant to eat.
- We do not use calls, shout at, or try to get an animal’s attention to wake it or get it to look at us for a photo. We prefer to let animals go about their business naturally.
- We do not visit captive animal attractions, with the exception of active rehabilitation and release programs.
Working with communities and conservation
- We support local economies by staying at community lodges whenever possible.
- We stay at eco-friendly and green-certified lodges when available.
- We hire ethical tour guides locally.
- We support local conservation projects both financially, and by providing exposure for their objectives.