Wild Guanabana – Choose Your Own Adventure

The best journeys often start with choosing a surprising route. Wild Guanabana, Omar Samra’s travel company, specializes in providing just such one-of-a-kind adventures, so it’s only natural that it was founded on the same follow-your-heart unconventional wisdom.

Samra launched the company at the height of the 2009 global financial crisis—an uncertain time for a business dependent on people’s willingness to embrace risk. But as the first Egyptian and youngest Arab to summit Everest, Samra had experience surpassing expectations.

Through its ethical and authentic model of adventures, Wild Guanabana lets travelers discover rare vistas on five continents. Among the 30 trips offered, three explore wonders of the Middle East. “Lebanon Goes Eskimo”, a five-day mountain trek among snowy forests and villages, gives hikers the chance to build their own snow caves and igloos. In Jordan, a three-day canyoning and swimming trip explores Petra, the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum, while in Egypt, travelers kayak a lake, then hike under waterfalls and over sand dunes.

If you’re one of those people that live for that addie rush, then this site will satisfy your wildest dreams. Check out the calendar and click the right button to book your next adventure!

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Jennifer MacKenzie

Poet, writer and teacher Jennifer MacKenzie grew up on Bloomcrest Dr. in Bloomfield Hills, MI, which inspired her to wonder about places with patterns other than floral. Following her education at Wesleyan University's College of Letters and the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop, she followed a zig-zag course that included a pilgrimage across the top of Spain and a long sojourn in Syria in pursuit of the language of Muhammad al-Maghout and Moudthaffar al-Nawwab. While in Damascus she completed the books of poems "Distant City" and "My Not-My Soldier" (forthcoming from Fence Books) and edited the magazine Syria Today. Her poems and essays can be found in numerous journals including the Kenyon Review online, Guernica, Quarterly West, and Lungfull. She currently lives in New York.

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