Jim is the founder and President of Vaya Adventures. Jim developed a passion for Latin America while living and working in Ecuador after graduating from Harvard University. He has lived, worked, and traveled extensively in South and Central America. A native of New Jersey, Jim now lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and 3 young children. He is also the President of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association, an organization of over 40 travel companies that work to promote sustainable tourism practices and conservation in the Galapagos Islands.
Destination Specialist(510) 292-4482
James grew up in Ashland, Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in International Studies, spending a semester abroad in Spain. After graduating James headed down to Chile and began his now very extensive travels throughout South America. In his spare time, James enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, playing futbol (aka soccer), reading, skiing, making beer, and getting outdoors.
Destination Specialist(510) 356-2885
Originally from Chicago, Jack McCabe earned a degree in International Studies with a focus on Latin America from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The irony of studying Latin America from a flat cornfield in Illinois was not lost on him, and he has since dedicated his time to exploring the more exciting terrain far south of the border and helping others do the same. When not hiking up volcanoes in Ecuador or skiing down them in Chile, he enjoys strumming the charango and sipping pisco.
Destination Specialist(510) 269-4292
Gabrielle was born and raised in Denver, but has spent most of her adult life outside of the United States. She graduated with degrees in English Literature and Spanish from the University of Toronto, and afterward worked for 5 years on research projects at a Mesoamerican Studies foundation. A city girl with mountain roots, Gabrielle has lived and traveled extensively in South & Central America and is just as comfortable tottering in high heels on the tango floor as she is trekking the wilds of Patagonia.
Destination Specialist(510) 201-9862
An avid traveler, Liz is passionate about relishing the journey and seizing life’s adventures. After graduating college with a degree in biotechnology and a minor in mathematics, Liz left the deserts of Arizona to experience the world. She spent one year in Asia before continuing her explorations to South America, where she has traveled, worked, and lived to this day. Liz now resides in Chile and, when not indulging her wanderlust, can usually be found cooking, hiking, reading, or playing tangos on the violin.
Operations Manager(510) 746-8691
Matthew is the Operations Manager at Vaya Adentures. He grew up in the city of Long Beach, NY, and graduated with honors from Hofstra University with a degree in civil engineering and a minor in mathematics. He brings experience in financial analysis, project management, and operations to Vaya Adventures, and keeps us all on schedule. He has lived, worked, and traveled in South America, primarily in Chile, and in his spare time he likes to travel, ski, and try out new restaurants.
Web and Sales Support(510) 292-4488
Originally from the backwoods of Maine, Rachel now resides in a distinctly metropolitan area in Santiago, Chile. After a few years in Mozambique with the Peace Corps, she visited South America, fell for the Chilean culture, and decided to stick around. In her spare time, Rachel can usually be found reading, outdoors, reading outdoors, strumming her ukulele, or on a quest for the next great microbrew.
Destination Specialist(510) 292-4491
Marci hails from New York City, but now lives and works in Santiago, Chile. She studied journalism and theatre in college, and worked in the luxury hospitality industry in Manhattan for a decade. Her love of travel eventually led her to South America, a continent whose contrasts and culture always intrigued her. Some of her favorite moments so far have been sipping coffee while watching the sun rise over a geyser field in the Atacama Desert of Chile, learning to surf in Ecuador, and trekking among the peaks and glaciers of Patagonia.