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Lutz Go: Taking My Family to South America for the Next 10 Months

Posted by on August 24th, 2016

It’s hard for me to believe, but on August 31 my wife Carly, my three kids (Cecelia, Sean and Colin) and I will all be boarding a flight to Rio de Janeiro to start a 10 month journey in South America. Carly and I have talked for years about how we should take the time […]

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Luxury in the Lake District: Vira Vira and The Araucanía Region of Chile

Posted by on July 25th, 2016

In the northern part of Chile’s Lake District is a region called Araucanía. Its name derives from the Araucaria Tree (often referred to as the Monkey Puzzle Tree in English). In the last few years the main airport of Araucanía, Temuco, has gotten a major facelift, with multiple flights per day to and from Santiago. […]

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Tierra del Fuego, the End of the World, and the Yamana People

Posted by on July 5th, 2016

The southernmost city in the world tends to inspire awe at first glance. While this city anywhere else might be just another habitable area filled with houses, industry, and businesses alike, Ushuaia sits along the Beagle Channel and is at the entryway to several amazing National Parks sitting at the end of the world. One […]

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Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) – A complete disconnect!

Posted by on June 7th, 2016

Thinking back to a past trip that has left countless memories in my mind inspired this blog post. A few years back I had the opportunity to spend a week in the very remote Falkland Islands. In this far off destination, one must arrive and depart on a Saturday on the one commercial flight in […]

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Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu the Vaya Way

Posted by on May 25th, 2016
Camping among the clouds

Those of you who have traveled with Vaya before know that we like to put our own signature on classic South American destinations, elevating our travelers’ experiences wherever possible. In Chilean Patagonia, for example, most Vaya travelers trade what would be a five-hour van ride from Punta Arenas into Torres del Paine National Park for […]

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Glacier Trekking on the Carretera Austral

Posted by on April 11th, 2016
Trekking Glaciar Exploradores

The only road that provides access to Chilean Patagonia, the Carretera Austral is a breathtaking journey through the mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, volcanoes, glaciers, and fjords of southern Chile. It is a largely underexplored and relatively unknown region of the country, due in great part to its limited accessibility. This is a shame, because it […]

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Cartagena, a must-see city

Posted by on April 5th, 2016

Throughout my life, I’ve had the good fortune of visiting many wonderful cities around the world. Few can match the vibrant atmosphere or history of Cartagena, Colombia. Perhaps the city’s wealth of history isn’t so surprising considering its prime location on the Caribbean coast, which invited settlers, pirates, and other colorful characters – but the […]

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End of the Argentina Reciprocity Fee for U.S. Travelers

Posted by on March 31st, 2016

As of March 24, 2016 the Argentine government will no longer charge a $160 reciprocity fee of U.S. passport holders who are visiting the country for less than 90 days. This fee, which was implemented in 2008, has been suspended until further notice as part of an effort to strengthen relations between Argentina and the […]

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Beyond Mendoza: Argentina’s Other Wine Region & the Natural Beauty of the Northwest

Posted by on March 11th, 2016

Malbec has become synonymous with Argentina. The region of Mendoza is famous for producing this full-bodied varietal, an excellent accompaniment to a big cut of Argentine steak. Yet talk to wine connoisseurs who are well-versed in Malbec, and they’ll likely tell you that some of the best and most under-appreciated Argentine wine is coming from […]

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Recommended Listening in South American Music

Posted by on March 3rd, 2016

OK, big disclaimer: We’re not even going to be scratching the surface of the surface here. Latin America has an extraordinary history of musical output. Sometimes we just feel like we have to share some of it for those who might not be familiar. Here, in no particular order, is some great stuff from a […]

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