Vaya Adventures Travel Blog

Carnival in Rio

Posted by on May 26th, 2015

Carnival in Rio is arguably one of the biggest and most famous parties in the world. This year I let a friend talk me into experiencing it, but to be honest, it took some convincing. Before experiencing it for myself, the images I had in my head were less than positive. I had the impression […]

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Returning from a Vaya Trip to South America

Posted by on May 15th, 2015

Wow, what a journey! Such diverse settings, from the history and architecture of Quito to the small towns and beautiful beaches of the Galapagos Islands to the spectacular mountain scenery surrounding the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in Peru. It is this combination of amazing history, ancient ruins, and natural wonder that consistently garners superlative […]

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My Grandfather’s Travels Through Latin America with the National Symphony Orchestra in the 1950s and ’60s

Posted by on March 27th, 2015
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When I was young, before I or anyone in my immediate family had been to South America, I remember hearing that my maternal grandfather, Howard Mitchell, had visited South America several times.  Originally from Iowa, he had left home at the age of 16 to study music at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore.  An accomplished […]

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Exploring Chile’s Wine Region in a Day Trip from Santiago

Posted by on March 23rd, 2015

Chile is known internationally for the quality of its wine, and a visit to wine country is a great addition to a visit. There are extensive wine regions throughout the central part of the country. Many visitors have heard of the famed Colchagua Valley, but while Colchagua is an excellent place to spend a couple […]

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Esteros del Iberá, Argentina’s Wildlife Secret

Posted by on March 9th, 2015

Many travelers, when considering the best place to view wildlife in South America, immediately think of the Amazon. It is true that the Amazon basin is one of the most bio-diverse places on earth, with a high concentration of diverse species. However, one aspect of visiting the Amazon is that the animals are well camouflaged […]

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Planning a Vaya Trip to South America

Posted by on March 5th, 2015

At Vaya Adventures we pride ourselves on firsthand destination knowledge that can only come from shutting down the computer and getting on a plane going south. This year I’ll be returning to Peru and the beautiful Galapagos Islands, familiarizing myself with new and updated ships, hotels, activities, and of course wildlife. As I prepare for […]

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Using Your Cellphone While Traveling

Posted by on February 23rd, 2015
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The following is a summary of various options you have for using your cellphone while outside of your home country. The information is written for people travelling with US cellphones; however, it generally applies to cellphones from other countries as well. Option 1 – Using WIFI (free option if in a free WIFI zone) If […]

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A Look Back at 2014: Photo Highlights

Posted by on February 3rd, 2015

We’ve put together a slideshow of some of our favorite photos from 2014. Just click on any image below to start the slideshow and view the pictures in full size with captions at lower left. From the Caribbean down to the southernmost reaches of Patagonia, from the Galapagos Islands to the Andes and across the Amazon, […]

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A Zodiac Ride into Torres del Paine National Park

Posted by on January 26th, 2015
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On a recent visit to Torres del Paine National Park, I opted for an alternate entry into the park. In the past I had entered the park via the land route (a stunning drive from Puerto Natales into the park). On this subsequent visit, however, I decided to enter the park via the Rio Serrano […]

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Arequipa & Colca Canyon as an Active 3-Night Extension

Posted by on January 22nd, 2015

On a recent trip to Peru I had the chance to visit some places that are slightly further off the radar than the iconic Cusco and Machu Picchu. I spent about a week exploring Arequipa, the Colca Canyon, and Lake Titicaca, which was a nice amount of time for a leisurely exploration of all three. […]

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