Vaya Adventures Travel Blog

Santiago’s Lastarria district gets several new hotel options

Posted by on September 5th, 2015

In one of Santiago’s top barrios (districts), there have been several recent positive developments in hotel options. While the Lastarria Boutique Hotel remains a great option and highly recommended, here are a few more new additions to the neighborhood that are worth considering: Singular Lastarria: A five star full luxury hotel that is small enough […]

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Time Flies but Memories Last

Posted by on August 27th, 2015

Days can come and go in rapid succession. But while time whizzes by, when I stop and reflect on past travels, the clock tends to tick just a little bit slower. For me, that is one of the most beautiful things about travel. The memories aren’t left in baggage claim or on a camera’s memory […]

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Cruising the Amazon Aboard the Tucano

Posted by on August 17th, 2015

On a recent trip to Manaus, I was fortunate to experience a 4 night / 5 day cruise on the Tucano. If you are looking to have a quality wildlife experience in the Brazilian Amazon, the Tucano is one of the very top options. This cruise offers just the right amount of comfort while allowing […]

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Canoeing with Caimans in Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park

Posted by on August 13th, 2015

“Back, back, back!” exclaimed our native naturalist guide, Sergio, as he and two members of the local Añangu indigenous community paddled our canoe back into the reeds along the wild shore of Laguna Añangucocha. A large Black Caiman, a carnivorous crocodilian species known as the largest predator in the Amazon Basin, was swimming menacingly toward […]

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Central Chile: More Than Just a Layover

Posted by on August 6th, 2015

Santiago and Central Chile have long been afterthoughts for travelers coming to Chile, who tend to focus on the southern parts of the country, particularly Torres del Paine and the Lake District. Logistically, it’s easy to spend just one night in Santiago, do a few hours of sightseeing to say you’ve been, and leave it […]

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Hiking the Cordillera Blanca

Posted by on June 16th, 2015

On my most recent trip to Peru I had the chance to return to the Cordillera Blanca, a stunning Andean subrange about a 1 hour flight (or 7 hour drive) north of Lima. I had been to this dramatic region of the Andes to go mountain climbing with a friend in 1998, back when I […]

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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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