Trip Highlights

A Zodiac Ride into Torres del Paine National Park

Posted by on January 26th, 2015

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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Finding My Inner Juan Valdez

Posted by on January 16th, 2015

Coffee, for me, is an essential part of the morning routine – and it’s a part that keeps getting better. Today there are a myriad of coffee choices, from light roasts to dark roasts and a variety of flavors and styles. How do you choose among such an abundance of options? Should I be purchasing […]

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Experience Buenos Aires Like a Porteño: 5 Tips for Enjoying the City

Posted by on January 7th, 2015

So that we can offer the best possible experience to our clients, the team here at Vaya spends large periods of time researching and exploring the destinations we put together. Buenos Aires is one of my favorite places in all of South America and the place I currently call home. Sure, the economy has more […]

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Ecuador is the New Name in Artisan Chocolate

Posted by on December 16th, 2014
Chez Tiff

When I think about really good chocolate (a not infrequent occurrence), my thoughts tend to drift toward Europe. Belgian chocolate, German chocolate, Italian chocolate: these are the gold standards of fine gourmet confectionery. These countries don’t actually produce the cocoa used in their products, however. Theobroma cacao, the cocoa tree, grows best in very particular […]

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Winetasting and James Turrell at the World’s Highest Vineyard in Argentina

Posted by on December 11th, 2014

I recently took a trip to the northwest region of Argentina, a vast and less-visited section of the country. Some parts are reminiscent of the American southwest, but with many decidedly Argentine cultural twists (well-preserved colonial towns, gaucho culture), and not a few surprises. Among the surprises is Colomé, home to the world’s highest vineyards […]

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Zen Birding in Santiago and Central Chile

Posted by on December 5th, 2014
Southern Lapwing

Keeping a lookout for different bird species where you are traveling can be a good way to stay in the moment, remain conscious of your surroundings and notice nature’s subtle reminders that you are far from home. While Chile doesn’t have as many bird species as some other countries in South America, there are interesting […]

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Ski Day at Valle Nevado

Posted by on November 28th, 2014
Valle Nevado

Although the past few winters have been a bit shaky with low accumulations of snowfall in the mountains surrounding Santiago, Chile, the Andes Mountains generally boast some great ski seasons. This past winter I was able to head up to Valle Nevado Ski resort (less than an hour drive from Santiago) on two separate occasions. […]

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Beyond Ceviche: Mistura and the Diversity of Peruvian Cuisine

Posted by on October 20th, 2014

Many in-the-know travelers rank Peru among the world’s greatest food cultures, and Peruvian cuisine has begun enjoying widespread international recognition. This is due in part to chefs whose fame has grown outside of Peru, such as Gastón Acurio, whose flagship Lima restaurant Astrid y Gastón has consistently been at the top of Best Restaurant lists […]

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Savoring a Stay at a Gourmet Hotel in Argentina’s Lake District

Posted by on October 14th, 2014

Given that the word gourmet is in the name, one would expect Las Balsas Gourmet Hotel & Spa to have a stellar restaurant, but the gourmet experience at this beautiful boutique property in Argentina’s Lake District goes far beyond the food. Of all the Argentina hotels I’ve been fortunate enough to visit over the years, […]

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