Vaya Adventures Travel Blog

Tierra Patagonia: A Premier Torres del Paine Lodge

Posted by on April 5th, 2014

On the Chilean side of Patagonia sits one of the most renowned (and arguably most beautiful) destinations in the entire region: Torres del Paine National Park. Torres del Paine is a fantastic destination and a must-see for almost any visit to Patagonia, and a stay at Tierra Patagonia Lodge is an excellent way to experience […]

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Before I Worked for Vaya: Guatemalan Historical Research

Posted by on March 11th, 2014
Strange Lands and Different Peoples

Before I started working for Vaya I spent several years working for Plumsock Mesoamerican Studies, an NGO dedicated to encouraging and advancing the academic study of Mesoamerican History. While employed with Plumsock I was involved in helping research what has become the following book: This book takes a look at a specific moment in Guatemalan […]

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Costa Rica’s Untamed Osa Peninsula

Posted by on February 25th, 2014

Costa Rica has long been renowned for combining natural beauty with exciting activities, attracting visitors seeking pristine beaches, tropical rivers, volcanoes, and adventure. There is a well-established path that travelers often take through Costa Rica, and it’s one that exists for a reason – the Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio National Park, and the Monteverde Cloud […]

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10th Anniversary Highlight Photos!

Posted by on January 29th, 2014
Red Towers, Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia

In honor of our 10th Anniversary, we wanted to share a small collection of some our favorite photos from over the years.  Maybe they’ll give you some ideas for future trips.  Click on any photo to see a larger version.  Enjoy!    

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Active Rio: Adventurous Options in Tijuca National Park

Posted by on January 13th, 2014
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Rio de Janeiro is celebrated for its beaches, and travelers often focus on them when planning their trips.  The names Copacabana and Ipanema conjure up images of bronzed bodies, skimpy bikinis, and relaxing on the sand.  It is true that Rio’s South Zone is blessed with miles of coastline, but the city is also surrounded […]

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Tucker Islets – A Taste of Galapagos in Patagonia

Posted by on January 6th, 2014
Magellanic Cormorants perched on cliff face

One of my favorite spots in the Galapagos Islands is Punta Vicente Roca.  At the northern end of the Bolivar Channel, a calm passage between the western islands of Isabela and Fernandina, Punta Vicente Roca’s volcanic coastline is home to a plethora of unique and photogenic birds, including Galapagos Penguins, Blue-Footed Boobies, and Flightless Cormorants. […]

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5 Reasons to make Valparaiso a part of your Chile trip

Posted by on December 30th, 2013
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When I first came to Chile about 10 years ago, I was excited for my first trip out to the Central Coast.  I had heard about Valparaiso (or Valpo, as it’s affectionately called in Chile) and was anxious to get out of Santiago, where I’d been for my first 3 months in the country.  To […]

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Recap of IGTOA’s 2013 Galapagos Guide Training Course

Posted by on December 20th, 2013

During the week of November 18-22 I had the good fortune to attend the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association’s Five Star Guiding in Five Days course at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora. The course was led by Sam Ham, who is a renowned guide training expert, and Tom O’Brien, a highly experienced and knowledgeable […]

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Pro Mujer: Changing Lives Through Microloans

Posted by on December 20th, 2013

Microfinance has proven to be a powerful engine of change in the fight against global poverty.  The idea is that with a small loan for use as startup capital, individuals who have no collateral and are considered “not credit-worthy” by traditional financial institutions will be able to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.  […]

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Latin American Music as a force for political change

Posted by on December 4th, 2013
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A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog that looked at a few of the musical genres which define a very musical continent, but this week I’m going to focus specifically on two genres which have wrought social and political change. Both music and political instability are ubiquitous in South America, so it goes […]

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