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Cape Horn: The Southern Tip of South America

Posted by on November 18th, 2013

What is it about the geographic extremes of the earth that appeal to us so much as human beings?  Several years ago, while teaching and traveling in India, I visited one of these extreme sites: Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India, where the the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean converge.  […]

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Four South American dishes

Posted by on November 12th, 2013

You wouldn’t visit Italy without having a pizza, and there’s no way you’d be able to avoid sushi during a vacation in Japan. Every country has some dish you absolutely have to try, so – without further ado – let me introduce you to four South American dishes which are culinary superstars in their own […]

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Icons of Buenos Aires: Evita Peron

Posted by on November 5th, 2013
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Argentina has produced a few global icons – Che Guevara and Maradona spring to mind – but perhaps no one epitomizes the nation more than Evita Peron. Evita is known the world over thanks to the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Evita, and the Hollywood blockbuster of the same name starring Madonna. But she was actually […]

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Galapagos vacation highlight: Galapagos mockingbirds

Posted by on November 1st, 2013
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Your Galapagos vacation will be so jam-packed with animal action, that some species are bound to go relatively unnoticed. One plucky little bird which refuses to be ignored is the Española Mockingbird that is famous for landing on tourists at Punta Suarez. Brazen though it may be, there are actually more important scientific reasons to […]

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¿Cachai? An overview of Latin American Spanish

Posted by on October 25th, 2013
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Of the 469 million people who speak Spanish as their mother tongue, more than 230 million are in Latin America and a further 155 million are Latin Americans living in the United States. Worldwide there are more native speakers of Spanish than there are people who speak English as their mother tongue and Mandarin is the […]

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Small vessel Galapagos vacation: Galapagos in figures

Posted by on October 17th, 2013
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The Galapagos Islands are one of the most unique places in the world, which is why they’re such a popular tourist destination. Your small vessel Galapagos vacation with Vaya Adventures will be the experience of a lifetime – but instead of using flowery adjectives and surplus superlatives, this blog will focus on cold, hard facts […]

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3 Latin American cocktails

Posted by on October 11th, 2013
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Nothing says ‘vacation’ more loudly or clearly than sipping on a cocktail in your swimsuit or your bathrobe. While Argentina and Chile might be most famous for their wines, and Peru and Brazil for their coffee, try these three Latin American cocktails and you’ll realize that each country has something to offer on the cocktail […]

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The humble potato, The Andes’ greatest export

Posted by on October 8th, 2013
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While researching a Vaya Adventures blog on Four key ingredients of Andean cuisine, I became fascinated by the humble potato and its role in Andean and world history. It started with an article in the Smithsonian magazine which then led me to an academic paper by renowned historian William H. McNeill and finally resulted in […]

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Trujillo travel guide: Jewel of Peru’s North

Posted by on September 23rd, 2013
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With colonial architecture, pre-Inca, ruins and warm weather, Trujillo has a lot to offer all who visit it. Add this to the laidback attitude that goes with being by the beach and the fact that it is far lest touristy than South and Central Peru, and you’ll find little reason not to include the capital […]

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Galapagos evolution highlights: Darwin’s finches

Posted by on September 10th, 2013
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Darwin’s finches are the unlikely poster boys of evolution. Averaging 6 inches in height and employing a dull color scheme which ranges from brown to gray to olive, they are a far cry from the brazen giant tortoises  and the otherworldly marine iguanas. Surely, then, they are one of the true Galapagos evolution highlights, and […]

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