Vaya Adventures Travel Blog

Isla Negra, the Unusual Seaside Home of Pablo Neruda

Posted by on April 29th, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to visit La Casa de Isla Negra, the seaside home of Chilean Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda. It is said to have been his favorite of the three houses he occupied in Chile, and the one where he spent the most time – and it’s easy to see why. The […]

Read the whole post »

Grassroots Conservation at Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge in Mindo, Ecuador

Posted by on April 14th, 2014

Though Ecuador is a relatively tiny country, slightly smaller than the state of Nevada, it is home to a tremendous amount of biodiversity and natural beauty. From Marine Iguanas lounging on the volcanic Galapagos Islands off the Pacific Coast, to Andean Condors soaring over the central “Avenue of Volcanoes,” to Spider Monkeys hanging in the […]

Read the whole post »

End of the Chilean Reciprocity Fee!

Posted by on April 8th, 2014
la foto 2

On February 28, 2014 the US Department of Homeland Security announced the signing of a bilateral agreement between Chile and the US Government. For those hoping to visit Chile, the agreement holds some very good news. Prior to this agreement, US citizens had to pay a $160 “reciprocity fee” upon entrance to Chile. This reciprocity […]

Read the whole post »

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 […]

Read the whole post »

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 […]

Read the whole post »

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 […]

Read the whole post »

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!    

Read the whole post »

Active Rio: Adventurous Options in Tijuca National Park

Posted by on January 13th, 2014

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 […]

Read the whole post »

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. […]

Read the whole post »

5 Reasons to make Valparaiso a part of your Chile trip

Posted by on December 30th, 2013

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 […]

Read the whole post »