Vaya Adventures Travel Blog

An introduction to South American wines

Posted by on August 14th, 2013
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Chile and Argentina are two of the world’s biggest producers and exporters of wine, and their wines are readily available in the US and Europe. Plenty of their excellent wines don’t make it to the foreign market, however, and are waiting to be discovered on your visit to the region. Use this guide to scratch […]

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For the best views of Quito, ride the teleferico

Posted by on August 13th, 2013
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If you have some free time in Quito (as I did on my last visit) you may wish to get a bird’s eye view of the city by taking a ride up the teleferico (gondola) to be near the summit of the Pichincha Volcano. From the top you can take in the best views of […]

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Luxury Galapagos cruise checklist: the marine iguana

Posted by on August 7th, 2013
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The Galapagos aren’t your average tropical archipelago; instead they’re a menagerie of animals weird and wonderful, big and small, terrestrial and marine. Perhaps no creature is more ubiquitous, more creepy and more undoubtedly Galapagosian than the marine iguana. On your luxury Galapagos cruise you’ll be sure to see hundreds if not thousands of them, and […]

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10 fascinating Machu Picchu facts

Posted by on July 27th, 2013
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You’ve probably been dreaming about your bespoke Machu Picchu trip for yonks, but – if you’re anything like me – this is probably based on seeing millions of photos and knowing a little about the Incas. Here are ten fascinating Macchu Picchu facts I unearthed. Some are straightforward, others not so much, but they’re all […]

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Luxury Galapagos cruise checklist: the Galapagos Tortoise

Posted by on July 24th, 2013
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If you’re planning a luxury Galapagos cruise, you’re almost certainly doing so because you have an interest in the plants and animals of the islands, and in particular their association with Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. It goes without saying, then, that you’ll want to know a bit about the animals you’ll encounter on your […]

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Salta travel tips

Posted by on July 17th, 2013
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Most Argentine itineraries include Buenos Aires, Patagonia, Iguazu and – possibly – the wine country around Mendoza, but the country’s real rough diamond is routinely overlooked. The colonial city of Salta and the kaleidoscopic landscapes surrounding it are simultaneously spectacular and quaint, and are in my opinion the most wonderful part of an altogether wonderful […]

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Luxury Atacama hotel, Chile: Tierra Atacama

Posted by on July 16th, 2013
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Chile is incredibly diverse in its landscape. Traveling west to east (a maximum of 217 miles at its widest point) one travels from the Pacific Ocean to the towering Andes. Traveling south to north one can go from the windblown end of the earth in Patagonia to the driest place on earth: the Atacama Desert. Surprisingly, […]

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Machu Picchu Travel Tips

Posted by on July 16th, 2013
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Visiting Machu Picchu will almost certainly be the highlight of your Peruvian adventure. With real bucket-list destinations it pays to do your homework before you go, so that you can make the experience everything you imagined it to be. Follow these Machu Picchu travel tips to get the most out of your visit. Three ways […]

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Conference Highlights Galapagos Conservation Efforts

Posted by on July 15th, 2013

This past April I participated in the annual conference of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) in Miami.  I’ve been on the Board of IGTOA for 3 years, and the annual conference has been a great way to meet some of the people most actively involved in Galapagos conservation.   The funds that members […]

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Chasing icebergs in Patagonia

Posted by on July 10th, 2013
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I just finished watching the award winning 2012 documentary Chasing Ice, a visually stunning film that follows National Geographic photographer James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey.   His project captures time-lapse images of receding glaciers in Greenland and Alaska, a phenomenon he describes as “a miraculous, magical, horrible, scary thing.” The film reminded me of my own […]

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