Chile

Hiking the Cordillera Blanca

Posted by on June 16th, 2015

On my most recent trip to Peru I had the chance to return to the Cordillera Blanca, a stunning Andean subrange about a 1 hour flight (or 7 hour drive) north of Lima. I had been to this dramatic region of the Andes to go mountain climbing with a friend in 1998, back when I […]

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Carnival in Rio

Posted by on May 26th, 2015

Carnival in Rio is arguably one of the biggest and most famous parties in the world. This year I let a friend talk me into experiencing it, but to be honest, it took some convincing. Before experiencing it for myself, the images I had in my head were less than positive. I had the impression […]

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Exploring Chile’s Wine Region in a Day Trip from Santiago

Posted by on March 23rd, 2015

Chile is known internationally for the quality of its wine, and a visit to wine country is a great addition to a visit. There are extensive wine regions throughout the central part of the country. Many visitors have heard of the famed Colchagua Valley, but while Colchagua is an excellent place to spend a couple […]

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Esteros del Iberá, Argentina’s Wildlife Secret

Posted by on March 9th, 2015

Many travelers, when considering the best place to view wildlife in South America, immediately think of the Amazon. It is true that the Amazon basin is one of the most bio-diverse places on earth, with a high concentration of diverse species. However, one aspect of visiting the Amazon is that the animals are well camouflaged […]

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A Look Back at 2014: Photo Highlights

Posted by on February 3rd, 2015

We’ve put together a slideshow of some of our favorite photos from 2014. Just click on any image below to start the slideshow and view the pictures in full size with captions at lower left. From the Caribbean down to the southernmost reaches of Patagonia, from the Galapagos Islands to the Andes and across the Amazon, […]

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A Zodiac Ride into Torres del Paine National Park

Posted by on January 26th, 2015
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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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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
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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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Zen Birding in Santiago and Central Chile

Posted by on December 5th, 2014
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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
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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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