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Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu the Vaya Way

Posted by on May 25th, 2016
Camping among the clouds

Those of you who have traveled with Vaya before know that we like to put our own signature on classic South American destinations, elevating our travelers’ experiences wherever possible. In Chilean Patagonia, for example, most Vaya travelers trade what would be a five-hour van ride from Punta Arenas into Torres del Paine National Park for […]

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Cartagena, a must-see city

Posted by on April 5th, 2016

Throughout my life, I’ve had the good fortune of visiting many wonderful cities around the world. Few can match the vibrant atmosphere or history of Cartagena, Colombia. Perhaps the city’s wealth of history isn’t so surprising considering its prime location on the Caribbean coast, which invited settlers, pirates, and other colorful characters – but the […]

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End of the Argentina Reciprocity Fee for U.S. Travelers

Posted by on March 31st, 2016

As of March 24, 2016 the Argentine government will no longer charge a $160 reciprocity fee of U.S. passport holders who are visiting the country for less than 90 days. This fee, which was implemented in 2008, has been suspended until further notice as part of an effort to strengthen relations between Argentina and the […]

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Beyond Mendoza: Argentina’s Other Wine Region & the Natural Beauty of the Northwest

Posted by on March 11th, 2016

Malbec has become synonymous with Argentina. The region of Mendoza is famous for producing this full-bodied varietal, an excellent accompaniment to a big cut of Argentine steak. Yet talk to wine connoisseurs who are well-versed in Malbec, and they’ll likely tell you that some of the best and most under-appreciated Argentine wine is coming from […]

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Recommended Listening in South American Music

Posted by on March 3rd, 2016

OK, big disclaimer: We’re not even going to be scratching the surface of the surface here. Latin America has an extraordinary history of musical output. Sometimes we just feel like we have to share some of it for those who might not be familiar. Here, in no particular order, is some great stuff from a […]

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An Alternative, Less-Traveled Lakes Crossing Route

Posted by on February 18th, 2016

The Lakes Crossing between Chile and Argentina. For those who travel to the Chilean or Argentinian Lake District (most notably, Puerto Varas and Bariloche, respectively), it’s undoubtedly a great way to see more of the fantastic scenery of these areas. It’s also the most effective way to combine visits to both sides of the border […]

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A visit to Colonia de Sacramento

Posted by on February 17th, 2016

A great day trip when visiting Buenos Aires is to Colonia, Uruguay. The high speed ferry is located at Puerto Madero (very close to many Palermo or Recoleta hotels) and is an easy and quick ride to this old walled city which used to be a Portuguese outpost. On a recent trip to Buenos Aires […]

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Trips to Uruguay from Buenos Aires

Posted by on June 8th, 2013

Uruguay, with its pre-Hispanic name, sounds a lot more exotic than it really is. Many people imagine it to be buried deep within the Amazon, but it is actually right on Buenos Aires’ doorstep. The entire country, wedged between its huge neighbors Argentina and Brazil, fits on to a coastal plain whose highest point is […]

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