Evan Smith

Evan Smith
(510) 292-4491

Evan grew up in San Jose, California and after a collegiate career in NCAA golf (he is Vaya Adventures' only scratch golfer), found himself heading to Santiago, Chile to teach English and see some of the world. He moved into the travel industry when he started working for the renowned Portillo Ski Resort in the Chilean Andes (home to the only Skiing World Championship ever held in Latin America), and eventually married a Chilena. He traveled around the continent and expanded his knowledge of the region before joining Vaya Adventures, where he routinely impresses our travelers with his professionalism, attention to detail, and thoroughness. In his spare time, Evan enjoys playing baseball, strumming his guitar, and trying out new restaurants.

What Our Clients Have To Say About Evan:

Evan was a delight to work with – great knowledge of the areas we were interested in and very responsive to all of our needs and questions. A great asset to your company. -Bruce Tuffli, St. Louis, MO

Evan Smith did a marvelous job helping us make (and re-make) plans and reservations, and was readily available to respond to questions and concerns. -Robert Milch, Williamsville, NY

Evan Smith designed and delivered a world class trip, and we'll be back. -Dennis Courtney, Columbia, MD

Most Recent Posts:

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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Arequipa & Colca Canyon as an Active 3-Night Extension

Posted by on January 22nd, 2015

On a recent trip to Peru I had the chance to visit some places that are slightly further off the radar than the iconic Cusco and Machu Picchu. I spent about a week exploring Arequipa, the Colca Canyon, and Lake Titicaca, which was a nice amount of time for a leisurely exploration of all three. […]

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Guatin / Gatchi – an active Atacama option

Posted by on August 18th, 2014

The Atacama Desert has numerous excellent and unique excursion options. While they all allow you to see amazing and extremely varied things, many of them (particularly some of the most highly-touted, like the Tatio Geysers, Atacama Salt Flat, Valley of the Moon, etc.) require quite a lot of time in a vehicle as part of […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Galapagos wildlife cruise: the Galapagos sea lion

Posted by on September 3rd, 2013

When discussing my favorite animals in the Galapagos, the Galapagos Sea Lion comes a close second to the Galapagos Green Turtle. The sea lion is not an animal that I ever thought would end up being such a highlight for me in the Galapagos Islands before I went there for the first time, but this […]

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A visit to Isla Chiloe in Chile’s Lake District

Posted by on June 2nd, 2013

I recently had a chance to visit Chile‘s mythical island in the Lake District called Isla Chiloe. Among other places, I went to see and stay at a new high-end hotel, Refugia, located in a tucked away and picturesque area of the main island of Chiloe, roughly 20 minutes by car from Castro, the island’s […]

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Galapagos Wildlife Spotlight – The Galapagos Green Turtle

Posted by on January 23rd, 2013

The Galapagos Green Turtle is a subspecies of the green sea turtle that is found in many different places throughout the world, including the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and Hawaii. The Galapagos version is typically smaller (though still reaching lengths of around 4 feet for full-grown adults) and darker in color than those found in other […]

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Galapagos Wildlife Spotlight Series – Wildlife as a Tool for Cruise Planning

Posted by on January 23rd, 2013
A Galapagos Giant Tortoise 'striking a pose' at Urbina Bay

On any Galapagos cruise, even on shorter 4 and 5 day options, you will see a tremendous amount and variety of wildlife. Trying to figure out the “best” wildlife is a bit tricky, because all the visitor sites have unique charms and the place is kind of an embarrassment of riches. With the unique and […]

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Three Nights at the Posada – A Peruvian Amazon Extension

Posted by on August 20th, 2012
Posada Amazonas, view from part way up the Observation Tower

Adding an Amazon Jungle visit to a trip in the Peruvian Highlands (i.e. Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu) is easier than a lot of people think, and is an excellent way to add some additional variety to a primarily “Incan-focused” trip. The Puerto Maldonado area of the Peruvian Amazon in Southern Peru lies […]

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