Jack McCabe

Jack McCabe
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Originally from Chicago, Jack McCabe earned a degree in International Studies with a focus on Latin America from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The irony of studying Latin America from a flat cornfield in Illinois was not lost on him, and he has since dedicated his time to exploring the more exciting terrain far south of the border and helping others do the same. When not hiking up volcanos in Costa Rica or skiing down them in Chile, he enjoys strumming the charango and sipping pisco.

What Our Clients Have To Say About Jack:

I couldn't be happier with my experience with Jack – he even came out on a weekend day in Santiago to meet us face to face! I will definitely use Vaya again on my next trip to South America. Thanks, Jack! You rock! -Stef Robinson, St. Louis, MO

Jack McCabe took our dream and made it a reality. I have been in this business for over 25 years, and he is one of the best I have ever worked with. He went above and beyond the normal requests and made it better than we could have envisioned. -Holly McConnell, Englewood, CO

Well-planned, everything went smoothly. We had a wonderful time, and we are extremely grateful to have had expert advice and guidance from Jack. The places he chose for us to stay were very special, and we will remember this experience forever. -Carol Lite and Ken Cantor, Silver Spring, MD

Most Recent Posts:

Savoring a Stay at a Gourmet Hotel in Argentina’s Lake District

Posted by on October 14th, 2014

Given that the word gourmet is in the name, one would expect Las Balsas Gourmet Hotel & Spa to have a stellar restaurant, but the gourmet experience at this beautiful boutique property in Argentina’s Lake District goes far beyond the food. Of all the Argentina hotels I’ve been fortunate enough to visit over the years, […]

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Wandering the Walled City of Cartagena

Posted by on August 4th, 2014

It’s been over a decade since I started traveling in Central and South America, but I continue to be surprised and delighted by new and unexpected sights, sounds and sabores here. There are certainly common threads and reoccurring themes throughout the region: a plaza in Peru might remind you of one in Ecuador; a band […]

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

Posted by on April 14th, 2014
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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 […]

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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. […]

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Cape Horn: The Southern Tip of South America

Posted by on November 18th, 2013

What is it about the geographic extremes of the earth that appeal to us so much as human beings?  Several years ago, while teaching and traveling in India, I visited one of these extreme sites: Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India, where the the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean converge.  […]

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Chasing icebergs in Patagonia

Posted by on July 10th, 2013
Chasing Ice Poster

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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Zen Birding in South America – Macaws in Peru

Posted by on June 26th, 2013
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While preparing for a recent trip to the Mindo Cloud Forest in Ecuador, one of the most bird species-rich areas of the world, with over 450 species of birds, I stumbled across a book by David M. White and Susan M. Guyette entitled Zen Birding which reminded me of my experiences with macaws in Peru.  […]

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The Finest Galapagos Sailing Tour: the Mary Anne

Posted by on April 1st, 2013

On a recent trip to the Galapagos Islands, I boarded the beautiful Mary Anne, a First Class 16 passenger sailing vessel, and embarked on an out-of-this-world eight day naturalist cruise.   The experience was truly awe-inspiring.  We anchored in many of the picturesque highlight sites of the archipelago, ventured onto six different islands and had some […]

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The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes

Posted by on December 18th, 2012
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Traveling back and forth between North America and South America sometimes means falling asleep in winter and waking up in summer, on long overnight flights from one hemisphere to the other.   Before one such recent flight, I picked up a copy of Scott Wallace’s paperback release, The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes.   Wallace’s first-hand account […]

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Conservation Efforts in Chile

Posted by on October 17th, 2012

The following article I wrote on environmental conservation in Chile was published by the International Ecotourism Society last month. As home to both one of the fastest growing, most developed economies in South America, and also some of the most beautiful landscapes and pristine, untouched nature in the world, Chile finds itself in a delicate […]

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