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Jack McCabe

Jack McCabe
(510) 356-2885

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 volcanoes in Ecuador 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! 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:

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

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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Hiking and Biking in Peru: Video Highlights

Posted by on August 16th, 2012

On a recent trip to Peru I followed our Peru Highlights Active: Hike & Bike Peru’s Top Spots itinerary, and brought my HD video camera along.  The result is this less than 2 minute piece of work, set to some Peruvian guitar and charango music.  Clips include:  hiking near the ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, […]

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Traveler Interview: A Wisconsin Family’s Meaningful Brazil Adventure

Posted by on June 27th, 2012

Louise Mollinger recently returned from a special trip to Brazil with her daughter Fabiana. Louise adopted Fabiana in the Brazilian town of Goiania 30 years ago, and this was their first trip back. The story was really quite moving and we thought it would be worth sharing. What was the purpose of your trip? Louise: […]

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3 Outstanding Lodges In Torres del Paine National Park

Posted by on June 15th, 2012
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When you travel to the southern extreme of the continent to experience the wild, natural beauty of Patagonia, you’ll have some quite extraordinary options for places to stay. Having recently come back from an inspection trip, here are my top 3 picks for a lodge-based trip in Torres del Paine National Park (the jewel of […]

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