James Kinard

James Kinard
(800) 342-1796 ext. 302

James grew up in Ashland, Oregon, a city best known for its annual Shakespeare Festival. Truth be told, however, travel and the outdoors played a larger role in James' upbringing than Macbeth or A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At the age of 12 he found himself on a 4 day hike in Scotland along the River Spey with his brother and two best friends, and from that point forward travel was an essential part of “growing up." After spending a semester abroad in Spain, James returned to the University of Oregon to finish his degree in International Studies, and shortly thereafter found himself on a plane down to Chile. Several years later, after many return visits to South America, he continues to ponder what he missed on the previous trips, and looks forward to the trips to come. In his spare time, James enjoys playing futbol (aka soccer), reading, skiing, making beer, and getting outdoors.

What Our Clients Have To Say About James:

James Kinard was incredibly helpful and did a great job. I would highly recommend him to others. Very understanding and accommodating. -Nathaniel Chin, La Jolla, CA

OUTSTANDING! James Kinard patiently answered all questions and concerns and queried hotels to assure any questions were addressed. -Mike Dube, Redondo Beach, CA

James Kinard was our rep from Vaya and was super helpful and great to deal with, especially on such short notice! Without him we wouldn't have been able to put this trip together. Thanks James! -Jane Hoffman, North Potomac, MD

Most Recent Posts:

Planning a Vaya Trip to South America

Posted by on March 5th, 2015

At Vaya Adventures we pride ourselves on firsthand destination knowledge that can only come from shutting down the computer and getting on a plane going south. This year I’ll be returning to Peru and the beautiful Galapagos Islands, familiarizing myself with new and updated ships, hotels, activities, and of course wildlife. As I prepare for […]

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Finding My Inner Juan Valdez

Posted by on January 16th, 2015

Coffee, for me, is an essential part of the morning routine – and it’s a part that keeps getting better. Today there are a myriad of coffee choices, from light roasts to dark roasts and a variety of flavors and styles. How do you choose among such an abundance of options? Should I be purchasing […]

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World Cup Fever Hits South America

Posted by on June 12th, 2014

It’s almost upon us and I can’t wait! While playoff basketball and hockey have been forefront in the minds of many U.S. sports enthusiasts, it is the 20th FIFA World Cup that has me and hundreds of millions of other people around the world on the edge of our seats. Kicking off the festivities on […]

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Costa Rica’s Untamed Osa Peninsula

Posted by on February 25th, 2014

Costa Rica has long been renowned for combining natural beauty with exciting activities, attracting visitors seeking pristine beaches, tropical rivers, volcanoes, and adventure. There is a well-established path that travelers often take through Costa Rica, and it’s one that exists for a reason – the Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio National Park, and the Monteverde Cloud […]

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Environmentalism in Patagonia

Posted by on November 28th, 2013

A few years ago, bumping along an unpaved road in Argentine Patagonia, I found myself reflecting on just how different this desolate grassland was from my urban home in Oakland, California.  We passed a gaucho trotting along on his horse, hours from any sign of civilization, and I wondered about his lifestyle.  Was his way of […]

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Peru, A Story of Growth

Posted by on May 13th, 2013

My first trip to Peru in 2005 consisted of a 2 ½ week tour. Each day kicked off with a pleasant stroll through small towns or into surrounding mountains, following roads and trails through The Sacred Valley. I’ve since returned several times, taking in many more parts of this beautiful country, from Chiclayo to Chachapoyas […]

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Awakened by Antarctica

Posted by on January 28th, 2013

The day started with a landing at Half Moon Bay, our first opportunity to step off the ship in 3 days. As we disembarked from the zodiacs we were greeted by a group of Gentoo penguins squawking and milling about. After snapping several dozen photos we strapped on our snowshoes and headed off across the […]

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A Bird Like No Other

Posted by on January 25th, 2013
Flightless Cormorant 2

Travel to me has always been an eye-opening experience, whether that’s exploring the local trails around Oakland and Berkeley, or expeditions off to far flung places like Antarctica. And while these adventures offer an incredible array of new information, there is typically more to each destination than first meets the eye. This became abundantly clear […]

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El Chalten: My Patagonia Highlight

Posted by on November 15th, 2012

Vaya Adventures is fortunate to serve so many travelers across the US and Canada. While it’s great to speak with folks from all over, it isn’t every day that I get the opportunity to meet them in person.  However, a few weeks back was an exception and I had the pleasure of hosting a group […]

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The Calchaqui Valley: Vineyards, Gorges & History in Northwest Argentina

Posted by on July 25th, 2012

Argentina has a long history of wine cultivation, dating back to its colonial roots.  While the production has been present for centuries, it’s within the last couple of decades that vintners have truly focused on quality over quantity.  Now the 5th largest exporter of wine in the world, including many world class producers, Argentina can […]

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