Matthew Harahush

Matthew Harahush
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Matthew is the Operations Manager at Vaya Adentures. He grew up in the city of Long Beach, NY, and graduated with honors from Hofstra University with a degree in civil engineering and a minor in mathematics. He brings experience in financial analysis, project management, and operations to Vaya Adventures, and keeps us all on schedule. He has lived, worked, and traveled in South America, primarily in Chile, and in his spare time he likes to travel, ski, and try out new restaurants.

Most Recent Posts:

End of the Chilean Reciprocity Fee!

Posted by on April 8th, 2014
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On February 28, 2014 the US Department of Homeland Security announced the signing of a bilateral agreement between Chile and the US Government. For those hoping to visit Chile, the agreement holds some very good news. Prior to this agreement, US citizens had to pay a $160 “reciprocity fee” upon entrance to Chile. This reciprocity […]

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For the best views of Quito, ride the teleferico

Posted by on August 13th, 2013
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If you have some free time in Quito (as I did on my last visit) you may wish to get a bird’s eye view of the city by taking a ride up the teleferico (gondola) to be near the summit of the Pichincha Volcano. From the top you can take in the best views of […]

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A Stay at an Amazon Jungle Lodge (La Selva)

Posted by on February 25th, 2013

Earlier this month I was able to embark on a adventurous trip into the Ecuadorian Amazon Rain Forest. The three best words I could use to describe the experience are unforgettable, unique, and pristine. To begin, I flew into Quito the night before my journey into the Amazon. I did this because the flight into […]

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Flights to Chiloe, Chile

Posted by on November 28th, 2012

On November 7, 2012, Lan Chile Airlines began offering four weekly flights to Chiloe.  The flight departs Santiago and makes a quick stop in Puerto Montt before arriving to Chiloe. Chiloe Chiloe Island is the largest island of Chiloe Archipelago off the coast of Chile, in the Pacific Ocean.  This island has a rich and […]

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Phone number changes in Ecuador and Chile

Posted by on November 28th, 2012

If you have friends or family in Ecuador or Chile, or if you travel there for business or pleasure, you might want to make yourself aware of the changes that have been going on to the phone systems in those countries.  The following will help explain the changes that have been made. Ecuador As of […]

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Argentina Reciprocity Fee 2012 Update

Posted by on September 18th, 2012

Important news for anyone flying into Buenos Aires:  Argentina has just announced that it is changing how it collects its “reciprocity fee” from U.S., Canadian and Australian visitors (it is called a “reciprocity fee” because Argentina only charges it to citizens of countries that charge a similar fee to their foreign visitors). Argentina is now going to require all […]

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Great 1-Day Escapes from Santiago, Chile

Posted by on August 1st, 2012

Nearly all visitors to Chile pass through Santiago at some point during their trip.  The city’s reputation has improved dramatically in the last few years, and there are also some very worthwhile day trips that can be taken.  Here are some of the top day trip options for those looking to get outside the hustle and bustle […]

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Chile’s San Pedro de Atacama – Not Just Another Desert!

Posted by on June 26th, 2012

Many Americans skip the town of San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile, reasoning that they’ve already seen deserts in the western U.S. Most visitors to the area are Europeans. My fellow Americans, having been there, I can tell you that you are missing something special. The Atacama Desert is the driest in the world […]

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