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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:

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) – A complete disconnect!

Posted by on June 7th, 2016

Thinking back to a past trip that has left countless memories in my mind inspired this blog post. A few years back I had the opportunity to spend a week in the very remote Falkland Islands. In this far off destination, one must arrive and depart on a Saturday on the one commercial flight in […]

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A visit to Colonia de Sacramento

Posted by on February 17th, 2016

A great day trip when visiting Buenos Aires is to Colonia, Uruguay. The high speed ferry is located at Puerto Madero (very close to many Palermo or Recoleta hotels) and is an easy and quick ride to this old walled city which used to be a Portuguese outpost. On a recent trip to Buenos Aires […]

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Argentine Polo Day – A Buenos Aires must!

Posted by on February 12th, 2016

On a recent trip to Buenos Aires I had the amazing experience of going to a local estancia just outside the city to enjoy a full day polo excursion. Given my limited ability with horses (I had only ever done very basic horseback riding excursions in the past), I wasn’t expecting much. However, given the […]

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Ushuaia – Hike to the Turquoise Lagoon

Posted by on February 12th, 2016

On a recent trip to Ushuaia I had the opportunity to hike a trail not too far from the city: the trail to the Turquoise Lagoon. This trail gets very few visitors, and has the feeling of a hidden gem. After getting picked up from my hotel by our local partner in Ushuaia and a […]

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The Zika Virus – Important Information

Posted by on February 12th, 2016

The Zika virus has recently been in the news, and we want to summarize the relevant available information for our travelers. If you’ve booked a trip or are thinking of booking a trip to South America with us, please read on! The summary version with regard to our destinations is as follows: There is a […]

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Santiago’s Lastarria district gets several new hotel options

Posted by on September 5th, 2015

In one of Santiago’s top barrios (districts), there have been several recent positive developments in hotel options. While the Lastarria Boutique Hotel remains a great option and highly recommended, here are a few more new additions to the neighborhood that are worth considering: Singular Lastarria: A five star full luxury hotel that is small enough […]

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Using Your Cellphone While Traveling

Posted by on February 23rd, 2015
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The following is a summary of various options you have for using your cellphone while outside of your home country. The information is written for people travelling with US cellphones; however, it generally applies to cellphones from other countries as well. Option 1 – Using WIFI (free option if in a free WIFI zone) If […]

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A Zodiac Ride into Torres del Paine National Park

Posted by on January 26th, 2015
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On a recent visit to Torres del Paine National Park, I opted for an alternate entry into the park. In the past I had entered the park via the land route (a stunning drive from Puerto Natales into the park). On this subsequent visit, however, I decided to enter the park via the Rio Serrano […]

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Ski Day at Valle Nevado

Posted by on November 28th, 2014
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Although the past few winters have been a bit shaky with low accumulations of snowfall in the mountains surrounding Santiago, Chile, the Andes Mountains generally boast some great ski seasons. This past winter I was able to head up to Valle Nevado Ski resort (less than an hour drive from Santiago) on two separate occasions. […]

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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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