Matthew Harahush

Matthew Harahush
(510) 746-8691

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:

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

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

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
Valle Nevado

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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For the best views of Quito, ride the teleferico

Posted by on August 13th, 2013

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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