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OBTAINING A VISA TO BOLIVIA

Posted by on August 28th, 2018

If you are a United States citizen traveling to Bolivia, you will need to secure a tourist visa prior to your departure. The Bolivian tourist visa is valid for 10 years, allowing you to enter the country for stays of up to 30 days. The application for this visa requires several documents, which must be… Read Full Post

Is Land Tourism Threatening the Galapagos?

Posted by on June 26th, 2018

On Sunday June 3, the NY Times ran an article entitled “Is Land Tourism Threatening the Galapagos?” This article centered around a letter that the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) wrote to the Ecuadorian Minister of Tourism, calling for more stringent regulation of land-based tourism in this magnificent and fragile island ecosystem. Here is… Read Full Post

My first day in Antarctica

Posted by on June 16th, 2018

Early in the morning I found myself at my locker in the mudroom. It was quiet. I was the first one to get ready and I was alone. As I began putting on my gear I could feel my heart beating with excitement, and to be honest, I was a bit nervous. After years of… Read Full Post

A Vaya Traveler’s Epic Poem

Posted by on June 6th, 2018

We love hearing about our travelers’ experiences! Vaya traveler Sharon Dardis, along with her husband and six of their friends, took a trip to Argentina and Chile earlier this year. Sharon was kind enough to share with us an epic poem that she wrote to document the experience, and to give us permission to share… Read Full Post

Peninsula Valdés – A Northern Patagonia Wildlife Oasis

Posted by on May 18th, 2018

On a recent trip to Argentina, I had the unique opportunity to visit Peninsula Valdés, a less visited site in Northern Patagonia along Argentina’s Atlantic coastline. To arrive one must board a 2 hour direct flight from Buenos Aires to Trelew airport (additionally direct flights connect with El Calafate as well). Trelew is located about… Read Full Post

Delfin Amazon Cruises becomes a Relais & Châteaux member

Posted by on April 25th, 2018

Delfin’s Amazon Cruises have long been one of Peru’s top offerings for exploring the Amazon rain forest. Their vessels allow you to immerse yourself in the jungle while still enjoying all that an upscale cruise can offer. Now, new for 2018, the Delfin Amazon Cruises have been listed as Relais & Châteaux members. What does… Read Full Post

Wild Galapagos

Posted by on April 15th, 2018

My recent trip to the Galapagos, which included the beautiful western islands of Fernandina and Isabela, among others, was one of the highlight travel experiences of my life. My first morning on the ship, everyone hopped into the pangas (Zodiac boats) to cruise around and get up close to the wildlife. There was so much… Read Full Post

Chilean Slang, ¿Cachai?

Posted by on April 6th, 2018

Chileans speak their own breed of Spanish, and even those with an extensive background in the language will find some mysteries and unexpected animal references in Chilean vernacular. Here’s a quick and fun guide to some common slang that will have you sounding like a local (or just impressing one) in no time! po: the… Read Full Post

A South America Specialist’s Favorite Travel Moments (So Far!) and 2018 Bucket List

Posted by on March 7th, 2018

Every time I check one thing off my South America travel bucket list, I add about 10 more. That’s the thing about this continent: it’s so incredibly diverse that just when you think you know it, countless new surprises and must-do experiences pop up. Here’s a list of my favorite moments I’ve had in South… Read Full Post

2017 Vaya Photo Contest Winners!

Posted by on February 22nd, 2018

Once again this year we received some exceptional photos from our travelers, taken in locations ranging from South America’s bustling metropolises to far-flung islands hundreds of miles offshore, from the Amazon rainforest to windswept Patagonia. Thank you to everyone who submitted photos. We had a difficult time choosing our favorites, but here, in no specific… Read Full Post