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Napo Wildlife Center: A Must Stop in Ecuador

Posted by on July 1st, 2024

Nestled deep in the heart of Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest lies the Napo Wildlife Center, an eco-lodge that offers an unparalleled experience of one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. The Napo Wildlife Center is located in Yasuni National Park; “Yasuni” means Sacred Land in the local language of Kichwa.  Created and managed by the… Read Full Post

Discovering Ecuador through Hacienda Zuleta

Posted by on June 17th, 2024

High in the Ecuadorian Andes sits Hacienda Zuleta, a historical treasure that is well known by Ecuadorians across the country. It exuberates charm and taste from the locally grown food to the stylish suites. Located two hours north of Quito, this colonial farm has 4,000 acres of land which includes Caranqui pyramids that date back… Read Full Post

My Favorite 10 Things to Do and See in the Azores  

Posted by on June 7th, 2024

The Azores are made up of nine major islands all having so much beauty and culture. Sao Miguel was the island I chose to visit as my great-great grandfather was born there and I wanted to see where my family is from. There was so much to see and do in Sao Miguel that I… Read Full Post

Chile’s Aysén Region and Patagonia National Park

Posted by on May 31st, 2024

When you think of Patagonia what comes to mind? Dramatic, wind-swept landscapes, jagged peaks next to soaring glaciers, uninhabited and raw nature? Likely you have heard of a few famous areas such as Torres del Paine National Park, Los Glaciares National Park and Tierra del Fuego. These areas are justifiably famous and incredibly beautiful. They… Read Full Post

The Gelato Rule: Savoring the Unfamiliar

Posted by on May 17th, 2024

If you are traveling through Italy, you are allowed to eat gelato every day. Don’t ask me where I read this, but trust me – no matter what your diet is at home, you have permission to eat gelato (at least) once a day while exploring this beautiful country.   Gelato is a distinctly Italian… Read Full Post

Conserving the Andean Condor

Posted by on May 14th, 2024

Our Commitment at Vaya is more than just talk. One of our main goals is to help create a strong positive incentive to preserve the natural habitats in the destinations our travelers visit. If you’ve journeyed to Ecuador with Vaya before, it’s likely that you have heard about our support of the non-profit organization, the… Read Full Post

Tapas, Pintxos, Canapés, Aperitivos, Oh My!

Posted by on May 2nd, 2024

Madrid, the vibrant capital of Spain, is renowned for its rich culinary scene, offering a plethora of delectable dishes that tantalize the taste buds. Among the array of culinary wonders, it’s easy for travelers to get confused between various Spanish appetizers and finger foods like pintxos, canapés, aperitivos, and tapas. Each of these bite-sized treats… Read Full Post

Local Markets of Latin America: A Doorway to Cultural Understanding

Posted by on May 1st, 2024

Not everyone is a fan of shopping; too many people, too long lines. However, something can be said about the local markets or mercados across Latin America. They are full of life and give tourists a peek into the daily lives of locals and a cultural understanding of the country. Latin America’s artisanal and food… Read Full Post

What Goes Into Creating an Itinerary at Vaya Adventures? We Asked our Destination Specialists

Posted by on April 10th, 2024

We recently interviewed some of our enthusiastic Destination Specialists to learn about some of the new private guided tours they created as well as their favorite itineraries, and what they considered when designing these incredible trips. With their firsthand experience living, working, or extensively exploring the regions they craft customized adventures for, they were eager… Read Full Post

A Roman Odyssey: A Week in the Eternal City

Roman Forum

Posted by on March 22nd, 2024

When planning a trip to Italy, many travelers choose to visit Rome only for a few days. While many iconic areas of Rome can be seen in a couple days, opting to spend more time in the Eternal City allows for a much richer immersion and appreciation of all the city has to offer. Read… Read Full Post