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Santiago Metropolitan Park

Posted by on May 6th, 2019

The Santiago Metropolitan Park, which stretches across 1,780 acres, is currently the largest metropolitan park in South America. The park has two main entrances, located at Pio Nono 450 in the Recoleta neighborhood and Pedro de Valdivia Norte in the Providencia neighborhood. The northern end of each road (Pio Nono and Pedro de Valdivia Norte)… Read Full Post

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

New Brazil Electronic Visa (E-Visa)

Rio de Janeiro Mountain View

Posted by on January 30th, 2018

As of January 25, 2018, Brazil has made it easier to obtain a Brazilian Tourist Visa and has also sped up the process. Currently, Brazil has a reciprocal visa system. If you are arriving from a country that requires Brazilians to have a visa to travel to your country, then you are required to obtain… Read Full Post

A tale of two hikes – Argentine Patagonia (El Chaltén)

Posted by on October 31st, 2017

Tale 1 – Hiking to Laguna de Los Tres Waking up to the patter of rain, one might be tempted to stay in bed. When in El Chaltén, however, light rain is not a deterrent for the trekking enthusiasts.  On a recent trip there, my wife and I found ourselves waking up to this very… Read Full Post

Restaurants of the Casablanca Wine Valley

Posted by on June 29th, 2017

Located only about a 1.5 hour drive from Chile’s capital Santiago, the Casablanca Wine Valley is a great place to eat. Here you can find excellent Chilean dishes expertly paired with wines produced by the local Casablanca vineyards. If you have a free day while in Santiago (or even a free afternoon), it is highly… Read Full Post

New Ecuador Entry Requirements (updated)

Posted by on May 5th, 2017

*UPDATE* As of July 2018 the law requiring tourists to have proof of health insurance has been modified and is no longer required. Effective September 2017, the Ecuadorian government will now require all tourists to carry proof of health insurance that covers them during their stay in Ecuador. While the government has yet to issue… Read Full Post

Puerto Natales Airport starts receiving commercial flights

Posted by on December 22nd, 2016

Previously, the journey to Torres del Paine or Puerto Natales included a flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas followed by a 3-4 hour drive.  However, beginning on December 6th of this year, Puerto Natales Airport expanded their runway to allow the arrival of commercial flights.  This means that you can now arrive to downtown Puerto… Read Full Post

Recommended Listening in South American Music

Posted by on August 8th, 2016

OK, big disclaimer: We’re not even going to be scratching the surface of the surface here. Latin America has an extraordinary history of musical output. Sometimes we just feel like we have to share some of it for those who might not be familiar. Here, in no particular order, is some great stuff from a… Read Full Post

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu the Vaya Way

Posted by on May 25th, 2016

Those of you who have traveled with Vaya before know that we like to put our own signature on classic South American destinations, elevating our travelers’ experiences wherever possible. In Chilean Patagonia, for example, most Vaya travelers trade what would be a five-hour van ride from Punta Arenas into Torres del Paine National Park for… Read Full Post

Cartagena, a must-see city

Posted by on April 5th, 2016

Throughout my life, I’ve had the good fortune of visiting many wonderful cities around the world. Few can match the vibrant atmosphere or history of Cartagena, Colombia. Perhaps the city’s wealth of history isn’t so surprising considering its prime location on the Caribbean coast, which invited settlers, pirates, and other colorful characters – but the… Read Full Post