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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

Posted by on May 5th, 2017

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 the exact details on how the immigration officials will be enforcing this new law, Vaya recommends that all travelers now carry the following… 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

End of the Argentina Reciprocity Fee for U.S. Travelers

Posted by on March 31st, 2016

As of March 24, 2016 the Argentine government will no longer charge a $160 reciprocity fee of U.S. passport holders who are visiting the country for less than 90 days. This fee, which was implemented in 2008, has been suspended until further notice as part of an effort to strengthen relations between Argentina and the… Read Full Post

Beyond Mendoza: Argentina’s Other Wine Region & the Natural Beauty of the Northwest

Posted by on March 11th, 2016

Malbec has become synonymous with Argentina. The region of Mendoza is famous for producing this full-bodied varietal, an excellent accompaniment to a big cut of Argentine steak. Yet talk to wine connoisseurs who are well-versed in Malbec, and they’ll likely tell you that some of the best and most under-appreciated Argentine wine is coming from… Read Full Post

An Alternative, Less-Traveled Lakes Crossing Route

Posted by on February 18th, 2016

The Lakes Crossing between Chile and Argentina. For those who travel to the Chilean or Argentinian Lake District (most notably, Puerto Varas and Bariloche, respectively), it’s undoubtedly a great way to see more of the fantastic scenery of these areas. It’s also the most effective way to combine visits to both sides of the border… Read Full Post

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… Read Full Post