Travel Tips

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

Argentine Polo Day – A Buenos Aires must!

Posted by on February 12th, 2016

On a recent trip to Buenos Aires I had the amazing experience of going to a local estancia just outside the city to enjoy a full day polo excursion. Given my limited ability with horses (I had only ever done very basic horseback riding excursions in the past), I wasn’t expecting much. However, given the… Read Full Post

Ushuaia – Hike to the Turquoise Lagoon

Posted by on February 12th, 2016

On a recent trip to Ushuaia I had the opportunity to hike a trail not too far from the city: the trail to the Turquoise Lagoon. This trail gets very few visitors, and has the feeling of a hidden gem. After getting picked up from my hotel by our local partner in Ushuaia and a… Read Full Post

The Zika Virus – Important Information

Posted by on February 12th, 2016

The Zika virus has recently been in the news, and we want to summarize the relevant available information for our travelers. If you’ve booked a trip or are thinking of booking a trip to South America with us, please read on! The summary version with regard to our destinations is as follows: There is a… Read Full Post

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… Read Full Post