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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

The Three Houses of Pablo Neruda

Posted by on November 15th, 2017

He who does not travel, who does not read, who does not listen to music, who does not find grace in himself, she who does not find grace in herself, dies slowly. “Die Slowly” by Pablo Neruda In Chile, Pablo Neruda (July 12, 1904-September 23, 1973) is a beloved poet, politician, and personality. He started… 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 in bed. When in El Chaltén, however, a light rain is not a deterrent for the trekking enthusiasts.  On a recent trip there, my wife and I found ourselves waking up to… Read Full Post

Exploration of the Amazon River

Posted by on September 8th, 2017

The sun rose cotton candy pink as we cruised over the placid water of the Amazon. Even now I can imagine the scent of the river first thing in the morning, woody, earthy, damp. We were bird spotting, and we did catch sight of a few toucans, macaws, and herons. Even more exciting, though, was… Read Full Post

Hiking in Comfort and Style: The Lodge-Based Salkantay Trek

Wayra Lodge in the sunlight

Posted by on August 24th, 2017

A few years ago I was fortunate to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This was a beautiful experience, and I loved almost every moment of this iconic hike. That being said: while I’m the kind of person who is thrilled to hike for hours every day, the need to crawl into a tent… Read Full Post

El Morado: Hummingbirds, Bacon-Eating Finches, and Glaciers on a Day Hike from Santiago

Hike Up El Morado

Posted by on April 5th, 2017

Adventure-seekers and nature-lovers headed to Chile to hike and enjoy the outdoors usually focus on the spectacular national parks in the south of Chile, and for good reason: Chile’s largest and wildest national parks are in the south. Torres del Paine National Park, for example, which covers 927 square miles of southern Patagonia (about three… Read Full Post

Experience Awasi Patagonia

Dad looking over the Sierra Baguales Mountain Range

Posted by on March 16th, 2017

Yvon Chouinard, founder of the Patagonia clothing company, once said “You know where I wanna be right now? Right here. Nowhere else. Not in the future, not in the past.” This is the feeling one experiences at Awasi Patagonia, an incredible 14-villa property located at the southern tip of South America. At Awasi, it isn’t… Read Full Post

Wildlife Experiences Found Only in the Galapagos Islands

Posted by on March 9th, 2017

The first time I visited the Galapagos Islands, I assumed my experience there would be the same as in so many other places famed for their wildlife – actively searching out animals, sometimes seeing nothing but a glimpse of a fleeing creature, or waiting patiently for an appearance, where even the click of a camera… Read Full Post

2016 Vaya Photo Contest Winners!

Posted by on February 2nd, 2017

From the stiff breeze of Patagonia at the bottom of the Southern Cone, to the lush green landscapes surrounding Machu Picchu, all the way up to colorful markets of Colombia and everywhere in between, this year’s photo contest made it difficult for us to choose the winners.  In no specific order, here are the winners… Read Full Post

A day and night in the Colchagua Wine Valley

Posted by on January 27th, 2017

Located just 3 hours south of Santiago can be found one the top wine producing valleys in Chile, the Colchagua Valley.  A visit here is definitely worth the time, especially if you like red wine.  The “capital” of this wine region is Santa Cruz where you will find many small boutique hotels to stay the… Read Full Post