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The Human History of the Galapagos Islands… and a Murder Mystery

The Baroness and her lovers (photo credit USC Special Collections/Zeitgeist Films)

Posted by on March 10th, 2019

“The gray outlines of the little fishing boat slowly faded in the mist lying over the sea, till at last they disappeared altogether. She was the boat which had brought us here, and half an hour before we had been still aboard with her skipper and crew. Now we were on our own, ‘stranded’ on… Read Full Post

Did the Patagonian Indians save the Magellan expedition from self-destruction?

Posted by on March 4th, 2019

On March 31, 1520, Magellan’s Armada de Molucca, a fleet of five ships commissioned by the Spanish crown to seek a Western route to the Spice Islands, pulled into a natural harbor dubbed Port St. Julian, on the far southern coast of what is now Argentina. Their search for the Strait had so far proven… Read Full Post

2018 Vaya Photo Contest Winners!

Posted by on February 22nd, 2019

Throughout 2018 we were delighted to receive photos taken by our travelers. To everyone who sent us photos, thank you! We look at every one of them, and we appreciate the chance to experience our destinations through your eyes. Whether they’re showcasing outstanding natural beauty, untamed wildlife, or vibrant culture, your photos allow us to… Read Full Post

From Iron Man to Big Ice: An interview with Vasso Kelly

Posted by on December 15th, 2018

Below is an interview with an exceptional Vaya traveler and athlete, Vasso Kelly, who visited Argentina in December 2017. She completed an Iron Man event in the coastal town of Mar del Plata before heading to Patagonia to complete the “Big Ice” trek across the iconic Perito Moreno Glacier and the strenuous day hike to… Read Full Post

Taking the Plunge: My Journey to Antarctica

Posted by on November 15th, 2018

Thanks to my job as a Destination Specialist with Vaya, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling extensively throughout South America and visiting some very special places. It never fails, however, that tales of Antarctica elicit the most interest. More travelers than ever are trekking to the White Continent, but it still remains an intimidating and… Read Full Post

INTI: The Chilean Street Muralist

Posted by on July 20th, 2018

I moved to Santiago, Chile a few years ago, and one of the first murals I saw that took my breath away was located outside the Bellas Artes metro station on two kitty-corner walls. These portraits were huge, with monochrome backgrounds, bold colors, and clean lines. The subjects looked like button-eyed dolls with patchwork hands,… Read Full Post

Is Land Tourism Threatening the Galapagos?

Posted by on June 26th, 2018

On Sunday June 3, the NY Times ran an article entitled “Is Land Tourism Threatening the Galapagos?” This article centered around a letter that the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) wrote to the Ecuadorian Minister of Tourism, calling for more stringent regulation of land-based tourism in this magnificent and fragile island ecosystem. Here is… Read Full Post

The Real Paddington: Andean Spectacled Bears and Where to See Them

Posted by on June 16th, 2018

You may remember from the popular children’s books that Paddington Bear, although found in a London train station, was actually a stowaway from “darkest Peru.” Although you won’t find any bears in Peru that wear raincoats and eat marmalade, you can see the real-life version of Paddington, the Andean spectacled bear, during your trip to… Read Full Post

My first day in Antarctica

Posted by on June 16th, 2018

Early in the morning I found myself at my locker in the mudroom. It was quiet. I was the first one to get ready and I was alone. As I began putting on my gear I could feel my heart beating with excitement, and to be honest, I was a bit nervous. After years of… Read Full Post

A Vaya Traveler’s Epic Poem

Posted by on June 6th, 2018

We love hearing about our travelers’ experiences! Vaya traveler Sharon Dardis, along with her husband and six of their friends, took a trip to Argentina and Chile earlier this year. Sharon was kind enough to share with us an epic poem that she wrote to document the experience, and to give us permission to share… Read Full Post