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Dispatch from the Sacred Valley

Posted by on July 8th, 2019

“All of this will be an airport someday,” explained Vetor, our Quechua guide, motioning out to the fields beyond the Inca terraces and quaint Andean town of Chinchero. “How soon is someday?” I asked. “They say 2024.” “Hopefully it will take longer.”  I’m all for efficiency and progress down here, but this valley is considered… Read Full Post

Brazil drops visa requirements

Posted by on June 17th, 2019

As of June 17, passport-holders from the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan no longer need a visa to visit Brazil, joining already visa-free travelers from Europe and Latin America. Travelers can visit Brazil for up to 90 days with no visa, with the possibility of extending that up to 180 days. In the past,… Read Full Post

Andes to the Amazon: a Journey That is All About the Journey

Posted by on June 6th, 2019

I really enjoy looking back at different trips I’ve planned for Vaya travelers. It’s amazing to see how some destinations have changed over the years, while others have remained largely untouched. For me, an incredible way to experience a place that has had minimal outside influence is on an overland trip to the Amazon. This… Read Full Post

A Day on a Galapagos Cruise

Posted by on May 16th, 2019

Our travelers often ask what life is like on a Galapagos cruise. What excursions will be available, what is the schedule, and what can be expected? The exact answers to these questions will, of course, vary between ships and itineraries, but as a general rule, it goes something like this: Early morning (often at about… Read Full Post

The Sol y Luna Hotel, Peru: Great for Travelers, Great for the Community

Posted by on April 25th, 2019

The Sol y Luna, a Relais and Chateaux property set in the beautiful Sacred Valley of Peru, is one of our favorite hotels in all of South America. Based on the glowing feedback we receive about this hotel, it’s safe to say that many of our travelers feel the same way.  One of the reasons… Read Full Post

Antarctic Ocean Optimism On the RCGS Resolute Marine Mammals Voyage

Posted by on April 10th, 2019

After two days of blue skies and uncharacteristically smooth sailing through the Drake Passage south from Ushuaia, Argentina, we were greeted in Antarctica by a most enthusiastic welcoming committee: several pods of killer whales hunting penguins, breaching and blowing all around our ship.  This late-March expedition would be the last departure of the season for… Read Full Post

An Icy Adventure: Kayaking in Antarctica

Posted by on March 30th, 2019

There’s something special about the serenity and proximity with nature you feel when kayaking, and the experience of paddling through icebergs in Antarctica is a memory that will last a lifetime. To be so close to the water, with penguins shooting past, mountains towering overhead, and icebergs floating by, is an incredible experience. It’s also… Read Full Post

The Most Fascinating Wildlife Habits in Antarctica

Posted by on March 25th, 2019

Most trips to Antarctica involve a two-day crossing each way of the infamous Drake Passage, the 600 mile long body of water between the tip of South America and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula where the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern oceans converge. When you find yourself in the middle of this epic journey, with… Read Full Post

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

How To Photograph a Penguin

Posted by on March 7th, 2019

Penguins are everyone’s favorite polar (and Galapagos!) waddler, and it’s only natural to snap 10,000 pictures of every little adorable thing they do (which, to let you know where I stand on this topic, is everything!). I think it’s safe to say that few of us have not been guilty of shutter-happy fingers in the… Read Full Post