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What to Expect on a 6-Day Cruise in the Western Galapagos

Posted by on October 23rd, 2023

Sea lions and giant tortoises and marine iguanas, oh my! The Galapagos conjures images of bizarre creatures and windswept volcanic shores. It is this and so much more. As the archipelago is a protected national park, the best way to explore is to take a small ship cruise with a naturalist guide. In July ’23… Read Full Post

Elusive Northern Wildlife: What You May See on an Arctic Cruise

Posted by on October 20th, 2023

The Arctic, situated at Earth’s polar north, is a land of vast ice and snow. An Arctic cruise will take you through drifting pack ice to see massive frozen walls and calving glaciers. It will also give you an opportunity to spot unique and magnificent wildlife. You likely won’t see teeming animal throngs the way… Read Full Post

Jaguar Spotting in the Pantanal: South vs. North

Posted by on July 13th, 2023

Intro Perhaps one of the best-kept wildlife secrets in South America is the Pantanal of Brazil. Often referred to as a “Brazilian safari,” there are 2 main regions in the Pantanal where it is possible and even common to see jaguars in the wild, as well as many other beautiful species. I was lucky to… Read Full Post

Hiking Machu Picchu: Huayna Picchu and Huchuy Picchu

Posted by on April 29th, 2023

Located high in the Andes Mountains, overlooking the Urubamba River and surrounded by steep mountains, Machu Picchu is a testament to the architectural achievements of the Inca. It is recognized as one of the most important cultural sites in the world and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as one of… Read Full Post

Top 7 Reasons For a Private Galapagos Yacht Charter

Galapagos yacht charter and sea lion

Posted by on April 25th, 2023

The Galapagos Islands are a rare and special place in the world. Not only are they home to unique species of wildlife and exotic landscapes, but they are also the ideal place to charter a yacht and explore this archipelago with your family or a group of friends. Here are our top 7 reasons why… Read Full Post

Flying to Antarctica (Without the Drake Passage): My First Journey to the 7th Continent

Posted by on April 24th, 2023

As I stood on the windswept tarmac in Puna Arenas, Chile, I felt nervous yet wasn’t sure why. Anticipation and excitement, yes. But, as a seasoned traveler, anxiety is not something I typically experience before getting on a plane. Perhaps it was not knowing exactly what to expect. Or having to be prepared to change… Read Full Post

Cruise to Svalbard: Cooling Off In An Arctic Summer

Posted by on March 31st, 2023

Years ago, when Vaya first began arranging trips to Antarctica, I was fortunate to be invited to travel south to the end of the world to research this dream destination. That Antarctica trip was truly the most spectacular travel experience of my entire life. So of course, I was thrilled this past summer when I… Read Full Post

Which Side of Victoria Falls Should you Visit? 4 Things to Consider

Posted by on March 17th, 2023

Victoria Falls is an excellent addition to any Southern Africa itinerary, offering great contrast to both safari adventures and explorations into the history and culture of Cape Town. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a captivating mix of scenery, nature, wildlife, culture, history, and even adventure. Whatever your draw to the famous falls may be,… Read Full Post

2022 Vaya Photo Contest Winners

A close-up of a large jaguar walking along a lush, green forested riverbank in the Pantanal of Brazil.

Posted by on February 27th, 2023

Nothing delights us more than receiving photos captured by our travelers throughout the year. Whether it’s up close encounters with wildlife, sunsets over remote and little visited corners of our natural world, or new friends made while traveling, your images transport us—and we look forward to seeing each and every one! To all of you… Read Full Post

The 4 Unique Safari Areas That Make Botswana Special

Posted by on June 4th, 2022

Botswana is one of the best safari destinations in Africa, and my personal favorite. Often chosen or recommended as a second safari trip, I maintain that Botswana is also a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime safari choice. With its completely diverse regions, it can be hard to believe you’re still in the same country as you travel from… Read Full Post