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The Magic of the Coca Leaf

Posted by on November 7th, 2019

It may come as a surprise and sound a little strange at first, but every hotel you encounter during your adventure to Machu Picchu will almost certainly offer you a hot cup of mate de coca, tea made from coca leaves (yes, the very same leaves that cocaine comes from, but the tea is non-addictive)…. Read Full Post

Book Report: Darwin’s Ghosts

Posted by on November 1st, 2019

It seems safe to say that we all know the name Charles Darwin. Widely credited with proposing the theory of natural selection, Darwin is considered one of the fathers of evolutionary theory. In the Galapagos Islands, where his travels as a young man led him to many of his theories, his name and story are… Read Full Post

The Unexpected Side of Easter Island

Posted by on October 28th, 2019

Easter Island is probably best known for its moai, the enormous and mysterious stone heads that cover the island, but on my last trip there I spent 10 days digging into the more unexplored and unexpected parts of the island. While a full two days is sufficient to explore the moai and the highlights of… Read Full Post

So-Called “Dark” Tourism: Incorporating Difficult Stories into your Journey

Morrinho Project

Posted by on October 22nd, 2019

South America offers a number of attractions for travelers: beautiful scenery, friendly people, vivacious music and dance, delicious food, fun activities and interesting cultural experiences. Many of the destinations also offer the opportunity to learn about the darker side of local history. So-called “dark tourism” can be tricky. Difficult stories must be told respectfully, with… Read Full Post

SCUBA Diving in the Galapagos Islands

Posted by on October 11th, 2019

At 7:20 a.m. we headed down the Tiburon Martillo Dock to board the Wreck Bay diving boat for our full day SCUBA excursion in the Galapagos Islands. The day before, a representative of the dive shop had met us at our hotel in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to fit us with our wetsuits, BCDs, and fins,… Read Full Post

Sailing in Rio de Janeiro

Posted by on September 30th, 2019

A gust of tropical wind fills the sails and propels us out of Guanabara Bay and into the Atlantic Ocean.   On the starboard side lies iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, where tourists line up by the thousands to take the cable car to the summit for a view of Rio de Janeiro from 1300 feet above.  Down… Read Full Post

The Frigate Bird: Pirate Bird of the Galapagos

Posted by on September 20th, 2019

A group of six bachelors are spotted sitting together. They seem like friends hanging out socially, but really they’re all trying to pick up a lady, and competition is fierce. Through the posing and showing off, occasionally the bravado takes over and the men resort to spats of violence. Most striking on these gentlemen, the… Read Full Post

Curanto Al Hoyo (Recipe): Chiloe’s Signature Dish

Posted by on September 9th, 2019

The curanto is a traditional form of food preparation in the island of Chiloe, a true Chilote classic. Its name derives from the hot rocks used in its preparation, in which a variety of meats, shellfish, and potatoes are cooked over heated stones in an earthen pit. First the rocks are laid down, then the… Read Full Post

The World Has Two Navels

Posted by on August 29th, 2019

Easter Island, Isla de Pasqua, Rapa Nui, or the original native name: Te Pito o Te Henua, The Navel of the World… so if you thought Cusco was the Navel of the World, now you know… the world has two navels. Rapa Nui, better known in the English-speaking world as Easter Island, has to be… Read Full Post

Spotlight on Peruvian Guide Extraordinaire, Wilfredo Huillca

Posted by on August 19th, 2019

One of the top reasons to travel with Vaya is the quality of our local guides. We’ve worked with our local partners for years, and we’ve established relationships with the best private guides in South America. When you travel with a Vaya guide, you’re not on tour – you’re traveling with a fun, knowledgeable friend… Read Full Post