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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 Mangrove Labyrinth

Posted by on March 20th, 2019

It was a hot, sunny morning when we pulled up to La Boquilla, a small fishing village on the outskirts of Cartagena, Colombia. The white sand beach was wide and flat and the ocean calm and inviting, but we were headed away from the coast and into the mangrove swamp in a dugout canoe. The… 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

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

Wildlife Conservation in Senda Romahue

Posted by on February 9th, 2019

For those interested in wildlife viewing in Chile, Senda Nativa Romahue project outside Puerto Varas provides a rare glimpse of some of Chile’s most unique and sought-after wild animals, with a focus on conservation. The project started out with the mission of preserving the Maullín River’s diminishing ecosystem and native forest, a major stopping point… Read Full Post

Nerves and Scopolamine on the Drake Passage

Posted by on January 9th, 2019

When I confirmed my trip to Antarctica and the initial excitement had subsided, I was gripped with anxiety about crossing the Drake Passage.  Many travelers know that this stretch of open ocean can be one of the roughest bodies of water in the world. The Drake Passage is approximately 600 miles wide and connects the… 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