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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

Swimming with a Sea Creature Like No Other

Posted by on August 9th, 2019

Submerged a few feet below the surface of the Pacific, I spot a curious creature chomping something on the ocean floor.  The rest of our group is swimming in the other direction, dangling their GoPros toward a darting Galapagos penguin, but I decide to drift down solo toward the dark figure lurking below. The face… Read Full Post

Trekking Perito Moreno: A Day at Los Glaciares National Park

Posted by on July 30th, 2019

One of my most memorable travel experiences in Patagonia was trekking across Argentina’s Perito Moreno Glacier, a 97 square mile formation that is part of the enormous Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Once I arrived at the pier, the excursion started with a boat ride on Lago Argentino to the face of the Perito Moreno glacier…. Read Full Post

Willy Rojas: the Guardian Angel of Cajon de Maipo Travelers

Posted by on July 25th, 2019

The Chilean people, while not being overwhelmingly religious in modern culture, have deep roots in the Christian faith, with 54% of the population identifying as Roman Catholic. This is evident by the solemn dedication the Chilean people have toward honoring the dead. While traveling through the Chilean countryside in a winding road up into the… Read Full Post

Bariloche’s Enchanted Valley

Posted by on July 18th, 2019

For those who have heard of Bariloche, the name typically evokes images of blues and greens: sparkling lakes, immense forests, and tree-covered mountains. While this gorgeous scenery is rightfully a key attraction of the Lakes District region, there’s a less-visited side of Bariloche that also deserves recognition: The Enchanted Valley. This is where, 38 miles… Read Full Post