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2016 Vaya Photo Contest Winners!

Posted by on February 2nd, 2017

From the stiff breeze of Patagonia at the bottom of the Southern Cone, to the lush green landscapes surrounding Machu Picchu, all the way up to colorful markets of Colombia and everywhere in between, this year’s photo contest made it difficult for us to choose the winners.  In no specific order, here are the winners… Read Full Post

Puerto Natales Airport starts receiving commercial flights

Posted by on December 22nd, 2016

Previously, the journey to Torres del Paine or Puerto Natales included a flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas followed by a 3-4 hour drive.  However, beginning on December 6th of this year, Puerto Natales Airport expanded their runway to allow the arrival of commercial flights.  This means that you can now arrive to downtown Puerto… Read Full Post

A Zodiac Ride into Torres del Paine National Park

Posted by on January 26th, 2015

On a recent visit to Torres del Paine National Park, I opted for an alternate entry into the park. In the past I had entered the park via the land route (a stunning drive from Puerto Natales into the park). On this subsequent visit, however, I decided to enter the park via the Rio Serrano… Read Full Post

Tierra Patagonia: A Premier Torres del Paine Lodge

Posted by on April 5th, 2014

On the Chilean side of Patagonia sits one of the most renowned (and arguably most beautiful) destinations in the entire region: Torres del Paine National Park. Torres del Paine is a fantastic destination and a must-see for almost any visit to Patagonia, and a stay at Tierra Patagonia Lodge is an excellent way to experience… Read Full Post

Costa Rica’s Untamed Osa Peninsula

Posted by on February 25th, 2014

Costa Rica has long been renowned for combining natural beauty with exciting activities, attracting visitors seeking pristine beaches, tropical rivers, volcanoes, and adventure. There is a well-established path that travelers often take through Costa Rica, and it’s one that exists for a reason – the Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio National Park, and the Monteverde Cloud… Read Full Post

10th Anniversary Highlight Photos!

Posted by on January 29th, 2014

In honor of our 10th Anniversary, we wanted to share a small collection of some our favorite photos from over the years.  Maybe they’ll give you some ideas for future trips.  Click on any photo to see a larger version.  Enjoy!    

Tucker Islets – A Taste of Galapagos in Patagonia

Posted by on January 6th, 2014

One of my favorite spots in the Galapagos Islands is Punta Vicente Roca.  At the northern end of the Bolivar Channel, a calm passage between the western islands of Isabela and Fernandina, Punta Vicente Roca’s volcanic coastline is home to a plethora of unique and photogenic birds, including Galapagos Penguins, Blue-Footed Boobies, and Flightless Cormorants…. Read Full Post

Recap of IGTOA’s 2013 Galapagos Guide Training Course

Posted by on December 20th, 2013

During the week of November 18-22 I had the good fortune to attend the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association’s Five Star Guiding in Five Days course at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora. The course was led by Sam Ham, who is a renowned guide training expert, and Tom O’Brien, a highly experienced and knowledgeable… Read Full Post

Pro Mujer: Changing Lives Through Microloans

Posted by on December 20th, 2013

Microfinance has proven to be a powerful engine of change in the fight against global poverty.  The idea is that with a small loan for use as startup capital, individuals who have no collateral and are considered “not credit-worthy” by traditional financial institutions will be able to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. … Read Full Post

Environmentalism in Patagonia

Posted by on November 28th, 2013

A few years ago, bumping along an unpaved road in Argentine Patagonia, I found myself reflecting on just how different this desolate grassland was from my urban home in Oakland, California.  We passed a gaucho trotting along on his horse, hours from any sign of civilization, and I wondered about his lifestyle.  Was his way of… Read Full Post