Founder/President:
Jim Lutz

Jim is the founder and President of Vaya Adventures. Jim developed a passion for foreign cultures while living and working in South America after graduating from Harvard University, and has been an avid worldwide traveler ever since. A native of New Jersey, Jim now lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and 3 children. He is actively involved in sustainability initiatives and fundraising for community projects in our destinations, and also serves as the President of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA), an organization of over 35 travel companies that work to promote sustainable tourism practices and conservation in the Galapagos Islands.

Posts by Jim:

January 25th, 2024
20 Years of Vaya Adventures: Thanks from Vaya’s Founder Jim Lutz

Dear Travelers and Friends, Wow… 20 years!! Back in 2004, we (OK, actually it was just me) created the very first Vaya Adventure, a custom itinerary to South America for my father (thanks Dad). We’ve come a long way since then, expanding to offer stunning Polar expeditions and an array of exceptional African safaris. We’ve… Read Full Post

November 3rd, 2023
Exploring South Africa With My Teenage Daughter

Sometimes it seems almost impossible to get all five members of my family (me, my wife Carly, and our three kids) on an international trip together because somebody has a conflict with soccer, dance, summer camp, a piano recital, or something else.  So I decided I’m going to take a different strategy and pick off… Read Full Post

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