Jim Lutz

Jim is the founder and President of Vaya Adventures. Jim developed a passion for Latin America while living and working in Ecuador after graduating from Harvard University. He has lived, worked, and traveled extensively in South and Central America. A native of New Jersey, Jim now lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and 3 children. He is also the President of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA), an organization of over 40 travel companies that work to promote sustainable tourism practices and conservation in the Galapagos Islands.

Posts by Jim:

June 26th, 2018
Is Land Tourism Threatening the Galapagos?

On Sunday June 3, the NY Times ran an article entitled “Is Land Tourism Threatening the Galapagos?” This article centered around a letter that the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) wrote to the Ecuadorian Minister of Tourism, calling for more stringent regulation of land-based tourism in this magnificent and fragile island ecosystem. Here is… Read Full Post

May 19th, 2017
Lutz Go, Part II: A 5 Month South American Odyssey With My Wife and 3 Young Kids

Recap of Part I: At the end of August 2016, I set out with my wife Carly and our three young kids for a journey through South America. Well, the trip actually happened. It ended up being shorter than originally planned for reasons I’ll explain, but long story short: it was exhilarating, exhausting, eye opening,… Read Full Post

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