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We had an amazing adventure

We had an amazing adventure

“We had an amazing adventure and would highly recommend Southern Explorations. SE's staff was able to create a fantastic and flawlessly organized trip for us - despite the incredibly short notice we gave them!” - Tessie Popoff (California) traveled to Chile and Argentina

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“This is the second time we have travelled to South America using Southern Explorations as our tour organizer. This second trip was as fantastic and well-run as the first. We had no issues at all and saw and did everything we had contracted for. Our guide, Alfredo Meneses, was always a gentleman while at the same time knowledgeable and well-informed about the places we were visiting. We also had local guides, Christian Rojas and Nicolas Mejia, were kind, sensitive, equally knowledgeable, and endlessly patient!! This was a truly memorable trip, thanks to the work of Southern Explorations but also because Colombia is such a spectacular and as yet generally undiscovered country!” Fred & Karen Leitner
Colombia, Feb 2014

“This was our second trip of a life time with Southern Explorations! Thank you for all of your help and attention to details! This was truly a wonderful trip!” - Kathy Tyndall

“Our trip was just magical, and I would highly recommend Southern Explorations to anyone considering an eco-tour. I don’t know how it could have been better, and I can’t wait to book a trip through Southern again. Thanks so much for all your help.” - Dan Bormann (Washington State) traveled to Ecuador

We appreciate that professionalism that everyone . . . displayed during the entire experience

We appreciate that professionalism that everyone . . . displayed during the entire experience

“Thank you very much for the time and care you spent planning this for us. There were so many little things, that while small really helped us to enjoy the experience even more. We appreciate that you were able to get a window seat for my husband on all flights but one. We appreciate that professionalism that everyone associated with Southern Explorations displayed during the entire experience.” - Nikki Dail traveled to Argentina, Peru and the Galapagos

“I traveled to Peru and Equador (the Galapagos) in January 2010. While I have traveled extensively throughout the world, this trip was my introduction to South America. I was extremely impressed with Southern Explorations and the high level of their operations. The itinerary was expertly planned, the hotels were wonderful and perfectly located, the guides spoke excellent English and were well informed, and the transfers were handled with ease. I had an absolutely delightful and memorable holiday and would not hesitate to book another one with Southern Explorations.” - Sharon Rault from Wisconsin traveled to the Galapagos and Peru

“We're already looking to book up the Galapagos Multisport trip with you for the same timeframe of next year. The trip exceeded expectations, and we all felt like we got excellent value for our money on this trip.” - Eric Vilbert traveled on the Discover Peru trip

“We had a ball, satisfied some personal goals, and traveled in some of the most beautiful parts of the world I have ever seen.” - Joe Kromdyk traveled in Peru, Patagonia, and onboard the Australis

“I can safely speak for my friends when I say thank you. This was the trip of a lifetime, executed to as near perfection as possible. You definitely earned your spot in the National Geographic article. I would easily recommend this trip to anyone considering an extensive tour of Peru, and I would recommend this company for other tours. The price was very much reasonable for the amount of sights and experiences we witnessed.” - Chuck Coatsworth traveled on the Discover Peru trip

This was one of the best organized trips I have ever taken

This was one of the best organized trips I have ever taken

“This was one of the best organized trips I have ever taken. We typically don't take organized tours, as we prefer to get a car and find our own way around. But, using Southern Explorations and being completely "taken care of" from start to finish was awesome! Jose and Eliseo were fantastic guides during our adventures in Peru. We cannot thank you enough for the wonderful experience of seeing and learning about Peru!” - Lora and Gregg Cocco

“Southern Explorations just simply ROCKS. Every so often, I see a far away look in Linda’s eye (she really has two) and a small curl of her lips in to a pleased smile, and I know she is still celebrating her trip. I can’t brag enough on you.” - Jim Merriss traveled on the Nemo II and Experience Machu Picchu trip

“All aspects of the trip handled directly by Southern Explorations were excellent. We have already started to recommend you to friends. Both of our drivers in Quito made a point of saying that Southern Explorations is a good company to work for. Happy clients, happy employees--well done!” - Olaf Soltau traveled onboard the Anahi

“Southern Explorations turned a planned trip of a life time, into a Trip of a Life Time. Thanks for all the great guides and detailed planning. Everything, and I mean everything went off without a hitch.” - Julian Bannister & Karen Sander traveled on an Alta and Machu Picchu combo trip

“We had a wonderful time and think Southern Explorations does a great job putting together these trips. We will definitely call you again in the future and will recommend you to any of our friends who might be interested in visiting South America.” - Sam & Susan Friedman traveled to Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

The trip was fabulous and Jorge was a great guide

The trip was fabulous and Jorge was a great guide

“The trip was fabulous and Jorge was a great guide. I was very pleased with every aspect of my trip. I will definitely consider Southern Explorations for future trips. Thanks!” - Daniel Wheeler (Virginia)
Lodge-Based W Trek

“Once again Southern Explorations has done a wonderful job with our vacation. All of the hotels were spectacular. Thank you for the upgrade to Plaza Grande here in Quito. It was a GREAT finishing touch. I travel a great deal and your company has been superb!” - Mike Lane M.D.
travelled to the Galapagos

“We really loved our entire trip. The guides were so nice and informative. The whole process of getting from place to place was very efficient and made it so we didn't have to worry about a thing. I would recommend Southern Explorations to anyone. Also, We LOVED our guide in Peru.” - Leslie Jaehning and Leif Haugen (Alaska)
traveled to both the Galapagos and Peru

“Thank you for your competence, professionalism and for helping make this the extraordinary experience it was.” - Mindy Hersh
Galapagos Island cruise aboard Eclipse

We had a wonderful, marvelous, fantastic time and appreciated Southern Explorations so much.

We had a wonderful, marvelous, fantastic time and appreciated Southern Explorations so much

“Thanks. We had a wonderful, marvelous, fantastic time and appreciated Southern Explorations so much. This was the best trip ever; exceeded my expectations, loved every minute. Thanks for a wonderful experience!” - Robyn & Terry Orchard
Galapagos Island cruise aboard Explorer II

“This was a great trip. Everything went smoothly and I have already recommended you to a friend. Thanks for everything.” - Craig Pierce (Wisconsin)
Trekked on the W Hike in chilean Patagonia

Visit www.carlandbev.blogspot.com and www.CarlAmoth.com to read about and view images from Carl and Bev's tour of Patagonia. - Carl Amoth (Arizona)
traveled to Patagonia

“Our trip was very smooth, very comfortable and without problems, which I credit to Southern Explorations - Eric and Liz. The services provided in Quito were excellent. We also ate at La Chosa, across the street from the Swissotel, which was excellent! Thank you all for your patience and help.” - Lyn Hadden (Massachusetts)
Cruised the Galapagos aboard Coral I

We will always remember cavorting with the sea lions and watching the marine iguanas munching algae under water.

We will always remember cavorting with the sea lions and watching the marine iguanas munching algae under water.

“This was the most enjoyable, most memorable trip we have ever had. We will always remember cavorting with the sea lions and watching the marine iguanas munching algae under water.” - Sigrid & Steve Lindo (New Jersey)
Galapagos Multi Sport

The trip was wonderful.

The trip was wonderful.

“The trip was wonderful. I would turn to your group for future travel and will recommend it to friends who seek similar adventure.” - Seymour Spilerman (New York)
Galapagos cruise aboard the Nina

“The trip was flawless and surpassed our expectations.” - Eve Rakower
Toured the Galapagos Islands aboard Anahi

“The staff of Southern Explorations organized a wonderful trip for my family in Ecuador. With much attention to detail, everyone in the office in Seattle as well as on the ground in Ecuador worked hard to make this a flawless and memorable trip. Because it is a small firm, Southern Explorations gives personalized service that is second to none. Our trip involved a perfect blend of visiting nature preserves, charming cities, museums, and archaeological ruins. Knowing of our wishes and interests, the guides in Ecuador showed us what this country has to offer. We learned much from them about this relatively undiscovered country. I would recommend Southern Explorations to anyone planning a trip to South America and hope to use it again in the near future myself. And I would very much recommend a trip to Ecuador beyond the standard visit to the Galapagos.” - The Kass Family (California)
Machu Picchu and the Galapagos

. . . you really exceeded our expectations and we will have no hesitation in recommending you to any of our friends . . .

. . . you really exceeded our expectations and we will have no hesitation in recommending you to any of our friends . . .

“All in all we appreciated very much the service you and your team provided us. The changing of itinerary twice for us, the private tours, and the phone calls in the restaurant in Lima and the call to the Millennium were the mark of a class outfit. Everything went so smoothly that we never worried because it seems you were always on top of it. As a tour company you really exceeded our expectations and we will have no hesitation in recommending you to any of our friends who want to experience this wonderful part of the world.” - Jan & Jim Grier (Victoria, BC)
Traveled to Ecuador and Peru

“I would like to thank everyone at Southern Explorations for their help in planning this trip. I have never been on a trip that went so smoothly. The people in Quito were wonderful. Jorge was a big help at the airport getting out domestic flight to the islands. This trip was a dream for me and I can't thank you enough for making that dream come true.” “I am so glad that I picked Southern Explorations as the travel company to work with to plan our trip to the Galapagos. Everyone in the US and Ecuador was great to work with. The information was always accurate. I would not hesitate to use them again or recommend them to a friend.” - Kay DiLuciano
Traveled onboard the Legend

The trip to Machu Picchu was so wonderful, the sites, train, hiking and beautiful and often very interesting views.

The trip to Machu Picchu was so wonderful, the sites, train, hiking and beautiful and often very interesting views.

“Peru is a wonderful country to visit. Cusco felt safe and we loved being able to walk places so easily from our hotel. We ate dinner at Pachapapa in Cusco, not far from hotel, and it was very good. The trip to Machu Picchu was so wonderful, the sites, train, hiking and beautiful and often very interesting views. It was absolutely gorgeous. We absolutely loved the Peru/Machu Picchu portion of our trip and I think a bit because of our guide, Will. We certainly enjoyed the Galapagos and saw some wonderful sights and it was truly a wonderful experience that I would not want to trade. The people we met on The Corals II were so interesting, fun and adventuresome...we have a new set of friends!!! We always went to bed exhausted from the hiking, snorkeling, laughing and a few glasses of wine and the beautiful scenery. Watching the blue footed boobies dive into the water was so fun. We had a group of sea lions following us one night too. We will not hesitate to have you plan another trip for us. Our 6 page itinerary was wonderful and I have notes everywhere and the people on the boat always wanted to see it too.” - Beth Julicher (California)
Peru and the Galapagos

“Southern Explorations exceeded our expectations. I was a bit nervous booking our trip with an organization found on the internet, but I am so glad that I chose Southern Explorations. They were willing to answer numerous email queries as we decided on the details of our trip and kept us up to date as plans progressed. The actual trip to Quito and the Galapagos exceeded our expectations. The Quito guides were both personable and knowledgeable and the week on the Eclipse was amazing! Southern Explorations truly deserves all of the accolades listed on the website!” - Beth Schuster
Traveled onboard the Eclipse

“Southern Explorations handled the logistics of our travel flawlessly. Everything went smoothly and effortlessly as we moved through the system of planes, transfers, pickups, and drop-offs. We were pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to do and see what we wanted and get from one place to another.” - Lyndon McBride
Traveled onboard the Eclipse

“An adventure of a lifetime was had on my trip to Peru with Southern Explorations. Betweeen pirahna fishing, waking up to howling monkeys, experiencing the splendor of Machu Piccu, and learning about the history and culture of Peru I couldn't wipe the smile off of my face. WOW- this company knows South America.” - Perry Philpott (Tennessee)
Traveled to Peru

This was an exceptional trip.

This was an exceptional trip.

“This was an exceptional trip. We normally do not take tours, as we like the freedom of going on our own. This was the best of both worlds, the preparations were done for us, the guides were extremely knowledgeable and flexible and I know we ended up doing a LOT more than we would have on our own. We have already recommended you to people interested in our trip and will be back again if we travel in that part of the world.” - Dr. Margaret Bonner (New York)
Peru and the Galapagos

“I want to thank you and Marisa, Harry, Roberto and Pedro and anyone else who helped create a fantastically memorable wedding event for Jim and me. Harry was a magical guide for us, and engineered a surprise we will always remember—and we can’t thank you and Southern Explorations enough for everything surrounding our ceremony on Intihuatana. His first-hand knowledge of culture and geology, botanicals, native language, history and customs, was impressive! The remaining days of our 22-day vacation were equally mind-boggling--enjoyable, educational and amazing. The “details” added to our trip were fabulous. I have been recommending Southern Explorations to everyone who will listen to our many, many stories! Our Galapagos guide, Maurice, was also first-rate! I feel blessed that our trip was enhanced by his extensive knowledge of the islands, their history and very unique animal/plant life. What a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” - Linda Lemmer (Florida)
Machu Picchu, Amazon & Nemo I

“A fantastic experience; well organized and thought out. I’m already planning for my next trip with Southern Explorations. I also want to personally thank all those at Southern Explorations who participated in setting up the wedding for Jim and Linda. They were both thrilled about how it turned out.” - Ed Butzin (Florida)
Machu Picchu, Amazon & Nemo I

“I suppose the highest compliment I can give you is that the very day I returned on Sunday, I was on your website to see what other trips Southern Explorations offers. It was just a fabulous trip and Southern Explorations made it a seamless process from the moment we landed in Lima. We loved Harry and Claudio. Harry was very knowledgeable, detail-oriented and FUN. All the accommodations were great. Peru is an amazing destination on its own, but Southern Explorations took all the stress out of travel. I just can't say enough great things about the vacation!
Many, many thanks for all your help along the way!”
- Elizabeth Bailey (Georgia)
Amazon and Machu Picchu

“Well organized and well planned. You guys put together a great trip. Thanks.” - Barry Unger (Pennsylvania)
Galapagos and Peru

Amy Fisher with Blue Footed Boobys while ashore in the Galapagos Islands

Amy Fisher with Blue Footed Boobys while ashore in the Galapagos Islands

“Southern Explorations was great to work with. Customer service and follow up were outstanding.” - Amy Fisher and Deborah Boardman (Virginia)
Aboard Estrella Del Mar

“Thanks to Jonathan who patiently answered all of our questions…” - Cynthia Johnson (Texas)
Amazon and Machu Picchu

“The experience with Southern Explorations exceeded my expectations. The trip was well organized and representatives were prompt and informative at every step of the way. The guides were very knowledgeable and keenly interested in sharing their information. The guides have relationships with the local people and invite you to get to know the local folks. It was a terrific experience.” - John Gardner (Yorba Linda, CA)
Discover Peru

Kandice and Mike Brandt stretch their legs beside the train on their journey from Cusco to Puno

Kandice and Mike Brandt stretch their legs beside the train on their journey from Cusco to Puno

“Lacy and Jonathan were both excellent! They were so patient with us as we debated which exact tour to take and which dates to travel on. They answered all our questions and really helped us plan an excellent trip. We are so appreciative of their suggestions (hotels, etc.) and emails that helped us prepare for our journey. Your website is also really great and helpful...much more so than many other tour companies that we looked at.” - Kandice Brandt (from Chula Vista, CA)
Peru Highlights

Fernando Silva [the Inca Trail Guide] was GREAT!!!

Fernando Silva [the Inca Trail Guide] was GREAT!!!

“We had a fantastic trip, and I would recommend Southern Explorations to anyone visiting South America. Great job!! Thank you for making our trip so wonderful. We look forward to our next adventure!!” - Nicole Cassani (San Francisco, CA)
Amazon & Inca Trail

“I had a great trip and am thrilled that I did it through Southern Explorations.” - Edward and Anne Lilly
Luxury Peru - May 2007

“Southern Explorations far exceeded our expectations for this travel experience. They were experienced and well prepared. They upheld values of integrity and service every step of the way. They allayed any fear of travel in unfamiliar territory and pampered us at every opportunity.” - Steve Bederian and Molly Noonan

“We were extremely pleased with the value and service we received. We almost never travel on a 'packaged tour,' because I like to plan a more individualized itinerary, but Southern Explorations' 'Galapagos Multi-Sport' itinerary was a fun, active and varied tour. The trip planning was much less stressful, as all details were taken care of. All of our drivers and guides were informative, and the trip went very smoothly.
Thank you, Southern Explorations--you made our 10th wedding anniversary trip a very memorable one!"
- Lisa and Scott Bedenbaugh
Galapagos Multi-Sport

You guys left no stone unturned from the Galapagos, to Peru, to Chile, to Patagonia

You guys left no stone unturned from the Galapagos, to Peru, to Chile, to Patagonia

“Sadly, I am back from my AMAZING trip to S. America. I just wanted to thank you for everything. Your professionalism, responsiveness, & knowledge of S. America were incredible. I truly had the trip of a lifetime thanks to Southern Explorations. You guys left no stone unturned from the Galapagos, to Peru, to Chile, to Patagonia..............my expectations were exceeded 10-fold. I already recommended you guys to the gentleman on the plane next to me. It was really nice to get to meet Justin in Patagonia. It is obvious how hard he has worked to establish such strong contacts, guides, etc. I could tell that our guides were a step above the rest. I just wanted to thank you for making my dream come true. My mom & I will never forget this the rest of our lives.” - Ami Jampolis

“I would with out a doubt recommend the team at Southern Explorations. I stumbled upon their web site when researching cruises for Galapagos, being a seasoned traveler I was really only interested in booking the cruise and doing all the other booking/excursions on my own but am now so glad that I did not. I feared being put in a "tour" type situation but our experience was completely the opposite. Everything the "boys" planned for us was top notch, the guides were great people and did everything they could to make our experience personal and memorable, our trip was planned perfectly and there is nothing about it I would have changed.
We were so impressed with the service we got from Southern Explorations that we are considering another South American vacation with them just because they made it so easy.
Tell the crew there I said "HELLO"!”
- Denise Nardi

Six Canadian friends embarked on an adventure of a lifetime to explore the wonders of Peru and Ecuador

Six Canadian friends embarked on an adventure of a lifetime to explore the wonders of Peru and Ecuador

“Six Canadian friends embarked on an adventure of a lifetime to explore the wonders of Peru and Ecuador. We were challenged and intrigued by the Inca Trail and absolutely enchanted with Machu Picchu. We were both amazed and humbled by the Inca ruins, the Incas knowledge of architecture, astronomy and agriculture. There was a birthday celebration on the Inca trail. A cake was baked for breakfast adorned with icing and candles. It will be hard to beat this party for next years celebration. At every destination we were met with friendly, knowledgeable guides whom we trusted would give us the local custom information. All the guides we met were enthusiastic, proud and extremely knowledgeable about their country. The cuisine in South America exceeded our expectations with its diversity. We enjoyed both the local specialties and the more familiar choices that were readily accessible. The fresh fruits and exotic juices were a real treat. I don't think we will ever forget the wonders of swimming with sea turtles, sea lions, penguins and marine iguanas and have come away with a new respect and understanding of the biodiversity of the Galapagos. To have witnessed the 'boobie dance' was remarkable. All in all we would highly recommend a visit to Peru and Ecuador. Southern Explorations will dot all the I's and cross all the t's for your experience to be both unique and memorable.” - Julie and Randy Buckley, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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TESTIMONIAL OF THE MONTH

“When we were looking to plan a very special trip to the Galapagos Islands for our 10th wedding anniversary, we decided to go with Southern Explorations and we were not disappointed. In fact it was the best decision we could have made. Jonathan Borgida and staff worked very hard to accommodate our wishes and their attention to every detail of the trip was exceptional. From helping us to choose the beautiful, vintage yacht, The Grace, and ensuring all our special needs and requests were met, we could not have asked for more!
The Galapagos Islands were a magical place. The gorgeous variety of landscapes, animals, and experiences far exceeded our expectations. Our naturalist, Rapha, went out of his way to show us all the special and unique things these Islands have to offer and you couldn’t help but be impressed with his in-depth knowledge of all the species of animal and plants. There was no question he couldn’t answer and his enthusiasm was contagious. The staff aboard the ship was attentive and dedicated to providing the highest quality of service.
We can’t wait to go back! Thanks Southern Explorations!”
- Angela & Paul Kotkovich (Chicago, Illinois) traveled in the Galapagos on the Grace