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“’Luxury Patagonia’ exceeded our every expectation. The arrangements, the accommodations, the guides, the food as well as every location visited were as close to perfect as one could hope. The care and assistance from Southern Explorations prior to our departure was meticulous and informative. We will never forget this trip – one of the best in our lives.”
- Rosemary and Geoff Pierson, Massachusetts
Luxury Patagonia 2013
“Southern Explorations…this was definitely one of the best trips we have ever done! You should be congratulated as we believe you have set the standard for adventure travel in our opinion. We have done quite a bit of adventure travel and consider this trip to be one of the very best. We plan on using your company for future trips and would highly recommend to friends considering a trip to South America. Thank you!!”
- Charlie Powell, Colorado
Patagonia Hiking Adventure 2013
“From arrival to departure this trip, from an organizational stand point, felt like a ballet… seamless and fluid. We couldn’t have done it without you – Thanks Southern Explorations!”
- Lori Schrader, NY
Classic Patagonia Dec 2011
“We were very pleased with our trip. We were treated very well and for me the trip exceeded my expectations. I was very pleased!”
- Linda Ryter, Oklahoma
Argentina Mountains & Wineries 2011
“We appreciated the thorough organization of the trip and had a great time!”
- Martin Schwartz, Alabama
Classic Patagonia 2013
“All in all a thoroughly enjoyable, informative and relaxing trip. Well done!”
- Brian Parnega, Ontario, Canada
Custom Wine Tour in Chile 2013
“Southern Explorations exceeded our expectations and at a very reasonable price. The experience was enormously positive among our group of four and we would definitely recommend Southern Explorations highly to any prospective traveler. Outstanding from start to finish.”
- Don Bayne, Ontario, Canada
Custom Wine Tour in Chile in 2013
“The trip we took was outstanding. This would be a dream trip for anyone who enjoys scenic beauty and the mysteries of Easter Island. We met many wonderful people and made new friends at the two Explora lodges and on the Stella Australis cruise. We were very happy with the arrangements made by Southern Explorations. We were met at all the airports and cruise terminals. We had Southern Explorations to take care of everything for us. We highly recommend the two Explora lodges and Los Nostros. Not staying at these places would be a huge mistake. We highly recommend using Southern Explorations to anyone traveling to South America. In fact, we have given your name to a few fellow travelers already.”
- Chris Shih, California
Custom Patagonia 2011
“Thank you for a wonderful introduction to South America and excellent vacation. We will be returning to other SA venues in the coming years and will be sure to contact Southern Explorations for assistance.”
- Gordon McPhee, South Carolina
Chile and Argentina Wine Adventure 2013
“We were extremely pleased with the services provided by Southern Explorations...not only the extensive itinerary for Patagonia, but also the care and attention to detail that was delivered at every step of the way. It sure made this trip easy for us...everything was extremely well organized. We enjoyed the variety of activities and loved the guides....they were truly outstanding. “
- Joyce & Garry Mammel (Calgary, Alberta)
“This was a trip of a lifetime. The highlight was the Explora Lodge with unbelievable hikes and horseback riding. Also, the Perito Moreno Glacier was fantastic. I wouldn't change a thing.”
- Kyle Craig (Colorado)
Luxury Patagonia 2011
“We had an amazing trip to Patagonia and we appreciate all of the effort Southern Explorations put into every detail. The accommodations were cozy, yet modern and the excursions were great. I would highly recommend traveling with Southern Explorations. Gracias!”
- Leah Monson (California)
Classic Patagonia 2011
“I chose Southern Explorations for the combination of interesting itineraries and your high rating on customer satisfaction. I made the right choice. I will gladly recommend you to others.”
- Pat Harding (Texas)
Custom Iguazu, Lakes District, Mendoza and Santiago
“The trip was incredible. Each day a new wonderful adventure. Do thank Jonathon, it exceeded ALL of our dreams. We had no expectations, and we were so spoiled. It is the only way to travel. We want to go back, as soon as we can afford another trip. It was worth every single penny, dime and dollar. Thank you a zillion for making this the trip of a lifetime.”
- Judy and Jeff
“Everyone at the SE office was helpful and returned calls promptly. We just cannot say enough about how enjoyable our entire trip was.”
- Kathy & Peter Brackett
traveled to Argentina
“If you want a challenging, exciting, adventurous trip that will be catered to your individual needs, Southern Explorations is your company. They are professional, safe, dependable, and very knowledgeable. You will be happy you did!”
- Lauren Lieberman (Professor and 7 university students)
Patagonia Hiking Adventure
“Our words to describe our trip are Spectacular, Exciting, and Remote! We got to see basically everything we had hoped for, and more!” - Ann Huston from California traveled to Patagonia.
“Our Patagonia trip with Southern Explorations was one of the best travel experiences we have ever had. We would love to go back and would stay longer next time! Our thanks to Southern Explorations and the Patagonia guides who provided us with a fabulous trip.” - Libby McKeever traveled on the Patagonia Lakes Crossing
“Thank you again for putting together such a wonderful trip. It exceeded all of our expectations. My wife and I loved the hotel you booked for us in Santiago, were amazed at the organization and attention to detail you put into our trek, and had a great time with our gregarious and insightful guide Jorge and traveling partner Dan. It helps to travel with people who have such respect for Patagonia. You know you've been on a great adventure when all you want to do is go back. We rubbed the toe of El Patagon in Punta Arenas, so I think we're destined (I hope!) to return to Patagonia. Undoubtedly with Southern Explorations. Thank you again.”
- Tony Tuntasit & Jeanne Hoffmann (Florida)
Visited Patagonia on a lodge-based W Trek
“We can’t tell you enough how impressed we were with the organization and itinerary for each leg of the trip. It was such a relief to know that all the small details were taken care of for us. That made it so easy to just relax and enjoy the experience, without worrying about the logistics of how to get to the next location or figure out the next activity. I can’t imagine that we would have had such a smooth and enjoyable time if we had tried to do all the planning ourselves. The itinerary was full of surprises that added to the experience. We had no idea that we would get such personal service and attention, from the winery tours to the hiking and kayaking. It made us feel like superstars to get picked up every day for the next fun and exciting adventure. The tours and excursions were so unique and filled with activities that we never could have organized on our own. One of which was the stop at the Estancia for lunch on the way to Torres del Paine for a great meal with wine, plus a sheep shearing demo. We had a wonderful trip, and thanks to Southern Explorations have great memories of our time in Argentina and Chile.” - Dave & Kate Ashley traveled on a Custom Patagonia trip
“Dear Jonathan and Lacy -- Jerry and I had the most amazing time on our trip to Ushuaia, El Chalten and El Calafate--thank you for putting together such a fabulous and memorable 2 weeks! The hotels were terrific, the guides were amazing, and the scenery is, of course, breathtaking. We loved every minute! Buenos Aires has become our favorite city in the world right now--and we can't wait to get back. Thanks a million, and happy New Year!”
- Lori Rhodes (New York City)
Patagonia Hiking Adventure
“We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The Hosteria del Fuego in Ushuaia was our best experience. I have never slept so well while on a trip. All accommodations exceeded my expectations, however. We especially enjoyed the picnic lunch in Ushuaia. Also, the tea in Gaiman was outstanding. We would definitely consider Southern Explorations again if they offered a trip to a desired destination. We have a lot of other places we want to go, though, so wouldn’t know when we might go back to South America.”
- The Rambow Family (Houston)
“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
“From first contact to the last drink on the airplane ride home our trip to Patagonia was first class. Southern Explorations has put together such an effective team in Chile that I will happily use their services again on other trips to South America. All of the nine members of our group had a fantastic time. Nothing was overlooked or given over to chance, except the weather. This was the adventure of a life time.”
- Ed Olsen (North Carolina)
Classic W Hike
“My father and I really loved Luis. He is just a super dependable, humble, smart and kind person. We invited him to dinner with us twice at Los Cerros because we enjoyed his company so much. My father and Luis spent most of dinner sharing stories about their passion for the mountains and discussing all the same books they’ve read about climbers who’ve climbed thee highest peaks around the world. I even had lunch with Luis in Buenos Aires while he was home for the holidays. Please make sure that Luis knows how much we appreciated him as a person as well as his skills as a guide. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide.
We enjoyed all the hotels. The staff at the Sheheun in El Calafate were very attentive and kind. I liked the fact that it was a few blocks out of the main street. We had a lovely view from our room. I cannot say enough about Los Cerros. The hotel was lovely. Everyone on staff was so friendly - the airport transfer driver, the wait staff, the receptionists, and the manager.
They treated both my father and I like royalty and yet like family. I really hope to return.
I thought the entire staff with whom I had contact at Southern Explorations - Jonathan, Justin, Eric and Marisa - were incredibly competent, communicative and genuinely enthusiastic about what they do. I felt from the very beginning that I could trust you folks. I just had a good feeling about you all. Thanks so much. It was an unforgettable trip with my dad.”
- Virginia Roberson
Classic Patagonia Tour
“I just wanted to let you know what an incredible time Jerry and I had on your Patagonia ‘W’ Multisport tour.
Our group was amazing. The people that you connected us with were great and we bonded quite strongly with them. In fact, we have plans to visit them in Tokyo in April. The guide, Cristian Sanchez, and the chef, Miguel Chacana, made a perfect pair. Cristian was an AMAZING guide. He was entertaining, engaging, funny, serious, informative and a true leader. He was able to bring the group together and hold it together with ease. He was also very willing to spend every moment introducing us to his local friends and encouraging us to engage in the local customs like sharing tea from a “mate.” Cristian kept us on schedule at all times and made the activities flow with effortless ease. He is also one of two guides to have been born and raised in Puerto Natales and this made a huge difference in his spiritual connection with Patagonia - he was truly one with the mountains and everyone in the group could sense it.
Great tour overall and I will happily recommend your company to others. Our guide was very impressed with your tour operation and he prefers to work with you since you are one of the best operating in that area. This goes a long way in giving me comfort in my recommendation of your firm.
Thanks again and we will be in touch when we are ready for another great experience.”
- Bill Coleman and Jerry Boening (New York)
W Multisport tour
“My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed all the activities in Patagonia and Southern Explorations made the trip smooth and easy. From the hotels, to the food, to the guides, and the outings, we loved it all. We would recommend it to all our friends and family!”
- Miriam Derman (Evanston, IL)
Custom Patagonia tour
Congratulations for choosing Polo as the Southern Explorations guide. He was truly excellent! Very well organized, cheerful, responsible, loving and knowing the area, he was also very attentive to the need of each participants. Thanks to all his qualities and actions he made the hike a successful and enjoyable experience for us.” - Marie and Louis
“Hiking the Circuit was the best Family Christmas Present! Each day we discovered a different gift--a geologic marvel like the Horns or Towers or, perhaps, the serenity of an azure lake & glacier--all wrapped beautifully in a moraine, untouched forest or carpet of orchids. We will never forget Christmas 06.” - Claire Ryberg and Family
“Southern Explorations created an amazing custom trip to one of the most beautiful places on earth. They worked with us to fine tune the details of what our perfect vacation to Patagonia would be. The reservations, the accommodations, the transfers and the guides were spot on, very informative and professional. Will we use Southern Explorations for our next trip to the southern hemisphere? You can be certain of that.” - Jim Balsitis and Kathy Kalp.
“We had a tremendous experience. Patagonia is truly heaven on earth and Southern Explorations enabled us to safely and efficiently spend 2 weeks in this paradise. Eri was a superb guide and traveling companion. Knowledgeable, smart, humorous and patient. He has a wonderful laid back style. We developed a genuine bond with Eri and we hope to see him again. He was superb with my 9 yr. old son. The estancia Tercera Baranca was wonderful, we could have stayed there indefinitely. I can't make enough positive statements to describe our experience.” - Thanks for everything, Will, Beth and Max Mondzac
“Our two sons, ages 19 & 22, said it was the best trip they'd ever been on. (And we've been to southern Africa game camps, New Zealand, Galapagos, numerous SCUBA diving vacations all over the globe, not to mention dozens of other less dazzling spots around the world and the US). (Patagonia) is really gorgeous. Jorge (Guide) was exceptional--just perfect for us!
The tents are fantastic--lots of room to put huge backpacks inside along with lots of other gear--kudos on the tents.
La Tercera (estancia) was marvelous and charming--we're so glad you planned two nights for us there. The food by Carmen was the best we ate on our entire trip to Chile--really extraordinary both nights!
Summary: guides were uniformly great and Jorge was perfect. Accommodations ranged from quite acceptable to exceptional. The overall trip was wonderful. I really thank you, Justin (and Eric), for planning such a terrific trip for us; thanks for lining up all those great events and guides.” Joe Holiday
“Thank you for planning such an outstanding trip - The hikes, accommodations and everything was exactly as I had requested you to provide and exceeded all of our expectations!!!!! The weeks of planning were well worth the effort! Thanks again!” - The Bronson Family
“Thank you for planning a really really great trip - The hikes, accommodations and everything was exactly as I had requested you to provide and exceeded all of our expectations!!!!! The weeks of planning were well worth the effort! Thanks again!” Mark, Sue, Steven, Ryan and Lauren Bronson
“This was an outstanding trip and I wanted to thank you once again for everything you did in making this the most wonderful of all trips I have ever taken. Alec was an exceptional guide - knowledgeable, attentive to details, an extremely good organizer, and easy to get along with. It's the attention to the smallest details that shows the professionalism of your company. Thanks again and I will be in touch with you soon to arrange my next trip to Peru.” - Reagan Blakesley Vancouver, Canada
THE U.S.A. CALL
“I just wanted to thank you for your efforts, my Classic Patagonia trip to Buenos Aires and Santa Cruz Province could not have been any better. I appreciated the transfers in BA - Paulina added a nice human touch to my experience, and I knew that she had my back if anything went wrong (nothing did) while I was in Argentina. The accommodations were all great - the Art Hotel (preferred) and Elevage in BA, Los Hielos in El Calafate and Los Cerros in El Chalten - and I'll mostly remember the friendliness of the staff in each place, particularly at Hielos and Cerros. The Big Ice Trek was unforgettable and the two hikes at Fitz Roy were also pretty amazing. I also loved the drive from El Calafate to El Chalten - gorgeous! In El Chalten, we were guided by Lucho, who was extremely cool and taught us so much about the ecosytem as we hiked the trails to Laguna de los Tres and Laguna Torre. I loved al the guides on this trip but Lucho was my favorite. The efficiency of this trip was impressive, and even when I switched flights (from El Calafate to BA) on the fly, the transfers were right on time. I really can't say enough about the whole experience. I also appreciated that Justin called me the day before I left to make sure everything was OK and see if I had any last-minute questions. Thanks again for the hard work that went into making my trip such a cool experience.” - Andrew Tarica traveled on the Classic Patagonia trip