Under the Radar

If you’ve traveled with us before, you know that one of the defining elements of our trips is taking our guests off the beaten path, no matter the destination you’re exploring. With that in mind we want to take you even further off the well-trodden trail as our team of Latin America travel experts give you the heads up on some of our most underrated trip itineraries.

New Unique Way to Discover Remote Destinations with Southern Explorations


Southern Explorations is now offering a more intimate way to discover unexplored tropical destinations. We are excited to offer stand up paddleboard tours in some of the most coveted areas in South America - specifically, the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands.

As one of the first tour operators to offer land-based tours in the Galapagos Islands, we have discovered a new way to give travelers an up close and personal experience with the local flora and fauna.

Travel Tips to the Galapagos - Experience by Sea or Land

Southern Exploration’s Founder and President Justin Laycob has been studying, guiding, traveling and developing programs in South and Central America since 1995.

Justin's Selection:

This month Justin has made a pair of selections because “it’s really about how you want to experience the Galapagos, whether by boat or land-based. Both are great, so it comes down your personal choice of travel-style.”

Experience the Galapagos by Boat

Cuisine of Bahia

Salvador Street Food

To the delight of visitors on Brazil tours, Bahia offers an interesting cuisine of African, Portuguese and Caribbean origins, reflecting the region’s rich cultural history. There are two central themes; fish from Brazil’s northern coast, and the distinctively orange, spicy palm nut oil, “azeite de dendi,” from the trees that grow along the coasts of Brazil and West Africa. 

The Beaches of Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana Mosaic Walkway

Nothing so personifies travel to Brazil as the beaches in and around Rio de Janeiro, the stuff of legends and films. Though it was once the beaches of Guanabara Bay that attracted the in-crowd, since the early 1920s, sun-worshippers by day and revelers by night have sought out the westerly beaches along Avenida Atlantica and Avenida Vieira Souto to enjoy life.  


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