We are excited to announce that we have added a new trip to our collection with the introduction of our 10-day Ecuador & Galapagos Family Adventure. With kayaking, snorkeling, trekking, biking, zip lining, volcano hikes and wildlife viewing all on the itinerary, there’s no shortage of adventure for every one of every age.  We’ve been exploring Ecuador and its legendary archipelago for years...
We’ve teamed up with SUP Magazine for a very special custom-designed SUP Galapagos Adventure trip. This 9-day trip will be accompanied by a pair of editors from SUP Magazine who will be capturing the incredible experience through the kind of high-quality professional and compelling videos and photos SUP Magazine readers have come to expect from the leading SUP publication. What’s more, you’ll get...
Single-use plastics will now be banned in the Galapagos Islands! The ban, created to protect wildlife and their habitats from the detrimental affects of plastic waste, will roll out in phases over four months and affects all residents, tour operators and visitors. New Plastic Restrictions in the Galapagos Islands, Starting the Summer of 2018 The Galapagos Governing Council announced the plastic ban in...
If you don’t know yet who Mark Wolters of Wolters World is as of yet, then allow us to introduce you to one of YouTube’s favorite travel tips and advice personalities. Wolters World videos provide honest first-hand travel advice to help fellow travelers get the most out of their travel experience. From the best and worst parts of travelling, to better preparing you for your vacation in a way that helps...
In 2005, Howard & Linda Payne made the decision to follow their dreams of pursuing the open road, exploring the world, and documenting their travels along the way on their website. The couple recently did some exploring with Southern Explorations, experiencing the Galapagos Islands and the incredible flora & fauna they'd always dreamed of seeing for themselves. This is their story. My wife, Linda, and I...
If you’ve always dreamed of witnessing penguins in the wild, then our team of Latin America travel experts has you covered. While Antarctica is famously the best place to go if you’re looking for the ultimate penguin trip, there’s also no shortage of opportunities to do some penguin watching everywhere from the Galapagos Islands all the way through Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. In...
  This past week you may have noticed penguins taking over your Instagram or Twitter feed as World Penguin Day was celebrated on April 25th and proved once again that pretty much everyone, everywhere loves penguins. Penguins are without a doubt the most sought after wildlife viewing experience we offer at Southern Explorations, and it’s no mystery as to why. Across the 17 species of penguins,...
This past month, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) issued a call from the Galapagos to fight back against the plastic polluting the oceans, before it’s too late. “It is alarming that these plastics have invaded places as remote and pristine as the Galapagos, we must urgently change our consumption and production patterns to stop this torrent of contamination… We have to do this...
It’s no secret that the Southern Explorations team loves Latin America travel. And it’s also no secret that we love wildlife. So when we heard about a new and unprecedented scientific expedition traveling from the Galapagos to Costa Rica earlier this month, we couldn’t help but be intrigued. The expedition, which departed from the Galapagos on April 2 and arrived in in Costa Rica on April 13,...
Yes, it feels like 2018 just started, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about your 2019 Latin America travel plans! In fact, for some of our trips, if you don’t start planning now, you’ll miss out entirely, especially if you’re thinking of exploring South America in 2019 on a Southern Explorations luxury trip, particularly Luxury Patagonia. Our custom...
Our team of Latin America travel experts take great pride in expertly crafting intricate and exceptionally well-executed revelatory travel experiences. But sometimes even we take a step back and marvel at the duration, breadth, complexity, and variety of experiences baked into the itineraries some of our guests have us build for them. We’re talking about the kinds of trips that get multiple team members...
Born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, a rural region of Vermont right on the edge of the Canadian border, Kaitlyn was an outdoorsy kid, snowboarding in the Green Mountains as Vermont kids are apt to do. She studied psychology in college and worked in mental health (child and family services) for a few years before finding herself crafting intricate and compelling Latin America travel experiences...
 We’re always looking to take our guests below the surface of every destination we visit throughout Latin America, showing you a side of the cities, villages, jungles, mountains, and more that many travelers regrettably miss and one of the most enthralling ways to experience Southern Explorations’ destinations like Ecuador, Brazil, Panama, and Colombia is to literally look below the surface by doing...
The Galapagos Islands are home to the most diverse habitats of wildlife and plant species on Earth. Nature lovers and curious travelers alike want to experience the islands made famous by Charles Darwin and the highly influential discoveries he made there.Discovering the Galapagos by sea feels like you you’ve sailed into a living museum of the archipelago, except here you can actually disembark from the ship...
The Galapagos Islands is a destination unlike any other. It is also a destination with a huge variety of travel options, which can make choosing a right trip an overwhelming process. If you are making plans to visit the Galapagos and don’t know where to start, or if you would like an overview of your options, this information will be helpful. You can also call and speak to one of our Galapagos experts anytime....
SOUTHERN EXPLORATIONS 10 YEARS OLD AND GROWING!2015 marks Southern Explorations’ 10th year in business. What started as a two-person operation in a garage has grown into a company with destination coordinators in several countries, customers from throughout the world and awards from the national travel media for our authentic trips and sustainability values. Southern Explorations has become one of the leaders...
Peru, the third largest country in South America and the nineteenth largest in the world, is slightly smaller than Alaska.With forty mountains higher than 19,000 feet, the country is a hiker's paradise. Its whitewater-rafting routes travel through idyllic scenery, from the Andes to the Amazon, and through two canyons twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. Peru's reputation as a surfing mecca is growing. Now...
Scuba Diving in the GalapagosWe offer several ways to experience Galapagos Island scuba diving, a land-based Galapagos tour itinerary or a live aboard Galapagos cruise on the Galapagos Sky. The land-based option is perfect for the occasional scuba diver who is as interested in the creatures on land as those in the sea. Our Galapagos MultiSport land-based tour allows divers the opportunity to substitute the scheduled...