Southern Explorations’ ‘Trip of a Lifetime’ Story ContestCelebrating 15 Years of Award-Winning Latin and South America ToursAs we prepare to celebrate our 15th anniversary in 2020, 1 lucky winner and a guest will WIN a "Trip of a Lifetime" to Experience Machu Picchu or Classic Patagonia.What makes a "Trip of a Lifetime?"  We're asking you to share your STORY...
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...
The Inca Trail is a legendary hike that leads to Machu Picchu through the mountains and cloud forests of the Peruvian Andes. Only travelers with the Inca Trail travel permit are allowed on the trail. Permits for the Inca Trail have gone on sale a full three months early for 2018. Southern Explorations encourages travelers to book next year's trips to Peru now before the trail permits sell out.The Inca...
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...
 Trip Advisor is one of the best-known and trusted travel resources worldwide, and every year they turn to millions of travelers to vote on the best of the best for the Travelers’ Choice Awards. We weren’t surprised to see many of our favorite Latin American destinations grab the spotlight for must-see landmarks, destinations, beaches, restaurants, and destinations on the rise in the 2016 Award...
Travel Tip! Planning A Trip to Machu Picchu? Be Sure to Book Early!It’s never too early to book Machu Picchu tours. Only 500 people are allowed to hike the Inca Trail per day, and new government regulations limit the number of visitors who can be at Machu Picchu at any one time.Sights Of The Sacred ValleyAfter touring the important Inca sights in and around Cusco, many visitors make Pisac their first stop. A...
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...
HistoryIn Quechua, the language of the Incas, Qosqo means navel or vital center. Since no early maps of the area exist, archeologists aren't sure when or how the city was founded. According to legend, Qosqo was considered the promise land, settled by the first Inca king, Manco Capac, after he left his birthplace, Lake Titicaca.During Inca times, roads from the four corners of the empire converged on Qosqo....