Southern Explorations vs Machu Travel Peru - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

Torres del Paine

5.0 January 2017
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A last minute decision to travel to Torres del Paine, I found Southern Explorations via a google search. Very professional and organized company. Eric assisted me with getting things organized in a short time frame. My experience there was magical! The hotel, the staff, the excursions, the airport transfers- everything was taken care of all I had to do was show up. I highly recommend Southern Explorations and will use them again for my upcoming travels.
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Tour Southern Explorations Company Reviews

Fantastic!

5.0 January 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Fantastic service! The team at SE went above and beyond to create the perfect itinerary for our family. The most amazing guides and personalized service. Highly recommend!!

Tour Southern Explorations Company Reviews

Great Trip!

5.0 January 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Southern Explorations did a fantastic job of putting together a really special trip for us to Ecuador. As we started the initial planning, the Southern Explorations rep really listened and put together a customized itinerary that included Quito, the Amazon, the Andes and the Galapagos. She was patient with all our questions and concerns, and offered up countless options and alternatives. When we arrived, the staff took incredibly good care of us. Despite all the moving parts in our itinerary -- the planes, boats, canoes and buses -- the trip was flawless. No hitches. No unexpected surprises. We had a ball. Thank you! Thank you!
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Andean Crossing trip was incredible

5.0 October 2016
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I´ve learned so much about Peruvian culture and history. One of the best experiences was meeting all the people, like the Ecoamazonia lodge guide Elmer, Sol in Cusco!.

Tour Machu Travel Peru Company Reviews

It was great!

5.0 July 2016
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was great! I would recommend it to anyone!!

Unforgettable Experience

5.0 July 2016
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The trip was one of the best trips we've done. Machu travel did a great job from logistics on airport, bus transfers, hotels are in the center of town, excursions were very organized, staff were there for us to take care of our needs, tour guides were very knowledgeable. Thank you!
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Tour Machu Travel Peru Company Reviews

Tours 3 Trips 8 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 343 $ 422
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise Custom/Private Tour Operator
Size Regional Expert Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Standard Luxury
Regions
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
  • South America
Known For
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Scuba Diving
  • Adventure
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • Luxury
  • Train & Rail
Headquarters Seattle, Washington, USA Urb. Kennedy A, Las Esmeraldas Street E 23, Wanchaq, Cusco, Peru
Year Established 2006 2011
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A
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    About Southern Explorations

    Seattle-based Southern Explorations is a leading purveyor of adventure-oriented small group and customized tours to Latin American destinations. Wide ranging activities may include trekking and hiking, camping, kayaking, whitewater rafting, snorkeling and Scuba diving, sailing, skiing and snowshoeing – or wine tasting and wildlife viewing. 

    What Makes Them Stand Out? 

    They have a commitment to expending resources in the local communities they visit, hiring local guides and support staff, using locally owned lodgings, and making donations to local conservation organizations. 

    Who Travels With Them?

    Southern Explorations Tours tend to attract adventurous travelers in their 30s and 40s as well as fit older travelers. 

    Where Do They Operate?

    Primarily South America, including Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Colombia, as well as Central America (Costa Rica and Panama). They also offer small ship adventure cruises in the Amazon, Galapagos Islands, and Antarctica. 

    How Does It Work?

    You can choose between pre-set land or sea itineraries or they will arrange tours customized to your specifications. Accommodations are locally owned and range from three to five star quality, including haciendas, refugios, and lodges as well as hotels and cruise ships. 

    Why Travel With Them? 

    Staff members are experienced adventure travel experts who each travel to Latin America every year, inspecting accommodations and sites and keeping up to date with field offices. Guides are local, know the territory intimately, and are fluent in both English and Spanish.

    About Machu Travel Peru

    Founded in 2011, the relatively new Machu Travel Peru is dedicated to providing sustainable travels through Peru.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    They create customized itineraries suitable to numerous travel styles. Their guides are passionate and knowledgeable about Peruvian culture and this enthusiasm becomes a part of your tour. You will make your way to Machu Picchu learning of Peruvian history and customs. 

    Who Travels With Them?

    Travelers interested in learning about Peru from a historical and local perspective. Many of their trips go to Machu Picchu - for which it is advisable to be in generally good shape. 

    Where Do They Operate?

    They focus in Peru, with emphasis in Cusco and Machu Picchu. 

    Why Travel With Them?

    Peru is quickly becoming a champion of responsible travel, and Machu Travel Peru is no exception. They work with local rural communities, and are involved in numerous social projects.

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