Milestone marked with new destinations, Machu Picchu wisdom and trip savings
Online PR News – 12-February-2015 – LITTLETON, Colo. – This year marks 25 years of distinctive journeys to South America for Southwind Adventures. The boutique tour operator opened its doors in April 1990 and, since then, has rewarded guests with authentic experiences that open the heart, mind and sprit to the wonders of South America.
Two and a half decades of successful travel business operations calls for a toast. What better setting for clinking glasses than the estancias, wineries and beaches of Uruguay? In honor of the anniversary, Southwind has launched a new itinerary, Buenos Aires and Coastal Uruguay. Inspired by Cofounder and Director of Operations Luis Felipa’s recent visit, the new adventure is filled with epicurean wine and olive tastings, historic sites, sophistication and beachfront fun. Mature and classy, this new soft adventure perfectly captures Southwind’s unique style.
Insights on Machu Picchu
Southwind’s roots run deep in Peru, helping to pioneer trekking and adventure travel in the Cusco region in the 1980s. The two cofounders, Luis Felipa and Suzie Shride, met while working in tourism on the ground level, gaining insights into Machu Picchu and its surroundings as a field guide and a travel specialist. In 1990, using connections with the most experienced guides and ground operators in South America, the Southwind brand was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Today, 25 years later, the tradition of top quality eco-travel and utmost expertise lives on. Southwind employs the most seasoned guides in Peru and South America. Their passion shines through with each tour of Machu Picchu they lead. Recently, to display an intimate knowledge of Inca history and archaeology, Southwind has carefully selected the top sites inside Machu Picchu citadel and explained their meaning in a recent blog article What to Do at Machu Picchu: Exploring the Ancient Citadel’s Top 12 Treasures. This post is a sample of the kind of thorough interpretation and guidance that distinguishes every single Southwind adventure.
25 Years of Crafting Travel Memories
Southwind President & Travel Specialist Tom Damon has seen the company grow up over time. “Having spent 18 years helping Southwind travelers realize their dreams of adventure in the Andes, Amazon and Galapagos, I’m grateful for our customers’ loyalty and friendship,” Tom says. “The trust of our customers is why Southwind continues to thrive.”
Many travelers come back with friends and family to travel with Southwind again, while many more refer their peers. To meet these requests, Southwind constantly seeks out emerging regions, improves itineraries, expands lodging options and adds to its destination repertoire.
“My first visit was to Peru for my 40th birthday,” recalls Southwind traveler Beverly Testa of Denver, Colorado. “On a Signature small-group trip, I got to experience the sites, hiking, markets, food, culture, music, history, architecture, housing, education, health care and so much more in a an enlightening way. We made side trips that a typical tourist may not even consider.”
For her 50th birthday, Beverly booked another Signature trip, the Lake District Odyssey. “I simply contacted Southwind a second time without hesitation because I knew they would repeat their awesome service. My travels through Chile and Argentina were fantastic! I have referred friends and family ever since.”
$250 Off Bookings in April
April is a great month to plan a trip to South America. There’s still time to join a small group departure to Peru during the optimum months of July-November. It’s also an ideal month for planning Patagonia, a world-class hiking and natural history destination with a short high season from November through March, best enjoyed in the comfort and value of a Signature trip.
For its 25th anniversary, Southwind is offering yet another good reason to book in April. Any Signature Trip booking made during April 2015 is eligible for a special discount of $250 per person off the base Land Cost. This applies to group trips with a departure date of July 1, 2015 or later. Signature Trips are classic itineraries with set departure dates, vetted and perfected through years of experience. Group size is small and congenial, never exceeding 12 travelers.
See Signature Trips for a list of itineraries and departures that qualify for the discount.