Machu Picchu Tours for 2005 Offered by Seattle Ecotourism Company

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Seattle company Southern Explorations offers small group tours to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail.

Southern Explorations, one of the leading tour operators in Peru, is offering specialized Machu Picchu tours for 2005. There are two great ways to arrive at the ruins of Machu Picchu of Peru.

For the adventurous, Southern Explorations offers exciting trekking tours to Machu Picchu. Spend 4 days hiking on the famed Inca Trail, then arrive at Machu Picchu. The best months for this trip are dry season: Late April thru early October. To avoid the biggest tourist crowds, though, avoid June, July and August.

For those who want to spend more time at the ruins, take a beautiful train ride along the Urubamba river as it makes its way torward the Amazon. Then spend a two or more days at Machu Picchu.

Weather in the Andes - Though officially part of the dry season, April and May are considered spring in Peru, while June - October marks the Peruvian summer. Mid-day temperatures range from 70-80 F in the sun. Nighttime temperatures in Cusco range in the 40s F and can dip into the 30s F while camping on the Inca Trail trek. Weather is usually clear in the morning with clouds accumulating in the afternoon. Rain can happen in any season, so quality rain gear is essential.

"I have hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 32 times, and in all months. I actually (and honestly) enjoyed hiking the Inca Trail during the rainy season months. There were fewer people on the trail and the weather was not bad. It would rain a bit, but usually we would see some sun during the day." Explains Justin Laycob, owner and founder of Southern Explorations.

A visit to Peru and Machu Picchu is a perfect trip for individuals or the family. Southern Explorations offers a variety of Peru tours that includes activities designed to appeal to all ages. The company offers fixed dates on all of their Machu Picchu tours, to accommodate individual travelers or small groups that enjoy traveling with others. Southern Explorations also specializes in Peru custom itineraries for private departures. For families The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful treks in the world and there is a lot to keep the kids interested: Animals, ruins, local's with very colorful clothing and breathtaking scenery. Southern Explorations has guided families for years in Peru and the whole family has a great time.

Note that Inca Trail regulations limit the number of people allowed on the Inca Trail to 500 people each day. Permits are given on a "first-come, first-serve" basis only, so booking early is essential. If you're considering booking an Inca Trail tour between May and October Southern Explorations require your full name, date of birth, nationality and passport number immediately.

Southern Explorations is dedicated to cultural travel and expeditions that are beneficial for both the traveler and those living in the destinations. With extensive experience in Peru, Chile, the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Bolivia, they combine breath-taking adventures, comfort and environmental preservation.

For more information please contact Southern Explorations LLC Toll Free (877) 784-5400 or (206) 784-8111.

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