Southwind Adventures Celebrates 25 Years with April Booking Discount

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Milestone marked with new destinations, Machu Picchu wisdom and trip savings

Buenos Aires and Coastal Uruguay

'On a Signature small-group trip, I got to experience the sites, hiking, markets, food, culture, music, history, architecture, housing, education, healthcare and so much more in a an enlightening way.' - Beverly Testa, Denver

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.

Introducing Uruguay
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.

$250 Off of 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 of 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 Travel Discounts ( for details and Signature Trips ( for a list of itineraries and departures that qualify for the discount.

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