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The trip was better than we had dared to dream! There were too many highlights to mention, but discovering a continent that is a little off the beaten track for many NZers was exciting.

I will be recommending to my friends they tour South America and will most certainly point them at Southern Exposure Tours. Prospective tourists will not get better advice or organisation anywhere.

Our overall impression of SET is excellent. Very knowledgeable guides, very easy travelling. Really good hotels, good food.

I have already told my friends how good the trip was and to go and see Silvana if they are thinking of going to South America. We will be using her services to go to India next year.

Great cycling trip with a good mix of sightseeing and cycling. Pedalling through villages was great and the people were friendly and welcoming. Each day something new to see and enjoy.

I loved every moment of this trip, I travelled as an individual and SET organised all transfers and pickups so I didn’t worry about a thing.

This trip was excellent and exceeded our expectations. The food, biking and people were amazing . Thanks SET for such an authentic way to see Asia. We are sure you will have plenty of other cyclists joining you in the future.

Activities were a good range that mirrored what we asked for (genuine Vietnam, history and culture, food, nature). Everyday included something different – although the two weeks went quickly we felt like we packed so much in. Loved the variety and excitement of trying something different most days. Wonderful cycling trip for a group of friends. Two weeks exploring Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. Plenty of cycling, including the Hai Van Pass was a highlight . We had an amazing local guide who shared his love, knowledge and passion for his country which ensured we left this trip already planning to return.

As we enjoyed the Tour so much, we can say that SET organised the Tour very professionally as the itinerary went off without any problems. We followed the Tour as described and therefore we achieved in fact exceeded our travel expectations. We went on this Tour mainly for the Biking and were impressed with the Bikes provided and the areas that we covered – well done!

An amazing trip. Seeing the country by push bike gives you a real insight into the scenery and culture of the country. Not only do you see areas that you couldn’t see by any other mode of transport, you get to smell the smells, hear the noises and meet the locals.

This trip was excellent and exceeded our expectations. The food, biking and people were amazing . Thanks SET for such an authentic way to see Asia. We are sure you will have plenty of other cyclists joining you in the future.

Great cycling trip with a good mix of sightseeing and cycling. Pedalling through villages was great and the people were friendly and welcoming. Each day something new to see and enjoy.

As we enjoyed the Tour so much, we can say that SET organised the Tour very professionally as the itinerary went off without any problems. We followed the Tour as described and therefore we achieved in fact exceeded our travel expectations. We went on this Tour mainly for the Biking and were impressed with the Bikes provided and the areas that we covered – well done! All the local guides were outgoing, friendly and helpful to all members of the Tour Group. Their enthusiasm and manner never changed once during the tour – we could not have asked for better guides.

What a wonderful tour we had. I have nothing but praise. The guides were helpful and interesting, the places they took us were outstanding, the accommodation was amazing, wonderful food and any minor queries were dealt with promptly. SE Asia is a great place for cycling especially as we were able to avoid riding in the busy places and were frequently able to interact with the locals. Changing the guides in each country meant we had a very different experience in each country. The itinerary was only a rough guide as they responded to conditions on the day and also had their own favourite routes. I will never forget riding through hidden paths in the jungle around Ankor Wat and coming across a remote temple with no other tourists around. We then rode several kilometres on top of the outer walls of the complex with the moat below us. Again, very few people on this route. This day has to be the highlight of our trip. Thank you so much for your help.

Having travelled with SET a couple of times before, I was familiar with the arrangements. The tour was very well organised with enough flexibility to suit me as I was travelling solo. The tour leader Baruch Fahey was a marvel – well organised, very engaged, full of useful tips, and his wonderful knowledge of history of Spain was a true privilege.

Couldn’t have asked for a better choice or ratio of free time to activities. Was up for a bit more walking, but this would have meant either a longer trip or less of other activities. a wonderful way to get a taste for the best of Andalusia., with a brilliant guide who is immersed in the history, culture and lifestyle of the region – definite recommendation.

Just a little hello from two of your happy campers to say thank you again for a truly wonderful walking tour and for sending us the lovely group photo as a memento of unforgettable times shared in such a stunning part of the world. I am sure the tour you led following ours, was equally amazing for your group and we have no intentions of letting the dust settle on our hiking shoes for any longer than necessary, before we embark on another wonderful and hopefully challenging, walking adventure. Keep up the great work!!

The Greek Islands Food and Walking tour was full of wonderful experiences and fun and we learned a lot about Greek culture and the way the people live. Wonderful views and sunsets, delicious fresh food in beautiful settings and great walks made this tour unforgettable. The souvenir book sent after the tour is a great keepsake. We would highly recommend this tour.

Fabulous, Trip of a lifetime! We are lucky to have travelled extensively over the years and we found that the value and overall experience provided by Southern Exposure Tours was the best group tour we have experienced.

I must say you are the best travel company I have dealt with over the decades. Your correspondence and all the extras have made dealing with you a fantastic experience.I will be endorsing your company to all travellers that I meet. Again thanks.

“Silvana was an amazing guide; energetic, tolerant, patient and entertaining. Her in-depth knowledge of the places we explored was an absolute asset. Whether we were making connections with local trains or cable cars, to speaking the local language, she was a real gem. Spending time walking through each of these country’s alpine villages in a small group, was a great way to experience the local culture and cuisine. Thank you for organising a well-planned, action-packed trip. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys walking!”

This was an amazing tour. Really well organised and we had a wonderful variety of things to do and see. The places we visited and the hotels we stayed at made it a very special holiday, we didn’t feel like tourists at all. The scenery was unbelievable and every day was another beautiful day. The alpine meadows need to be seen to be believed and this tour certainly had us out seeing them. I would thoroughly recommend taking a tour with Southern Exposure Tours. Their professionalism was outstanding and we packed a lot of holiday into a relatively short space of time.

Thanks for organising such an amazing holiday, absolutely fantastic. Andrea was a great guide, well organised, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We were kept busy and active and covered a lot of ground, we would have struggled to fit in all that we did had we been on or own.

On a previous SET tour, we talked with some of our travel companions about the most enjoyable trips we had done. They rated the European Alps Tour, combined with the Amalfi Coast very highly, and we couldn’t agree more. The whole package was outstanding. If you enjoy hiking, want to explore a range of beautiful European walking tracks and see some amazing scenery, you should make this trip a priority.

Thank you for the fantastic trip to Ecuador that you and your team planned for us. The planning process was excellent and SET took so much time in answering all my zillions of questions. SET was personal & professional. You made it so easy from beginning to end. It was customised perfectly for the 2 of us. Our guide was amazing!!! He was so friendly & knowledgeable. We got a real sense of the people, history & culture. In a short time we felt we had experienced the very best of Ecuador. We look forward to our next journey with you.

We had planned the trip around wildlife viewing plus a Cuban experience. The wildlife in Costa Rica, particularly birds, was outstanding. Cuba lived up to expectations with great music, awesome cars and fascinating history. As Darwin enthusiasts Galápagos Islands was all we expected and still managed to surprise on a daily basis. Four nights in the Amazon at Napo Lodge was a great finale to an outstanding holiday.

Costa Rica, Cuba, Galapagos and Ecuadorian Amazon Lodge: “We had planned the trip around wildlife viewing plus a Cuban experience. The wildlife in Costa Rica, particularly birds, was outstanding. Cuba lived up to expectations with great music, awesome cars and fascinating history. As Darwin enthusiasts Galápagos Islands was all we expected and still managed to surprise on a daily basis. Four nights in the Amazon at Napo Lodge was a great finale to an outstanding holiday.”

“Absolutely speechless” We just got back to Queenstown this afternoon, we are absolutely speechless! What an amazing holiday! The trip went off with out one single hitch – it was like a well-oiled machine. The guide was amazing (Pepo), actually that is an understatement, that guy needs a massive pat on the back. I could carry on writing for pages but you get the drift. Once again thanks for an amazing life-changing trip

My husband and I joined SET Tours for back to back Patagonia and Galapagos trips. Both were very efficiently organised and gave us experiences of a lifetime. The accommodation was usually in small family run/owned hotels/guest houses, which were welcoming and very comfortable. The refugios in Patagonia were also excellent, providing delicious food and better accommodation than we had perhaps expected. Our guides were very professional and well informed. The scenery and hiking were incredible and thoroughly enjoyable. In the Galapagos, we were land based and travelled between islands by boat. Our guide, Zambo, was outstanding. Again, we saw everything we expected to see and more. Swimming with hammerhead sharks had to be the highlight. Go soon for the trip of a lifetime. I would have no hesitation in recommending both trips and would give them 5 star ratings.

This trip so exceeded our expectations. We knew it would be special but this was the trip of a lifetime mainly due to the superb organisation and enthusiasm from our local guide Pablo. We are so pleased we chose a land based tour and got to enjoy the local culture and facilities .

Southern Exposure Tours have the skills and experience to organise their tours to a very high standard. The choice of itinerary is always interesting and well balanced. Clients benefit from the personal touch of the owners of the company who are always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the perfect holiday.

Costa Rica, Cuba, Galapagos and Ecuadorian Amazon Lodge. We had planned the trip around wildlife viewing plus a Cuban experience. The wildlife in Costa Rica, particularly birds, was outstanding. Cuba lived up to expectations with great music, awesome cars and fascinating history. As Darwin enthusiasts Galápagos Islands was all we expected and still managed to surprise on a daily basis. Four nights in the Amazon at Napo Lodge was a great finale to an outstanding holiday.

Fabulous trip with surprises, contrasts, wildlife and culture at every turn – and great food and music! Loved every minute of it even though it was hot, hot, hot!!

Southern Exposure Tours have the skills and experience to organise their tours to a very high standard. The choice of itinerary is always interesting and well balanced. Clients benefit from the personal touch of the owners of the company who are always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the perfect holiday.

This was an excellent and well organised trip and we had a great time. The variety of plant and animal life in this part of the world especially Costa Rica is amazing although you need patience because of course the animals in the National Parks are not waiting to be photographed. Special thanks to our guide Janet who worked hard for the group. We would recommend that you insist on having her for your tour leader for this trip because English is her first language so it was easy to discuss complicated matters and share subtle jokes. We appreciated her invitation to visit her home and meet the family horses at Monteverde.

We have now done five trips with SET, which is a great indication of what we think of them. The trips have all been well planned and organized. Their leaders are carefully chosen, are friendly, knowledgeable and efficient and a lot of fun. We cannot speak more highly of Silvana, Nick and the team, and have no hesitation in recommending SET for a memorable overseas experience.

“Just wanted to say how much I loved the trip – brilliantly organized (just completely the norm for you!), met some lovely people – and of course, your wonderful friends, hoteliers and guides. It really totally exceeded my expectations, and South America may well be a ‘return-to’ continent!!

Thank you, thank you and thank you!”

Our Patagonian trip was superbly organized and as a result we had a great time. It was great to have the expertise of Silvana who tailored our trip to our specific needs. The guide organized by her was invaluable – he knew the places, the restaurants, the walks and spoke excellent English and Spanish. This took the organizational pressure off us so we could concentrate on enjoying ourselves. There were two couples in our group – this meant the logistics and costs were very manageable. Overall it was a great trip and we would thoroughly recommend it to travelers wanting an adventure in Argentina and Chile.

A lifelong dream come true. Had always wanted to go to this part on the world. The grandeur of Torres del Paine, the glaciers, the icebergs, the lakes, Ushuaia and then the vibrancy of Buenos Aires what more could you ask for. This trip had it all.

Everyone has seen all the photographs and documentaries on Patagonia, so why go? SET takes you inside the ropes and provides the chance to see and feel for yourself the jaw dropping sights of the mountains and glaciers, and all that the National Parks have to offer. It is indeed on the “road to the end of the world”, but you will never forget that you took it.

For a wonderful trip of a lifetime to a lesser known part of the world, I can highly recommend Patagonia Highlights for the active adventurous traveller. Amazing scenery, interesting landscapes, and a great cultural experience

Peru was a delight to visit: safe, easy to get around, great food, friendly people, stunning landscapes.

For someone like me who doesn’t favour group travel, SET set up small groups of seasoned travellers, with an itinerary which gave everyone time to experience places and events together or singly, and without arriving ‘en masse’ at sites of interest.

SET tour company lives its values of sustainability and eco-tourism, by connecting and supporting communities which we then had the privilege of visiting, and by linking in with local eco-tour operators. This meant we had more genuine experiences, through organized contact with the people and indigenous communities of Peru, which was a true highlight of the tour.

“Unbelievable” Southern Exposure Tours did a great job organizing our holiday in South America. Our first stop was Peru and our Inca guide in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu was passionate about everything Inca! We then travelled to Quito and Otavalo, staying in a 300 year old Hacienda. The last 10 days were spent on the Galápagos Islands Our time here was unbelievable. We enjoyed snorkeling a number of times. A 16 kilometer Walk on Isabella Is took us through many different levels of vegetation to see an active volcano. We would thoroughly recommend Southern Exposure Tours for all your Sth American Travels

Our trip was amazing and we were never left wondering what next. Met at the airport taken to our hotel & from there we were so well looked after. Everything was explained in detail, picked up each morning for sight seeing & transfers for our next adventures. I can highly recommend SET, we know you won’t be disappointed!!

Our South American trip was busy, informative, fun and we became immersed in the different culture almost immediately. We were given words and phrases in Spanish so we could give something to the locals we met. Our amazing guide gave his all for the entire trip and we all felt as though we had known him for a long time. Congratulations to you all.

During May 2015, we were lucky enough to tour Peru and the Galapagos Islands with Southern Exposure Tours. We cannot speak highly enough of their organization. The interesting and varied itinerary, the wonderful tour guides, the accommodation, and travel arrangements were all excellent and made up an unforgettable adventure. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience they provided and would not hesitate to recommend tours organised by this company. It is difficult to identify a highlight. From being able to meet Peruvian people in their homes, to learning about the history of the Incas, or experiencing the wildlife of the Galapagos we enjoyed every moment. Thank you.

Better than we dared to dream! The highlights were too many to mention, but discovering a continent that is a little off the beaten track for many NZers was exciting. I will be recommending to my friends they tour South America and will most certainly point them at Southern Exposure Tours. Prospective tourists will not get better advice or organisation anywhere.

This was our first experience of a group tour and we would definitely recommend SET. The organisation from the NZ end and the local operators could not be faulted. Lenin Ampudia was an amazing guide, his warmth and calm efficiency is ideally suited to the tour guide role.

Thank you all for your wonderful organisation and variety to show case what South America has to offer.

Awesome experience
A Lifetime Journey
Great Tour itinerary
Fantastic Tour leader and local guiders
Worth every cent for this SET Tour.

Our South American trip was a wonderful adventure, we really enjoyed, it was way beyond our expectations. The different cultures, scenery, history, cuisine, accommodation, our friendly travel group and your enthusiasm and great organization all contributed to making this a trip of a lifetime for us and we have many amazing memories and photos of new travel experiences we shared.

It was with some slight fears that we booked an adventurous trip to South America but that was soon put to rest as the contacts with SET were from the start very professional and when we met our fellow travellers and our tour leader we were set for our 33 day adventure. Everything was as good or better than we could have hoped for and we have no hesitation in recommending SET and South America to would be travellers.

What a lovely surprise to receive the Sojourn Photo Book. It sure brings back some wonderful memories of a fabulous trip. I think I said previously that the trip was so well run, and much better than we had expected.

Hats off to you and your team and guides for giving us such a great experience. I have told quite a few people about your company, so I hope you get some feed back from them.

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