Explorations, Inc.




   Since 1992, Explorations has offered premier adventures of discovery! Our goal is to provide fun and educational learning experiences while introducing discerning travelers to past and present indigenous cultures and the world of nature. By means of well-paced and in-depth tour itineraries, expert guides, small group size and informal education, participants gain a better understanding of natural history and other cultures.

    Since the inception of Explorations, our goal has not been to be biggest tour operator, but rather just one of the best by providing quality programs at a fair price with excellent personal service. We are gratified with our high level of client satisfaction. It is simply a matter of meeting or exceeding the expectations of our clients. This is achieved with thoughtful trip itineraries, honest portrayal, ample pretrip information and support, excellent tour guides, and helpful in-country local personnel. We do not try to be "experts" in a worldwide variety of tours, but rather focus on specific areas and itineraries so we can provide better customer service and programs. Educational and fun are not just buzz words, they are the goals of our tour programs and service. While the vast majority of our clients are from the USA, our clients include those departing from Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Scotland, and the United Kingdom.

Charlie Strader is the founder and president of Explorations, Inc. His degree in Applied Anthropology and travel experience led him to the position of general manager of a travel company in the 1980’s. In 1992, he started Explorations to better focus on business and life goals. You may contact him using Skype at “charliestrader”.

The business philosophy of Explorations is simple. It is to offer quality travel services at a fair price.

Because we care about customer service and client satisfaction, we do not strive to be the “cheapest” tour operator to our destinations. On the other hand, because of the type of marketing we do and long-term, international business relationships, you will find we are far from the most expensive tour provider.

Our area of travel expertise is tours to select destinations in Latin America for individuals, couples, and groups. We do not attempt to provide travel throughout the world, rather focus on specific areas for which we can provide first-hand knowledge.

Our most popular tours have been to Peru, (mostly for the Amazon and Cuzco area), Costa Rica, and throughout the Maya World of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. We also organize group travel to Panama and Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands.

Most of our tour itineraries highlight both the natural world and local cultures. However for private groups, we tailor itineraries to suit particular interests, with travel specializing in ornithology, botany, archaeology, culinary, adventure, sport-fishing, volunteerism, ecology, sustainability, educational curriculums, research field schools, service learning, alumni trips, etc.

We have operated programs with such scholars as:

Rob Rachowiecki, author Peru, Lonely Planet guidebook

Roger Harris, author The Amazon, Bradt guidebook

Dr Dennis Thoney, NYZS Aquarium for Wildlife Conservation

Dr Michael Wallce, Los Angeles Zoo

Dr Cathleen Cox, Los Angeles Zoo

Daniel Brooks, Houston Zoo

Charles Siegel, Dallas Zoo

Gary Michael, Louisville Zoo

Dr Linda Rayor, Cornell U

Dr Russel Burke, Museum of Zoology, U of MI

Dr Peter Sherman, U of AZ

Gregory Simmons, U of AZ

Dr Robert Fernau, U of CA

Lloyd Morrison, U of CA

Irene Shonle, U of Chicago

Thomas Lemieuz, U of CO

Rodney Mauricio , Duke U

Dr Palma Ingles, U of FL

Dr David Maher, U of FL

Dr. Eric Young, U of FL

Dr Robert Norton, U of Fl

Dr Alíce Warren, U of FL

Dr Richard Coles, Harvard U

Dr. Dustin Becker, U of IN

Dr James Danoff-Burg, U of KS

Laura Gill, U of MD

Dr James Hunt, U of MO

Dr. James Albert, U of MI

Dr James Roper, U of PA

Dr Rick Gillis, U of WI

People with a love of nature and foreign cultures are sure to have a great time, but you do not have to take just our word for it! You are welcome to call for references. Below are direct quotes taken from the Trip Critiques of past participants regarding the best parts of the trip and other comments:

What a few past clients have written about our tours:

J. Heyde: "No surprises, just as advertised! Your in country tour guides and hosts are absolutely first class. When you sign up for foreign tours without the benefit of face to face..., you are naturally skeptical about how it will all turn out, especially being aware that you might be stuck in the boondocks and not able to even speak the language. I don't know how you do what you do in planning these trips, but it exceeded my expectations."

C. Cyrus: "I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with your level of service, knowledge of the area and friendly helpfulness - as I usually plan my own trips independently. So to use an agent that actually provided what they promised was especially nice."

Phyllis Britton: "Efficient, friendly and fun... The attention to detail was outstanding."

Virginia Coolidge: "The educational element was important to me and it exceeded my expectations."

J. Ackerman: "The variety of plant, animal and insect life. Also seeing the way the people along the river live. Just getting away from it all and relaxing was great, and a nice change of pace."

K. Toni: "The entire trip was great, far beyond anything I expected... This trip really was one fantastic thing after another. I was a little apprehensive about doing it at first, because I was traveling alone and going to a place that I didn't know much about, but any apprehension was erased the first day."

M. Betzold: "This was for me a most enlightening adventure. I was awed and inspired by everything I experienced, and just when I thought it couldn't get any better, it did!"

J. Ackerman: "The canopy walkway, the variety of plant, animal and insect life. Also seeing the way the people along the river live."

S. Schmitt: "Walking through the jungle, climbing up in the canopy, trading with the local Indians."

L. Kalber: "The entire time aboard the ship - great food, nice cabins, wonderful weather (no insects!) and the view from the top observation deck. The day trips were major highlights - boat excursions to see wildlife, natives, etc."

L. Travis: "The very different lives and distinctive lifestyles and cultures. The warmth of the people of Peru, the friends made on the ship, Machu Picchu, traveling without fear or hassle."

R. Hanka: "The daily activities; The Amazon River itself; I can't think of anything bad; The nights on the Amazon River were outstanding, very interesting."

L. Kochendorfer: "Primitiveness of the jungle. Good shopping in Cuzco. Fantastic Inca ruins and mountains."

J. Laurich: "The organization was excellent, the itinerary was full and very complete, the food was outstanding, the guides were wonderful"

V. Hubbard: "The accommodations were unusual-interesting-exciting-better than I expected... I recommend this trip highly!"

J. Prater: ""Scenery of the Andes, Sacred Valley and twilight return to Cuzco, train ride to Machu Picchu! Sitting on the second deck of the ship, launch rides up the tributaries, visits into home of Amazones"

Norma White: "The preparation and research for this trip were exceptional and much appreciated....The attention given for our well-being and safety was recognized and valued by all."

Lucile Brink: "The small group and the very personal contact we had with local people in various villages. Travis is a good host and excellent guide."

Stuart Rider: Regarding the best part: "The guide, Travis, and the people with us, the size of the group, well planned and carried out, both fun and fascinating." Regarding the worst part: "Can't think of any worst part" ,

I. Barger: "Trip was fantastic! Everything I hoped it would be!"

H. O'Rourke: "I had a great time and a wonderful experience which I will remember forever."

W. Walser: "Everybody had only good things to say about every aspect of this trip! ...The food in the lodges was unbelievably good, wholesome and well combined. I can only recommend your services."

Alice Hollingsworth: "Seeing an entirely new culture - visiting the school and village - trading with the villagers - having the guides share their knowledge"

M. Klanchar: "Your guides sharing their beloved homeland, culture and knowledge."

K. Thomas: "The relaxation in the jungle! No pressures. The guides were great. It was great to see them enjoy their lands and traditions. They were more than willing to help answer questions and most of all- have fun."

J. Ekoniak: "Fantastic vacation on every count: the place visited, the group I was part of, the local people and the company that packaged it. The quality of the destination was matched by the quality of your organization. I appreciate and admire your personal and business ethics, Charlie. I enjoyed speaking with you. Thanks."

D. Dean: "All I can say is it was great, fabulous, wonderful, etc.- I just hope it stays the way it is and I hope to go back some day.."

S. Gray: "I can't think of ANY bad parts of the trip. Thanks for a wonderful vacation. Charlie was extremely helpful in the planning phase even for the portion of the trip that we did not plan through Explorations. The whole experience was amazing. I could not have asked for a better tour guide than Renilo. Everybody at the lodges were great, friendly, and helpful. And the food was amazing!"

Consuelo Pajor: "This trip was perfect."

M/M Learned: (Re Andean Inca Exploration) "My husband describes this tour style as a tour with training wheels. We had just the right amount of attention and were allowed to go at our own pace and in our own comfort level Our guide was very efficient, very prompt, kind and helpful."

R. Ruehl: "It would be difficult to select a best part. The entire trip was outstanding."

L. Sullivan: "It's really hard to say (re best part). Ever place we went, everything we did were marvelous - a totally splendid experience."

M. Carner: "The trip was truly incredible. We felt "hand carried" at every step of the way. Accommodations were perfect and very personal. The people (staff) at Casa San Blass were so nice. The meals at the cave were great. I will tell my friends Explorations is the way to go. Thank you very much.

M. Eckert: "(re best part) The food and the pace of the program. The scenery was truly amazing...The various village trips were special, especially visiting a school as I am a teacher.. The smaller ship made getting to know the other passengers easier and made for an enjoyable trip. Our guide, Segundo was very helpful in arranging additional excursions in Iquitos and even accompanying us making sure we had the proper transportation. It made for an even more enjoyable experience.”

R. Campbell: "(re best part) cruising the Amazon and skiff trips up the tributaries - great combination of leisure time and planned outings. Service provided by cruise ship staff”

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Much more than just places - our tours are about people and their cultures, both past and present.

About Explorations

Contact information:

Email  info@goexploring.com

Phone  239-992-9660, 800-446-9660

FAX  239-992-7666

SKYPE  available upon request

   In addition to planning and operating tours for many individuals, travel agencies, large family groups, and private parties, we have a long history of arranging custom itineraries for varied institutions, organizations, and travel agencies - including:

Florida Native Plant Society

Southwest Florida Archaeological Society

Audubon Society of Southwest Florida

Florida Gulf Coast University

Franklin College, IN

Wofford College, SC

Calusa Nature Center, FL

Friends of the Fine Arts & Communication, Texas State University

Cincinnati Friendship Force Group

SierraQuest Hiking Club (CA)

Hunter Banks Company

American Express Travel, CA, MN, MO, PA, FL

AAA Travel, AZ, CA, MN, MO, PA

Camelback Odyssey Travel, AZ

TEN Travel, AZ

A Bit of Travel, CA

All Cruise Travel, CA

Anaheim Key to Travel, CA

Giselles Travel Bureau, CA

Kelly World Travel, CA

Maxima Travel, CA

Montrose Travel, CA

Pacific Heights Travel, CA

Pescadero Travel, CA

Revel Travel Service, CA

Silver Lake Travel, CA

Tickets to Paradise, CA

Travel Connoisseur, CA

Travel Store, CA

Travelmar, CA

Vineyard Travel, CA

Whitmor Travel, CA

RMA Travel & Tours, CO

Largay Travel, CT

Advantage Travel, FL

Brilliant Of Hollywood Inc., FL

Tailored Travel, FL

CWT Palm Travel, FL

Good Buy Travel, FL

Kings Point Travel & Tours, FL

Marina Travel Service, FL

Mini Vacations Inc., FL

Premium Travel of Naples, FL

Tailored Travel, FL

Travel Connection, FL

Travel Team, FL

Kona Coast Travel, HI

The Travel Center, IA

Blackhawk Travel, IL

Borgsmiller Travels, IL

La Salle Co. Travel Agency, IL

CPW Great Escape Travel, IL

Lindstrom Travel, IL

Travel Royale, IL

Citizens Travel Center, IN

World Travel, IN

International Travel & Tours, KY

Groups By Design, KY

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Global Travel International, MN

Preferred Adventures Ltd, MN

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Explorations, Inc.
27655 Kent Rd
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Phone: 1-239-992-9660
Toll free 1-(800)-446-9660 (in USA, Canada, P.R.)

Explorations Inc. is licensed and registered with the

State of Florida as a Seller of Travel.

The phone number for the Florida Department of Commerce is 904-488-2221 and our SOT registration number is 15176. We are also registered in California as Seller of Travel #2021110-40.

We are an TSI Member of IATAN (International Airlines Travel Agent Network). An escrow account for trip payments is available. Client references are available upon request.