How to travel to South America after Covid-19. But first. We want to thank you.
Virtually every travel company, big and small, has been affected by the global pandemic. Our teams at Adios Adventure Travel are truly grateful for the loyalty and support of our clients and current suppliers. We are working closely with our local resources to develop and implement health and safety protocols that ensure the safest environment for our travelers and our staff.
What is the status of our company Adios Adventure Travel?
Before the world was struck down by covid-19, Adios Adventure Travel was operating at a profit. Post-covid we remain debt-free and ready to resume full operations in all countries where we were operating before the corona virus. Our local teams are preparing to conduct business with up to date health standards and safe practices for our small groups. We have always specialized in customized trips for small, private groups and this will continue after countries reopen and international travel starts to return to whatever configuration it will be in the future.
Covid Controls Tool - created by developers from Singapore's MIT Senseable City Lab (Research group that focuses on design and tech) You'll see a world map with search fields to type in your country of origin and the status of countries you can visit with green, yellow and red color codes to show requirements for entry.
Airsiders - Berlin-based travel tech company developed this app to help passengers navigate airports and departure gates based on current protocols. Temperature checks and covid testing, as well as what amenities are available are incorporated into your plan to manage your airport connections.
See our up to date blog posts for the latest information about border reopenings, arrival policies and the status of airlines and entry into various destinations in South America. Travelers in 2020 should be prepared for last-minute changes to itineraries as businesses slowly reopen. Below we included the latest up to date announcements for Machu Picchu health protocols from the NEW Machu Picchu website relaunched in July 2020.
We're doing our part to help you travel again. Here are two important policies:
- Health and Safety. We are experts in organizing trips for small private groups. Avoid big buses, group tours and large crowds. Follow this link to get more info about traveling in small private groups.
- Flexible booking. Adios Adventure Travel offers 100% risk-free cancellation for new bookings to Machu Picchu in 2021. We will give you a 100% full refund if you cancel for any reason up to 16 days prior to scheduled arrival. Follow this link to see more details about the offer.
- Reschedule any trip without penalties. Ask about risk-free cancellation for trips to Machu Picchu up to 16 days prior to arrival
Choose from any of our all-inclusive itineraries, or for independent travelers, you reserve your own hotels while we take care of the travel logistics to get to and from Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail or other activities.
In Peru, they have begun what the government has called Phase 3 of the nation’s economic reactivation process. In mid-July domestic overland and air travel resumed, and in recent weeks the government has drafted and approved travel protocols and guidelines for the Peruvian tourism sector. The lodges and hotels have been working to incorporate those new measures into their own traveler’s health protocols, and which will be updated regularly as the situation evolves within the nation’s borders. And as a company we continue to adopt the recommendations provided by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council) and the WHO (World Health Organization) for the wellbeing of both our teams and our guests.
The Peruvian government has indicated that the country’s international borders will reopen on October 5, 2020 with international flights from countries adjoining Peru. Flights from other countries in the Americas will slowly resume later in October.
Most tourist-related businesses are contemplating a gradual resumption of their tourism operations as they prioritize individual human health. It's possible that tourism will be discouraged through the end of the year 2020. Keep checking back as I post updates as soon as new info becomes available.
- Machu Picchu reopening is still a moving target. Projected to reopen in October 2020
- Stay-at-home orders lifted for most of the country
- Border closed to foreigners until October 5, 2020.
- International flights from countries adjoining Peru are expected to resume on October 5, 2020.
- International flights from countries in the Americas will begin later in October
- Foreigners arriving in Peru will need a molecular test with validity for 48 hours. (additional protocol info is expected to be released later)
- Machu Picchu website is now active, but entry tickets are not on sale yet
- Machu Picchu National Park will limit capacity to 50%, (75 people per hour) trains and buses will be limited to 50% capacity. Guides will be limited to 7 people per group spaced at least 20 meters apart. Tours will be limited to 1H/20M (we don't know for how long these measure will last)
- The town of Machu Picchu Pueblo (aka Aguas Calientes), with the Peru Ministry of Health, is establishing a Tourism and Healthy Safety Commission to prepare health protocols for the safety of staff and visitors to the national park. For the first time, an ambulance has been delivered from Cusco, to serve national park visitors in situations of urgent health needs.
- Stay-at-home orders were lifted in August.
- International border is currently closed. Chile border reopening will be announced.
- State of emergency ended on September 15, 2020
- Galapagos Islands flights resumed. Visitors need to be prepared with proper documents and should be flexible with their itineraries as boating and marine activities slowly reopen. Most businesses are hoping to be open in time for holiday travelers in December and January. (2020 & 2021)
- Covid-19 PCR test is required before flying to Galapagos. PCR tests from foreign labs will be accepted if the test was conducted within 96 hours of arrival in Galapagos. We don't know if you need the test to travel to Ecuador. PCR Tests can be done in the Quito or Guayaquil airport and most hotels
- Foreigners will fill out health form before arrival in Ecuador
- All foreigners should buy comprehensive travel insurance that includes medical services and trip interruption. (I suggest looking for CFAR policy)
- Sometime in 2020 expected reopening for tourism. Presidential election is in October 2020.
What do you need to know about latin airlines?
Both Avianca and Latam Airlines have filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. The circumstances for each company are different.
How Covid-19 affects your packing list.
We recommend that each group traveling together should bring their own thermometer, in addition to things like masks and sanitizer.
Follow this link to read more.