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 have arranged over 150 trips in the last year since we reopened after the pandemic. We have learned a great deal about how to deal with logistics and restrictions in various countries. While we still don't claim to have all the answers to every question, we have reliable resources to solve most problems and keep everyone safe, happy and revitalized from their travels.
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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 have resumed operations in all countries where we were operating before the corona virus. Our local teams are conducting 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 has continued after countries reopened at a fraction of the pre-covid levels of international travel.
Do US-Bound Travelers Need to get Covid Tests after traveling in South America?
No. As of June 12, 2022, the CDC has removed the requirement for people entering the US from abroad to show proof of negative covid test before boarding their flight.. Follow this link.
See our up to date blog posts for the latest information about border reopenings, arrival policies, covid tests, and the status of airlines and entry into various destinations in South America. Travelers in 2022 should be prepared for last-minute changes to itineraries as businesses adjust to life after covid. Below we included the latest up to date announcements for Machu Picchu health protocols. Information is subject to change. It's adviseable to confirm the accurancy of information from more than one resource before making plans.
What do travelers need to know about booking trips to South America after covid?
- Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Chile are reopened after the pandemic.
- Machu Picchu and secondary archaeological sites in Peru are open at 100% capacity
- Health and Safety. Peru has been designated a "Safe Travels" destination by WTTC. Follow this link for full details.
- Travel to South America favors people who can plan last minute. Being flexible is key.
- It's OK to plan trips to South America in advance, but it's wise to get comprehensive travel insurance to cover all your ground and air expenses. Here's a link to Squaremouth for free estimate.
- Passports need to be valid for at least 6 months after your travel dates.
Travelers can 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.
This is the ideal time for people who have the flexiblity to travel last minute to explore Machu Picchu and the Cusco region. Cusco is a good hub for accessing tour guides, drivers and services needed to explore nearby mountains like Rainbow, Waqrapukara and Ausangate 7 Lagoons.
- Peru drops all covid entry requirements effective November 1, 2022.
- Machu Picchu is reopened and operationg at 100% capacity. Capacity was increased in August 2022.
- Permits for Inca Trail hikes in 2023 are available. We are taking reservations now.
- Note that the covid documents are no longer needed to board domestic flights in Peru. View Latam Airlines covid travel requirements. CLICK HERE
- Travelers' arrival policies are constantly being updated. Follow this link to read more about arrival protocols
- Unvaccinated travelers arriving in Peru will need proof of neg covid test. Check with your international airline to confirm the window for testing and the kind of test needed.
- Machu Picchu website is now active and ticket avaiilability for all dates through December 31, 2022 can be viewed.
- Trains are operating at full capacity and our tour guides report that covid documents are not required for boarding.
- National bus serviices are operating in most regions although it's wise to check in advance if you're going to a lesser traveled area.
- Machu Picchu Tour Guides will be limited to 7 people per group spaced at least 20 meters apart. Tours are an average of 2-3 hours if you hire a licensed guide from Cusco in advance.
- The town of Cusco and the Sacred Valley have been awarded "Safe Travels" destinations.
- Face masks have been eliminated except in hospitals and public transportation.
I have provided details about arrival and departure procedures, but you must understand that these rules are constantly changing based on local conditions. Peru government is reassessing covid restrictions as needed. But everything has been the same since June 9, 2022.
- As of May 9, 2023, all covid vax and testing requirements were dropped for foreingers entering Chile. Including Easter Island.
- Follow this link to see Chile entry requirements for foreigners
- All covid restrictions in Ecuador are lifted effective October 20, 2022. No vaccination cards, not tests, no quarantine, no masks.
- Galapagos Islands restrictions lifted as well.
- Border open to Peru.
- US Citizens should get tourist visa in advance. But some tour operators report that border visas can be obtained. Find out more HERE
- Unvaccinated travelers need neg PCR covid test required within 72 hours or, neg antigen test within 48 hours of arrival.
What do you need to know about latin airlines?
One good thing to know is that Delta and Latam Airlines are code share partners and you can book all your Latam flights in South America by calling a Delta Airlines agent in the US. This may protect your Latam flights with Delta cancellation and refund policies. Always ask for updated policy info at the time of booking your flights.
How Covid-19 affects your packing list.
We recommend that each group traveling together should bring their own thermometer, in addition to things like extra face masks and sanitizer. Many countries are still using face masks in public places.
Follow this link to read more.