Post Covid Travel

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 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 will continue after countries reopen and international travel starts to return to whatever configuration it will be in the future.

Can US-Bound Travelers Get Covid Tests in Peru?

Yes. We have details about this service in Cusco and Lima, for travelers from other countries who need it to return home after visiting Machu Picchu. Anyone can get the test in Cusco or Lima airport. We wrote an entire blog post with all the details. 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 2021 and 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 from the NEW Machu Picchu website relaunched in July 2020. 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?

  • Machu Picchu and secondary archaeological sites 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 in 2021 favors people who can plan last minute.  Being flexible is key. 
  • Look for flexible and deferred payment plans to keep your options open as close to your travel date as possible.
  • It's OK to plan trips to South America in 2022 but it's wise to avoid paying for anything that cannot be refunded. Adios Adventure Travel is taking reservations without payment to give you the flexibility to cancel without penalty.

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.

Domestic overland bus service and air travel has resumed based on supply and demand, and the governments in South America are monitoring travel protocols and guidelines for the tourism sector. The lodges and hotels have been working to incorporate new measures into their own traveler’s health protocols, and which will be updated regularly as the situation evolves within the nation’s borders. Restaurants and tourist related shops are reopening at limited capacity. Some regions in most countries have limited tourism infrastructure due to the limited demand. Most travelers will focus on high profile destinations like Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu for travel experiences with reduced crowds.  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. Here's more details about reopening after covid in other regions in Peru.

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.

  • Machu Picchu ireopened on November 1, 2020 and again March 1, 2021 and as of October 2021 is operationg at 100% capacity
  • Permits for the 4 and 5-day Inca Trail hike are available through December 31, 2021.
  • Permits for Inca Trail hikes in 2022 are now available for booking.
  • International flights from latin countries as well as United States resumed March 15, 2021. 
  • International  flights from Europe and Brazil resumed and then were suspended in May. Please check with your airline regarding availability. 
  • Every 15 days the Peru government will re-evaluate covid restrictions 
  • Travelers' arrival policies are constanting 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 exact protocols for getting tested.
  • Machu Picchu website is now active and ticket avaiilability for all dates through December 31, 2021 can be viewed.
  • Trains are operating at full capacity however some departures may not be available.
  • Shuttle buses to and from Machu Picchu are full if demand requires it.
  • National bus serviice has limited departures based on demand.  (It's been reported that Peru Hop Bus Service may subcontract your booking in case there is low demand for your departure)
  • 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. 
  • Lesser known regions in the south of Lima and Arequipa and Lake Titicaca may be affected by limited demand. Feel free to ask if you are planning to visit a place off the grid. Click here to read more about travel to the Amazon jungle and Lake Titicaca.
  • Curfew from 2AM-4AM in Cusco and Lima metropolitan district, every day of the week, with exemptions for essential workers and people who need emergency medical care. Other regions may have different schedules. 
  • Face masks must be worn on planes, trains and buses. Face shields no longer required on flights, but still used on trains and buses. Face shields need to be transparent. 

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 every 15 days.

Chile. 

  • As of November 1, 2021 vaccinated travelers must have their vaccination status pre approved by applying at least 45 days in advance of arrival to obstain the mobility pass
  • Foreigners must have medical insurance with minimum coverage of $30,000 USD including expenses caused by covid-19
  • Travelers going to Magallanes Region (Torres del Paine National Park, Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Navarino), they will need a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours before arriving in the Region.
  • Before arrival in Chile, fill out a health affidavit online with details of your origin, destination, health conditions and symptoms that could be related to covid
  • As of December 1, 2021, foreigners will need a booster to qualify as fully vaccinated
  • App to monitor symptoms with a daily email for 14 days

Ecuador.

  • State of emergency ended on September 15, 2020
  • Galapagos Islands flights resumed. As of September 1, visitors to Galapagos Island must have proof of vaccination and a negative covid test.
  • All visitors can show covid vaccination card or neg Covid-19 PCR test upon arrival in Ecuador. 
  • As of July 1, 2021, vaccinated travelers do not need to show covid test to enter Ecuador. (please review your international airline arrival protocols as these rules are subject to change)
  • Foreigners will fill out health form before arrival in Ecuador

Bolivia.

  • Border open to Peru. Closed to Brazil
  • US Citizens are now required to obtain tourist visa. Find out more HERE
  • Neg covid test required within 72 hours of arrival. However they also state that 14 day quarantine is required! 
  • 1 year after the fall of President Evo Morales, Luis Arce won the Presidential election in October 2020 and was sworn in November 8, 2020. Then Morales returned to Bolivia in 2021 and is stiring things up again. 

What do you need to know about latin airlines?

Both Avianca and Latam Airlines have filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in 2020. The circumstances for each company are different. 

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. Peru has mandated the use of face shields in addition to face masks on planes, trains, public buses and entry to archaeological sites including Machu Picchu. 
Follow this link to read more.