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What’s It Like to Visit Peru Post-pandemic?

Written by  Luca
  • 29 September 2022

In summer I made my first trip to Peru since 2019, and I thought it would be useful to share my experience of travelling post-covid. I've gone into some detail regarding covid requirements for flights, visits, and hotel stays within Peru, and in particular mask wearing, as I know that many people have questions about this. As an overview, the experience was pretty similar to travelling pre-pandemic, but with the requirement to wear face masks when indoors. Overall, it was great to be travelling in Peru again and Peruvians were as welcoming as ever.

Flights to Peru

There's been a lot of news about airport issues, so I was a bit apprehensive as I flew out of Heathrow at 6.30am on 10 July. I had checked in online the previous day, which was straightforward and only required me to enter passenger details and acknowledge that I had complied with the covid requirements for my destination. For Peru, this meant being fully vaccinated (two doses) and filling in a short health form. I brought along hard copies of both the health form and the covid certificate.

 

Salkantay trek Peru post pandemic

 

The flight to Amsterdam was as normal with few people wearing masks and Schiphol airport was pretty much as it was pre-pandemic. On the flight to Peru, some passengers wore face masks but this wasn’t enforced by the airline staff. When I arrived in Lima, there was an announcement that face masks must be worn in the airport. Passport control in Lima was quick – taking only a few minutes, and in addition to checking passports, I was asked for a copy of my health form and vaccine certificate.

Hotels and Travelling

My hotel stays were great, with all services operating as normal. There was a full buffet breakfast and normal bar and restaurant services, as well pools, gyms and other amenities. The only sign of covid was the request to wear a face mask when walking around in indoor public areas. There is still a requirement to wear face masks in Peru when in indoor public areas although not when sitting at a bar or a dining table, and most people still do so.

 Andean Explorer Train Peru post pandemic

 

Supposedly, you are meant to wear two masks, or a KN95 mask, but the only occasion I was ever asked to double mask was on internal flights within Peru. I was asked for my covid certificate on three occasions: firstly, to enter Peru; once to enter Talara airport in northern Peru (I was not asked for this to enter either Lima airport or Cusco airport); and once to enter a shopping centre.

Tours with guides were completely normal, although most guides wear a face mask. They were still very easy to understand, and if you do not hear something clearly, they will repeat it for you. The attractions were less busy than pre-pandemic. Although I didn't visit Machu Picchu on this occasion, I understand that visits are taking place as normal, although face masks are required on the train there.

In Summary

Overall, the main difference between travelling now and pre-pandemic is that there are slightly fewer tourists so the sites are less busy, and you are required to wear a face mask when indoors. There is talk of these requirements being eased at some point, although there is still no sign of when this will happen.  

Peruvians are still conscious of covid, but are living normally, going out to restaurants and bars as previously. Some people are a bit more cautious with greetings than pre-pandemic, but many people still greet each other with a kiss. I did not feel that the covid requirements in Peru had a detrimental impact on my visit, although if you really object to wearing a face mask at all, if it probably is best to wait until the mask mandate is relaxed.

 

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Inca Trail vs Salkantay Trail

Written by  Graham
  • 16 March 2022

Perhaps one of the most famous and iconic of all sites in Latin America is the fabled Lost City of the Incas Machu Picchu. The citadel which was the final bastion of the Incas and remained hidden atop an Andean peak shrouded in dense jungle foliage from the ground and thick clouds from above. Because of the tactical positioning of the city it was never discovered by the invading European conquistadors and, as such, remained intact for centuries until its ‘rediscovery’ by Hiram Bingham in 1911.

Unsurprisingly, the ancient city of the Incas has become a key focal point for those travelling to Peru with various possibilities of reaching the site open to tourists ranging from luxurious train journeys to five day trekking options. Arguably the most adventurous way of visiting Machu Picchu is by foot and this blog will discuss the differences between two options; the famous Inca Trail and the alternative Salkantay Trail.

Top Ten Things To Do In Quito

Written by  Hannah
  • 04 October 2021

Perched at 2,800 metres above sea level with a beautiful backdrop of the Andes Mountains, the city of Quito is a great place to spend a few days before discovering the rest of Ecuador’s mainland or the enchanting Galapagos Islands. Whilst three days is generally a good amount of time to see the city’s best bits, it is good to have some insider knowledge.

During my six months living in Quito, I explored the ins and outs of the city, and got to know the places that aren’t on the tourist trail. The thing I love about Quito is the variety of neighbourhoods – in La Floresta you can meet owners of local art galleries and have a coffee in a beautiful old cinema, whilst in Parque Metropolitano you can hike on nature trails with views of Quito. Ecuador is small so day trips from Quito are also a great option, whether it’s perusing South America’s largest indigenous market or spotting rare bird species in the cloud forest. 

Top Ten Things To Do In Rio de Janeiro

Written by  Paige
  • 06 September 2021

 Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s most iconic cities, and arguably the most vibrant city in South America. From the world-famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and the colourful carnival processions to the striking Christ the Redeemer statue, the Brazilian city has it all. Rio’s natural beauty is something to behold – the tropical rainforest of Tijuca, the golden sand and turquoise water of the famous beaches and the panoramic viewpoint atop Sugarloaf Mountain. Rio also boasts many manmade landmarks, most famously Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue with its outstretched arms waiting to embrace all visitors.

Here are the top ten things to do during your holiday in Rio de Janeiro.

Short Inca Trail FAQs

Written by  Paige

The Classic Inca Trail is a popular bucket list item for millions of people worldwide. But for those who want to visit Machu Picchu without the commitment of having to hike for four days to get there, there are many excellent alternatives to the Inca Trail. One of these is the Short Inca Trail, which follows the same network of trails as the Classic, and the final part of the two walks is the same. The difference is that you only have one full day of walking, you get to stay in a comfortable hotel rather than camping, and you still have a full day to explore the Machu Picchu ruins.

5 Reasons To Visit Mexico

Written by  Otto

Sandwiched between the United States and the start of the Northern Triangle/Central America lies Mexico, a wonderfully rich and proud country that boasts some incredible destinations and features that any traveller wishing to explore Latin America should be keen to indulge in. This blog will highlight the main attractions of this adventurous and beautiful country which can all be experienced on our holidays to Mexico.

A Traveller's Tale: Bellavista Lodge

Written by  John from Bristol
  • 11 May 2021

Can I tell you about a very special day, my 65th birthday?  We had booked our second trip with Llama Travel having previously enjoyed a holiday in Peru & Machu Piccu.  This time was to be Ecuador & the Galapagos. I wanted it to be special so booked a two day (one night) trip to the Bellavista Reserve to enjoy some bird life, especially the hummingbirds, and flora.  This is my story of the trip.

Get Back To Nature At Costa Rica's Pacuare Lodge

Written by  Hannah
  • 09 April 2021

Some of the most beautiful places in the world are the most difficult to get to, and this is certainly case for the newest addition to Llama Travel's Costa Rica programme. Hidden away in the heart of Costa Rica’s lush jungle, accessible by white-water raft, Pacuare Lodge is a stunning eco-lodge sitting on the banks of Pacuare River. Pacuare has won notable awards over the years including the National Geographic Traveller’s world’s best lodges, Condé Nast World Savers, exemplary tourism practise by the World Tourism Organisation and first pilot programme for eco-design in Central America. Keep reading for everything you need to know about Pacuare Lodge, from the exhilerating journey and activities during your stay to the bountiful wildlife and luxury facilities.  

10 Reasons To Visit Chile In 2022

Written by  Hannah
  • 17 March 2021

Chile is currently one of the fastest countries in the world to be vaccinating, with over 40% of the country’s population already having received their first jab. On April 12th, the UK government is set to announce how international travel will restart, and with this in mind, we want to tell you why Chile should be high on your list for a post-lockdown getaway. To make the most of the warmer months in the southern hemisphere, our Chile holidays run from October to April, so you can plan to travel to Chile in late 2021 or 2022. From the moonlike landscapes of the Atacama to the lakes and mountains of Patagonia, keep reading to find out how you can discover Chile’s wide open spaces and nature at its best.

A Llama Travel favourite and one of the best lodges in Ecuador, Sacha Lodge is a haven for nature lovers, with a stunning setting in the heart of the Amazon Jungle. With fantastic conservation efforts and unique facilities including a rotating exploration crane, canopy walk and observation tower, the lodge promises an unforgettable stay in an area teeming with monkeys, sloths, caimans, turtles and prolific birdlife including vibrant macaws and toucans.