Although the current covid situation is still ongoing, the positive vaccine news, and the opening up of borders in Latin America and Africa, means that we can all start looking to the future with a bit more hope, and maybe start thinking again about plans that have been put on hold. It’s fantastic to see many countries and sites in Latin America and Africa reopening, and the UK government has just added Chile, Namibia and Uruguay to the safe travel corridor list. Tourism is a vital part of these economies and we feel a great responsibility to help them get back on their feet.
If you are thinking about getting away once the situation allows, we have many holidays that offer a perfect post-pandemic escape, from the wide open expanses of Namibia or Patagonia, to the nature of Costa Rica and the Amazon Jungle or a safari in the Botswana bush. 2021 will also offer the chance to visit previously busy places with far fewer visitors – this may be the best chance to visit Machu Picchu without the crowds.
We are getting ready to resume operations on a country by country basis, but we will only operate holidays when it is safe to do so and our customers will be able to have a fantastic holiday.
Keep scrolling to find out about borders opening in our destinations.
We are happy to announce that Chile has just become the first country in South America to be added to England's Travel Corridor list, meaning that arrivals from Chile to England won't have to quarantine. The FCO advice against all but essential travel has also been removed.
Browse our Chile 2021 Holidays here.
Costa Rica started welcoming travellers in August, and since the start of November, you can visit without a negative Covid-19 test needed on arrival. The only entry requirements are travel insurance and an online heath form which must be completed within 48 hours of arriving.
Our Costa Rica trips offer a mix of wildlife, culture and adventure.
As of November 9th, Botswana's borders are officially open, including the international airport in Maun. Our mobile safari option is undoubtedly one of the best socially distanced options as you sleep in your own tent in the middle of the wilderness, with small group tours lending themselves to the best wildlife viewing.
Visit the Okavango Delta & Chobe National Park, with all game drives and meals included on our Botswana tours.
One of Llama Travel's most popular destinations, the sacred Inca site reopened on November 2nd with a light show and traditional costumes forming part of the opening ceremony. With numbers restricted to 30% of the previous capacity, this is one of the best chances ever to visit Machu Picchu without the crowds.
All our Peru holidays include time in Lima and Cusco, with the option to visit Machu Picchu.
Zimbabwe has been open for business since November 1st. With fewer crowds than pre-covid times, it is a fantastic opportunity to tick off one of the Natural Wonders of the World. Explore the trails around Victoria Falls and glide down the Zambezi on a sundowner cruise, sipping a cocktail as you take in an iconic African sunset.
Visit Victoria Falls as part of our Botswana trips, or as an extension from South Africa or Namibia.
Colombia's borders reopened to international tourists on September 21st, and as of November 4th, a negative Covid-19 test is no longer required on arrival. Our partners in Colombia welcomed their first customers - a small group from the USA - in October.
Our core Colombia itinerary includes time in Bogotá, Cartagena, Medellín, Villa de Leyva and the Coffee Region, with the option to extend to Tayrona Beach.
On 19th November, Namibia was the first of our African destinations to be added to the UK travel corridor list, meaning that arrivals from Namibia to England won't have to quarantine. The southern African country is perfect for a post-pandemic trip, full of vast landscapes and rugged wilderness, with few people to share its beauty with.
Our Namibia tours visit the Sossusvlei Sand Dunes, Damaraland, the Kalahari Desert and Etosha National Park.
On November 11th, South Africa's president Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country's borders are now open to visitors from all countries.
After launching our South Africa programme in July 2019, we received excellent feedback from passengers.
Galapagos & Ecuador
The Galapagos Islands National Park reopened in August, and our partners have already been receiving small groups of passengers on their boats. Llama Travel work with three different boats in the Galapagos Islands, all holding a maximum of 16 passengers, as well as a hotel for those who prefer a land-based option.
Browse our Galapagos & Ecuador trips here.
When you do feel ready to start thinking about travelling again, you can trust Llama Travel to look after you. The feedback from our customers has always been fantastic, with Llama Travel voted Top Top Operator by readers of Wanderlust Magazine in 2019, 2018 and 2016. The comments of customers we brought back home when borders were closed in March were just as positive.
Our flexible booking conditions will remain in place, and you will get a full, no quibbles refund or the option to transfer your booking to a later date if we cannot operate your holiday.