Travel ready destinations
With South American borders now open, we’ve got every reason for your guests to travel. A world of breathtaking landscapes, iconic wildlife, vibrant cultures and award-winning accommodation awaits. It’s time for your guests dream, plan and ultimately escape… The below is a brief summary of COVID-19 requirements in our destinations in South America.
⚠️ International borders to open fully on 07 December with restrictions
Santiago Airport in Chile will be fully open to international travellers from 07 December. Guests arriving at Santiago Airport will need to provide a negative PCR test, which is less than 72 hours old and an affidavit that details their origin and destination, as well as their health condition. Guests are not required to quarantine and will be able to move freely within the country, however a developing APP will monitor their health condition daily.
✅ International borders open with restrictions
Guests must present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction test for COVID-19 10 days before arrival, however for the Galapagos Islands and Ecuadorian Amazon the PCR must be four days prior to arrival. Guests under 18 years of age may enter Ecuador and Galapagos Islands without a PCR test. International flights operate at 50% capacity.
✅ International borders open with restrictions
From 25 November 2020, 25 new air routes re-opened to 11 countries in North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean. Guests must comply with health protocols and no quarantine is required on arrival. Machu Picchu is open to tourists with limited numbers (30% of the total authorised number in a normal season) and trains to/from Machu Picchu are in operation. Archaeological sites and museums are open at 50% capacity.
⚠️ International borders to open fully on 15 December with restrictions
As of 15 December, all guests entering Argentina (by air or port) are required to take a COVID-19 test at a cost of AR $ 2,500 per person (approximately USD 30). An affidavit is required electronically on your health status, however those over 70 years old are exempt from this. It is mandatory that medical insurance covers hospitalisation and isolation in the case of COVID-19. Guests are able to stay in hotels and enjoy all the activities and excursions Argentina offers as well as dining in restaurants.
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Most lenient and flexible DMC
Since the release of the original revised terms and conditions on COVID-19, &Beyond is committed to monitoring and amending our approach to travel, providing your guests both flexibility and security. Our revised terms and conditions apply to the lodges in the &Beyond portfolio, in Africa and South America as well as andBeyond or managed services in Asia, Africa and South America.
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Beyond the lockdown, lies adventure in a safe haven
Going above and beyond, it’s what you and your guests have come to know and expect from us.
Delivering the extraordinary, by offering a tailor-made adventure that often pre-empts your guests’ wants and needs, is part and parcel of our DNA. It goes without saying that we endeavour to uphold this, even during the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19.
Our stringent South America protocols are consistent with the rest of the &Beyond brand which also spans Africa & Asia.
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It’s important that you get the latest information from reputable sources. The World Health Organisation’s Situation Reports are our resources for all things COVID-19 related.
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Private Travel (bubbles) that don't cost the earth
7 Wonders in 7 Days at Vira Vira
A private and immersive, long-stay journey that doesn’t cost the earth
Let your guests be completely immersed in one destination with less travel time and more exclusive experiences on this exceptional ‘Slow Travel‘ journey. We have created our “Exclusivity for Everyone” offering where this journey can be tailored according to your guest’s budget and desired level of privacy.
Exclusive Peru Adventure
A multi-destination Exclusive Exploration itinerary through Peru
Fly in the comfort of private charters and venture to some Peru’s most famed attractions, all the while enjoying private accommodation and activities. Explore the cultural richness, diversity, history and natural beauty of this destination in complete privacy.
- 6 nights | Lima, Nazca Lines, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco
- Private transfers, accommodation, guides and activities
- USD 8,875* per person (with scheduled domestic flights)
- USD 12,354* per person (with private charter flights)
*Based on 6 guests travelling together
Private Pacific Coast to Andes Adventure
A multi-destination Exclusive Exploration itinerary through Northern Patagonia
Your guests can fly in the comfort of private charters and venture to some of Patagonia’s most famed attractions, all the while enjoying private accommodation in villas and exclusive activities for the group. They can explore the cultural richness and natural beauty with their small group.
- 6 nights | Mari Mari Natural Reserve, &Beyond Vira Vira
- Private transfers, accommodation, guides and activities
- USD 8,630* per person (with scheduled domestic flights)
- USD 16,400* per person (with private charter flights)
- USD 21,250* per person (with private charter flights & helicopter transfers)
*Based on 8-10 adults travelling together
Galápagos Islands by Private Jet & Yacht
The ultimate private “Travel Bubble” experience
Travel by the most exclusive and private means possible with fellow travellers, who have tested negative for COVID-19. There will be testing of all guests on arrival in Sarasota, Florida before departing. Enjoy private travel throughout and exclusive VIP access to activities and accommodation.
- Includes return international flight from USA on a private jet (carbon offset included)
- Just 12 seats available on this departure (Infinity Luxury Yacht)
- Journey date: 07 to 16 March 2021
- USD 49,800 per person
- Contact us for alternative dates (subject to different pricing)
&Beyond receive ‘Safe Travel’ recognition by WTTC
Your guests can feel completely safe when travelling with &Beyond, as both the DMC and Vira Vira have received the ‘Safe Travel’ recognition by adhering to all the global health and hygiene protocols of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
&Beyond Vira Vira to welcome guests again from 11 December
Our staff at Vira Vira are ready and waiting to welcome guests from 11 December with all safety protocols in place. This is just in time for the Total Solar Eclipse which will be happening on 14 December and visible from the lodge (weather permitting).
Our favourite sole-use accommodation options
&Beyond Vira Vira
Available for full lodge buy out
With the active Villarrica Volcano as your magnificent backdrop and no fewer than 39 experiences available, &Beyond Vira Vira offers it all. Tailor-make your adventures with an array of activities and cultural interactions, in the company of an expert guide. Food is also a part of the experience. Savour farm-to-table menus and enjoy a tour of the on-site cheese factory. Perfect for groups, families and adventure travellers.
&Beyond Vira Vira
Five-bedroomed Hacienda (Homestead)
This two-story luxury farmhouse boasts a master suite complete with outdoor hot tub, plus four additional bedrooms, three of which are ensuite. With spacious living, dining and lounge areas, a covered veranda, plus the added benefit of a personal chef and private guide and driver for daily excursions, this gorgeous home is ideal for a multi-generational family adventure. Childminding available on request.
Hotel Mari Mari
Private Oceanfront Villas
Magnificently located on the Mari Mari Nature Reserve in the Lake District is Hotel Mari Mari. Stunning accommodation options include private Oceanfront Villas or the Master Residence, your own personal home for the duration of your stay. Enjoy a variety of natural and cultural adventures including hiking, fly-fishing horseback riding, bicycle rides and marine wildlife watching on the ocean from a kayak.
Bahía Escondida Lodge
A cosy lodge in patagonia
Bahía Escondida Lodge is a sanctuary located in the most pristine area of Chilean Patagonia on the shores of Lake Bertrand, in front of the Northern Ice Field. Six comfortable ensuite rooms feature king size or single beds, spacious bathrooms with organic products, Bosca wood heaters and wood stoves, ideal for cosy evenings. This new offering is off the beaten track and can be enjoyed in exclusivity with a maximum of 12 guests.
Allow your guest to dream of their next trip to Chile
&BEYOND Vira Vira keeps community action alive
As the world is facing a time of unprecedented challenges, forcing each of us to isolate and adapt to a new way of life, the pandemic has, more than ever, given us the opportunity to cherish the importance of unity and care for each other.
The Management Team at &BEYOND Vira Vira decided to act and help the same Mapuche Community which the lodge had been working with and supporting over the years through guest community activities and conservation projects. This time the priority focus would be on families whose children normally attend the local school of Quelhue.
Virtual experiences at &Beyond Vira Vira
The perfect way to re-connect with your client database
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Join chef Damián for an online private cooking class. Chat about his favourite Chilean ingredients, learn about his background and whip up a wholesome meal together.
Connect with Giovanna to enjoy the soulful practice of being in nature, awakening ones senses and reconnect with others and ourselves.
The Ecuadoors are open to your guests
Charapas Turtle Program in the Amazon
Your guests can help leave our world a better place
The freshwater charapa turtles of the Amazon do not live a carefree existence and over the past few decades have steadily disappeared from the famed mega-forest’s waterways. But now, hope springs anew in the form of a community-led conservation initiative that involves guests in repopulating the Ecuadorian Amazon with these little shelled critters.
This unique conservation experience can be enjoyed on our Best of Ecuador itinerary.
New property to open in Cotopaxi
Located on the lush slopes of the Sincholagua Volcano is the Cotopaxi Sanctuary Lodge offering luxury domes and suites. Contemporary domes of 50 sq. meters feature large windows displaying spectacular views of the Cotopaxi Volcano
Relish delectable dining prepared with the freshest local produce and savour unique dishes of the region. Enjoy a romantic private dinner served in your dome or suite and sip a glass of wine while watching the sunset across the Andean highlands.
An incredible adventure awaits you here with an array of private trails for hiking, horseback riding, biking or walking and exploring the natural flora and fauna on offer.
The most exclusive Machu Picchu experience you will ever find
Accompanied by a private &BEYOND guide
In the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, your guests will imagine they are all alone in these iconic ruins. There is a unique opportunity for your guests to visit this world wonder, which has been limited to 675 visitors per day — 30% of the total authorised number in a normal season.
Give your guests this unforgettable experience by recommending our most popular Peru itinerary. Classic Peru is an 8-day adventure which includes Lima, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu and Cusco.
Let your guests choose Argentina as their next adventure
NEW Virtual Tango experience
Luciana Rial was born and raised in Buenos Aires. Passionately dancing for 28 years and teaching for 24, her dance has explored diverse cultures and taught others the richness of her own. Having trained dancers throughout Europe and various countries around Latin America, her studio, and heart will always be in the world capital of the tango.
Her philosophy is that anyone can dance once they understand the message behind the tango, a blend of sadness and sensuality.