September 2020

Travel ready destinations. Ecuador now OPEN for tourism and more…

Keeping you in the know…

Travel ready destinations | Ecuador now OPEN for tourism

Wonderful news out of South America is that Ecuador is ready and waiting to welcome your guests. Chile, Argentina and Peru remain closed to tourists with sporadic domestic and international travel for repatriation purposes permitted only. The below table is a summary on our destinations of operation in South America.

Country Int. Borders On Arrival
Argentina Closed
Chile Closed Quarantine 14 days
Ecuador Open
Peru Closed

Eager to get your guests travelling? Keep tabs on which of our destinations of operation are open to international travellers here.

Additionally, bookmark the following useful reference for the latest Travel Advisories from Global Rescue – our travel insurance provider

LATAM Airlines operative destinations

The largest airline in South America is gradually resuming its operations, with new protocols and safety standards.

International flights to:

  • USA
  • Germany
  • UK
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Uruguay
  • Santiago (Chile) and Sao Paulo (Brazil) are working as principal hubs for international flights

Countries with actives domestic flights:

  • Chile
  • Peru
  • Brazil
  • Ecuador
  • Colombia

Prepared for ‘new normal’

Are your guests looking for private charters, hotels buyout opportunities, more ‘travel bubble’ itineraries on a sealed circuit within South America? With all these options at our fingertips, contact us for more information or stay tuned to our next Travel Update for finer details on these exciting opportunities.

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Given our size, scale and financial strength (as both an on-site and lodge operator), andBeyond is able to provide important tools and support to assist you in navigating these uncertain times.

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 andBeyond portfolio, in Africa and South America as well as andBeyond or managed services in Asia, Africa and South America.

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We can guarantee, (where the full itinerary is booked with us), that the trip will be able to travel even though it may not be the itinerary originally booked. If a product originally quoted is not able to render the service at time of travel, then we will find an alternative. Please speak to us directly regarding our promise on advanced commission payments.

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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. And 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.

We’ve been expecting your questions… Lean more by clicking on the below links:

COVID-19 Update

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.


Tourism update

Ecuador has opened its borders and COVID-19 protocols to enter are the following:

  • Guests who enter with a negative RT-PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test valid for up to ten (10) days before entering the country and without symptoms upon arrival do not need to undergo isolation
  • Guests who do not have a negative RT-PCR test upon entry to the country, will immediately comply with Mandatory Preventive Isolation (MPI) in specific accommodation
  • A RT-PCR test may be carried out for their own cost
  • If there is a negative result, the guest will end their MPI and with a positive result, they will continue with MPI in temporary accommodation and the necessary health care will be provided
  • If the guest chooses not to undergo the RT-PCR test, they will undergo MPI in temporary accommodation for a period of 10 days
  • The Galápagos National Park is open however flights are infrequent at this stage

Casa Gangotena named best city hotel

Casa Gangotena, the only Relais & Chateaux hotel in Quito, has been named as the #1 City Hotel in Central and South America by the prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine in the World’s Best 2020 awards.

Special rates at a selection of great properties

  • Casa Gangotena | Luxury room | USD 270 per night
  • Mashpi lodge | Wayra room | USD 659 per night
  • Finch Bay Galápagos | Finch Bay room | USD 295 per night

Applies only for reservations and travel before 15 December 2020

Golden Galápagos Cruises offers ‘The Golden Experience’

Golden Galápagos Cruises are offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience on board a private charter for friends and family. Offer also includes one night at Illa Hotel and a transfer to the airport, with savings up to USD 15 000 on a full charter. Book before 30 Sept 2020, for travel before 31 March 2021.

20% saving at La Selva Jungle Lodge

If you book and confirm a trip in September 2020, you will receive a 20% discount. Applicable for travel in 2021 too. Specific dates may apply.

Early Monkey 20% discount with Anakonda Amazon Cruises

Ankonda Amazon Cruises are maintaining their 2020 rates in 2021. Flexible terms and conditions for bookings apply due to COVID-19. What’s more… if you book before 31 October 2020, your guests will receive a 20% discount. Watch the video below to get a taste of this incredible experience.

Contact for more information

Experience the Amazon Rainforest with us

The Amazon Rainforest needs no introduction as images of emerald green vegetation and bright colourful parrots flash to mind at first mention. What is less known about this famous tropical forest that covers 40% of South America, is that while Ecuador houses a mere 2% of the Amazon, it is considered one of the most species-rich sections of it. What is the best way to explore this exquisite Ecuadorian paradise…?

Well, let us show you!

Exploring the Galápagos

Brand Manager, Andrew Nicholson, shares his first-time visit to the Galápagos Islands

In 1835, a 26-year-old exploring naturalist by the name of Charles Darwin landed on the shores of a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, some 1 000 km (620 miles) west of the mainland. Interestingly, this archipelago, now known as the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands, was never directly connected to Ecuador…


Tourism update

Chilean Government to propose dates of border opening, protocols and requirements by mid-September. Quarantine may not be required, however, one would need a negative PCR on arrival and a valid passport.

Sole-use villa available for complete ‘travel bubble’ experience

Your guests can can enjoy the luxury of privacy at &Beyond Vira Vira in the Hacienda and immerse themselves in one destination for longer, with minimal interaction with staff and other guests. We like to call in Slow Travel. This is the ultimate ‘travel bubble’ experience. Strict COVID-19 safety lodge protocols already in place.

Why we love it:
  • 5 bedroom sole-use villa (maximum of 10 guests)
  • Private transfers
  • Private dining
  • Private experiences with dedicated expert guide
  • Childminding available on request

Contact for more information


Virtual experiences at &Beyond Vira Vira

The perfect way to re-connect with your client database

Conducted in English or Spanish | 6 links


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.

USD 250

Forest therapy

Connect with Giovanna to enjoy the soulful practice of being in nature, awakening ones senses and reconnect with others, the natural surrounds, and ourselves.

USD 120

A walk through &Beyond Vira Vira

Join General Manager Gregory Franc on a tour of our beautiful lodge, created specially for you during lockdown

NEW podcast

Managing Director for South America, Pedro Barraza, reveals his favourite Chilean escapes and hidden gems in Santiago.

A helping hand

The &Beyond Vira Vira family delivered fresh produce to help support local Mapuche families in need during the pandemic.


Tourism update

  • Borders are closed for tourism purposes
  • Different international airlines have confirmed the return of their operations connecting Buenos Aires with different cities in the world for repatriation purposes only
  • Argentina could lift their quarantine on 20 September depending on how the COVID-19 situation develops
  • The government is working on integral protocols for guests to boost tourism in the country and is evaluating the opening of the domestic flights from October 2020

Aerolineas Argentinas to fly with strict protocols in place

The principal airline of Argentina launched their protocols to commence flying inside the country. The protocols follow international standards and those of the Ministry of Health of the Argentine Nation. Aerolineas Argentinas as members of the SkyTeam alliance are part of the SkyCare & Protect initiative.

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.


Tourism update

  • Borders are closed for international flights until 30 September 2020. Borders opening are being evaluated for October 2020.
  • This does not apply to humanitarian and repatriation flights
  • Domestic flights are available specifically for residents returning to their cities and towns.
  • There is still a curfew in place in Lima between 22h00 to 04h00. Cusco, Puerto Maldonado, Arequipa, Ica and Ancash have strict quarantine rules with no flights operating.

Peru selected for UNDP environmental project

Peru has been selected to join the “Mapping Nature for People and Planet” Project, which will use geospatial data to identify Essential Life Support Areas (ELSAs). ELSAs are defined as areas that together conserve critical biodiversity and provide humans with essential ecosystem services, such as carbon storage, food, fresh water, water filtration, and disaster risk reduction.

Cusco to improve health control and reactivate tourism

Cusco is in the process of elevating the health control system, in several provinces, which involves the Cusco-Sacred Valley of the Incas corridor and Machu Picchu. For borders to open they need to ensure strict preventive measures, a serious screening process, molecular testing and a diagnosis.

Young giant caiman Purussaurus fed upon ground sloths

The Amazon is the most biodiverse place on the planet with treasures that amaze the scientific world. The fossil of a 13 million-years-old lower hindlimb bone of a ground sloth bearing 46 tooth marks, found in Loreto region has opened a portal to the past and provides insight into the evolution of their ancestral ecosystems such as the diet of the giant caiman Purussaurus before reaching adulthood.

500-year-old Inca offering discovered in Lake Titicaca

The National Geographic magazine shared an article on the discovery of a 500-year-old Inca offering in Lake Titicaca, noting that it sheds light on Inca religion and ritual. The discovery – published in the journal Antiquity – was made by an international team of archaeologists as they conducted an underwater survey of the lake. According to the publication, during the inspection they recovered an offering box made of andesite, a local volcanic stone, which was lying on a reef some 18 feet below the surface of the lake.


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