Many people are eager to travel to South America again and are looking for information about when that will be possible. We will try to keep this post updated with the latest information we get from our local operators in each country.
There's no question that there are more plant and animal species in the Amazon. It is said that there are more than 1500 bird species, over 40,000 different plant species, 3,000 freshwater fish species, more than 370 types of reptiles and approximately 2.5 million insect species in the Amazon rain forest, which covers over 2 million square miles.
When the worst of this pandemic is over and people start traveling internationally again, they will want to make sure that they can do it safely. Besides thinking about airports and airplanes, they should probably also consider some things about the destinations that they are traveling to. So here are some things that they might consider:
Many people never consider buying any form of travel insurance and many just figure it is an unjustified expense. Young people subconsciously feel they are invulnerable, but a lot of older people realize that they or their close relatives are living a more fragile existence and that the chances of some health crisis popping up are greatly increased, so they do consider getting insurance, in case they need to cancel their trip.
But there is one type of travel insurance that is increasingly becoming more important in this day and age....
Some people have problems with altitude sickness when traveling at high altitude destinations in South America such as Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Uyuni Salt Flats and the altiplano areas in Chile and Argentina - and sometimes even when in Quito, which is at about 9,000 feet. Cusco is at about 11,000 feet and other areas mentioned can be up around 14,000. The best viewpoint at Rainbow Mountain, which is becoming more popular, is at about 17,000 feet. You can get up to 13,000 feet and higher on treks from Cusco.
I've never had a problem in Cusco, but my wife did. I did have a headache at Lake Titicaca though after too much walking on my arrival day. Luckily my guide gave me a pill that helped.
Rapid ascent to heights exceeding about 8,000 above sea level can cause oxygen saturation of hemoglobin in the body to decrease. Breathing and heart rate increase immediately, and the heart beats faster. For most people, that's the worst of it since their bodies adapt and the concentration of red blood cells increase. For others, that feeling of breathlessness soon leads to a pounding headache, nausea and vertigo.
What can you do to try to prevent this, or at least make it more tolerable?
Lately, every day people are hearing about fires in the Amazon, which is quite alarming. Naturally, since we send lots of people to the Amazon, we get people asking if the fires are going to affect their trip.
We wish to inform you that, according to the latest news provided by the Ministry of Culture, on the timetables and reservations for the purchase of entrance tickets to Machu Picchu the following is reported, from January 2019, new time-slots will be implemented for visiting the citadel of Machu Picchu, these slots are the following:
You may or may not know it, but there are probably about 13 ships that sail in the Peruvian Amazon. What makes cruises on the Aria special - what sets them apart from other ships?
When travelers come to Cusco, among other things, we advise them about altitude sickness, known in Peru as soroche. By offering certain recommendations, our aim is to help them to avoid the symptoms of this condition. So that visitors can enjoy their trip in Cusco from the first day, we recommend that they follow the tips we offer below.
Recently, due to the death of some zip liners in the Cusco region, the government had considered shutting down all adventure tour operations there. Of course this is not the first time that anybody has died while doing an adventure activity and as of now, most activities are still operating
Jim has been an agent for over 20 years and has specialized in South America for much of that time