As everyone is aware, the virus pandemic is continuing to cause serious health problems and disruption in virtually every part of the world and we appreciate there is concern about the effect the pandemic may have on the arrangements for the Project Patagonia Eclipse Tours (December 2020).
Tour operation and health precautions
We are in regular contact with our agents in South America and we remain confident that the project will be able to proceed. The main countries on the itineraries Argentina, Chile and Peru all reacted quickly and closed their borders very soon after cases were identified and they imposed quarantine and lock-down measures swiftly. As with many other parts of the world, the highest level of infection is mostly in the low income parts of the main cites where none of our tours are based.
We have two main concerns in proceeding with the project -
1) We need to ensure the safety of all tour group members. For this purpose our agents and service suppliers in each country have developed extensive and very detailed protocols to provide maximum protection for all passengers. This includes enhanced levels of cleaning and disinfection of all vehicles and hotel premises (an outline of the service supplier details can be seen via this LINK).
2) We need to make acceptable arrangements with the health authorities in each country to prevent transmission of the virus by visitors arriving from abroad. This is essential in order to enable efficient immigration and health clearance on arrival. Obviously it will not be possible to proceed with the tours if the borders remain closed.
We are currently discussing requirements for clients to obtain a clear Covid-19 test when joining the tour and we will also have personal temperature monitoring checks at various points along the itinerary. Clearly we may need to rearrange tour itineraries to avoid and reduce unnecessary exposure to known virus hot spots and will continue to react to any changing situations.
Updated: 20 July 2020