Our Response to COVID-19
If the last 2 years have taught us anything, it is to value not only family, friends and new experiences, but to maximise our valuable holiday time. Holidays aren’t just a holiday but a moment to recharge, relax, and connect. When you make your first trek or holiday after the Covid-19 pandemic you want it to be memorable and meaningful – as well as safe.
With Hike Ausangate you can travel with confidence, knowing that our expert team is with you every step of the way!
At Hike Ausangate, everything starts with you – our valued client. Every trek we operate is tailor-made in painstaking detail to ensure you truly have the experience of a lifetime. Our on-the-ground team of experts coupled with insider knowledge honed over nearly two decades of trekking the Andes allows us to always deliver unique travel experiences and the best advice.
That insider knowledge is more important than ever now, and you can count on us to keep you up to date on the latest Peru travel restrictions and provide you the safest possible trip, whenever you do come.
Our Tailored Peru Pandemic Travel Safety Guidelines – In a Nutshell
- Private Groups – have peace of mind knowing that you will only be with your own travelling party. We NEVER on-sell bookings to other travel agencies.
- Your Health is our Top Priority – We’ve implemented hygiene protocols and continually review them as the pandemic evolves.
- Safety on the Trail – All of our field staff are either vaccinated or must present a negative COVID test prior to starting work.
- Our Flexibility Promise – Book with confidence with our flexible booking policies, easy changes and worry-free cancellations.
General health and safety protocols have become accepted norms all over the world now, and some are even mandated by law in Peru. Hike Ausangate follows all laws, regulations and government recommendations. This includes:
- Frequent hand-washing and/or use of hand sanitizer by all staff.
- Mask use in enclosed spaces to best minimise potential transmission of the virus.
- Social distancing: Hike Ausangate always takes you off the beaten path, but now even more our guides make sure to avoid crowded places and guests must maintain appropriate distance between themselves and people they may interact with.
Mask-wearing is mandatory in Peru. You will be required to wear a mask:
- When entering all public establishments (including hotels, restaurants, stores and tourist attractions).
- When walking through public spaces (including city streets and plazas).
- When entering any other enclosed space, such as when riding the train or inside our private transport.
You will not be required to wear a mask while hiking due to the high altitude and oxygen level. You may be asked to wear your mask at the campsite, especially if you will unavoidably be in close contact with other people, including our field staff or other trekkers.
Currently there are no major hotspots or areas to be particularly avoided in Peru. However, the less crowded an area, the safer it is. Hike Ausangate has always taken you off the beaten track and pandemic travel is no different. Now more than ever, we time our itineraries so as to avoid the crowds and take you to places less frequently visited by other companies. The more time we can spend with just our group and away from others, the safer it is for everyone.
Getting sick while on holiday is never fun but it can feel especially scary during the pandemic. The most important thing you can do as a precaution is to buy travel insurance. We consider it essential for any trip to Peru, especially now. Make sure you study your policy carefully and that it includes things like cancellation insurance, medical evacuation, and coronavirus-related travel interruptions. Our guide will help you every step of the way if you get sick, from arranging for a doctor visit or trip to the clinic or hospital, COVID-19 testing, to arranging for emergency evacuation.