Man with facemask outside building of glass during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Here at Inca Expert Travel, your health and comfort is always our top priority. We understand that coronavirus in Peru and around the world has brought a lot of confusion to travelers. Please rest assured that we are always here for you to bring peace of mind while preserving every bit of the wonder that your upcoming trip beholds. If you need to speak with someone directly, remember we are just a call or email away to bring clarity and support.

Restrictions also often change on a day-to-day basis. For more immediate information, please refer to your country of origin’s Embassy in order to view the latest updates regarding new regulations. United States citizens can check the U.S. Embassy in Peru for the latest information.

*This article was last updated Februrary 9, 2021. It was originally created on March 13, 2020.

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Plane at its gate with rising sun in the background on its way to ecuador during the coronavirus pandemic.

As people start to ease back into travel, there are many questions and concerns that come to mind. At Inca Expert Travel, we are here to answer those questions and help bring your travel dreams to reality. The borders of Ecuador are now open to tourists, with certain measures in place to ensure the safety of everyone. Likewise, the awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands off Ecuador’s coast are accepting visitors as well, with various health protocols. Browse below for the most commonly asked questions about traveling while there is coronavirus in Ecuador. 

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An overhead shot of a pile of one-dollar US currency, the local currency in Ecuador.

It is a general practice to tip in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. The local currency in Ecuador is the US dollar. So, if coming from the States, bring some smaller $1 and $5 bills along with you for tipping in Ecuador. 

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Two blue-footed boobies sitting on large boulders facing each other. Green bushes in the background.

The Galapagos archipelago is an enchanting destination, attracting flocks of tourists from all over the planet. People travel to the Galapagos Islands to experience the unique flora and fauna, much of which is endemic. However, being an isolated destination that sits 563 miles (906 km) west of mainland Ecuador, it often remains a mystery to many travelers before they arrive. The Galapagos is made up of 127 islands, islets, and rocks and are inhabited by almost 9,000 different species. On top of that, there are many cruise ship itineraries, day tours, planes, and ferries that transverse the archipelago. With so many options to choose from, it is easy to feel daunted when planning how to visit Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Read our full list of Galapagos travel tips and learn how to best visit the Galapagos Islands on your next trip.

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a view of a light blue laguna next to a mountain on the Ausangate trek

Peru is famous for being home to many exhilarating treks. Though not as popular as some of the other trails accessible from Cusco, the Ausangate trek is just as worthwhile. In fact, being less crowded with tourists is part of its charm. It guarantees travelers who venture on this remote journey a more unique experience. While you won’t come across Incan ruins, it makes up for it with breathtaking natural scenery and spiritual significance. Spot spectacular snow-capped peaks, gorgeous lakes, and wonderful wildlife, including herds of llamas and alpacas. The centerpiece of the trek is the mighty Apu Ausangate, one of the tallest mountains in Peru.

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A beam of light illuminates the cascading Angel Falls in Venezuela.

Ancient cities. Exotic destinations. Breathtaking natural wonders. If you’re planning to travel around South America, these are the places you should visit. Keep reading to discover the 51 best places to visit in South America and make sure to add them to your bucket list.

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A view of Machu Picchu with flowers and greenery in the foreground. Huayna Picchu is visible in the background.

If you’re in search of magical Machu Picchu pictures, you’ve arrived at your destination. Known as one of the most mystical wonders of the world, Machu Picchu means Old Mountain in the local Quechua language. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ruins are located just four hours from Cusco in the cloud forest of Aguas Calientes, and they are situated at 7,972 ft (2,430 m) above sea level. It is a destination beloved by both tourists and locals alike.

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View of the historic center of Cusco with the Plaza de Armas and Cusco Cathedral. The Andes mountain loom in the background.

There is a fascinating array of things to do and see when you visit Cusco, Peru. It was once the capital of the Inca Empire and then an important city in the Spanish colony. Today, Cusco is a treasure trove of Incan and colonial architecture, as well as modern culture. With so much to see, it may be hard to decide what to do while in Cusco. To help you plan, we have put together a list of our top ten things to do in Cusco. You are sure to find them to be incredible additions to your journey before visiting Machu Picchu.

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A Peru honeymoon is a dream trip for many couples thanks to the mystical archeological site of Machu Picchu. Combined with Peru’s fascinating history, tranquil landscapes, and uniquely flavorful cuisine, it is one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in the world. There are many adventures to be had in this beautiful South American country through its colonial city streets, Incan ruins, and winding mountain roads. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities to recharge amidst the romantic scenery, too. Below you will find one example of how our expert Travel Advisors can customize a honeymoon itinerary that visits the top destinations in Peru in one week.

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Pelican standing on rock with Kicker Rocker in the distance.

Over 500 miles from the mainland, the Galapagos Islands are at the very top of the list of must-see places in Ecuador. The diversity of species seen on the Galapagos Islands is rivaled by few places in the world. There are so many unique species of flora and fauna scattered across the archipelago that to ask which are the best Galapagos islands to visit would be unjust. Instead, we have put together our list of top things to do in the Galapagos Islands that are sure to entice all types of travelers visiting a range of islands.

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