Travel with Confidence with Apus Peru

Our Response to COVID-19

Keeping You Safe During Pandemic Travel to Peru So You Can Travel with Confidence

Why Travel with Apus Peru During the Pandemic

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 Apus Peru you can travel with confidence, knowing that our expert team is with you every step of the way. 

Read our blog to stay up-to-date on the latest Peru travel restrictions, both for travel to Peru and rules on the ground.


At Apus Peru, 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.

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Keeping You Safe - On & Off the Trail

General Protocols

General health and safety protocols have become accepted norms all over the world now, and some are even mandated by law in Peru. Apus Peru follows all laws, regulations and government recommendations. This includes:

  • frequent hand-washing and/or use of hand sanitizer by all staff.
  • double mask use (wearing two surgical masks or a KN95 mask) in enclosed spaces to best minimise potential transmission of the virus.
  • social distancing: Apus Peru 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.

In the Office: Staff Protocols

Along with the field team who will accompany you on your trek, our staff behind the scenes also must follow a set of safety measures:

  • We continue to work from home and limit unnecessary contact with people
  • When our office does re-open, standard COVID-19 norms will apply, such as frequent hand washing, wearing masks, regular cleaning and disinfection of common areas, and reduced office capacity.

On the Trail: Safety Protocols for Guides & Field Staff

Our guides are truly amazing. Incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic, most people finish their trek calling them a lifelong friend. Even a pandemic cannot extinguish that passion, but you can travel with confidence knowing that they also must follow these important pandemic protocols:

  • Negative COVID-19 test. Even when vaccinated, guides must present a negative COVID-19 prior to starting their trip. You will spend much time in close proximity to the guide therefore it is best to minimise possible virus transmission.
  • Social distancing. Guides will greet you with a wave rather than a handshake, and there will be no physical contact or gift-giving between you and anyone you meet along the trail, including children and women selling artisanal products.
  • Temperature checks. Guides are empowered to take the temperature of guests or field staff on a daily basis, or whenever they consider it necessary.  
  • Designated staff for specific chores. In the past, the whole field team would pitch in and help with every task; now just one person will put up the tents, and only designated people will prepare food, while being double-masked and gloved.
  • Specialized first aid training for COVID-19. Our guides receive frequent training in wilderness first aid, especially focusing on altitude sickness, twisted ankles, and scrapes that occur on the trail. They have recently undergone further training in recognizing COVID-19 related symptoms, and been part of putting in place a new contingency plan should anyone fall ill on the trail.

Accommodation Measures

Hotels are held to a very high standard here, and we will only work with those who adhere to official guidelines and, where applicable, who have received special accreditation. Some of the changes you may notice include:

  • Contact-less service. Many hotels now offer contact-less check-in and check-out protocols.
  • No buffet service. Buffets were common for many hotel breakfast services pre-pandemic, but now hotels will offer either table or room service for breakfast.
  • Additional cleaning. Most hotels have stepped up their already rigorous cleaning protocols to provide more frequent cleaning and sanitation of rooms and all common areas. 
  • Hand-sanitizing stations are now common in many places, and you are likely to see these stations throughout your hotel.

Transportation Measures to Help You Travel with Confidence

Transportation safety has always been one of our highest priorities, to make sure you get to and from your destination safely. Safety and hygiene are even more important now, and our private cars will follow the following protocols:

  • Reduced capacity. Our transport providers will operate at a reduced capacity, allowing passengers to maintain a safe physical distance from each other and the driver.
  • Improved air flow. When possible, we will drive with the windows partially open to allow better airflow within the vehicle.
  • Regular sanitization. Our vehicles are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between each group.
  • Hand sanitizer available. Hand sanitizer and additional masks will be available in all of our cars for passenger use.
  • Limited contact. As with the guides, our drivers will also greet passengers with a nod or a wave rather than a handshake.
  • Contingency plans. Our drivers will know where the nearest medical centre is, no matter where they are, should there be any need for urgent medical attention along the way.

Travel with Confidence: Our Flexibility Promise

Tailor-made travel is all about you. These days, that’s even more important than ever, and that’s what our Flexibility Promise is all about.

Have the confidence to travel again, no matter what.

  • Enjoy FREE date changes (up to 3) through 2022.
  • Book your trek but keep your dates open for optimum flexibility. Just let us know 30 days before when you plan to travel.*
  • Need to cancel? We will refund 50% of your deposit.

*Does not apply to Inca Trail treks which are subject to permit availability.

Click here for full details of our Coronavirus Booking Policy.

Travel Insurance is a Must

While our Flexibility Promise section is intended to give you increased peace of mind when booking, travel insurance is still a must. Make sure your policy covers coronavirus-related claims; not all of them do. We cover why travel insurance is a must for Peru in our blog.


When Can We Start Travelling to Peru Again?

Any time! Peru re-opened its borders to most international travellers in late 2020. While some entry restrictions apply, the country has been open to tourists ever since and most tourist attractions – including Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail – have resumed operation. 

Capacity limits continue to be in place, though the government expects to allow guests to visit tourist attractions at full capacity starting in 2022.

Check out our blog for full details on entry restrictions and other pandemic measures for travel in Peru. Our blog is regularly updated with the latest information.

What Are the Latest Restrictions for Travel to Peru?

We keep a very close eye on what’s happening in Peru, including the latest rules and regulations issued by the Peruvian government about entry requirements to Peru, public health & safety protocols, vaccinations, lockdowns and more.

Find ALL the latest information on pandemic restrictions in Peru here. We update this blog regularly, every time the government announces a new change or update on the rules and restrictions in place.

Will I Be Required to Wear a Mask?

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), and,
  • 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. 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.

What Are the Protocols for Visiting Archaeological Sites like Machu Picchu or Hiking the Inca Trail?

The protocols for visiting archaeological sites like Machu Picchu are the same as everywhere else. You must wear a mask, practice social distancing and regularly wash or disinfect your hands. 

There may be someone at the entrance to take your temperature, though this is not as common anymore.

Capacity limits are also currently being enforced, including at campsites along the Inca Trail.

Are Any Areas Safer to Visit than Others?

Currently there are no major hotspots or areas to be particularly avoided in Peru. However, the less crowded an area, the safer it is. 

Apus Peru 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.

What Happens if I Get Sick on My Trek?

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 blog goes into great detail about how to choose the best travel insurance for Peru.

Your 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.

You can travel with confidence with Apus Peru, no matter what happens.

How Do Pandemic Measures Affect the Cost of Our Trek?

In short, they don’t. For the time being, Apus Peru is absorbing all the additional costs associated with getting our team and operations pandemic-ready, from purchasing hygiene equipment (like masks, hand sanitizer and gloves) to regular testing for the guides. We have decided to maintain our 2020 prices through 2021, and possibly beyond.

What Happens if There is Another Lockdown?

If we learned anything from 2020, it’s that things can change from one day to the next and we can’t predict what happens.

When the pandemic hit in March 2020, Peru was very quick to shut its borders and imposed some of the strictest lockdown measures for the first several weeks. Since then, it has only imposed limited lockdown measures: restrictions on who can enter the country, restrictions for in-country travel and a one-time 2-week lockdown of one region (Arequipa) at the first case of the Delta variant. For the latest information on Peru travel restrictions, see our blog.

We think it’s safe to say that any future lockdowns will be similarly limited and short-lived, and do not expect more country-wide border closures that would affect one’s ability to leave the country.

However, should you be subject to a localized lockdown which prevents you from completing your trip or causes you to miss an international flight:

  • We will help you every step of the way to arrange accommodations, meal delivery, etc., during the course of the lockdown. We assisted several passengers in March 2020 with new hotels and more to make sure they were safe and well taken care of, and always kept up to speed with the latest regulations and news of repatriation flights.
  • Make sure you have good travel insurance. Now more than ever, insurance is a must for international travel. A good policy will help you cover the costs of unexpected hotel stays, missed flights, emergency evacuation, and trip cancellation fees. Get the full details in our blog on travel insurance.

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