From time to time travel conditions in the countries we operate in can and do change. The safety and well being of our clients and staff is always of paramount importance to us and there are times when we are called upon to consider either cancelling trips or making changes to our itineraries to avoid problem areas.
- Peregrine makes these decisions based on information obtained from the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) travel advisory and our own Local Operators, who are able to provide us with up to the minute information on the mood and feel within Country. Other important sources of information we consider include travel advisories from other foreign government websites including:
- New Zealand
- United States
- World Health Organisation
- Peregrine will not operate tours when the Australian Government travel advisory reaches level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’.
- Where possible and safe to do so, Peregrine will reroute itineraries to avoid the areas concerned and additional costs may be incurred.
- Decisions to cancel or re-route upcoming tours are made on a rolling basis, as situations and DFAT advice can change at any time. Where the advice is temporarily at ‘Do Not Travel’, we will review the status of our tours approximately 2 weeks prior to departure.
Protests broke out in Ecuador last week over fuel subsidy reforms. On Thursday 3rd October, President Moreno announced a state of emergency which was a necessary announcement to empower Ecuador’s armed forces to dismantle the makeshift blockades. Since then, unrest has been controlled in the Capital City Quito, and the military is working hard to control the disruption in the smaller communities. There have been no reported incidents in the Galapagos Islands or Guayaquil. The current issue are roadblocks preventing movement between mainland Ecuador cities. Although the situation has improved, and we are hopeful that soon it will cease entirely, it is too fickle to predict the coming days.
We at Peregrine Adventures have been monitoring this situation closely through our ground team and local suppliers. Based on the most up to date advice from local authorities, we have determined most trips as mentioned below will continue to run as normal at this stage. If applicable, upon arrival in Quito, and before you are able to connect with your tour leader, we suggest you follow advice of the hotel reception and local authorities. There are no foreseeable concerns if you have planned travel in the Galapagos Islands.
If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to your booking agent. If there are issues once you land in Ecuador, please call our local emergency contact +593 9 94014877 (Situated in Quito, Ecuador).
** UPDATE 14th October (AEST):
After more than 4 hours of negotiation between the leaders of the strikes and the Government, they have reached an agreement, deeming the tense situation to be officially over. From all accounts, tomorrow Ecuador will return to a relative normal and the clean-up will begin. There should not be any more roadblocks, flight cancellations or disorder on the streets. All customers are accounted for, and currently safe and well. Our local operations team is assisting all affected Peregrine Adventure customers. We appreciate your understanding and patience in this fluid situation.
Upcoming departures are set to depart as normal, except a few that have already been affected as below.
Flights were cancelled today (13th Oct) and tomorrow (14th Oct) but airlines are doing their best to reschedule for the 15th October.
PSGQA191012 Classic Galapagos: South Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz) 12th October delayed departing Quito to Galapagos and are spending an extra two nights in Quito tonight but will hopefully be ok to fly on the 15th.
PSGQB191005 Classic Galapagos: Central Eastern Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz) 5th October are to remain in Galapagos for an extra two nights but will hopefully fly back to Quito on the 15th.
PSGQF191008 Galapagos Explorer: Central Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz) 8th October are to remain in Galapagos for an extra two night but will also fly back to Quito on the 15th.
At this point in time (14Oct 3 pm AEST) Upcoming departures are set to depart as normal
PSQL191019 Ecuador to Peru Explorer 19th October
PSGQE191015 Galapagos Explorer: Southern Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz) 15th October
PSGQC191015 Classic Galapagos: South Eastern Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz) 15th October
PSGQI191019 Galapagos Encounter: Central Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz) 19th October
PSGQB191019 Classic Galapagos: Central Eastern Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz) 19th October
A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook Istanbul on Thursday 26 of September 2019 at 2.00pm. There were some evacuations, of schools, hospitals and public building as a precautionary measure. All travellers are safe and no itineraries are affected. We are continuing to monitor local conditions. There is no impact to upcoming trips at this time.