Chimu says avoid the post COVID chaos of Europe, North America

Adventure specialist encourages trade to steer clients to quieter Latin America

With travel demand for Europe and the Northern Hemisphere so hot right now and putting strains on accommodation and air capacity, Chimu Adventures is encouraging travel partners to put Latin America on their clients’ radar instead.

“Peak travel season has brought chaos to travellers throughout the US and Europe, with pent-up demand for travel and decreasing international travel restrictions meaning that this North Hemisphere summer, with global bookings exceeding pre-pandemic levels, travellers are left dealing with cancellations, delays, and long queues at every turn,” the company said. “Now that the US has dropped its COVID entry requirements, travel demand is only going to increase even further.”

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Chimu says the increased travel in North America and Europe is bringing a multitude of problems, with thousands of cancellations already this summer caused by staff shortages, weather, oversold flights, COVID complications, and lags in staffing recruitment, combining to leave many stranded or frustrated in a foreign country.

La Boca, Buenos Aires | Source: Facebook/Chimu Adventures

“For consumers eager to travel overseas again, but wanting to avoid the summer disruptions, Chimu suggests leaving Greece or California for another time and plan a holiday to South America.

“Unlike other holiday hotspots, South America isn’t struggling with over-tourism and flight shortages. It’s smooth sailing to world-famous destinations like Rio, Buenos Aires, and Machu Picchu, with airlines, tour operators, and hotels resuming normal operations, eagerly awaiting international guests,” the Latin American specialist said.

Nick Macciocca, Brazil operations manager for Chimu Adventures explains – “In South America, airlines and airports are operating smoother and more efficiently than ever. None of our countries are suffering from shortages of staff, and they have refined their processes and systems in order to cope with the additional work created by COVID requirements to make everything as efficient as possible.”

Cococabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro | Source: Chimu Adventures/Facebook

The 2022/2023 Southern Hemisphere summer season is an ideal time to visit South America, according to Chimu, as travellers can bypass the crowds and problems plaguing the Northern Hemisphere, enjoying a relaxing and stress-free holiday experience.

Chimu Adventures is offering special deals on its Signature South America itineraries, along with Antarctic cruises departing from Argentina, all backed by rigorous COVID safety requirements.

Paula Torrejón Scaff, Chimu’s operations manager in Chile advises that not only is travel to South America back to normal, but tour operators are welcoming overseas guests with open arms.

“Regarding flight frequencies and cancellations, up to now all is working normally. LATAM has restarted flights from Sydney and connections with the rest of the countries in LATAM are working fine, with few delays and changes,” she said.

“In general, we don’t see cancellations, maybe a few changes on the time of departure, and on very few occasions a modification of the travel date.

Machu Picchu, Peru

“Overall, I think now South America is much safer and more consistent than Europe, and we are willing to host all visitors after two years!”.

That feedback is supported by Roger Frost, Chimu’s operations manager in Argentina, who bluntly responded, “Travel through Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza International Airport was very quick and seamless. Heathrow was a sh!t show, however!”

For travellers eager to revisit South America, or to explore the vast and beautiful continent for the first time, Chimu Adventures has a range of flexible itineraries to show travellers the highlights of countries such as Brazil, Argentina, and Peru, with each trip designed around authenticity and quality travel experiences, free from crowds.

Travel advisors are encouraged to contact Chimu in regards to special offers for travel to South America and Antarctica this summer 2022/2023 travel season.

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