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COVID Updates

We are very glad to share that, confirming last month’s trend, the covid-19 scenario continues to significantly improve in Brazil. According to an epidemiological bulletin from the national Ministry of Health, issued on last October 23, there has been a 19.4% decline in the number of confirmed cases in the week of October 11 to 17, compared to the previous week. And on October 21, the rolling 14-day death average was down 22%, and was the lowest since May 6, 2020. Considering the pandemic hit us harder precisely during our winter season, and that we are now almost half-way through spring, we really believe that the worst is past us.


This trend is having a positive impact on the domestic tourism sector since Brazilians are travelling a lot within the country, which allows for many of our local partners to catch their breaths. This regaining of momentum is proving to be extremely important for the industry at the end of the year. Tourists are being very respectful of the sanitary protocols put in place by the service providers.


We are following the news about the second wave in Europe and our heart goes out to all those affected, especially our business partners. Please keep us up to date regarding the particular situation in your countries and businesses.


In other news...

New home :)

We have moved to our new office and are gradually going back to work there, taking turns and following the appropriate safety protocols. As we mentioned last month, the pandemic forced us to slow down our renovation and moving plans, but we are thrilled that things finally came to fruition! Our new office is in a beautiful house, on a quiet downtown street. It underwent a large renovation in order to accommodate our headquarters and incorporate Gondwana’s soul. Pictures coming soon! (We’ll share just one for now, to give you a taste ;)




New itineraries

We are currently working on the creation of new itineraries around Curitiba, in a beautiful area of bays, mountains, preserved Atlantic Forest and communities that we care a lot for. We believe that people are genuinely interested in more immersive trips that allow for deeper contact with nature in secluded areas, delicious and authentic gastronomy and life-changing experiences amidst the outdoor life. Nowadays this is considered as a trend, but it’s always been part of our DNA. We have recently gone on two tours that we will start to offer in November, in order to implement our safety and health protocols and make sure everything is ready to go:


Ocean Kayaking in the Antonina Bay

Antonina Bay is located on the southern coast of the state of Paraná, Brazil, and it can be considered an extension of the Paranaguá bay. Several rivers, like the Cacatu and the Cachoeira, flow into it. The bay is the place where the Atlantic Ocean’s waters reach the furthest into the American continent, coming close to the slopes of the Serra do Mar mountain range, and offering waters that are suitable for sports. We went on two kayak tours, one for beginners, in a wilder environment, and the other one a little harder, and including a visit to a local community.


Bike Tour around Rural Morretes

Morretes is a charming historic town between the local mountain range and the coast, famous for its “barreado” (a traditional local dish) and “boia cross” (floating down the local river on an inflated tire chamber). Accompanied by a specialized local guide, the 3-hour bike tour includes the use of a 21-speed mountain bike, helmet, gloves, and the adventure insurance. The itinerary includes rural villages, crossing of rivers and streams, water fountains, places with beautiful views of the mountains, an artisanal cachaça mill, natural pools, a small waterfall, lakes, patches of forest and a suspension bridge.


Survey

We would like to thank all who have taken the time to answer our survey on how we can improve the contents of our newsletters. We were quite happy to realise that there’s great appreciation for what we are already doing and that our newsletters provide quality information that’s enjoyed by our clients. All the feedback and suggestions offered will be taken into account, and we should already have news in our following issue.

And we would also like to express our sincere gratitude to all who have made donations to the local institutions committed to the preservation of the Pantanal. Fortunately, the fires have declined and the situation is much better since, in the past week, it’s been raining in the affected areas.


Thank you.

Gondwana Brasil Team



Greetings from Chile! Hope you are very well. Following our previous communication regarding Chile border opening, we are glad to share with you the following protocols which have just been released by local authorities: Because your safety is our priority, we invite you to inform yourself and learn about our “Travel to Chile” plan. What should you take into consideration to travel to Chile?

From midnight on Monday, November 23, those who arrive by air to the Arturo Merino Benitez Airport will be able to enter the country. Entry will take place in compliance with health measures to protect the health and security of both tourists and nationals.

  • All foreign tourists in order to board a plane and arrive in Chile must comply with three requirements: a PCR taken 72 hours before boarding the plane, a mandatory health insurance that covers the associated costs with COVID-19 and their Health Passport that must be completed at www.c19.cl.

  • During the first two weeks of the opening of this border, between November 23 and December 7, foreigners coming from high-risk countries, according to the WHO classification, will have to keep a 14-day quarantine in Chile. This list is published weekly on the World Health Organization website.

  • Tourists will not have to be quarantined, but they will be controlled through an application that will monitor them constantly to trace their whereabouts and the presence of any symptom that requires attention. More details about this to be informed once released by local authorities.

  • At the moment, only air travel to the Arturo Merino Benitez Airport will be allowed. Land and sea borders will remain closed until health conditions allow their reopening.

  • All foreigners entering the country must comply with the country’s sanitary measures such as the use of masks, prohibition of movement in quarantined communes or respect for curfews.

Thank you and we suggest you to check with us should you have any enquiry as protocols may vary depending on the information provided by local authorities.

Kind regards, Turavion and travelArt Team


1. Pallcoyo

@devon_loerop

Pallcoyo is found in the Ausangate region, in the Red Valley. You can make a day trip from Cusco to this alternative rainbow mountain and there are a number of rainbow mountains to be found in the area. The main reasons why this is a better option than the Vinicunca rainbow mountain is that there are fewer visitors and there is a lot less hiking involved than the Vinicunca rainbow mountain. Still, whichever you choose, you can guarantee some incredible photos of these stunning mountains!


2. Sacsayhuaman

Sacsaywaman is the Inca fortress that protected the Inca capital of Cusco and is one of the best examples of the incredible Inca architecture, still visible to this day. The immense stones used to build this site were brought from miles away, which only adds to the mystery of this archaeological site, close to Cusco. This site is where the famous festival of the Sun or “Inti Raymi” takes place each June and you can include this site on a City tour of Cusco.


3. Waqra Pukara

@lasfotosdemarcio

Waqra Pukara is a pre-Inca archaeological site south of Cusco, consisting of both pre-Inca and Inca archaeological traits. It looks likely that the Incas invaded this ancient city of the Canchis as part of their domination of the South American Andean region as it was a strategic, geographical location protecting the gateway into Cusco. This stunning site, once more, is a mixture of incredible natural scenery and beautiful rock formations and the original purpose of Waqra Pukara remains a mystery to this day. This off the beaten path day trek is not for vertigo suffers, but the surrounding scenery is a remote, breathtaking experience and worth every second you spend there.


4.Queswachaka bridge

The Queswachaka bridge is one of the few remaining handwoven Inca bridges in existence to this day. The bridge spans the Apurimac river and is made from woven grass from the area. These handwoven bridges formed a major part of the Inca road-building system and they have to be rebuilt every year to maintain a decent level of preservation. There is a yearly ceremony and bridge rebuilding in June every year, however, you can visit this incredible feat of Inca architecture at any time of the year.


5. Ausangate

@jess.wandering

The Ausangate region is in a totally different direction from Machu Picchu and you can do a 5-day trek around the base of the Ausangate mountain, the highest peak in the Cusco region. If mountains, glaciers, turquoise lagoons and the starriest of skies sound like you “thing,” then this incredibly picturesque, dramatic, sacred mountain trek, may just well be one of the best treks you can do! Adequate acclimatization is a must of course, but the trek is not that technically difficult, just be prepared for the sub-zero temperatures!


Come and experience Peru with us!

Thank you!

Daniel