The safety of our travelers, the smarTours team, and our partners is a top priority. With the help of our local teams around the world, we closely monitor all of our travel destinations. Please see below for updates on any events that may impact our itineraries and tours.
Affected Tours: Spirit of Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands
Ecuadorian President Daniel Noboa on January 8th declared a state of emergency for a period of 60 days. This was due to civil unrest following the recent violence in the country’s prison systems.
In Ecuador, airports and transportation systems are operating as normal. In addition, tourism is operating as usual in Ecuador. The unrest is restricted to areas where tourists do not visit, with the main incidents in Guayaquil, a place our tour does not visit. The guidance provided by the U.S. government on traveling to Ecuador has not changed.
We are monitoring the situation closely. The safety of our clients is our number one priority and we will continue to provide updates.
Updated January 16, 2024
Our tours continue to operate safely in Iceland. The Blue Lagoon is temporarily closed after the recent volcanic eruptions on the Reykjanes Peninsula. smarTours will book an alternative thermal spa if the Blue Lagoon is closed over your travel dates. Iceland is well-acquainted with volcanic activity and the Icelandic authorities and the public are prepared for such events with sophisticated protocols. Conditions in the rest of Iceland are safe, and tourist activities are continuing as normal.
Updated February 16, 2024
All departures through December 31, 2024, have been suspended. We are monitoring the destination for 2025 travel.
Updated January 16, 2024
On January 28th, three US military personnel were killed, and others were injured, in a drone attack against a US military location on the Jordan-Syria border. smarTours does not travel near the Syrian border on any of our tours. The guidance provided by the U.S. government on traveling to Jordan has not changed and our tours will operate as planned. We will continue to monitor the situation for any changes.
Updated January 30, 2024
Affected Tours: Enchanting Peru, Enchanting Peru with Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands
On January 25th, there were strikes at Machu Picchu opposing the implementation of a new ticket sales platform for entry to the Inca citadel. An agreement between protestors and local authorities has been reached. On February 1st, Machu Picchu reopened and train service resumed. As part of the agreement, the new controversial ticketing platform will be temporary and will be replaced.
Updated February 1, 2024