We would like to share the following update about our tour operations in Cuenca, Ecuador, and Galapagos.
Following President Noboa’s decree of a state of emergency in Ecuador a week ago — which implies a nationwide curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., and further and more radical security measures by the armed forces and police — the authorities report a significant reduction in incidents across Ecuador.
Airports countrywide are fully operational, the road network is flowing normally, and everyday life has continued over the last week. There is a stronger police and armed forces presence at strategic locations, particularly in the coastal provinces, as a result of the government’s decree.
Cuenca Bestours and the tourism industry as a whole have not experienced any incidents, either concerning staff or guests. It’s worth noting that the Galapagos and Cuenca have historically ranked, and continue to rank, among the safest places in the world.
Our Emergency Committee has been monitoring the situation closely to ensure our staff and our guests’ well-being at all times. We’d like to share the following update:
This week, all our operations — including tours in Quito, Cuenca, Galapagos Islands, and itineraries in the Andes and Amazon — returned to normal.
The government, with the help of the police and military, has been able to take control of the borders, jails, and most of the areas where we riots took place.
We would like to reiterate that all the hotels and tourism services in Quito, Cuenca, Galapagos, and most of Ecuador are operating completely normally, and will continue to do so.
Our Emergency Committee will be monitoring the nationwide situation and our operations extremely attentively. We will be sure to inform you of any developments.
We thank you for your understanding and empathy in these challenging times for Ecuador. We value your support immensely.
Please contact your Destination Expert for further Ecuador Travel Advisory or if you have any doubts or questions.