Sydney. Thursday 21st November 2019.
Owned and run from Australia and with offices in the UK, South America and the US, the last 15 years have established Chimu Adventures as the ‘go to’ for all Latin America and polar travel arrangements. They have firmly positioned themselves as the industry experts for these regions and clients can be assured of their high quality and security.
Chimu’s own operations on the ground in South America monitor safety, security and quality in-country. They also work with an array of local companies in Latin America, including activity partners and ship operators. Through having team members present and working around the clock to scrutinise the safety, viability and authenticity of the partners they work with, Chimu’s clients and agents are assured peace of mind that they will receive the travel package they paid for. Chimu have access to the most current information about local events from their ground operations so they are not simply gleaning media speculation when they advise their clients. Chimu also carefully select their Antarctica cruise travel partners to ensure that they only book clients on reputable operators with solid credentials.
The business was born in 2004 on the premise of fully flexible, bespoke, guaranteed Latin America itineraries and, later, small ship polar expedition cruises. Clients are designated one Destination Specialist from start to finish, building trust from the outset. Their Destination Specialist has lived or travelled Latin America’s contours extensively; they know the mechanics and will work with the client to create a bespoke itinerary according to the client’s travel style, budget, expectations and concerns. Itinerary logistics are adjustable, and all international/domestic flights, hotels, activities, transfers and travel insurance are booked with the one Destination Specialist. This business design ensures Chimu have full control over each booking – issues are attended to personally and direct feedback can be relayed.
November 2020 sees Chimu, in partnership with Intrepid, launch their own Antarctic operations aboard their own ship, the Ocean Endeavour. This is an ambition achieved for Chimu, enabling them to run small ship expeditions to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands according to their stringent quality and security measures. Chimu Co-founder Chad Carey explains: “Our own Antarctic ship means that we can ensure full visibility over operations, just as we do in Latin America. We have hand-selected the expedition team aboard in terms of their knowledge, expertise and polar experience to maximise the security, well-being and enjoyment of every passenger.”
Key sustainability initiatives are in place. Chimu will be establishing an industry first with climate neutral Antarctic expeditions by carbon offsetting and neutralising every departure on this ship. Carbon offsetting projects supported through this include Rainforest Rehab in Malaysian Borneo who replant trees and avoid deforestation of the natural jungle by the prevention of palm oil plantations. Plastic reduction measures aboard the Ocean Endeavour include no plastic straws, the provision of soap and shampoo dispensers in guest cabins, the supply of a reusable water to refill at water stations, and a vision to eliminate the use of plastic entirely. All waste will be taken out of Antarctica with the ship and Chimu are working with SeaGreen on recycling initiatives and waste minimisation in the gateway city of Ushuaia.
For those wanting to travel in the 2019/2020 Antarctic season, Chimu have limited availability on a select number of their Chimu Exclusive Cruises. Chimu have been running these charter cruises for many consecutive years and each one is conducted in line with their high standards of quality and security. In February and March 2020, Chimu have three such cruises departing which have limited availability remaining. Contact Chimu here to find out more.
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Founded in 2004, Chimu Adventures are The Latin America and Polar Travel Specialists. Australian owned, we are the go-to for all Latin America, Antarctica and Arctic travel requirements, from small ship expedition cruises to tailor made itineraries and small group tours, plus all international and domestic flight and transfer arrangements. Our specialist knowledge means we can offer the best options for everything. We use our own operations on the ground to access to an immense range of accommodation and activities and work personally with our traveller’s style and budget, tailoring to their individual needs.
Our team is committed to the destinations which we operate in and are proud members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) Adventure Travel Trade Association and Latin America Travel Association. For more information visit www.chimuadventures.com.au