Chile Tour Operator Seeks To Resume Operations by May 11
PHOTO: Communications and transportation infrastructure in Chilean cities including Puerto Varas are operating normally following the Calbuco volcano eruption, say Cruce Andino officials. (Photo by Brian Major)
Infrastructure and communications in southern Chile are operating normally following this month’s eruption of the Calbuco volcano, said officials at tour provider Cruse Andino this week. Nevertheless, company officials are waiting government approval to resume normal operations.
“We know that the infrastructure of communications and transport of the cities of San Carlos de Bariloche and Puerto Varas are operating normally,” said Cruce Andino officials in a statement posted to the company’s website.
Company officials are “awaiting formal approval by Chilean authorities to resume operations with total normality.” The government has “self-imposed a term which ends on May 21 to resume all touristic activities in the area,” however Cruse Andino officials will seek government approval to resume activities on May 11 “in order to affect our passengers travel itineraries to the lowest extent possible.”
Cruce Andino itineraries featuring small-ship voyages across the region’s lakes “are not operating only by the self-imposed restriction by the national office of emergencies, who expect a weather front predicted for this weekend that would bring rain to the area.” Authorities are concerned the rain may prompt landslides that could impact the road between Ensenada and Petrohue, said Cruise Andino officials.
The company’s staple “Lake Crossing” itinerary “is virtually unaffected by the action of the [volcano’s] ashes,” according to the statement. Company officials say “at least 95 percent of the trip” has not been impacted by the volcano’s eruption and emission of ashes.
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