2 flights (each 2hrs); 2 road transfers.
For this holiday we have chosen the very best hotels available in each of 3 top locations in Argentina and Brazil. The Alvear Palace is a magnificent traditional property heaving with nostalgia. The refurbished colonial-style estancia, La Bamba, combines a romantic setting with superlative attention to detail. Ponta dos Ganchos is one of the most divine coastal hideaways on the continent. The facilities and service at all properties are, of course, top of the range.
Breakfast daily, dinner day 3, full board days 5, 6.
We carefully select our local partners, some of whom we have worked with for over 25 years. Their English-speaking guides understand the expectations of our clients very well, and are consistently singled out for praise by the latter on their return.
• Guided city tour of Buenos Aires with visit to Teatro Colón.
• Tango show with dinner, Buenos Aires.
• Activities at the estancia.
Summary of nights
13 days, 12 nights: Buenos Aires 3, estancia 3, southern Brazil beach hotel 6.
Included in the journey price
• Services of our team of experts in our London office.
• Services of Journey Latin America local representatives and guides.
• All land and air transport within Latin America.
• Accommodation as specified.
• Meals as specified.
• Excursions as specified, including entrance fees.
Not included in the journey price
• International flights to Latin America.
• Tips and gratuities
• Meals other than specified.
• Airport taxes, when not included in the ticket
• Optional excursions.
The unit of currency in Argentina is the Argentine peso. In Brazil is the ‘real’ (plural reais).
How to take it
Cash machines are available in all major cities and towns, and so taking a debit or credit card with a PIN number is the most convenient way of withdrawing money while on your trip, and in most shops and restaurants you can also pay by card. However, since cards can get lost, damaged, withheld or blocked, you should not rely exclusively on a card to access funds.
We recommend that additionally you take a reasonable quantity of US dollars cash (no more than is covered by your insurance), which you can exchange into local currency, and possibly some travellers’ cheques (American Express are the most widely accepted), though these are gradually falling out of use. Dollar bills should be in good condition, soiled or torn bills may be refused. You can take sterling, but the exchange rate is not always competitive or even available, restricting the number of places where you can change money.
Tips are expected and local guides often rely on their tip as a significant proportion of their income.
Most service industry workers will expect a tip of some kind and so it is useful to have spare change for hotel porters, taxi drivers and the like. It is common to leave 10 - 12% in restaurants.
Tipping guidelines can be found in our Briefing Dossier
Travel insurance is essential.
Details of our recommended policy can be found on our Travel Insurance
If you have purchased your flights through Journey Latin America, the international departure tax is usually included in the ticket.
There are no long days of travel on this trip. There are two domestic flights by commercial jet.
This holiday is suitable for all but if you have a disability or other special requirements, please call us.
In Buenos Aires, the Argentine pampas and southern Brazil, December to March are the hottest and most humid months, with temperatures sometimes reaching 40°C, and rain which falls in brief, heavy showers.
From June to September, temperatures in Buenos Aires and on the pampas are more moderate (10-18°C) and there is plenty of sunshine, but cold fronts can usher in periods of up to several days of cloud and drizzle. It isn’t really beach weather in southern Brazil at this time, temperatures can be cool and it can be rainy though warm and pleasant periods are not uncommon.
Clothing and special equipment
In the southern summer, for day-to-day wear you should take loose-fitting, breathable clothes. Comfortable shoes and sandals are advisable. A sun hat, sun block and sunglasses are necessary, and you should take a light fleece or jacket for cool nights, and a waterproof jacket and/or umbrella. You might like to bring binoculars for wildlife spotting at the estancia. The hotels are informal but you might choose to bring something smart to wear at dinner.
Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following: typhoid; polio; tetanus; hepatitis A. You should consult your GP for specific requirements, including advice on yellow fever and malaria tablets.
You can also find helpful information on the Masta Travel Health
Holders of a full British passport do not require a visa, although passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the trip begins. Anyone with a different nationality should enquire with us or check with the relevant consulate.
APIS and ESTA - important flight information:
ESTA - if flying to the US, or via the US you will need to fill in your application to ESTA online
This costs $14 per person. This must be done by you personally.
Passports must also be machine-readable (MRP). Avoid locking suitcases if transiting the USA, as their customs authorities retain the right to break into them.
APIS - Many countries now oblige airlines to provide additional information about passengers prior to the flight departure. This Advance Passenger Information (APIS) must be supplied to us promptly in order to issue tickets and avoid fare increases. We will provide the airlines with the relevant details if we are booking your international flights. If the information is not provided you may be denied boarding.