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Falklands cruise: Wildlife outposts of the South Atlantic

14 days from £7,011pp

Argentina / Chile / Falkland Islands

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Essentials

Transport

2 flights (5 and 9 hrs); first class expedition cruise 8 days.

Accommodation

This holiday offers good first class and upper mid-range hotels in Buenos Aires, Ushuaia and Santiago.

Meals

Breakfast daily; dinner day 5; full board days 6-11.

Guides

We carefully select our local partners, some of whom we have worked with for over 30 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.

Summary Of Nights

14 days, 13 nights: Buenos Aires 3; Tierra del Fuego 1; Cruise 7; Santiago 2.

Currency

The unit of currency in Argentina is the Argentine peso, in Chile it is the Chilean peso and in the Falklands the UK pound.

How To Take It

Cash machines are available in Buenos Aires, Ushuaia and Santiago and so taking a debit or credit card with a PIN number is the most convenient way of withdrawing money before and after the cruise and in most shops and restaurants you can also pay by credit 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, Dollar bills should be in good condition, soiled or torn bills may be refused. For spending in the Falklands you can use sterling,

For our latest currency advice for Argentina please see our FAQs section.

Daily Spend

It is very difficult to give a guideline for essential expenses but a budget of US$35-50 per day should cover the cost of meals not included in the holiday itinerary, drinks and the odd souvenir. Eat at the best restaurants and you will pay considerably more. On board ship your only daily expenses will be alcoholic drinks, if desired. Jackets and other relevant items may be on sale, you can pay by credit card. 

Tipping

Tips are welcomed 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.

On the cruise you will be expected to pay your tips into a communal fund for all guides and crew. It’s discretionary but you will be given guidelines as to what is considered appropriate when you are on board. This will be something in the region of $US 100 per person. 

Insurance

Travel insurance is essential. You will need to be insured for air evacuation form the ship or the Falkland Islands if necessary. 

Details of our recommended policy can be found on our Travel Insurance page.

Airport Taxes

If you have purchased your flights through Journey Latin America, the international departure tax is usually included in the ticket.

Journey Grade

Your cruise ship offers first class facilities similar to those of a good quality hotel. Excursions are by small skiff or zodiac, which means you must be able to climb in and out of the small launch. Once on land, underfoot it can be muddy or rocky and some explorations in the Falklands involve some climbing up rustic paths which can be tricky in what may be adverse weather conditions.  

Climate

It is spring in the southern hemisphere in September and October. In Buenos Aires, spring temperatures, are between 15 and 25°C and there is a good deal of pleasant sunshine. The same applies in Santiago.

On the sea crossing, high winds may whip up the waves making for some dramatic, bumpy rides, although calm waters are also a possibility. 

The weather in the far south and the Falklands is notoriously unpredictable throughout the year. The adage “four seasons in a day” is very apt here. The wind blows for most of the year in the Falklands but temperatures when you are there should range between 3 and 11 degrees. In the sun, with little wind, it can feel pleasantly warm. The temperature in these months rarely drops below freezing. 

Clothing And Special Equipment

Even in stylish Buenos Aires, dress is casual or smart casual except for the classiest restaurants. For the holiday as a whole you will need a variety of clothing, from light trousers and T shirts through to fleeces and waterproof outer shells. A hat and gloves are advisable for the far south and on the cruise. Wind resistant warm jackets are sold on the ship for around $US 350.

A day pack is essential for carrying rainwear, snacks and a water bottle. Sunglasses and sunblock are also advised. Some find hiking poles helpful and binoculars are useful for wildlife spotting.

Please get in touch with the office before departure if you have any doubts.

Vaccinations

Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following: polio; tetanus; typhoid; hepatitis A. You should consult your GP for specific requirements.

You can also find helpful information on the Masta Travel Health website.

Visas

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.

If flying to the US, or via the US you will need to fill in your online ESTA application.

Country info

When is the best time to visit Argentina?

Argentina is so large it’s always a good time to go somewhere. The southern hemisphere summer is the reverse of our own, with Dec-Feb being high summer in Patagonia. Spring (Oct-Nov) and Autumn (Mar-Apr) can still be very pleasant and are quieter. While summers in the lake district are reliably warm and sunny, the further south in Patagonia you go the more unpredictable the weather. In Winter (June-Sept) some hotels in Patagonia close, while others stay open for skiers. Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Córdoba enjoy a Mediterranean-type climate, with cool winters and very warm summers. North-west Argentina (Salta and Jujuy) enjoy sunshine and warm temperatures year-round but are influenced by altitude and the high Andes, with occasional cold snaps (June-Sept) and a rainy season (Jan-Feb). Iguazú Falls and Misiones has a subtropical climate, although it can be chilly July-Sept.
For more detailed information visit our When To Go section.

What is the official language of Argentina?

Spanish.

What is Argentina's official currency?

Argentine Peso (updated Oct 2019)

Argentina is cash-orientated, although in Buenos Aires and main tourist centres cards are widely used. In remote areas you may find only cash is accepted. It’s best to take US Dollars cash and change these into Pesos within Argentina. This can be done at a Casa de Cambio (passport needed) and at some hotels. Many (mid-range and up) restaurants will also accept US Dollars for payment and give you change in Pesos. Tips are always paid in cash, even if you pay for a meal using a card.
Although ATMs are available in Argentina some clients have reported difficulties withdrawing cash so it’s best not to rely on them. Local ATM fees can be high and the amount you can withdraw is usually much lower than in the UK. When using an ATM with a debit card you may be offered a choice of account type from which to make your withdrawal. Select ‘credit card’ (not ‘checking account’ or ‘savings account’ options).
Check your insurance limit for carrying cash and avoid having lots of Pesos left over: these are accepted at the duty-free shop in Buenos Aires airport but outside of Argentina it’s hard to exchange unwanted Pesos.

What's the time difference between Argentina and UK?

GMT -3 hrs. Sometimes daylight saving is observed in the summer, from Sep/Oct to early Mar, but not every year.

Which other countries combine well with Argentina?

Chile, accessing the country by crossing the Andes over one of several scenic passes: from Salta in the northwest to the Atacama Desert, from Mendoza to Santiago, via the lakes crossing from Bariloche to Puerto Varas in the lake district and from El Calafate to Torres del Paine in Patagonia; Brazil, via the land crossing at Iguazú.

What are the festivals and other cultural or sporting events in Argentina?

Tango Festival: Buenos Aires, August.
Polo Open: Buenos Aires province, weekends in November.
Gaucho Festivals: The pampas, early November.

How do I adapt to the altitude in Argentina?

Whilst a typical holiday in Patagonia presents no challenges with altitude, Argentina’s north-western provinces offer a taste of the high Andes with some spectacular road trips on offer. Travel to high altitude can cause mountain sickness and even if you feel fighting fit it’s important to take things easy and stay hydrated (drink plenty of water, avoiding alcohol and caffeine) as you get used to the thin, dry air. You may initially notice a headache, dizziness or breathlessness and this usually improves with acclimatisation. If you are pregnant or taking the contraceptive pill, have a medical condition such as heart or lung condition, anaemia, asthma, high blood pressure you should seek the advice of your GP before booking.  We also recommend you check your travel insurance covers travel to high altitude.  If you’re taking the family, remember small children may be less capable of communicating altitude-related symptoms effectively: keep an eye on them too. Rest assured we will plan your itinerary carefully, taking into account any time spent at altitude. If you have any questions or concerns about altitude please speak to your travel expert.

Further advice on travel to altitude is available on www.travelhealthpro.org.uk

What's included in the price

  • Services of our team of experts in our London office
  • Services of Journey Latin America local representatives and guides
  • Services of crew and guides on expedition ship
  • All land, sea and air transport within Latin America
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified On the cruise ship buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, with soft and some alcoholic drinks
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landings
  • Excursions as specified, including entrance fees

Included Excursions

  • Half day city tour with Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires
  • Excursion in Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • Guided excursions from your cruise ship in the Falkland islands and Cape Horn
  • Guided walking tour in Santiago

What's not included in the price

  • International flights to Latin America
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Meals other than specified
  • Drinks from the bar on board ship
  • Laundry
  • Airport taxes, when not included in the ticket
  • Optional excursions

What's included in the price

  • Services of our team of experts in our London office
  • Services of Journey Latin America local representatives and guides
  • Services of crew and guides on expedition ship
  • All land, sea and air transport within Latin America
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified On the cruise ship buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, with soft and some alcoholic drinks
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landings
  • Excursions as specified, including entrance fees

Included Excursions

  • Half day city tour with Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires
  • Excursion in Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • Guided excursions from your cruise ship in the Falkland islands and Cape Horn
  • Guided walking tour in Santiago

What's not included in the price

  • International flights to Latin America
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Meals other than specified
  • Drinks from the bar on board ship
  • Laundry
  • Airport taxes, when not included in the ticket
  • Optional excursions

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