2 domestic flights; 6 scenic road journeys.
This holiday features a choice of small, service orientated, mostly boutique-style hotels and wineries, with plenty of local character.
Breakfast daily, lunch days 3,6,11,14, dinner days 2,4. The standard of cuisine throughout this holiday is very good and a good range of national wines is available.
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.
- Walking city tour of Buenos Aires.
- Tango show with dinner in Buenos Aires.
- Day trip to San Antonio de Areco and a luxury estancia.
- City tour of Salta with dinner.
- Excursion to Humahuaca Gorge and cookery lesson.
- Guided walk to a traditional Andean village; cookery lesson.
- Cookery lessons and winery visit in Calchaquies valley.
- Visits to vineyards in Mendoza region, wine-tasting.
- Walking tour of Santiago markets, cookery demonstration.
Summary of nights
15 days, 14 nights: Buenos Aires 3; Salta 1; ; Cafayate 2; Cachi 1; Humahuaca Gorge 2; Mendoza 3; Santiago 2.
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.
- Accommodation as specified.
- Meals as specified.
- Excursions as specified, including entrance fees.
Not included in the journey price
- Tips and gratuities.
Meals other than specified.
Airport taxes, when not included in the ticket.
The unit of currency in Argentina is the Argentine peso, in Chile the Chilean peso.
It is very difficult to give a guideline for essential expenses but a budget of around US$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.
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, though these are gradually falling out of use (American Express are the most widely accepted). 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.
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.
This holiday is suitable for all able reasonably fit visitors. If you are travelling alone or have a disability or other special requirement, please do call us.
Buenos Aires is hottest January-March (very humid with tropical showers, occasionally over 40°C during the day). It can be cold and cloudy July-August, so weather conditions are best for a visit in spring and autumn.
Mendoza and Salta are year round destinations with plenty of sunshine. Temperatures dip from a high of 30°C to 15°C in winter but most rain falls in the southern hemisphere summer. The vineyards near Mendoza are stunning when cloaked in the fiery red of their autumn plumage but winters (May – September) in Mendoza can be cold, with much less activity at the vineyards
In the Santiago area expect a Mediterranean type climate. In October, November, March and April temperatures range between 15°C and 25°C and there’s a good deal of sunshine. January and February are hot, around 30°C or higher.
Clothing and special equipment
The southern hemisphere summer will be hot, therefore in Buenos Aires take loose-fitting light clothing for maximum comfort at this time. An umbrella is a good idea in case of a tropical shower. Spring and autumn are milder and less predictable.
South America is in general a relaxed continent and you won’t need clothes for formal dining but you may wish to take some smart casual wear for dining at the estancias or at top of the range restaurants.
Please get in touch with the office before departure if you have any doubts. Good equipment is very important and hard to come by in South America.
Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following: typhoid; polio; tetanus; hepatitis A. You should consult your GP for specific requirements. Protection against malaria is advisable for the Amazon cruise.
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. Clients of a different nationality should refer to our Briefing Dossier and check with the Argentine and Chilean Consulates.