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Gaucho: Vintage Argentina

12 days from £2,995pp

Argentina / Iguazu Falls

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Essentials

About Our Group Tours

To find out more about how our group tours including group sizes, solo travellers and why to choose us. Please click here.

Tour Leader

On this tour, you’ll be accompanied from start to finish by one of our exceptional Journey Latin America tour leaders. From the moment you land in Latin America until the day the tour ends they will deal with all the practicalities, expertly adapting to the circumstances and individual needs of the group. Rather than different guides in different cities, your leader will get to know the group and keep you informed and entertained as you go.

Transport

4 flights. Santiago to Mendoza and Iguazú to Buenos Aires are always direct flights. We base the tour around direct flights between Mendoza and Salta and Salta and Iguazú, but due to frequent schedule changes by the companies operating flights within Argentina, these may have to go via Buenos Aires. All road transport is in private vehicles for the group.

Summary Of Nights

12 days, 11 nights: Santiago 2; Mendoza 2; Salta 3; Puerto Iguazú 2; Buenos Aires 2.

Accommodation

On this tour we use mid-range and upper mid-range hotels.

Examples of hotels used on this tour include:

  • Santiago: Hotel Magnolia
  • Mendoza: Diplomatic Hotel
  • Salta: Design Suites
  • Puerto Iguazú: Hotel Panoramic
  • Buenos Aires: Recoleta Grand

On very rare occasions these hotels can change, however please speak to one of our consultants who can provide full details for each departure if you have any doubts. Address and contact details will be sent out with your final documents.

Meals

Breakfast daily and lunch days 4 and 11.

Optional Excursions

There are optional excursions available throughout this tour, which are booked locally through your tour leader once you are in Latin America. Not all excursions available will suit everybody, whilst others only operate within certain seasons, with minimum numbers or may not be included due to time constraints. A budget of around $250 USD should cover participation in most of the following options, but prices can fluctuate depending on the size of the party and so cannot be provided accurately until travel commences.

The list below is only a guideline, so please enquire with your tour leader for any further areas of interest:

  • Iguazú: helicopter ride over the falls
  • Salta: day trip to Humahuaca gorge
  • Buenos Aires: tango show

Travelling Alone

There is no extra cost for single travellers who are willing to share a room. You will be accommodated with a same-sex member of the group who is usually also travelling solo. For single travellers who wish to be sure of having their own room there are a limited number of single supplement places available, which carry a surcharge.

Finance

The unit of currency in Chile is the peso chileno in Argentina is the peso argentino.

Prices do vary within each country and high end restaurants tend to be similarly priced to a UK equivalent. Hotel restaurants are also usually more expensive. As a rough guide at the time of writing, in Buenos Aires and Santiago.

  • The cost of a 2 course lunch/dinner at a mid-range restaurant = US$25.00/$35.00
  • The cost of a small (0.33l) bottle of national beer in a mid-range restaurant = US$4.00-$6.00
  • The cost of a glass of “house wine” (Chilean or Argentine) = US$4.00-$7.00

A full guide on how best to take your money for this tour and tipping guidelines will be provided with your final travel documents or can be requested from your travel consultant at any time.

Climate

The Santiago and wine regions of Mendoza have a Mediterranean-like climate with mild winters and warm summers which are the opposite to the UK.
In Buenos Aires and Salta, October to November and March to April see temperatures between 15 and 25°C and a good deal of sunshine. In January and February it is hot, with temperatures up to 30°C. Most rain falls between December and March.
Iguazú Falls is a year-round destination, but water levels and weather conditions vary with the rainy (Dec-Feb) and dry (Jun-Jul) seasons. A full comprehensive overview of the weather in all the regions you are visiting can be found by clicking here.

Our expert travel consultants can answer any questions you may have on climate and further details will be sent in your travel documents.

Clothing, Special Equipment and Luggage

A daypack is essential for carrying rainwear, snacks, books/tablet and a water bottle. Those who feel the cold should take thermal underwear.

Bring a hat with a visor, sunglasses and sun block. Binoculars are useful for bird and wildlife spotting. At the Iguazú Falls you can get very wet from the spray. You can take dry clothes in a bag and simply wear swimwear and flip flops.

Please take note that Aerolineas Argentinas (who will operate most of the internal flights) permit a maximum of 15kg hold luggage on all domestic flights. Excess luggage can be paid for locally for a small fee. Please get in touch with the office before departure if you have any doubts.

Vaccinations, Visas and Insurance

Preventative vaccinations are recommended against typhoid, polio, tetanus and hepatitis A. For specific requirements especially yellow fever and malaria you must consult your GP. You can also find helpful information at https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.

Holders of a full British passport do not require a visa, although passports should be valid for at least 6 months after the trip begins. Other nationalities should enquire with us or check with the consulates.

Travel insurance is essential. Details of our recommended policy can be found on the Travel insurance website.

Our full briefing dossier contains more information on vaccinations, visas and insurance and will be provided with your final travel documents or can be requested from your travel consultant at any time.

What's included in the price

  • Services of Journey Latin America tour leader
  • All land and domestic air transport
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Excursions as specified

Included Excursions

  • Santiago: walking tour of the city
  • Santiago: day trip to Valparaiso and a vineyard
  • Mendoza: walking tour of the city
  • Mendoza: full tour of local wineries
  • Salta: Cafayate canyons and wineries
  • Iguazú: Argentine and Brazilian sides of the Iguazú Falls
  • Buenos Aires: city tour
  • Buenos Aires: Parilla tour

What's not included in the price

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Meals other than specified
  • Optional excursions

What's included in the price

  • Services of Journey Latin America tour leader
  • All land and domestic air transport
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Excursions as specified

Included Excursions

  • Santiago: walking tour of the city
  • Santiago: day trip to Valparaiso and a vineyard
  • Mendoza: walking tour of the city
  • Mendoza: full tour of local wineries
  • Salta: Cafayate canyons and wineries
  • Iguazú: Argentine and Brazilian sides of the Iguazú Falls
  • Buenos Aires: city tour
  • Buenos Aires: Parilla tour

What's not included in the price

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Meals other than specified
  • Optional excursions

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Real Latin America Experts

  • Ben Line
    Ben Line - Travel Consultant

    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.

  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Consultant

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is an invaluable part of our Group Tours team.

  • Paul Winrow Giffen
    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Consultant

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

  • Sophie Barber
    Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.

  • Carrie Gallagher
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Consultant

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.

  • Evie Oswald
    Evie Oswald - Travel Consultant

    It’s hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.

Meet the team