5 flights (longest 3hrs).
This trip includes luxury and boutique accommodation. We’ve chosen elegant and stylish hotels and lodges to complement your honeymoon. They all have spectacular locations, beautiful views and top-of-the range facilities.
Breakfast daily, lunch day 7, dinner days 2, 9; full board days 10, 11, 13, 14.
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.
• Bike tour of San Telmo, Buenos Aires’ tango, art and antique quarter.
• Guided visit to the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls.
• Guided visit to vineyards in Luján de Cujo or Maipú area.
• White water rafting excursion.
• Activities at Estancia Peuma Hue.
• Ice trek on Perito Moreno glacier.
Summary of nights
16 days, 15 nights: Buenos Aires 3; Iguazú 2; Mendoza 3; Bariloche 3; El Calafate 3; Buenos Aires 1.
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.
There are a number of half, full-day or longer excursions or activities you may wish to consider in order to customise your holiday to cater for your interests. Please contact us to discuss these further or to add them to your itinerary before you depart. A selection of these:
• Excursion to the delta town of Tigre from Buenos Aires.
• Tour of Boca Juniors football stadium or attendance at a match.
• Helicopter ride over the Iguazú Falls.
• Horse riding excursion, El Calafate.
• Cooking or golf classes at Hotel Lares de Chacras, Mendoza.
The unit of currency in Argentina is the Argentine 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.
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.
Travel insurance is essential.
Details of our recommended policy can be found on the Travel Insurance website.
If you have purchased your flights through Journey Latin America, the international departure tax is usually included in the ticket.
Given the spectacular size of Argentina, there is a fair bit of travelling on this holiday including 5 internal flights, but there are no long travelling days. Be prepared for the heat and some early mornings ahead of the excursions.
There is plenty of scope for outdoor activity on this holiday and it is suitable for all able, reasonably fit honeymooners. The white water rafting trip in Mendoza is category 3-4 and suitable for first-time rafters. The Big Ice trek in El Calafate is of moderate difficulty and first time ice-trekkers are welcome. We regret the upper age limit of 50 is strictly applied by the local organisers. An alternative, easy ice trek is available for those who would prefer something less strenuous and this has a higher age limit. In any case, if you have a disability or other special requirements, please do call us.
In Buenos Aires, October to November and March to April see temperatures between 15 and 25°C and a good deal of sunshine. January to February is hot, with temperatures over 30°C.
In tropical Iguazú, December to March are the hottest and most humid months, with temperatures sometimes reaching 40°C, and rain which falls in heavy showers. From June to September, temperatures are more moderate (18-23°C) and there is plenty of sunshine, but cold fronts can usher in periods of up to several days of cloud and drizzle.
The weather in the south is notoriously unpredictable throughout the year. In Patagonia during the southern hemisphere summer (October to March) you should be prepared for everything from a blizzard to a heat wave. Strong winds and rain are possible at any time and it can get extremely cold.
Clothing and special equipment
During the southern hemisphere summer it will be hot in Buenos Aires so take loose-fitting light clothing for maximum comfort. An umbrella is a good idea in case of a tropical shower.
At the Iguazú Falls you can get very wet from the spray. Some travellers like to take spare clothes in a dry bag.
If you plan to go to good restaurants or out for evening entertainment, you might bring something a bit smarter as well (although formal attire will not be required).
Strong, comfortable footwear is essential and you should bring insect repellent, sun block and sun glasses. You should take swimwear for pools.
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.
Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following: polio; tetanus. For specific requirements you must consult your GP.
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.