4 domestic flights; 5 land and boat transfers (1-3hrs).
This holiday offers economical mid-range accommodation. We have chosen a combination of modern and well-equipped hotels in convenient locations and mid-range wildlife lodges with a rustic ambience and good if not luxurious facilities.
Breakfast daily, dinner days 2, 9; full board days 7, 8, 10, 11.
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 tour of Buenos Aires.
• Guided visit to the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls.
• Guided activities at Pantanal lodge.
• Guided activities at Amazon jungle lodge.
• Guided excursion to Corcovado mountain and Santa Teresa.
Summary of nights
15 days, 14 nights: Buenos Aires 3; Iguazú Falls 2; Pantanal 3; Amazon lodge 3; Rio de Janeiro 3.
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 include:
• Bike tour of Buenos Aires.
• Excursion to River Plate delta.
• Excursion to Colonia in Uruguay.
• Visit the quirky bird park, Iguazú.
• Cable car up Sugar Loaf mountain, Rio.
• Bike tour of Rio’s beaches.
• Samba show, Rio.
The unit of currency in Argentina is the Argentinian peso; Brazil has the Brazilian ‘real’ (plural reais).
It is very difficult to give a guideline for essential expenses but a budget of US$50-70 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.
We recommend that you acquire local currency in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, and from ATMs in the airports.
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, including families. If you have a disability or other special requirements, please call us.
In the summer months of December to March the weather is extremely hot and humid, you might bear this in mind if travelling with small children or elderly persons.
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 Rio and 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.
In the Pantanal, January is the warmest month, with temperatures between 24-34°C and plenty of rain. June-July has the coldest temperatures (between 15-25°C). Note that wildlife is visible throughout the year and is not dependent on season, although it can hide away during a cold snap.
The Amazon is hot and wet all year round and is humid and subject to brief tropical downpours, particularly in the rainy season which can arrive in December but starts in earnest in March and lasts until May. The sun is very hot and can shine remorselessly in the dry season, especially August, pushing up the temperatures (otherwise around 30°C) towards 40°C.
Clothing and special equipment
In the southern hemisphere summer it will be hot in the cities - Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro - so take loose-fitting light clothing for maximum comfort. An umbrella is a good idea in case of a tropical shower. The months June - October are cooler and a light sweater or fleece is appropriate.
At the Iguazú Falls you can get very wet from the spray. You may like to take dry clothes in a dry bag.
If you plan to go to good restaurants or out on evening entertainment trips, you may bring something a bit smarter as well (although formal attire will not be required).
For the Pantanal and Amazon, you will need practical clothing. Bring shorts and/or skirt, T shirts, light trousers and long sleeved shirts for the evenings and a hat to protect your head from the sun. A rain poncho is ideal for excursions into the wetlands and jungle.
Strong, comfortable enclosed walking footwear is essential as well as flip-flops/sandals and/or trainers.
You should bring insect repellent, sun block and sun glasses. You should take swimwear for the beach and pools. Binoculars will be useful for wildlife spotting.
Due to luggage restrictions at the Amazon rainforest lodge we recommend only hand luggage (approx. +/- 8kg per person) for your stay there. Upon pick up the rest of your luggage will be tagged and transported to the head office with facilities for appropriate storage.
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: polio; tetanus; typhoid; yellow fever, hepatitis A. Protection against malaria is advised. 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.