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Signature Argentina: Pampas, Patagonia and Iguazú Falls

14 days from £3941pp

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Signature Argentina: Pampas, Patagonia and Iguazú Falls

14 days from £3941pp
 

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Transport

4 flights (longest 3.5hrs); 2 scenic road journeys (both 2.5hrs).

Accommodation

At all levels, we prefer smaller hotels with some local character; whether boutique, one of a local chain or independent. On the occasions where we use an international chain, we choose properties with some historic or other unique features.

This trip uses upper mid-range hotels with well-equipped rooms, private bathroom and heating. The estancia is an intimate, cosy, family-run property.

Meals

Breakfast daily; dinner days 2, 12; lunch day 11; full board day 13.

Included excursions

  • Buenos Aires city tour, including Teatro Colón.
  • Dinner at a live tango show.
  • The Argentine side of the Iguazú Falls.
  • Brazilian side of the Iguazú falls.
  • Victoria Island and explore Arrayanes wood, lake district.
  • Full day excursion in Nahuel Huapi National Park and Tronador glacier.
  • Full day excursion and boat trip to Perito Moreno glacier.
  • Boat trip across Lago Argentino and lunch at historic estancia.

Summary of nights

14 days, 13 nights: Buenos Aires 3; Iguazú falls 2; Bariloche 3; El Calafate 3; Estancia 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 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.*

*Where a local company organises an optional excursion it does so as a principal and not as an agent of Journey Latin America.

N.B. Occasionally local governments may impose additional levies to taxes already paid on tickets, if this should happen, the payment is made locally.

Optional excursions

Currency

The unit of currency in Argentina is the Argentinian peso.

Daily spend

It is very difficult to give a guideline for essential expenses but a budget of around US$40 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 (American Express are the most widely accepted), though these are gradually falling out of use. 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.

Tipping

Tips are expected and local guides often rely on their tip as a significant proportion of their income. We recommend approximately $10 per person for a half day and $20 for a full day for guides and half that for drivers.

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 guidlines can be found in our  Briefing Dossier.

Insurance

Travel insurance is essential. 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

Given the spectacular size of Argentina, there is a fair bit of travelling on this holiday however, in short bursts, not long days. Be prepared for some early mornings ahead of the excursions and potentially some extreme weather in Patagonia.

This holiday is suitable for all able reasonably fit visitors, including families. In other cases if you have a disability or other special requirements, please do call us. 

Climate

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 are hot, with temperatures over 30°C.

The lake district has weather not dissimilar to the UK’s, but with more sunshine in summer and perhaps more rain in winter.

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

In 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. 

For day-to-day wear in Patagonia you should go prepared to encounter all seasons. Both warm clothing and a sun hat are essential at altitude; a light fleece jacket and a Gore-Tex outer shell makes a good combination. Trousers, skirt or shorts made from light, quick-drying synthetic materials work well. If you plan to eat in smart restaurants, although clothing is not formal (no need for jacket and tie), something quite smart would be appropriate.

Strong, comfortable footwear is essential and you should bring insect repellent, sun block and sun glasses. You should take swimwear for pools.
 
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.

Vaccinations

Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following; polio; tetanus,hepatitis A, typhoid. For specific requirements you must consult your GP

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. Clients with a different nationality should refer to our Briefing Dossier and check with the relevant consulate.

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