Three flights (longest 3.30hrs); 2 road journeys (longest 3-4hrs).
Here we have selected modest but comfortable small to mid-sized hotels with heating and private bathroom.
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 cycle tour in Buenos Aires.
- Hiking on Cerro Otto, lake district.
- Guided excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier
Summary of nights
13 days, 12 nights: Buenos Aires 2; Bariloche 3; El Calafate 2, El Chaltén 3, El Calafate 1; 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.
The unit of currency in Argentina is the Argentine peso.
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.
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 includes some excursions where there is some walking involved. There are a couple of public bus rides, and three internal flights.
The itinerary includes some walking in rocky and hilly terrain. On the whole it is suitable for reasonably fit clients, including families with older children. If you have a disability or other special requirements, please call us.
Buenos Aires is hottest January-March (very humid with tropical showers, occasionally over 40°C during the day). Weather conditions here are best for a visit in spring and autumn.
The lake district has warm mostly sunny summers from December to march and cool, rainy winters, from June to August. Expect changeable weather in the shoulder seasons, which resemble a UK summer!
The weather in the far south is notoriously unpredictable throughout the year. During the southern hemisphere summer (October to March) there can be blizzards or heat waves. The adage “four seasons in a day” is very apt here. In winter days are short and snow is not uncommon but it is rarely much below freezing, because of the moderating influence of the sea.
In El Calafate and El Chalten in Los Glaciares National Park it is summer December to February and the days are long and mild, but at this time – especially January – the area is popular with both Argentine and foreign visitors. March and October can be sunny and clear, but also windy.
Clothing and special equipment
Even in stylish Buenos Aires, dress is casual or smart casual except for the classiest restaurants. For the holiday as a whole you will need a variety of clothing, from light trousers, shorts, cotton dresses, skirts or T shirts through to fleeces and waterproof outer shells. A hat and gloves are advisable for the far south.
A day pack is essential for carrying rainwear, snacks, books and a water bottle. The sun in summer can be strong so take a hat with a visor, sunglasses and sunblock. Some walkers find hiking poles helpful and binoculars are useful for wildlife spotting.
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 Latin America.
Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following; typhoid; polio; tetanus; hepatitis A. 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.