2 flights (longest 2hrs).
At all levels, we prefer smaller hotels with some local character; whether boutique, one of a local chain or independent. On the odd occasion where we use an international chain, we choose properties with some historic or other unique features.
This holiday offers economical mid-range accommodation. We have chosen modern and well-equipped hotels in convenient practical locations.
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 walking tour along the Avenida de Mayo.
- Guided visit to the Argentine side of Iguazú Falls.
- Jeep tour of Corcovado Mountain and Santa Teresa.
Summary of nights
10 days, 9 nights: Buenos Aires 3; Iguazú 3; Rio 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 optional excursions available on this holiday, many of which can be booked in advance with us – please contact us by phone or email to add these activities to your holiday. Most of these excursions may also be booked locally through our local representatives once you are in Latin America. Alternatively you may use any of the many local companies but Journey Latin America cannot guarantee the quality or safety of these and cannot accept responsibility if anything goes wrong or is not up to your expectations.
A budget of around USD$200 should cover participation the following options, but prices can fluctuate depending on the number of participants and time of year, and so cannot be provided accurately until travel commences. The list below is only a guideline.
- Bike tour of Buenos Aires.
- Dine at a live tango show, Buenos Aires.
- Tango lessons, Buenos Aires.
- 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 Argentinean peso; Brazil is the Brazilian real (plural reais).
It is very difficult to give a guideline for essential expenses but a budget of around 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.
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 guidelines can be found on 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.
There are no long days of travel on this trip.
This holiday is suitable for all, including families (although you cannot book the latter with us online unless you require accommodation based on double occupancy rooms). If you are a single traveller or 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.
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.
At the Iguazú Falls you can get very wet from the spray. Some clients like to take dry clothes in a dry bag.
If you plan to go to good restaurants or out on evening entertainment trips, 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 the beach.
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. 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.