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Luxury Rio, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires and the pampas

14 days from £5322pp

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Luxury Rio, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires and the pampas

14 days from £5322pp
 

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Transport

2 flights (each 2 hrs); 2 road transfers (longest 2 hrs). 

Accommodation

For this holiday however we have chosen the very best hotels available in each location. The Orient Express Copacabana Palace and Das Cataratas hotels both have superlative locations which could not be bettered: the Cataratas is the only property overlooking the falls on the Brazilian side. The Alvear Palace is a magnificent traditional property heaving with nostalgia. The facilities and service at all properties are, of course, top of the range.

Meals

Breakfast daily, lunch day 2; dinner days 10-13; full board days 6, 7.

Guides

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.

Included excursions

• Full-day tour with, Corcovado mountain and Tijuca forest and cable car up Sugar Loaf mountain.
• Tour of Argentine side of Iguazú Falls.
• Guided city tour of Buenos Aires with visit to Teatro Colón.
• Tango show with dinner, Buenos Aires.
• Activities at the estancia.

Summary of nights

14 days, 13 nights: Rio de Janeiro 3; Iguazú 2; Puerto Bemberg 2, Buenos Aires 3, estancia 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

• Tips and gratuities. 
• Meals other than specified.
• International flights within Latin America.
• Airport taxes, when not included in the ticket.
• Optional excursions.

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:
• Samba show, Rio de Janeiro.
• Schooner trip to the Tropical islands on the Emerald Coast. 
• Helicopter ride over Iguazú falls.
• Excursions from Puerto Bemberg:  eg Itaipú dam and Jesuit missions.

Currency

The unit of currency in Brazil is the ‘real’ (plural reais); in Argentina it 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.

Tipping

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.

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

There are no long days of travel on this trip. There are two domestic flights by commercial jet.

This holiday is suitable for all but 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.

Climate

In Rio, Buenos Aires, Iguazú and the pampas, December to March are the hottest and most humid months, with temperatures sometimes reaching 40°C, and rain which falls in brief, 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 summer, for day-to-day wear you should take loose-fitting, breathable clothes. Comfortable shoes and sandals are advisable. A sun hat, sun block and sunglasses are necessary, and you should take a light fleece or jacket for cool nights, and a waterproof jacket and/or umbrella. You might like to bring binoculars for wildlife spotting at the estancia. Brazil is an informal country but if you plan to go to good restaurants or out on evening entertainment trips, you might want to bring something smart as well.

At the Iguazú Falls you can get very wet from the spray. You may wish to take dry clothes in a dry bag.

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: typhoid; polio; tetanus; hepatitis A. You should consult your GP for specific requirements, including advice on yellow fever and malaria tablets.

You can also find helpful information on the Masta Travel Website 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.  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.

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