3 flights (longest 2hrs); 6 road journeys or transfers.
For this holiday however we have chosen upper mid range hotels and lodges which nevertheless have unique characteristics, outdoor activities or attractions.
Breakfast daily; dinner days 6, 15; full board day 7.
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 excursion to Corcovado mountain.
• Guided tour to the Sugar Loaf mountain and Rio botanical gardens.
• Visit to the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls.
• Activities from Yacutinga Lodge.
• Guided city tour of Buenos Aires with visit to Teatro Colón.
• Tour of Mendoza wineries.
• Guided walking tour of Santiago.
Summary of nights
15 days, 14 nights: Rio de Janeiro 3; Iguazú 2; Yacutinga 2; Buenos Aires 3; Mendoza winery 2; Santiago 2; Valparaiso winery 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
• Tips and gratuities.
• Meals other than specified.
• International flights to Latin America.
• Airport taxes, when not included in the ticket.
• Optional excursions.
The unit of currency in Brazil is the ‘real’ (plural reais); in Argentina it is the Argentine peso, in Chile the Chilean peso.
It is very difficult to give a guideline for essential expenses but a budget of around US$50 per day should cover the cost of good quality meals not included in the holiday itinerary, drinks and the odd souvenir. Eat at the very 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.
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.
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. 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.
In Rio, Buenos Aires and Iguazú December to March are the hottest and most humid months, with temperatures sometimes reaching 40°C, and rain which falls in brief, heavy showers. Santiago will be dry and hot, but less humid.
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. Iguazú can be quite chilly in winter when the temperature can fall as low as 2°C at night. It can snow in Santiago in winter (July/August).
The vineyards have more of a Mediterranean –type climate with hot dry summers. It can be cold in the mountains in winter, with bits and bobs of snow.
Clothing and special equipment
For day-to-day wear in summer you should take loose-fitting, breathable clothes. Comfortable shoes are important and sandals are useful. A sun hat, sun block and sunglasses are necessary, and you should take a light fleece for cool nights and a Gore-Tex layer, as well as swimwear, a towel, insect repellent and maybe a torch. In the spring, autumn or winter you might bring along a warm jumper, fleece or jacket. An umbrella or waterproof jacket is advised.
You might like to use binoculars for wildlife. Brazil, Argentina and Chile all have an informal attitude to dress 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.
Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following; typhoid; polio; tetanus; hepatitis A. For specific requirements you must consult your GP.
As of 2018, visitors to Brazil travelling on our holidays should be protected with a vaccination against yellow fever, and carry the corresponding certificate. In April 2013, the World Health Organisation Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation concluded that a single primary dose of yellow fever vaccine is sufficient to confer sustained immunity and lifelong protection against yellow fever disease, and that a booster dose is not needed.
You can also find helpful information on the Masta Travel Health website.
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.