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Chile and the Falklands Wildlife Holiday: Penguins and albatrosses

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Chile and the Falklands Wildlife Holiday: Penguins and albatrosses

14 days from £5421pp
 

Private Journey

 

Transport

5 flights (longest 7hrs); 2 road journeys in Patagonia, short road journeys in the Falklands Islands.

Accommodation

You stay in a well located mid range hotel in Santiago, cosy family-run guest houses in the Falkland Islands and a first class hotel with excellent facilities just outside Puerto Natales, Patagonia.

Meals

Breakfast daily, dinner day 3, 10; full board days 3-8, 11, 12.

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

  • Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar.
  • Excursions to observe wildlife and visit sites of historical interest in the Falklands Islands.
  • Patagonia:  Guided excursions from your hotel.

Summary of nights

14 days, 13 nights: Santiago 2; Falkland Islands:  Darwin 2, Pebble Island 2, Sea-Lion Island 2, Port Stanley 1; Patagonia 3; Santiago 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 domestic air transport.
  • Accommodation as specified.
  • Meals as specified.
  • Excursions as specified, with entrance fees.

Not included in the journey price

  • Insurance.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Meals other than specified.
  • Optional excursions.

Currency

The unit of currency in Chile is the peso. In the Falklands it is the Falkland Islands pound. The pound sterling is accepted throughout the islands.

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

Tipping

In South America, tips are welcomed 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 at 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

This is a fully comprehensive holiday with travel or excursions on most days but none are especially arduous. 

This holiday is suitable for all able-bodied, reasonably fit visitors. In other cases, e.g. if you have a disability or other special requirements, please call us.

Climate

In the Santiago area expect a Mediterranean type climate though it can snow in winter (June-August). In October, November, March and April  temperatures range between 15°C  and 25°C and there’s a good deal of sunshine. January and February are hot, around 30°C or higher. 

The Falkland Islands have a chilly climate characterised by strong winds, particularly in the spring (Sep-Oct). Rain falls on approximately 180 days per year, but totals are small. Expect daytime highs of around 10°C in Sep-Oct and Mar-Apr, whilst the islands are at their warmest in Jan, the mid-point of the southern summer, when daytime temperatures hover in the range of 15-20°C. . A little-known fact is that the islands are bathed in the same number of sunshine hours as southern England. Visitors benefit from long hours of daylight October to March.

The weather in Chilean Patagonia is notoriously unpredictable throughout the year. During the southern hemisphere summer (October to March), be prepared for everything from a blizzard to a heat wave. Strong winds and rain are possible at any time but especially in spring and autumn and it can get very cold with snow in winter, but seldom much below freezing.

Clothing and special equipment

For day-to-day wear you should go prepared to encounter all seasons. Warm clothing, a sun hat and a hat to protect against cold and wind are essential. A wind proof fleece jacket and a Gore-Tex (or similar) outer shell make a good combination. Trousers, skirt or shorts made from light, quick-drying synthetic materials work well. Strong, comfortable footwear is essential. You might take swimwear for the hotel pools or Jacuzzi at the Patagonia hotel.

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.

You can also find helpful information on the Masta Travel Health website.

Visas

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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