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Argentina Wildlife: Tropical wetlands and Patagonia

Transport

3 flights (longest 6hrs); 5 scenic road journeys (longest 10hrs).

Accommodation

You’ll be staying at a variety of accommodation types, ranging from the first class Sheraton at Iguazú Falls through functional but comfortable mid-range options to simple wildlife lodges in the Iberá Wetlands and Bahía Bustamente.

Meals

Breakfast daily, dinner days 3, 12; full board days 4,5,9,13,14.

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

  • Buenos Aires: City tour.
  • Iberá Wetlands: Guided expeditions from lodge.
  • Yacutinga: Guided excursions from rainforest lodge.
  • Puerto Madryn: Guided excursion to Peninsula Valdés.
  • Puerto Madryn: Whale watching boat trip (Aug-Dec only).
  • Bahía Bustamente:  Excursions from Patagonian lodge.

Summary of nights

16 days, 15 nights: Buenos Aires 2; Iberá wetlands 3; Iguazú Falls 2;  rainforest lodge 2; Puerto Madryn 2; Bahía Bustamente 3; 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.

Currency

The unit of currency in Argentina is the Argentine peso.

Daily spend

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 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.

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.

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

Given the spectacular size of Argentina, there are large distances to cover on this holiday so for some journeys we have used domestic flights.

This holiday is suitable for all able, reasonably fit visitors with an interest in wildlife-spotting. If you are travelling alone or have a disability or other special requirement, please do call us.

Climate

Buenos Aires and the pampa plains have similar weather conditions – they are hottest January-March (very humid with tropical showers, occasionally over 40°C during the day). They can be cold and cloudy July-August, so weather conditions are best for a visit in spring and autumn.

In the Iberá wetlands most rain falls Oct-Apr. Temperatures range from 30°C in January down to 20°C in July. Wildlife can be viewed throughout the year but is more subdued in cooler days in winter (Jun-Aug). However, winter is the only time when sightings may occur of neo-tropical otter and yellow anaconda. Bird-watching is at its best Sep-Mar.

In northern Patagonia wildlife is present throughout the year (sea-lions, elephant seals, dolphins, seabirds). Southern right whales visit Jun-Dec, breeding Sep-Nov. Penguins congregate on the beaches Sept-Mar. Rain falls March-Jul when the temperature dips to 16°C from a high of up to 30°C in summer.

Clothing and special equipment

The southern hemisphere summer will be hot, therefore for Buenos Aires take loose-fitting light clothing for maximum comfort at this time. An umbrella is a good idea in case of a tropical shower. Spring and autumn are milder and less predictable.

The Iberá wetlands will be very hot and humid in summer, bring clothing appropriate to safari-style excursions including light trousers and shorts, short and long sleeved shirts (there may be insects) and a wide-brimmed hat. Bring mosquito repellant and sun block.

Appropriate day-to-day wear in Patagonia will vary a little according to season, temperatures range from chilly to hot but the wind often blows so a wind-proof layer will add to your comfort. In the southern winter bring some warm clothing including hat scarf and gloves; a light fleece jacket and a Gore-Tex outer shell is a good combination.

South America’s dress code is in informal in general and you won’t need clothes appropriate for formal dining but you may wish to take some smart casual wear for dining at the estancias or at top of the range restaurants.

Don’t forget your binoculars and a camera with a long lens and large capacity memory cards if you are interested in wildlife photography.

Please get in touch with the office before departure if you have any doubts.

Vaccinations

Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following: typhoid; yellow fever; 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

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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