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Food and wine: Vineyards of Argentina and Chile

Transport

3 flights (1-2hrs);  4 road journeys, various shorter road transfers.

Accommodation

Argentina and Chile have a fine choice of excellent estancia and country wine estate accommodation. The estancias and wineries are intimate, cosy, and stylish properties. They all have beautiful settings, good facilities and a range of activities. The standard of cuisine at the countryside properties is exceptional and a good range of national wines is available.

Your city hotels are also superior, characterful properties. 

Meals

Breakfast daily, lunch day 2, 5, 12; full board day 13.

Guides

We carefully select our local partners, some of whom we have worked with for over 35 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

  • Flavours of Buenos Aires.
  • Walking tour of Retiro and Recoleta, Buenos Aires.
  • Walking tour of Salta.
  • Vineyard visit in Cafayate.
  • Wine tasting at Estancia Colomé.
  • Wineries tour in the Mendoza region.
  • Flavours of Santiago.
  • Wine tasting at Santa Rita winery, Chile.

Summary of nights

14 days, 13 nights: Buenos Aires 3; Salta 1; Cafayate 1; Estancia Colomé 2; Salta 1; Mendoza 2; Santiago 2; Santa Rita Winery Maipo Valley 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, in Chile the Chilean 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. 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 long distances to cover on this holiday we have chosen domestic flights as the most convenient way to get around. There are several very scenic road journeys and transfers. 

This holiday is suitable for all able reasonably fit visitors. However some wineries have a minimum age limit for children - please enquire. If you are travelling alone or have a disability or other special requirement, please do call us.

Climate

Buenos Aires is 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. 

Mendoza and Salta are year round destinations with plenty of sunshine. Temperatures dip from a high of 30°C to 15°C in winter but most rain falls in the southern hemisphere summer. The vineyards near Mendoza are stunning when cloaked in the fiery red of their autumn plumage.

In the Santiago area expect a Mediterranean type climate. 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 winter months of June-September are chilly in Mendoza and Santiago.

Clothing and special equipment

The southern hemisphere summer will be hot, therefore in 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.

South America is in general a relaxed continent and you won’t need clothes 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.

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. Protection against malaria is advisable for the Amazon cruise. 

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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