On this tour, you’ll be accompanied from start to finish by one of our exceptional Journey Latin America tour leaders
. From the moment you land in Latin America until the day the tour ends they will deal with all the practicalities, expertly adapting to the circumstances and individual needs of the group. Rather than different guides in different cities, your leader will get to know the group and keep you informed and entertained as you go.
4 flights. Santiago to Mendoza and Iguazú to Buenos Aires are always direct flights. We base the tour around direct flights between Mendoza and Salta and Salta and Iguazú, but due to frequent schedule changes by the companies operating flights within Argentina, these may have to go via Buenos Aires.
On this tour we use mid-range and upper mid-range hotels.
Examples of hotels used on this tour include:
• Santiago: Cumbres Lastarria
• Mendoza: Diplomatic Hotel
• Salta: Design Suites
• Puerto Iguazú: Hotel Panoramic
• Buenos Aires: Recoleta Grand
On very rare occasions these hotels can change, however please speak to one of our consultants who can provide full details for each departure if you have any doubts. Address and contact details will be sent out with your final documents.
Breakfast daily and lunch days 4 and 11.
• Santiago: walking tour of the city
• Santiago: day trip to Valparaiso and a vineyard
• Mendoza: walking tour of the city
• Mendoza: full tour of local wineries
• Salta: Cafayate canyons and wineries
• Iguazú: Argentine side of the Iguazú Falls
• Buenos Aires: city tour
• Buenos Aires: Parilla tour
Summary of nights
12 days, 11 nights: Santiago 2; Mendoza 2; Salta 3; Puerto Iguazú 2; Buenos Aires 2.
Included in the journey price
• Services of Journey Latin America tour leader
• All land and domestic air transport
• Accommodation as specified
• Meals as specified
• Excursions as specified
Not included in the journey price
• Tips and gratuities
• Meals other than specified
• Optional excursions
There are optional excursions available throughout this tour, which are booked locally through your tour leader once you are in Latin America. Not all excursions available will suit everybody, whilst others only operate within certain seasons, with minimum numbers or may not be included due to time constraints. A budget of around $250 USD should cover participation in most of the following options, but prices can fluctuate depending on the size of the party and so cannot be provided accurately until travel commences.
The list below is only a guideline, so please enquire with your tour leader for any further areas of interest:
• Iguazú: Brazilian side of the falls
• Iguazú: helicopter ride over them or a boat ride up to them
• Salta: day trip to Humahuaca gorge
• Buenos Aires: tango show
There is no extra cost for single travellers who are willing to share a room. You will be accommodated with a same-sex member of the group who is usually also travelling solo. For single travellers who wish to be sure of having their own room there are a limited number of single supplement places available, which carry a surcharge.
The unit of currency in Chile is the peso chileno, and in Argentina the peso argentino.
A budget of around US$50-60 USD per day should cover the cost of meals, drinks and the odd souvenir. Although economic instability in Argentina means that prices can change frequently.
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 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 you take a reasonable quantity of US dollars cash (no more than is covered by your insurance), which you can exchange into local currency. These bills should be in good condition as soiled or torn bills may be refused. Travellers’ cheques are increasingly less favoured by travellers who find them difficult to exchange as well as offering a poor rate of exchange. If you do decide to carry some with you they should be US dollar cheques only (American Express are by far the most accepted brand).
Tips are normally welcomed and expected. Local guides often rely on their tip as a significant proportion of their income. We recommend approximately $3 USD (or local equivalent) per person per day for each of guides and drivers, depending on the size of the group.
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.
If you would like to show your appreciation to your Journey Latin America tour leader, who you may feel has exceeded your expectations, a discretionary gratuity would be gratefully received. As a guideline we recommend an amount of between $4 and $6 USD per person, per day. You are obviously free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality.
Travel insurance is essential. Details of our recommended policy can be found on the Travel insurance
Departure tax is normally included in the price of the ticket.
The Santiago and wine regions of Mendoza have a Mediterranean-like climate with mild winters and warm summers.
In Buenos Aires and Salta, October to November and March to April see temperatures between 15 and 25°C and a good deal of sunshine. In January and February it is hot, with temperatures up to 30°C. Most rain falls between December and March.
Iguazú Falls is a year-round destination, but water levels and weather conditions vary with the rainy (Dec-Feb) and dry (Jun-Jul) seasons. The water supply to the falls also varies according to the local control of the dams upstream. It can be busy with tourists in local holiday seasons, for example in Easter.
Clothing and special equipment
A daypack is essential for carrying rainwear, snacks, books/tablet and a water bottle. Those who feel the cold should take thermal underwear.
Bring a hat with a visor, sunglasses and sun block. Binoculars are useful for bird and wildlife spotting. At the Iguazú Falls you can get very wet from the spray. You can take dry clothes in a bag and simply wear swimwear and flip flops.
Please get in touch with the office before departure if you have any doubts.
Reduce plastic waste
Journey Latin America has partnered with Water-To-Go to offer JLA Group Tour passengers the opportunity to purchase 75cl filtered water bottles for a 50% discount. The bottle can be refilled at any water outlet and has a filter that eliminates 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, allowing the water to be safe to drink. Please call your contact at JLA to add it your booking and it will be delivered to your address. More information about this initiative can be found on our website here
Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following: typhoid; polio; tetanus; hepatitis A. For specific requirements you must consult your GP, including advice on malaria tablets. You can also find helpful information on the Masta Travel Health
Holders of a full British passport do not require a visa, although passports should be valid for at least 6 months after the trip begins. Other nationalities should enquire with us or check with the Chilean and Argentine consulate. Even where visas are not required, there may be a reciprocity fee to pay (e.g. USA and Canada).
ESTA - if flying to the US, or via the US you will need to fill in your application to ESTA online which 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 departure of flights. 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.