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Journey to the solar eclipse: Argentina 2 July 2019

10 days from £2,506pp

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Journey to the solar eclipse: Argentina 2 July 2019

10 days from £2,506pp

Price excludes international flights at the beginning and end of the trip

 

Private Journey

 

Insurance and documents

Travel insurance is essential.
Details of our recommended policy can be found on our Travel Insurance page.

Transport

3 domestic flights (longest 2hrs); three days touring by car (car and driver guide) in the northwest with stops, two 3hr transfers Córdoba to Rio Cuarto and back.

Accommodation

This holiday offers mid-range accommodation, well located  in the cities and small town Cachi.

Meals

Breakfast daily; lunch day 2; breakfast lunch and dinner day 8.

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. You'll be accompanied by an astronomer on your excursion to view the solar eclipse. 

Included excursions

• Guided shared walking tour of Retiro and Recoleta, Buenos Aires..
• Guided shared tour of eateries in the capital.
• Guided shared visit to milonga for a tango experience.
• Guided private motor tour of the northwest's villages and landscapes. 
• Full day shared guided excursion to observe the solar eclipse with astronomer and meals included.

Summary of nights

10 days, 9 nights: Buenos Aires 2; Salta 2; Cachi 1; Salta 1; Córdoba 2; 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.
• Excursions as specified, including entrance fees.
• Accommodation as specified.
• Meals as specified.

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.

Budget

It is very difficult to give a guideline for essential expenses but a budget of around US$50-70 per day should cover the cost of meals not included in the holiday itinerary, drinks and the odd souvenir. Eat at the best restaurants in cities 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. Please see out briefing dossier for advice on tipping guides. 

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.

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 distances to cover on this holiday so we have chosen domestic flights as the most convenient way to get around. Note that this departure is taking place in the Argentine winter, although you should not experience extremes of temperatures.

This holiday is suitable for all able reasonably fit visitors, including families. If you are travelling alone or have a disability or other special requirement, please do call us. 

Climate

In Buenos Aires, June and July experience temperatures between 10 and 15°C and a good deal of sunshine.

Salta has plenty of sun throughout the year but may be cool in June, although normally temperatures in the day reach 20°C  but it is relatively dry - you'd be unlucky to get any rain.

In the Córdoba region the temperature will also be around 18°C during the day with little chance of rain. The region receives on average 6 hours of sunshine a day.

Clothing and special equipment

The winter (Jun-July) has weather will be cool and dry, so layered clothing including a light fleece will be appropriate.

If you plan to go to good restaurants or out on evening entertainment trips, you might bring something a bit smarter as well (although formal attire will not be required).

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

Vaccinations

Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following: polio; tetanus; typhoid. For specific requirements you must consult your GP.

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 applied for by you personally.
Passports must also be e-passports with a digital chip. 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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