Includes airfare, hotel, tours, transfers, baggage handling and more!
Departs: January 15, 2019 & January 14, 2020
Every day in Antarctica is unique — every day reveals exciting new adventures in the most captivating and remote wilderness on the planet! View shorelines teeming with penguin rookeries and circle majestic glaciers as tall as skyscrapers. Awake to ice-covered mountains reflecting off the surface of Paradise Bay. On this unique Enrichment Journey, you might be overwhelmed by the emotion of these images, or equally thrilled by the sheer power and majesty of Iguazu Falls, stretching across the border of Argentina and Brazil. You’ll begin your Journey in Buenos Aires, a city as unique to South America as Paris is to Europe. You’ll experience all this vibrant city has to offer, including a night where you will enjoy the tango and a day where you see the pampa, complete with legendary gauchos and renowned Argentinean barbecue. Then it’s off to Iguazu Falls for two nights in a delightful retreat on the Argentine side of the falls. Experience the largest waterfalls system in the world, up close and personal. You’ll return to Buenos Aires and join your ship bound for the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. Cruise Cape Horn, the most isolated place in the Americas, and then spend a scenic day cruising the Antarctic Peninsula. Count your sightings of penguins, sea lions and whales as you sail these frozen waters. Then cruise by desolate Elephant Island, and visit Stanley, capital of the remote Falkland, before your call at Puerto Madryn. Finally, you’ll experience the rich artistic history of Montevideo, Uruguay, on an exclusive shore excursion before returning home.
Visits: Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Puerto Madryn and Ushuaia, Argentina; Montevideo, Uruguay; Cape Horn, Chile; Paradise Bay, Schollart Channel, Gerlache Strait and Elephant Island, Antarctica; Port Stanley, Falkland Islands; Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Eclipse
|1||Arrive in Buenos Aires – Hotel Check In, City Tour and Tango Show|
|2||Buenos Aires – Full Day Tour to Pampas and BBQ|
|3||Fly to Iguazu Falls – Hotel Check In, Dinner & Evening at Leisure|
|4||Iguazu Falls – Morning Tour of the Upper Falls & Afternoon Boat Tour of Lower Falls|
|5||Fly to Buenos Aires – Hotel Check In, Recoleta Tour|
|6||Buenos Aires – Hotel Check Out & Embark||5:00 PM|
|10||Ushuaia, Argentina||9:00 AM||9:00 PM|
|11||Cape Horn, Chile||6:00 AM||8:00 AM|
|12||Gerlache Strait, Antarctica||5:00 PM||7:00 PM|
|13||Paradise Bay, Antarctica||2:00 PM||4:00 PM|
|13||Schollart Channel, Antarctica||11:00 AM||1:00 PM|
|13||Elephant Island, Antarctica||2:00 PM||6:00 PM|
|15||Port Stanley, Falkland Islands||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|17||Puerto Madryn, Argentina||7:00 AM||4:30 PM|
|19||Montevideo, Uruguay – Exclusive Enrichment Journeys Shore Excursion||9:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|20||Buenos Aires, Argentina – Disembark Ship & Return Flight||5:00 AM|
Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, transfer to hotel and city tour – From the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for early check in and time to settle in. This afternoon, get acquainted with Buenos Aires during a tour highlighting the city`s major neighborhoods and attractions. Among the points of interest, you will see are the Plaza de Mayo, this main square is surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Presidential Office), the Cabildo (Colonial Town Hall) and the Cathedral.
You will drive through the charming streets of San Telmo, the oldest neighborhood (barrio) in Buenos Aires, dotted with old churches, antique shops and colonial buildings. You will also drive along the colorful roads of La Boca, famous for its multicolor tin houses, European flavor and many tango performers.
A stop will be made at Café Tortoni, founded in 1858. It is the oldest coffee shop in the whole country. For more than 150 years it has been the meeting place of intellectuals, politicians and artists, giving it a very rich history.
Tonight, be our guest at the tango venue in San Telmo. Deemed as ‘living evidence of civic memory’ by the Museum of the City of Buenos Aires, the venue is a truly historic site and will take you back to the tango heyday of the early 1900s. Before the show starts, enjoy a three-course dinner of Argentine and international dishes, accompanied by wines from Finca Flichman, an esteemed Mendoza winery, plus coffee and a glass of sparkling wine. At about 10:15pm, the show will begin! Sit back and prepare to be blown away by the passionate performances happening on stage. The show will take you from 1860 to the present, highlight the history of tango and Buenos Aires. While musicians sing and play the accordion, piano, violin and bass, four couples will show off their dramatic tango skills. They’re some of the best dancers in town, so don’t miss out! (D)
Day 2: Buenos Aires Gaucho Experience – Depart the city in a comfortable coach for a scenic ride through the Argentine pampas (plains) to an estancia (ranch), for a day of gaucho (cowboy) fun! The wild smell of the countryside will lead us away from the city and invite us to experience the region’s rural traditions. Folk songs and dances, equestrian activities, and unbeatable shows of traditional gaucho skills, such as ring races and horse games, await you! Home to the gaucho, the pampa is one of the most fertile natural prairies in the world and is famous for its production of beef and cereals. We will sample some of these local specialties as we tuck into a delicious asado (BBQ) lunch including meats, empanadas and excellent Argentinian wines. Breathe in the fresh countryside air one last time before heading back to Buenos Aires, where you will have the evening at your leisure. (B, L)
Day 3: Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls – Depart mid-day for an afternoon arrival at Loi Suites in Puerto Iguazu. Just a 10 minute drive from the center of town, the Loi Suites Iguazu surprises in a lot of ways. With its jungle location, surrounded on all sides by forest and set right on the river’s edge, there is no way that you would think it to be so close to town, but they have really thought the hotel through and so have cleverly designed it. As you enter the main atrium for the Loi Suites you are immediately struck with a sense of space and of understated elegance. This area looks out to the interconnecting pool area below and out into the tall trees of the indigenous forest. From here it is a walk across log bridges that run through the canopy to each of the room blocks. Enjoy dinner at the hotel. (Transfer by air.) (B, D)
Day 4: Iguazu Falls – After breakfast, depart on a full-day tour to the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls for close-up views of the Iguazu River. The lower and upper walkways allow for comprehensive views of the thundering falls. Walk along the trails that make their way through the 210-square-mile (543-square-km) reserve, and enjoy the various aerial and panoramic views of the falls. After lunch, embark on a boat excursion that takes you to the base of Iguazu Falls, allowing you to experience the power from below! Enjoy a final night in the forest at your hotel. Dinner only provided on 1/15/2019 date. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Iguazu Falls to Buenos Aires – After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Buenos Aires. In the afternoon, you will set out on a tour through the neighborhood of Recoleta. Because of its history and European-inspired architecture, it is not only one of the most popular areas of the city, but also one of the most expensive. You will see the elaborate Recoleta Cemetery while your guide shares interesting histories of the most important families from Argentine aristocracy. You will see the Pilar Basilica, Recoleta Cultural Center, the old Recoleto monastery and perhaps, some of its monks. See the modern terrace of the Buenos Aires Design mall and the Belle Époque Palais de Glace before continuing to the Law Faculty and the most modern monument in the city, the “Floralis Generica.” Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 6: Transfer to port and board Celebrity Eclipse. (B)
Day 7 – 18: Cruising Aboard Celebrity Eclipse
Day 19: Montevideo, Uruguay – After breakfast on board, set off with your local guide on the most exclusive Shore Excursion in Montevideo. Begin with an orientation tour of the city. You will see the Independence Square, Parliament, La Carreta Monument, Downtown, Pocitos and Parque Batlle Park neighborhoods, and the city coastline. You will then drive to the district of Cuchilla Pereira called “The Wine Land.” Here you will visit a wine shop (Bodega) founded in 1898, where you will be part of an unforgettable experience. You will visit the wine cellar which dates to the 1800’s and browse through the old machinery museum. Along the way, you will enjoy a performance that recreates the era in which the milonga emerged in the Rio de la Plata. Argentinians, intrigued by the dance, borrowed several characteristics of it, added their own attitude and style, and called in the Tango. Dancers and Singers will make you feel you are being transported back in time and that are part of the Uruguayan history of the late 1800’s. To enhance the experience, you will enjoy the best national wines and delicious local snacks. History, winemaking, dance, singing, gastronomy, and delicious wines should make for a memorable experience. From here, return to your ship with a new-found appreciation for Montevideo and Uruguay. (L)
Day 20: Arrive Buenos Aires and Transfer to airport – After disembarkation, our local representatives will meet you and transfer you to the airport and your return flight.
Buenos Aires, Argentina – If only one word could be used to describe this vibrant and richly cosmopolitan city, it would be “mosaic.” Stroll along these broad thoroughfares, like the Plaza de Mayo, where famed first lady Evita Perón led fervent crowds to petition for her husband’s release from prison, or visit Pirámide de Mayo, the oldest of the city’s many national monuments.
Ushuaia, Argentina – No city on the planet has more southerly latitude. As a result, the sun shines for 18 hours during each summer day, providing ample opportunity to view the mix of glaciers, forests and sea, all framed by Mount Martial to the west and Mounts Olivia and Cinco Hermanos to the east.
Cape Horn, Chile (Scenic Cruising) – Tierra del Fuego, Land of Fire, is the most isolated place in the Americas, and Cape Horn is its southernmost point. These craggy cliffs and windswept shores are stark, rugged beauty personified, creating a dramatic setting for the collision between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Schollart Channel, Paradise Bay, and Gerlache Strait (Scenic Cruising) –The scenery is like no other that you have seen. Stunning! You are certain to leave with amazing memories, and pictures, as you cruise through Schollart Channel, Paradise Bay and Gerlache Strait. Take in the mesmerizing sights of massive ice floes, humpback whales, waddling penguins, leopard seals and more in their natural, and somewhat extreme, element. Here, waddling penguins, cresting humpback whales, and barking leopard seals outnumber the people cruising through the channel. The only thing passengers need to make sure they have here is a warm coat and enough memory space on their camera. At Paradise Bay, the protected harbor lives up to its name. Ringed by hanging ice cliffs and dotted with floating icebergs reflecting every color of the spectrum, it has a heavenly aura about it. Hear the breathy sound of surfacing humpback, minke, and killer whales coming to feed in the krill-rich waters.
Elephant Island, Antarctica – Elephant Island is an ice-covered, mountainous island off the coast of Antarctica in the outer reaches of the South Shetland Islands in the Southern Ocean. Elephant Island’s name can be attributed to both its elephant head-like appearance and the sighting of elephant seals on its shores. While the island doesn’t support any significant flora or native fauna, migratory Gentoo penguins and seals may be found on its shores. Chinstrap penguins nest there in season. When the Endurance was crushed by the ice of the Weddell Sea, it is on Elephant Island in the South Shetlands that Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew sought refuge, floating on three small boats through mammoth icebergs and landing between steep cliffs. For 105 days, 22 members of the crew endured hardship as Shackleton pressed forth on a harrowing search for help. Here, expedition photographer, Frank Hurley, took his striking photo of the crew waving at Shackleton as he set off.
Stanley, Falkland Islands – Capital of the Falklands since 1845, tiny Stanley lies on the windswept tip of East Falkland Island. The Falklands long served as a way station for ships, particularly whalers, bound to and from Cape Horn. The islands’ rigorous environment is immediately apparent: Stanley Harbor is dotted with the hulks of vessels that succumbed to the fierce winds and waves of the South Atlantic. While their strategic location led to important roles in both World Wars, the islands are best remembered as the cause of the 1982 war between Argentina and the United Kingdom. Today, travelers increasingly journey to the islands to view their rich assortment of bird and marine life.
Puerto Madryn, Argentina – This deep water port was founded in 1865 by Welsh immigrants. Extending out into the Atlantic from Puerto Madryn is the Peninsula Valdés, a wildlife sanctuary where vast numbers of sea elephants, whales and penguins far outnumber the few human visitors who make it out this far.
Montevideo, Uruguay – Uruguay is cattle country, and although Montevideo is a thoroughly modern city with a rich artistic tradition, the reach of the rural estancias is all around you. If ever there were a time you were inclined to indulge, delicious steaks are the specialties of the house in virtually every restaurant.
During your 20-day (19-night) excursion, you will experience the power and majesty of Iguazu Falls and vibrant Buenos Aires. The group will then board Celebrity Eclipse for a 14-night Journey through Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and the spectacular wilderness and landscapes of Antarctica. While on land, there are included daily excursions. Optional shore excursions from your ship will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.
The land portion of the trip should be considered very active, and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.
Tropical wilderness blends together with modern appeal in the beautiful and contrasting country of Argentina. Immerse yourself in the South American style while surrounded by staggering mountains, green valleys, and glacial landscapes. Then, experience a cruise through the pristine, ice, rock, and water of untouched Antarctica. A trip of a lifetime through Argentina, Uruguay, and Antarctica will be unforgettable and very different than what you might be used to. Enrichment Journeys encourages you to keep an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, shorelines and the cities themselves can be crowded, so we will proceed with caution.
South American culture is passionate and diverse. You will have the chance to hear many forms of Spanish dialects and interact with a wide range of people. Keep in mind that some hand gestures have different meanings than they do in the U.S, so it’s customary to simply smile, say “hola” (hello) and “gracias” (thank you) when addressed by locals.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check with a Personal Vacation Manager before booking this trip. South America has fairly mild, damp and cool weather in February, and Antarctica will be cold, averaging 33 degrees Fahrenheit. Having the appropriate gear for this type of climate and rain is advisable. Sturdy shoes will be needed during city walks and when exploring Iguazu Falls.
Recommended Reading List
Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:
The Motorcycle Diaries, by Ernesto “Che” Guevara (Buenos Aires)
Odyssey to Ushuaia: A Motorcycling Adventure from New York to Tierra del Fuego
Travels in a Thin Country by Sara Wheeler (Chile)
The Invisible Mountain by Carolina De Robertis (Uruguay)
Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica by Sara Wheeler
Lonely Planet’s Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay
The Rough Guide to Chile by Jonathan Franklin
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Argentina by Demetrio Carrasco, Nigel Hicks, Linda Whitwam
Lonely Planet: Antarctica by Alexis Averbuck
Retired in Uruguay: www.wallyinuruguay.blogspot.com
Nomadic Matt in Chile: https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-guides/chile-travel-tips/
Gringo in Buenos Aires: www.gringoinbuenosaires.com
Destination: Peru by National Geographic on YouTube
Tango, by Carlos Saura (Argentina)
Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Airfare arrangements for an additional $50 per person. This charge allows you to add and/or customize your flights and can be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving an air quote.
|Routing||Transportation||Approximate Travel Time|
|Buenos Aires – Iguazu Falls||Airplane||2 hours|
Ask about receiving 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group!
|1/15/2019||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|10 (Inside)||$8,532||$6,399||$2,133||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|7 (Oceanview)||$9,465||$7,099||$2,399||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|2C (Veranda)||$10,532||$7,599||$2,633||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|C3 (Concierge)||$10,932||$8,199||$2,733||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|1/14/2020||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|11 (Inside)||$8,932||$6,699||$2,233||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|7 (Oceanview)||$9,732||$7,299||$2,433||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|2C (Obstructed Veranda)||$10,665||$7,999||$2,666||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|2B (Veranda)||$10,798||$8,099||$2,699||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|C3 (Concierge)||$11,198||$8,399||$2,799||CALL FOR DETAILS|
Prices are in USD.
|Boston||$400||John F. Kennedy||$300||Phoenix||$400|
|Denver||$450||Los Angeles||$400||San Diego||$400|
|Washington – Dulles||$400||Chicago||$500||Tampa||$350|
|– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway. Call for details.
All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.
The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.
Please note: for meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.
Carlos Pellegrini 551 | Capital Federal, Buenos Aires C1009ABK, Argentina
Telephone: 011 54 11 4348-5000
The Panamericano Buenos Aires Hotel is situated on 9 de Julio Avenue, just in front of the Obelisk and the Colón Theater, in the downtown area of Argentine’s Capital Federal known as “microcentro”. It is Buenos Aires’s nerve and vibrating center, a city with a European soul and Latin fervor. Buenos Aires is Puerto Madero, with its restaurants, the “Puente de la mujer” (Woman’s bridge) by Santiago Calatrava. But is also La Boca, with the “Bombonera” and Caminito; San Telmo with its fair, antiquarians and the air full of tango; the Costanera Sur (Southern riverside), with Lola Mora’s fountain; and Plaza de Mayo square, with its Cathedral and its Casa Rosada (the Pink House). Buenos Aires is Palermo with the Planetarium, the Racetracks, the Zoo and the Floralis Generica, Eduardo Catalano’s steel flower. Buenos Aires is tango and Maradona’s soccer, but is also polo, pure skill and adrenaline.
Selva Iriapu Sin Numero, Puerto Iguazu 3370, Argentina
Telephone: +54 3757 49-8300
Magnificent 4.5-star hotel in the subtropical forest Iryapú just 15 minutes from Iguazu Falls. Built with maximum respect for nature, Loi Suites Iguazu is surrounded by native trees, vegetation and impressive wildlife.
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, they merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises, and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous — high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “”X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all providing an unmatchable vacation experience.
Ship: Celebrity Eclipse
Since Celebrity Eclipse® joined Celebrity’s fleet in 2010, she has dazzled and amazed even the most well-traveled cruisers. Like her Solstice® Class sisters before her, she showcases spectacular vistas with 85% of all staterooms having sweeping veranda views. Celebrity Eclipse hosts Qsine®, a dining venue with a unique and playful approach to familiar dishes from around the world, and Celebrity iLounge℠, a hip, modern Internet café offering guests what they have asked for—easy access to the Internet, inspiring classes and latest tech gadgets. Add the fresh green grass on the top deck’s Lawn Club and the incredibly pampering services in Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, and you may never want to set foot on land again.
How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.
Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.
During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.
Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.
Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.
Luggage Screening Process
To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.
Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.
In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into the states, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.
What to pack
Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.
Here are a few key item to take on your trip:
Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.
Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free.
Your Health and Comfort
Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment
Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.
The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.
Medical Issues and Handicaps
As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.
Please speak with on of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.
Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.
If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.
While on Tour
Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.
A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.
All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.
Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry into South America from the U.S. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.
Passport and Visa
Your passport must be in good condition and valid for at least 6 months following your date of return from the trip. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.
Please note: At the present time, payment of a Reciprocity Fee (Canadian citizens only), is required for entry into Argentina. The fee must be paid in advance. See https://dnm.provincianet.com.ar for details.
Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information.
The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.
You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an
additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.
Vaccinations are not required by law, but it is recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Use your own discretion and consider your personal medical history when deciding on what vaccinations to have. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce. Here are some suggestions for the various countries visited on this Journey:
Chile – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A
Argentina – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A
Uruguay – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A
Antarctica – Routine Vaccinations
If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at www.cdc.gov.travel
Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. All countries visited are on 220v for standard outlets. Most hotels will have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter.
You may need multiple currencies on this trip. However, this is only required for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the price of the trip.
Argentina – Argentine peso
Chile – Chilean peso
Uruguay – Uruguayan peso
Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. In Argentina, upwards of 20 percent is customary at restaurants and spas. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry in South America that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers and baggage handlers. Note the great variances in currency between countries and plan accordingly.
Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few pesos/soles in the local currency is customary. The Enrichment Journeys local host or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all). The suggested tip amount for drivers is $5 per person, per day.
With the tour covering a wide range of climates and regions, you will most likely come in contact with heat, rain, fog, wind and damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations. Expect average temperatures to vary by region and time of year.
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Practice the Local Language
Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:
South America – Spanish
Hola (OH-lah): Hello
Como está usted? (KOH-moh ehs-TAH oos-TEHD?): How are you?
Gracias (GRAH-syahs): Thank you
Si (See): Yes
No (Noh): No
Delicioso (Deh-lee-SYOH-soh): Delicious
Ayudame! (Ah-YOO-dah may!): Help me!
Cuanto cuesta? (KWAHN-toh KWEHS-tah): How much?
Donde está el bano? (Don-day ehs-TAH ehl BAH-nyoh?): Please, where is the restroom?
Me encanta Macchu Picchu! (May ehn-CAN-ta Macchu Picchu): I love Macchu Picchu!
Bajá un cambio! (Argentina): Relax!
Serpentina (Peru): Beer
Dale! (Uruguay): OK Let’s go!
Bacán (Chile): Terrifi
Facts and Figures
Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.
Most of Antarctica is covered in ice over 1.6 kilometers thick (1 mile).
Because it experiences such little rain, Antarctica is considered a desert.
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