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Journey to Iguazu Falls and Rio Carnival

18 Nights featuring Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Uruguay & Brazil

Includes airfare, hotel, tours, transfers, baggage handling and more!

Departs: February 12, 2020

About This Journey

Marvel at the splendor of Iguazu Falls followed by an authentic Brazilian experience, the colorful spectacle of Rio Carnival! You’ll begin your Journey in Buenos Aires, a city as unique and sophisticated to South America as Paris is to Europe. You’ll discover all this vibrant city has to offer, including a night where you will enjoy the passionate tango and a day where you see the countryside and the legendary gaucho. Then it’s off to Iguazu Falls for two nights in a delightful retreat. This truly spectacular sight exemplifies nature’s majestic and awe-inspiring power. You’ll return to Buenos Aires and join your ship bound for some of the most fabulous ports in South America. The highlight of your cruise is three full days in Rio de Janeiro during the world-renowned Carnival celebration! Finally, you’ll experience the rich artistic history of Montevideo, Uruguay, before returning to Buenos Aires for your return flight. This Journey truly combines the best of stunning natural beauty and vibrant South American culture.

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Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls Argentina; Montevideo and Punta del Este, Uruguay; Sao Paulo (Santos), Ilhabela, Buzios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Eclipse; Patagonia, Perito Moreno, Glacier, El Calafate

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Journey to Iguazu Falls and Rio Carnival

Itinerary
Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive in Buenos Aires, Transfer to Hotel, Evening City Tour and Tango Show
2 Buenos Aires – Full Day Tour to Pampas with BBQ
3 Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls – Hotel Check Out, Fly to Iguazu Falls, Tour the Brazilian Side of the Falls, Hotel Check In
4 Iguazu Falls – Tour the Argentinian Side of the Falls
5 Iguazu Falls to Buenos Aires – Hotel Check Out, Fly to Buenos Aires, Transfer to Pier for Embarkation
6 Buenos Aires, Argentina  6:45 PM
7 At Sea
8 At Sea
9 Sao Paulo (Santos), Brazil  9:00 AM  7:00 PM
10 Ilhabela, Brazil 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
11 Buzios, Brazil 7:00 AM 10:00 PM
12 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 7:00 AM
13 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
14 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6:00 PM
15 At Sea
16 At Sea
17 Punta del Este, Uruguay 8:00 AM 10:00 PM
18 Montevideo, Uruguay – Included Shore Excursion for Enrichment Journeys guests only 7:00 AM 4:30 PM
19 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Disembark, Transfer to the Airport for return flight 5:00 AM

Land Package Highlights

Day 1 – Arrival in Buenos Aires: 

Cathedral near Plaza de Mayo

Buenos Aires, Argentina

From the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for early check in and enjoy some time to settle in and relax. This afternoon, get acquainted with Buenos Aires during a tour highlighting the city`s major neighborhoods and attractions. You will see the Recoleta Cemetery and the Plaza de Mayo, the city’s main square 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.

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 dinner of Argentine and international dishes, accompanied by wines from 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, dancers will show off their dramatic tango skills. They’re some of the best dancers in town! (D)

Day 2 – Buenos Aires: 

Gaucho Ranch

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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: 

Iguazu Falls Brazil Side

Iguazu Falls, Brazil

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Iguazu. This afternoon we will head out to explore the Brazilian side of the falls! Located on the west end of the Paraná River, the Iguazu Park is a huge tropical rainforest which has been declared a World Heritage Site: it is one of the largest forest reserves in South America where countless flora and fauna species live. Iguazu Falls’ water volume and more than 275 falls places it among the most important and spectacular waterfalls in the world. We will take an elevator down to the base of the waterfalls and stop right above the river level. From a 3,281-foot (1,000 meter) footbridge, we will be able to admire the majestic Iguazu Falls or go up an elevator to the Salto Floreano viewpoint. (B, D)

Day 4 – Iguazu Falls: 

Iguazu Falls Argentina

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

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, we will take trucks into the wild vegetation joined by expert guides. Then, embark on a boat excursion that takes you to the base of Iguazu Falls, allowing you to experience the power from below! (B, L)

Day 5 – Fly to Buenos Aires for Embarkation: After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for you flight back to Buenos Aires. Transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Eclipse for a 14-night cruise to Brazil and Uruguay. (B)

Day 619 – Cruise onboard the Celebrity Eclipse: See below for cruise highlights.

Day 18 – Montevideo: 

Independence Square

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 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 19 – Buenos Aires Disembarkation: Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Eclipse. Since flights to the U.S. and Canada depart late in the day, you will enjoy a full-day transfer-tour before heading to the airport. Your tour includes time for shopping at boutique stores in the city (good for picking up last-minute souvenirs!) and some free time in La Boca neighborhood before transferring to the airport for your return flight home. (L)

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.

Port Highlights

Buenos Aires, ArgentinaIf 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.

São Paulo (Santos), Brazil: Home to 17 million people and spanning over 3,000 square miles, São Paulo is the third-largest city in the world. The warm climate and red clay soil surrounding the city are perfect for growing coffee. And with the arrival of the railway in 1867, large-scale cultivation took hold. Today, São Paulo is one of the largest coffee exporters in the world. As the coffee industry grew, so did the need for labor. São Paulo was one of the first cities in Brazil to actively encourage immigration. It has evolved into an exciting melting pot of cultures.

Ilhabela, Brazil: Ilhabela literally means ‘beautiful island,’ and indeed it is, with its volcanic peaks, beautiful beaches, tropical jungle and a staggering 360 waterfalls. The UNESCO-protected biosphere is home to toucans and capuchin monkeys, shipwrecks and mountains, making it a favorite destination for divers, hikers, surfers and beach-bums alike.

Buzios, Brazil: This peninsula beach resort, made popular in the 1960s by Brigitte Bardot, boasts more than 20 beaches, with those to the west experiencing calmer water than the east-facing Praia’s (beach’s), which are ideal for surfers and windsurfers. Boating, scuba diving and surfing are the most popular activities here, with excellent schools for novices wishing to learn. When the sun dips, enjoy delicious, fresh seafood at one of the popular pay-by-the-kilo restaurants before drinking and dancing at one of the town’s popular bars or nightclubs.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Samba on down to Rio, famous for its dramatic landscape and beach culture, easy going except for the four days of frenetic, feather-festooned Carnaval. From the summits of Sugarloaf and Corcovado, take in breathtaking views of a magnificent bay set against a mountain backdrop. Check out the activity at one or two of the 23 beaches, crowded with sunbathers and swimmers, and also populated by surfers, bikers, and the girl from Ipanema.

Punta del Este, Uruguay: If South America had purposely created a place to compete with the Riviera, this would be it. Leisurely browse through the chic shops and galleries of Calle Gorlero, or spend a relaxing afternoon people watching from a beachside café while the assorted sun lovers and jet setters around you enjoy one of the continent’s most storied playgrounds.

Journey to Iguazu Falls and Rio Carnival

Included Features

  • Round-trip airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Four-night pre-cruise land program in Argentina
    • Buenos Aires, Argentina—two-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Buenos Aires – Half-day City Tour
      • Buenos Aires – Tango Show with Dinner
      • Buenos Aires – Full-day Pampas and BBQ Adventure
    • Puerto Iguazu, Argentina—two-night hotel stay
      • Iguazu – Half-day Brazilian Falls Tour
      • Iguazu – Half-day Argentinean Falls Tour and Devil’s Throat
      • Iguazu – Half-day Argentinean Navigation boat tour
  • Post-cruise, full-day transfer-tour in Buenos Aires including Lunch
  • Local Tour Hosts during pre-cruise land program tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 14-night sailing aboard the Celebrity Eclipse
    • Exclusive full-day guided shore excursion in Montevideo, specially created for Enrichment Journeys guests
    • Choose 1 of the following (for Oceanview and higher): Classic Beverage Package, Pre-paid Gratuities, Unlimited Internet or $300 Onboard Credit per stateroom

Journey to Iguazu Falls and Rio Carnival

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Most days during the land portion will include tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of both cultural and historical experiences and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.

During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered active, and includes a considerable amount of walking. Walking on different types of land, roads and landmarks will be part of the trip, and may be slippery especially during your time at Iguazu Falls. 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. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites and some sites at Iguazu Falls may not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure or remote location. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation.  Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. 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.

Cultural Focus

Immerse yourself in the South American style while surrounded by staggering mountains and green valleys. A trip of a lifetime through Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil will be unforgettable and very different than what you might be used to. South American culture is passionate and diverse. You will have the chance to hear many forms of Spanish and Portuguese 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., though the thumbs up hand symbol is usually a good option to use in this region, and is especially common in Brazil.

You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.

Unique Factors

South America has fairly mild, damp and warm weather in February (mid-summer), so 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. Rio Carnival is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, however please be cautious as the city is extremely crowded during the event.

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.

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: 

Fiction/Personal Accounts

The Ambivalent Corpse by Jerold Last (Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina)

The Tango Singer by Tomas Eloy Martinez (Argentina)

The Invisible Mountain by Carolina De Robertis (Uruguay)

Checkmate in Rio by Nick Carter

Travel Guides

Lonely Planet’s Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Argentina by Demetrio Carrasco, Nigel Hicks, Linda Whitwam

National Geographic Traveler: Rio de Janeiro by Michael Sommers

Blogs

Guru’Guay: www.guruguay.com

Nomadic Matt: www.nomadicmatt.com

Rio de Janeiro: www.riodejaneiro.com/blog

Videos

Tango, by Carlos Saura (Argentina)

Rio, I Love You (Brazil)

Transportation

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 Air arrangements for a charge of $50.00 per person plus any additional air costs. The $50.00 fee for custom air services is credited to any additional charges for airfare should you accept them, but are non-refundable if you decline the custom itinerary.

Routing Transportation Approximate Travel Time
Buenos Aires – Iguazu Falls Airplane 2 Hours
Iguazu Falls – Buenos Aires Airplane 2 Hours

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Special Offers

Celebrity’s go! Big Better Best – Enhance your cruise with onboard amenities
(Applicable to bookings with 2 guests per stateroom and in an Oceanview or higher)

Applicable Bookings CHOOSE 1:

  • Classic Beverage Package for two guests
  • Pre-paid Gratuities for two guests
  • Unlimited internet for two guests
  • $300 Onboard Credit per stateroom

Interested in more? You can upgrade to a Suite and receive all 4 extras!
Guests in the same staterooms must select the same option(s). Click here to view Celebrity Terms and Conditions ». NOTE: Offer expires 11/27/18. Additional terms and conditions apply, call for more information.

3-night Post-Trip Patagonia Extension

INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate
  • Three-night hotel accommodation with daily breakfast (5-star Imago Hotel or similar)
  • Most meals
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers in air-conditioned vehicles

Space is limited.
Please call your travel agent or 1-888-296-1992 for more information and to book!

 Journey Date Price PP Single Rates
2/12/2020 (tour starts 3/1/2020) $1,999  $2,199

Ask about receiving 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group! 

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Dates & Prices
2/12/2020 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
11 (Inside) $8,265 $6,199 $2,066 CALL FOR DETAILS
7 (Oceanview) $9,332 $6,999 $2,333 CALL FOR DETAILS
2C (Obstructed Veranda) $9,999 $7,499 $2,500 CALL FOR DETAILS
2B (Veranda) $10,000 $7,599 $2,401 CALL FOR DETAILS
C3 (Concierge) $10,399 $7,799 $2,600 CALL FOR DETAILS
Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $500 Houston Intercontinental $500 Philadelphia $400
Boston $400 John F. Kennedy $600 Phoenix $500
Denver $450 Los Angeles $450 San Diego $500
Dallas-Ft. Worth $400 Orlando $350 Seattle $450
Newark $500 Miami $0 San Francisco $450
Washington – Dulles $500 Chicago $500 Tampa $250
– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without noticeWhile 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.

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.

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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.

Accommodations
Panamericano Buenos Aires

Carlos Pellegrini 551 | Capital Federal, Buenos Aires C1009ABK, Argentina

Telephone: +011 54 11 4348-5000

E-mail: info@panamericano.us

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.

 

Loi Suites Iguazu

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.

 

Celebrity Eclipse

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.

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Preparing for Your Trip

Money Matters

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.

ATM Machines

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.

Foreign Banks

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.

Credit Cards

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.

Incidentals

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.

Packing Guidelines

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.

Labeling

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.

Carry-on items

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:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)

Cameras

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.

Cell phones

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

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.

Briefing sessions

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.

Hotels

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.

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

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., and a visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Brazil. 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 items 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 Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Also, now you have the option to travel to Brazil with only an Electronic Visa.

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.

Some cruise lines offer visa services for your cruise at an additional charge. However, this is not always available and your journey will begin by land.

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

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. It is suggested to use mosquito spray with DEET to prevent bites and possible Zika Virus. 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:

Argentina
– Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

Brazil
– Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

Uruguay
– Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

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.

Electric Current

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. 

Money Matters

You may need multiple currencies on the 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.

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Argentina
– Argentine peso (ARS)

Brazil
– Brazilian Real (BRL)

Uruguay
– Uruguayan peso (UYU)

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. In most places, 10 percent is often added to the bill, and another 10 percent is expected by guests who’ve had good service. 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.

Climate

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.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
High/Low in Fahrenheit
Buenos Aires 86/68 83/66 79/62 72/57 66/52 60/46 58/45 63/48 66/50 72/55 77/61 82/65
Rio de Janeiro 90/75 92/75 90/74 87/72 82/67 81/64 80/63 82/64 82/66 84/69 86/71 89/73
Montevideo 70/52 83/62 82/61 78/59 71/53 64/43 59/43 58/43 59/46 63/49 68/54 74/59

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 American Spanish

Hola (OH-lah): Hello

Adiós (ad-ee-OHS): Goodbye

Si (see): Yes

No (noh): No

Por favor (PAWR-fah-VAWR): Please

Gracias (GRAH-syahs): Thank you

Portugese

Oi (oy): Hello

Tchau (chow): Goodbye

Sim (sing): Yes

Não (now): No

Por favor (PAWR-fah-VAWR): Please

Obrigado(a) (obri-GAH-du or obri-GAH-da): Thank you

Facts and Figures

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.

Argentina

  • By far the largest city in Argentina is Buenos Aires, with more than 13 million people. Overall, there are 42 million people in the country.
  • Probably the most well-known manifestation of Argentine culture, the Latin dance and music known as tango originated in the slaughterhouse district of Buenos Aires at the end of the nineteenth century.
  • Argentina is one of the leading producers of wines ever since the 16th century and has approximately 1800 wineries currently.

Brazil

  • Brazil is the largest country in South America and the only country in South America that speaks Portuguese.
  • Being the largest country on the continent, it covers 3 time zones and borders all South American countries except for Chile and Ecuador.
  • At one point, Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Portugal, making it the only European capital outside of Europe.
  • Brazil has been the largest producer of coffee for the last 150 years.

Uruguay

  • A staggering 88% of the Uruguayans are European descendants, which is very high as compared to quite a number of other Latin-American countries. This is due to the fact that Uruguay received a number of European immigrants from Spain and Italy during the 19th and 20th century.
  • Uruguay also has one of the highest grades of literacy in Latin America. The official figures state that the rate of literacy in the country is around 97%.
  • The leading sport in Uruguay is soccer after the inception in 1909.

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