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Journey to Antarctica and Iguazu Falls

21-Days featuring Antarctica, Buenos Aires, and Iguazu Falls Cruising along the coast of Antarctica

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

Departs USA: February 12, 2018

About This Journey

No two days are the same on an a cruise to Antarctica — but every day is an exciting new adventure that brings you closer to understanding the most remote wilderness in the world. 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. 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 countryside and the legendary gaucho. Then it’s off to Iguazu Falls for two nights in a delightful retreat on the Argentine side of the falls. 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 visit desolate Elephant Island, and Stanley, capital of the Falklands before your call at Puerto Madryn. Finally, you’ll experience the rich artistic history of Montevideo, Uruguay before returning to Buenos Aires and your return flight home. Visits: Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Puerto Madryn and Ushuaia, Argentina; Montevideo, Uruguay; Cape Horn and Schollart Channel, Chile; Paradise Bay, Gerlache Strait and Elephant Island, Antarctica; Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

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Journey to Antarctica and Iguazu Falls

Itinerary
Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Depart USA
2 Arrive Buenos Aires Hotel
3 Buenos Aires, Argentina
4 Transfer to Iguazu Falls, Argentina by Air
5 Iguazu Falls, Argentina
6 Transfer to Buenos Aires by Air
7 Board Ship  5:00 PM
8 At Sea
9 At Sea
10 At Sea
11 Ushuaia, Argentina 9:00 AM 9:00 PM
12 Cape Horn, Chile 6:00 AM 8:00 AM
13 Schollart Channel, Chile  11:00 AM 1:00 PM
13 Paradise Bay, Antarctica  2:00 PM 4:00 PM
13 Gerlache Strait 5:00 PM 7:00 PM
14 Elephant Island, Antarctica  2:00 PM 6:00 PM
15 At Sea
16 Port Stanley, Falkland Islands  8:00 AM 5:00 PM
17 At Sea
18 Puerto Madryn, Argentina  7:00 AM 4:30 PM
19 At Sea
20 Montevideo, Uruguay  8:30 AM 5:00 PM
21 Buenos Aires, Argentina  5:00 AM

Land Package Highlights

Day 1: Depart USA

Day 2: Arrive Buenos Aires, transfer to hotel and city tour –  Your coach tour of Buenos Aires begins in the Retiro neighborhood. As you sit back and relax in your comfortable seat, you’ll make your way past the city’s top landmarks and through its most popular neighborhoods. Head to Plaza de Mayo, the political hub of Buenos Aires and home to Casa Rosada, the official office of the Argentine president. Stop here to take photos of the palatial building, famous for its pink exterior, and then admire more sights in the area, including the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo (town hall). Next, make your way to Teatro Colón, a beautiful opera house built between 1889 and 1908. The theater stands near Plaza de la República, a square on Avenida 9 de Julio where you can see the Obelisco de Buenos Aires (Obelisk of Buenos Aires), a 1936 monument to honor the foundation of the city. Then drive through the waterfront district of Puerto Madero on your way to the neighborhood of San Telmo, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, known for its well-preserved colonial architecture. See its many attractions, including Dorrego Square, where you should keep your eyes open for spontaneous tango performances – San Telmo is the center of tango in Buenos Aires. If your tour occurs on a Sunday, you’ll visit San Telmo’s weekly antiques market. Continue to La Boca, Buenos Aires’ most colorful neighborhood, where a European atmosphere has remained strong since the neighborhood was settled by Italian immigrants. The district is a major attraction for the brightly painted buildings on the Caminito, the neighborhood’s main (pedestrianized) drag where you’ll hop off the coach to go for a stroll and see local artists selling their work. Next head to one of the city’s largest districts, Palermo, where you’ll drive through Palermo Woods. The city’s largest park, Palermo Woods is home to many attractions, including the Buenos Aires Zoo, Plaza Italia and Galileo Galilei Planetarium. Finally, arrive in Recoleta, one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the city, with its renowned Recoleta Cemetery (where Eva Peron is interred), elegant shops and open-air cafes. Your tour ends at Galerias Pacifico, a shopping area, where you can continue your own exploration of Buenos Aires!

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!

Day 3: Buenos Aires Gaucho Experience – Depart Buenos Aires in a comfortable coach for the scenic ride through the Argentine pampas (plains) to an estancia (ranch), for a day of gaucho fun beginning with a friendly welcome reception including empanadas, wine and juice. Visit some of the ranch’s attractions, including the museum and bakery, before watching a milking demonstration – you can even participate in this daily activity if you like! Then watch the gauchos saddle up the horses, and take off on a leisurely horseback ride through the countryside. Back at the ranch, tuck into a delicious BBQ lunch including wine, soda, water and coffee. During lunch, be entertained by a folkloric song and dance show, and then work off your meal by participating in some traditional Argentine dances. Later, go for a carriage or tractor ride, and then watch the gauchos show off their incredible horse-riding skills with ring races and other performances. Before heading back to Buenos Aires, enjoy a glass of mate (an Argentine drink of yerba mate leaves steeped in hot water) accompanied by sweet cakes with quince jelly.

Day 4: Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls – Depart mid-day for an afternoon arrival at Lol Suites in Puerto Iguazu. Just a 10 minute drive from the centre 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.)

Day 5: 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.

Day 6: Iguazu Falls to Buenos Aires – After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Buenos Aires. Enjoy exploring the city at your leisure before heading to your farewell dinner.

Day 7: Transfer to port and board Celebrity Infinity.

Day 8 – 19: Cruise Aboard Celebrity Infinity

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 to USA.

Port Highlights

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 flows, 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.

Journey to Antarctica and Iguazu Falls

Included Features

  • Included round-trip airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Five-night tour including Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls (Argentine side) and four-star hotels in each city
      • Buenos Aires Panamericano Hotel (or similar)
      • Loi Suites Puerto Iguazu (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily plus four dinners and two lunches while on tour
  • Local tour hosts with included tours in Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls
  • 15-day cruise aboard Celebrity Infinity
  • Choose 2 of the following for the cruise: Classic Beverage Package, Pre-paid Gratuities, Unlimited Internet, $300 Onboard Credit
  • All meals while onboard
  • $50 onboard credit

Journey to Antarctica and Iguazu Falls

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

During your 21-day excursion, you will experience the power and majesty of Iguazu Falls and vibrant Buenos Aires. The group will then board Celebrity Infinity for a 15-day 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.

Physical Activity

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.

Cultural Focus

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 Peru, Chile, 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” when addressed by locals.

Unique Factors

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:

Fiction/Personal Accounts

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

Children’s Books

Where Angels Glide at Dawn: New Stories from Latin America by Lori M. Carlson

Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron by Nicholas Fraser

Travel Guides

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

Blogs

Retired in Uruguay: www.wallyinuruguay.blogspot.com

Ola Uruguay: www.olauruguay.com

Gringo in Buenos Aires: www.gringoinbuenosaires.com

Videos

Destination: Peru by National Geographic on YouTube

Tango, by Carlos Saura (Argentina)

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 with a charge of $50.00 per person plus any additional air costs. The initial charge of $50.00 will be applied to the deviation cost.

Routing Transportation Approximate Travel Time
Miami – Buenos Aires Airplane 9-12 hours
Buenos Aires – Iguazu Falls Airplane 2 hours
Buenos Aires – Miami Airplane 9-12 hours

Journey to Antarctica and Iguazu Falls

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 PICK 2:

  • 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 5/31/17. Additional terms and conditions apply, call for more information.

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Dates & Prices
2/12/2018 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
12 (Inside)  $8,399 $6,299 $2,100 CALL FOR RATES
9 (Inside)  $8,665 $6,499 $2,166 CALL FOR RATES
8 (Oceanview) SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT CALL FOR RATES
4 (Oceanview) SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT CALL FOR RATES
2B (Veranda)  $10,265 $7,699 $2,566 CALL FOR RATES
2A (Veranda)  $10,665 $7,999 $2,666 CALL FOR RATES
C2 (Concierge)  $10,932 $8,199 $2,733 CALL FOR RATES
A2 (Aqua Class) SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $500 Houston Intercontinental $600 Philadelphia $400
Boston $400 John F. Kennedy $600 Phoenix $550
Denver $500 Los Angeles $450 San Diego $550
Dallas-Ft. Worth $400 Orlando $400 Seattle $450
Newark $500 Miami $0 San Francisco $450
Washington – Dulles $600 Chicago $500 Tampa $300
– 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. There is a $25.00 per person, non-refundable fee to provide an additional air 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.

Journey to Antarctica and Iguazu Falls

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

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 Infinity

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: Infinity

Celebrity Infinity® is complete with her new, “Solsticized” sense of style and excitement. Relax in her spa-inspired AquaClass® accommodations featuring exclusive access to Blu, our delicious Mediterranean focused “clean cuisine” restaurant. Keep in touch at the hip Celebrity iLoungeSM where you can participate in the iLearn enrichment series or pick up the latest high-tech wonder from the first Apple® Reseller at Sea. Enjoy sweet or savory crepes at Bistro on Five. And get ready to have a uniquely unordinary dinner at the innovative Qsine® specialty restaurant, where you order from an iPad®. Finish with a chilled Peartini at the ice-topped Martini Bar. Celebrity Infinity will make the most of your precious vacation days.

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Preparing for Your Trip

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials is your choice while on the trip. 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 have 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 when in need of cash. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby currency converter, or bank, that is open.

Credit Cards

Cards are now widely accepted all over the world, especially major brand names. Call your card ahead of time to find out its specific 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. Ask your domestic carrier for their rules and regulations regarding baggage allowance, which may mean additional fees. All bags will be screened during transfer before flights and boarding 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 with weight and size.

Labeling

Have your bags labeled with name and address clearly marked. Add something recognizable in case bags are misplaced. Also mark bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for fluidity.

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 are questioning 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. There are always unusual 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 items 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
  • 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 you carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, 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 beforehand up to the departure date with a full refund – that means 100% coverage at anytime. This covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, baggage delay and medical consultations abroad. 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 will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on uneven streets and navigating through 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 check with your Personal Vacation Manager 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 have the group go over items such as the daily schedule, cruise details, 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 choice varies so you may experience various types of properties on your excursion.

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Journey to Antarctica and Iguazu Falls

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. 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 departure. 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.

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.

Please note: At the present time, payment of a Reciprocity Fee (USD $160.00 per person), is required for entry into Argentina. The fee must be paid in advance. See https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/ for details.

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. 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.

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.

Time Differences

You will be changing time zones periodically on the trip throughout Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. These are the zones of each checkpoint:

Chile – CLT (Chile Standard Time) or EAST (Easter Island Standard Time)

Uruguay – UYT (Uruguay Time Zone)

Argentina – ART (Argentina Time Zone)

Antarctica – No official time zone

Money Matters

Since you will be visiting multiple countries throughout the Journey, you will need several kinds of currency. This is only needed for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the trip.

Here are current exchange rates for Chile, Argentina, Uruguay.

Argentina – Argentine peso

Banknotes in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 pesos

Coins are in 1-50 centavos and 1-2 pesos (100 centavos on one peso)

Exchange – $1 USD to 5.53 pesos

Chile – Chilean peso

Banknotes in 100, 200, 500, 10000, 20000

Coins are in 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 pesos

Exchange – $1 USD to 514.67 pesos

Uruguay – Uruguayan peso

Banknotes in 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000

Coins are in 1-50 peso units

Exchange – $1 USD to 21.27 pesos

Tipping Guidelines

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.

Climate

With the tour covering a wide range of climates and regions, you will most likely come in contact with heat, rain, fog, cold, wind and damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations (Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Paradise Bay, etc). Temperatures can vary greatly within the country itself too.

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
Paradise Bay 33 33 32 30 24 23 19 21 23 28 32 33
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

Altitude (above sea level, in feet)

Argentina:

Ushuaia – 75

Buenos Aires – 360

Iguazu Falls – 640

Antarctica:

Elephant Island – 2799

Uruguay:

Montevideo – 140

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local native language can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are the top ten fun phrases in Spanish, with a few colloquialisms from Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay.

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

Explore some unusual and fascinating facts about Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay before you embark on your Journey.

Chile

  • About 17 million Chileans call this country home and it is roughly twice the size of Montana.
  • Chile has one of the longest recorded dry spells in the Atacama Desert – it did not rain for 40 years.
  • Chile’s borders also extend past the main land. Chile claims part of Antarctica and the southernmost island known as Joses.
  • The city at the very tip of Chile called Punta Arenas it is the southernmost city on a continent in the world.

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.
  • Argentina’s weather is pretty chilly in reality…not what one would anticipate in South America.
  • 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.

Uruguay

  • Slightly smaller than the state of Washington, Uruguay is home to 3.3 million people.
  • 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.

Antarctica

  • 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.

  • Antarctica has no official time zone, and experiences 6 months of sunlight and 6 months of darkness.
  • The coldest recorded temperature on Earth occurred in 1983 at Vostok Station, Antarctica, measuring a rather chilly −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F).

Journey to Antarctica and Iguazu Falls

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