Includes airfare, hotel, tours, transfers, baggage handling and more!
Departs: January 29, 2018
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 on the Argentine-side of the Falls. 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! Finally, you’ll experience the rich artistic history of Montevideo, Uruguay before returning to Buenos Aires for your return flight home. This Journey truly combines the best of stunning natural beauty and vibrant South American culture. Rates from $6,199 per person.Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls Argentina; Montevideo and Punta del Este, Uruguay; Sao Paulo (Santos), Ilhabela, Buzios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
|2||Arrive Buenos Aires & Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner|
|3||Full Day City Tour, Tango Show and Dinner|
|4||Gaucho Day Trip with Lunch|
|5||Air Transfer to Iguazu Falls & Hotel Check-In|
|6||Iguazu Falls Adventure Navigation with Lunch and Dinner|
|7||Air Transfer to Buenos Aires and Embark Celebrity INFINITY||O/N|
|8||Buenos Aires, Argentina||5:00 PM|
|11||Sao Paulo (Santos), Brazil||9:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|12||Ilhabela, Brazil||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|13||Buzios, Brazil||7:00 AM||10:00 PM|
|14||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||7:00 AM|
|15||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|16||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||6:00 PM|
|19||Punta Del Este, Uruguay||8:00 AM||10:00 PM|
|20||Montevideo, Uruguay||7:00 AM||4:30 PM|
|21||Buenos Aires, Argentina||5:00 AM|
Day 1: Depart USA
Day 2: Arrive Buenos Aires and Transfer to Hotel – Be our guest at dinner.
Day 3: Buenos Aires 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 4: 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 5: 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 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.
Day 6: 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 7: Iguazu Falls to Buenos Aires – After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Buenos Aires for your transfer by coach to embark your cruise on Celebrity Infinity.
Day 8 – 19: Cruise aboard Celebrity Infinity
Day 20: Arrive Buenos Aires Transfer to Airport – After disembarkation, our local representatives will meet you and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight to return to the USA.
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.
Santos (São Paulo), 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. Pull up a chair at a Churrascaria, and dine on the delicious grilled meat of your choice, washed down with a Caipirinha, the national cocktail.
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.
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 21-day excursion, you will explore Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls in Argentina and other nearby landmarks. The group will board Celebrity Infinity for a 15-day Journey through Brazil and Uruguay concluding in Argentina. While on land, there are included daily excursions. Optional shore excursions will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities. The land portion of the trip should be considered as moderately active involving walking to numerous historical sites.
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. 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.
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. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, shorelines and the cities themselves (like Rio de Janeiro and Montevideo) 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.
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 January, 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.
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:
Odyssey to Ushuaia: A Motorcycling Adventure from New York to Tierra del Fuego
Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-Life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu by Christopher Heaney
The Invisible Mountain by Carolina De Robertis (Uruguay)
Checkmate in Rio by Nick Carter
Where Angels Glide at Dawn: New Stories from Latin America by Lori M. Carlson
Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron by Nicholas Fraser
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
Retired in Uruguay: www.wallyinuruguay.blogspot.com/
Ola Uruguay: www.olauruguay.com
Rio – Brazil: www.nomadicmatt.com/rio-de-janeiro
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 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|
|Miami – Buenos Aires||Airplane||9-12 hours (with connections)|
|Buenos Aires – Iguazu Falls||Airplane||2 Hours|
|Iguazu Falls – Buenos Aires||Airplane||2 Hours|
|Buenos Aires – Miami||Airplane||9-12 hours (with connections)|
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|Journey Date||Price PP||Single Rates|
|01/29/2018 (tour starts 02/18/18)||$1,899||$2,299|
|1/29/2018||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|12 (Inside)||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
|6 (Oceanview)||$7,865||$5,899||$1,966||CALL FOR RATES|
|2C (Veranda)||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
|C2 (Concierge)||$9,132||$6,849||$2,283||CALL FOR RATES|
|2B (Veranda)||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
|2A (Veranda)||$9,065||$6,799||$2,266||CALL FOR RATES|
|A2 (Aqua Class)||$9,665||$7,249||$2,416||CALL FOR RATES|
|Boston||$400||John F. Kennedy||$600||Phoenix||$550|
|Denver||$500||Los Angeles||$450||San Diego||$550|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
Currency and financial handling is at your discretion. 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.
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 when in need of cash. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby currency converter, or bank, that is open.
Major credit cards are accepted world-wide. Call your credit card company ahead of time to find out its specific 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. 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.
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.
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:
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 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 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 have the group go over items such as the daily schedule, cruise details, 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 choice varies so you may experience various types of properties on your excursion.
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 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.
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.
At the present time, payment of a Reciprocity Fee (USD $160.00 per person), is required for entry into Argentina and Brazil, which must be paid in advance. See https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/ and http://washington.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/ for details.
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 CIBT. 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. 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.
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 will be changing time zones periodically on the trip throughout Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. These are the zones of each checkpoint:
Argentina – ART (Argentina Time Zone)
Brazil – BRT (Brasilia Time)
Uruguay – UYT (Uruguay Time Zone)
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 Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay:
Argentina – Argentine peso (ARS)
Banknotes in 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100
Coins are in 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50
Exchange – $1 USD to 14.08 ARS
Brazil – Brazilian Real (BRL)
Banknotes in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100
Coins are in 1, 5, 10, 25, 50
Exchange – $1 USD to 3.56 BRL
Uruguay – Uruguayan peso (UYU)
Banknotes in 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000
Coins are in 1, 2, 5, 10
Exchange – $1 USD to 31.60 UYU
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.
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 (Buenos Aires, Iguazu, Montevideo, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Punta de Este). The winter months of December-February can be warmer and act as summer in South America. Temperatures can vary greatly within the country itself too.
|High/Low in Fahrenheit|
|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|
Altitude (above sea level, in feet)
Ushuaia – 75
Buenos Aires – 360
Rio de Janeiro – 3,349
Sao Paulo – 2,493
Buzios – 16
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 fun phrases in South American Spanish and in Brazilian Portugese.
South American 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 Buenos Aires! (May ehn-CAN-ta Buenos Aires): I love Buenos Aires!
Bajá un cambio! : Relax!
Cerveza (sir-base-ah): Beer
Dale! (doll-aye): OK Let’s go!
Tudo Bem?(too-doh bang?):How are you?
Tchau (chah-ooh): Bye
Quanto? (kwahn-too): How much?
Com Licença (co-lee-sensah): Excuse Me
Onde é o banheiro? (ohn-jee ay awe ban-yeroh): Where is the bathroom?
Boa Dia/Noite (bong deer/tard): Good Morning/Night
Que bonito! (kee boo-nee-too!): How beautiful!
Legal! (lay-gow!): Cool!
Que bonito! (kee boo-nee-too!): How beautiful!
Obrigado(a) (obri-gah-du or obri-gah-da): Thank you
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