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Journey to Patagonia, Rio Carnival and the Amazon

40 Nights featuring El Calafate, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, the Amazon River and Barbados

Includes: International Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!

Land Program: Includes Full-day Guided Tours on Most Days

Start Date: Feb 19, 2025
(Sailing Feb 25, 2025)

About This Journey

Embark on an epic Journey from the southern tip of South America all the way up to the States. You’ll explore the breathtaking glacial landscapes of Patagonia, witness the colorful spectacle of Rio Carnival, cruise through the heart of the Amazon Rainforest and relax on the pristine beaches of the Caribbean! Begin your Journey in Patagonia, where majestic glaciers glisten against the backdrop of rugged mountains. Admire the cute guanacos (cousin to alpacas and llamas) grazing in the mountain valleys and stand in awe as you visit mammoth glaciers in the Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will then fly to Buenos Aires and enjoy an excursion to the wine region and historical town of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay before boarding the Azamara Journey. Your cruise begins with three festive days in Rio de Janeiro during the world-renowned Carnival celebration. Here, the city’s vibrant culture and historic significance come alive through its samba rhythms, extravagant costumes and delicious street food. Continue to the coastal gems of Salvador de Bahia and Recife, where Afro-Brazilian heritage and colonial architecture intertwine seamlessly. The Azamara Journey will then cruise up the Amazon River, where you’ll delve into the lush Amazon rainforest. Home to approximately 10% of the known species on earth, you will spend your days learning about the diverse flora and fauna, all the while trying to spot capybara, monkeys, pink river dolphins, wild orchids and Brazil nut trees. Your voyage culminates in the Caribbean islands, where a string of paradise destinations—Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua, Saint Maarten, British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico—beckon with their azure waters and diverse cultures, all united by their rich histories as former colonial outposts. This expedition promises a symphony of natural wonders and cultural treasures, creating memories to last a lifetime. This is truly one of our most comprehensive Journeys yet!

Visits: Azamara Journey, 37163 and Punta Del Este, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia, Recife, Macapa, Alter do Chao (Amazon River), Boca de Valeria, Manaus, Parintins, Santarem, Mazapa, Bridgetown, Castries, Roseau, Antigua, Philipsburg, Virgin Gorda, San Juan

Journey to Patagonia, Rio Carnival and the Amazon

Itinerary

Start Date: February 19, 2025
(Sailing February 25, 2025)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Buenos Aires – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner
2 Buenos Aires to El Calafate – Transfer to Airport for Flight to El Calafate
3 El Calafate – Perito Moreno Glacier Tour
4 El Calafate – All Glaciers Navigation
5 El Calafate to Buenos Aires – Transfer to Airport for Flight to Buenos Aires
6 Buenos Aires to Colonia, Uruguay – Tour to Colonia and Winery
7 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Transfer to Port for Embarkation 4:00 PM
8 Buenos Aires, Argentina 6:00 PM
9 Punta del Este, Uruguay 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
10 At Sea
11 At Sea
12 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 9:00 AM
13 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
14 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1:00 PM
15 At Sea
16 Salvador de Bahia, Brazil 1:00 PM 10:00 PM
17 At Sea  —  —
18 Recife, Brazil 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
19 At Sea
20 At Sea
21 Macapa, Brazil 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
22 Alter do Chao (Amazon River), Brazil 1:00 PM 8:00 PM
23 Boca da Valeria, Brazil 7:00 AM 3:00 PM
24 Manaus, Brazil 9:00 AM  —
25 Manaus, Brazil  — 4:00 PM
26 Parintins, Brazil 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
27 Santarem, Brazil 7:00 AM 2:00 PM
28 Macapa, Brazil 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
29 At Sea  —  —
30 At Sea  —  —
31 At Sea  —  —
32 Bridgetown, Barbados 7:00 AM 10:00 PM
33 Castries, Saint Lucia 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
34 Roseau, Dominica 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
35 Antigua 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
36 Philipsburg, Saint Maarten 8:00 AM 10:00 PM
37 Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
38 San Juan, Puerto Rico 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
39 At Sea
40 At Sea
41 Miami, United States 7:00 AM

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

Land Program

Day 1 – Arrive Buenos Aires

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Note: if you wish to spend more time in Buenos Aires, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension – which will add two nights to your Buenos Aires hotel stay including a half day city tour.

Day 2 – Buenos Aires to El Calafate

Today we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to El Calafate. Meet our representative upon arrival for your transfer to the hotel. After getting settled in, rejoin the group for dinner this evening. (B, D)

Day 3 – El Calafate

Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier

Begin your morning with breakfast at the hotel before starting a day of touring Perito Moreno Glacier and Los Glaciares National Park. The Perito Moreno Glacier is the stunning centerpiece of the southern sector of Los Glaciares National Park. Locally referred to as Glaciar Moreno, it measures over 18 miles long, over 3 miles wide, and almost 200 feet high. This is one of the largest glaciers in the world. What makes it exceptional, as well as the biggest attraction at Los Glaciares National Park, is its constant advance—up to 6.5 feet per day, causing building-sized icebergs to calve from its face and create a great thunder as they crash into the deep waters of the Argentino Lake. You will start by entering the Patagonic Andean Forest with the first breathtaking stop at “Curva de los Suspiros” (Curve of Sighs), where you will enjoy a first view of this incredible natural wonder. When you reach the glacier, you will walk down the catwalks to approach the Glacier and admire from different panoramic points this wonderful creation of Mother Nature. Return to the hotel where you will enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B, L)

Day 4 – El Calafate

Spegazzini

Spegazzini

After breakfast at the hotel, we begin the day by transferring to the boat and boarding your glacier-viewing cruise. Set sail through the north arm of Lake Argentino to the Upsala Channel, where you will encounter a spectacular iceberg barrier. We continue our boat ride until we reach a viewpoint to admire three hanging glaciers: Peineta, Seco and Heim, before heading to Spegazzini, the highest glacier in the National Park. Enjoy lunch at Spegazzini base, with spectacular views. After lunch you will have some time to relax or take a short walk in the forested area. Return to the hotel where you will enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B, L)

Day 5 – El Calafate to Buenos Aires

This morning we will transfer you to the airport for our flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and enjoy some free time. (B)

Day 6 – Buenos Aires

wine tasting

wine tasting

This morning we will depart early and take a ferry across the river to Uruguay, where we will visit the charming town of Colonia del Sacramento, commonly referred to as Colonia, and its nearby wine region. Situated on the northeastern bank of the Río de la Plata, Colonia is renowned for its well-preserved historic quarter, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded by the Portuguese in 1680, it was a significant outpost for both the Portuguese and the Spanish during the colonial era, which resulted in a unique blend of architectural styles. Its cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, and relaxed atmosphere make it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. We will enjoy a walking tour of the historic neighborhood, then head to a local winery for a tasting and lunch.

The winery is located on a 120-hectare property, with native fauna and flora throughout. Our visit begins with a tour of the vineyards and olive groves. We will then continue with our expert guide to the area of the high-tech mill for an informative tour and tasting of wine and olive oils, accompanied by regional cheeses, olives and toast. Lunch will then be served in the farmhouse, where a spread of regional barbecue meats, seasonal salads and roasted vegetables will be presented. We will then indulge in a homemade dessert before heading back to Buenos Aires. (B, L)

Day 7 – Buenos Aires Embarkation

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Azamara Journey for a 34-night cruise to Brazil and the Amazon River. (B)

Day 8-40 – Cruising onboard the Azamara Journey (see below for cruise highlights)

 

Day 41 – Miami Disembarkation

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Azamara Journey and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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

Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este, Uruguay: Uruguay’s fashionable Punta del Este is one of the most world’s most appealing seaside resorts, its white sand beaches, harborfront, cafes and shops popular with both families and glitterati alike.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Samba on down to Rio, famous for its dramatic landscape, beach culture, magnificent bay, mountain backdrop, fabulous food and easy-going vibe—except for the four days of frenetic, feather-festooned Carnival.

Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Salvador de Bahia, Brazil: Discover the African rhythms of Brazil’s first colonial capital, Salvador de Bahia, and be sure to explore the historic center of Pelourinho, an architectural jewel featuring an array of opulent churches.

Recife, Brazil

Recife, Brazil

Recife, Brazil: An exciting seaport known as the “Venice of Brazil”—thanks to its many waterways, bridges and small islands—Recife is a mix of new high-rises and old colonial structures, with plenty to see and even more to do.

Macapa, Brazil

Macapa, Brazil

Macapa, Brazil: Stand with a foot in both the northern and southern hemispheres in Macapa, the remote equatorial capital of the northern Brazilian state of Amapá, where the mouth of the Amazon River meets the vast Atlantic Ocean.

Alter do Chao (Amazon River), Brazil

Alter do Chao (Amazon River), Brazil

Alter do Chao (Amazon River), Brazil: Home to Ilha do Amor, one of the most photographed white sand islands in the entire world, Alter do Chão is a charming riverside village. Explore Lago Verde, a grand lagoon that can be viewed from rented canoes, or take a boat tour along the Rio Tapajós or the Amazon. You’ll see a number of bird species and might even spot a crocodile or a sloth. Try Serra Pelada if you seek the perfect place for a short but breathtaking hike.

Boca da Valeria, Brazil

Boca da Valeria, Brazil

Boca da Valeria, Brazil: Cruise past the humble fishing village of Boca de Valeria with Azamara, where the narrow Valeria River and Amazon flow in tandem. Catch a glimpse of secluded riverside life and surrounding botanical wonders as you continue your South American voyage.

Manaus, Brazil

Manaus, Brazil

Manaus, Brazil: Watch as the dark- and light-hued waters of two mighty rivers meet in an incredible spectacle as you cruise by the largest city in the Amazon. View elaborate European-inspired architecture and sandy beaches along the shore from the deck of your Azamara ship.

Parintins, Brazil

Parintins, Brazil

Parintins, Brazil: Discover the lush scenery and storytelling culture of Parintins as you cruise the Amazon with Azamara.

Santarem, Brazil

Santarem, Brazil

Santarem, Brazil: Two awe-inspiring rivers, one city deep in the heart of Brazil. Santarém is a riverside city, nestled in the Amazon rainforest, full of natural wonder and surprise. Discover one of the oldest cities in the Brazilian Amazon.

Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown, Barbados: Nicknamed “Little England” by some, Barbados is home to many museums that chronicle the island’s rich past and over 100 shipwrecks along its reefs that are a playground for divers from around the world.

Castries, Saint Lucia

Castries, Saint Lucia

Castries, Saint Lucia: Famed for its twin peaks shaped by a now extinct volcano, St. Lucia is one of the truly unspoiled islands in all the Caribbean, with a variety of landscapes and eco-systems not found anywhere else in the region.

Roseau, Dominica

Roseau, Dominica

Roseau, Dominica: The fascinating history of the West Indies tends to be overshadowed by the region’s breathtaking natural beauty—but it’s quite a story, and the beautiful Caribbean island of Dominica is the place to hear it.

St. Johns, Antigua

St. Johns, Antigua

St. Johns, Antigua: Have you ever dreamed of visiting a different beach every day of the year? With 365 different beaches, St. Johns can make your dream come true! But St. Johns is more than just pristine beaches, it’s also home to the stunning St. Johns Cathedral, fantastic duty-free shopping, and quaint cafes. After the beach, be sure to hike Mount Obama for incredible panoramic views of the entire island!

Philipsburg, Saint Maarten

Philipsburg, Saint Maarten

Philipsburg, Saint Maarten: It’s hard to get lost in Philipsburg—one mile of colorful Creole houses long and four streets deep—but it’s also a place where you may find yourself on the brink of an adventure you have long imagined.

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands: A great place to explore in a jeep, swim with dolphins, or hike the rugged trails throughout the island, Virgin Gorda is most famous for The Baths, where giant granite boulders are strewn across the beach.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico: Ponce de Leon never did find the Fountain of Youth, but he did stumble upon San Juan, which had to be a close second, featuring an appealing array of golf courses, rainforests and beaches galore.

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Included Features

  • International airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Roundtrip airfare from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, including transfers and baggage handling
  • 6-night pre-cruise land program in Argentina and Uruguay
    • Buenos Aires, Argentina: 3-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Full-day tour to Colonia, Uruguay with Winery Visit
    • El Calafate, Argentina: 3-night hotel stay
      • Full-day tour to Perito Moreno Glacier
      • Full-day Glaciers Navigation tour
  • Tour Leader throughout pre-cruise land program and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 34-night sailing aboard the Azamara Journey
    • 10% off shore excursions (see “special offers”)
      • AzAmazing Celebrations event
      • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
      • Gratuities
      • Bottle water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
      • Self-service laundry
      • Shuttle service to and from port communities where available
      • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations
      • Much more!
      • Special Offer—Ends 5/31: Receive up to $500 Onboard Credit and a $200 Visa Gift Card per stateroom. Call for details!

Journey to Patagonia, Rio Carnival and the Amazon

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Pacing 5 Out of 5

 

5 out of 5 – Land program Includes Full-day Guided Tours on Most Days

The overall pace is active, as most days include a full-day tour. Guests should be prepared to walk a couple miles per day while on full-day tours. Breakfast is always included at the hotel. Some additional meals will be included, while other meals may be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine. 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.

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 often do not have elevators, escalators, or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. 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. 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. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. 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

South American culture is passionate and diverse. Glaciers and forests blend with modern appeal in the beautiful and contrasting country of Argentina. Your sailing in Brazil will take you to a new world of rhythms, history, culture and biodiversity before sailing up to the Caribbean with its stunning beaches and diverse population.

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

We recommend you bring comfortable clothes and shoes to wear during your tours.

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.

Transportation

While on tour:

Buenos Aires to El Calafate: 3-hour flight

Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento: 1-hour ferry

Please note that these times are approximate and only reflect the transportation time. Our trip may be longer due to stops for sightseeing along the way.

International Airfare:

Included international airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.

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, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $100 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $100 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.

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Book by 5/31 for up to $500 Onboard Credit and a $200 Visa Gift Card per stateroom. Call for details!

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

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2-night Buenos Aires Extension (pre)

Although everyone on this Enrichment Journey will stay for 3 nights in Buenos Aires, the itinerary does not include a tour of the city. With this optional extension you will stay for 2 nights in Buenos Aires before your Enrichment Journeys starts, including a half-day city tour. Price of $379 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:

  • 2-night hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel
  • Half-day city tour of Buenos Aires
  • Optional add-on: special evening with dinner and Tango show for an additional $159 per person

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Dates & Prices
2/19/2025 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Obstructed-Club Ocean View $20,265 $15,199 $5,066 CALL FOR DETAILS

Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $300 Houston Intercontinental $400 Philadelphia $450
Boston $300 John F. Kennedy $300 Phoenix $450
Denver $400 Los Angeles $400 Seattle $450
Dallas-Ft. Worth $300 Orlando $250 San Francisco $450
Chicago $459 Miami $0 Washington -Dulles $250
– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

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.

Accommodations
Xelena Hotel and Suites

Rene Favaloro 3500, El Calafate, Santa Cruz – Patagonia

​​Tel: +54 2902 496201 / 496202 / 496203

Email” info@xelena.com.ar

Serene and majestic, Lake Argentino gives Xelena Hotel & Suites a unique view of beauty and elegance that conveys the Patagonian spirit. A proposal designed in its rooms to enjoy the best landscapes of Argentine Patagonia at any time of the year.​

Azamara Journey

Cruise Line: Azamara

Azamara Club Cruises provides guests with unparalleled service: the finest dining at sea, a glorious spa and wellness experience, and innovations such as Destination Immersion®, making it one of the world’s top up-market cruise lines. With our hallmark of longer stays, more overnights and night touringSM, we’ll not only take you to awe-inspiring destinations, but also give you more time to fall in love with them.

Amenities Included

  • AzAmazing EveningsSM event
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities where available
  • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

Ship: Journey

Like her sister ship, the sturdy Azamara Journey is a mid-sized beauty with a deck plan well-suited to the needs of modern voyagers. You’ll never feel crowded in the comfortable social spaces of our bars, restaurants, lounges, casinos and Cabaret. Nor will you feel like a sardine jammed in around the pool, where our attentive staff is always ready to offer complimentary bottled water, soft drink or fresh towel. Staterooms feature modern amenities, furnishings, and European linens. And one of the greatest features of this ship is the high percentage of staterooms with verandas. There’s nothing better than opening your door to the fresh sea air and views. Azamara’s friendly ships are an altogether wonderful place to call your home away from home!

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Before You Go

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.

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 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
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)
  • Camera(s)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 one 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.

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

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

To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information and you should not rely on the information provided below to be the most current and accurate. 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 (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

You may also use a third-party visa service. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Note: As of January 2024, citizens of Canada and the United States are required to have an eVisa for entry into Brazil. This requirement will come into force from April 10, 2025. More information can be found at https://brazil.vfsevisa.com/. Enrichment Journeys strongly encourages you to check your government website a few months prior to departure (and then again right before departure) to verify this information, as well as for all countries on your itinerary.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are 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 when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.

Electric Current

You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip. To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.

You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).

Some hotels may have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.

Local Currency

Argentina uses the Argentine Peso ($), currency code ARS

Uruguay uses the Uruguayan Peso ($ or $U), currency code UYU

Brazil uses the Brazilian Real (R$), currency code BRL

Barbados uses the Barbados Dollar (BD$), currency code BBD

Saint Lucia, Dominica and Antigua use the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$), currency code XCD

St Maarten uses the Antillean Guilder or Florin (ƒ), currency code ANG

British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico use the U.S. Dollar ($), currency code (USD)

Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ for the current exchange rate.

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. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day. Onboard the ship, gratuities are already included when sailing with Azamara Cruises.

For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.

Climate

With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:

-5° C = 23° F 5° C = 41° F 15° C = 59° F 25° C = 77° F 35° C = 95° F
0° C = 32° F 10° C = 50° F 20° C = 68° F 30° C = 86° F 40° C = 104° F

High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
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
El Calafate 67/48 65/46 62/43 56/38 47/33 41/28 40/27 45/30 50/34 57/39 62/42 65/46
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
Salvador Bahia 87/77 88/77 87/78 85/77 83/76 81/74 80/73 80/72 82/73 84/74 85/76 86/76
Bridgetown 84/73 84/73 86/73 86/75 88/77 88/77 86/77 88/77 88/77 86/75 86/75 84/73

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 key words and phrases:

Argentina, Uruguay and Puerto Rico: 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
  • Baño (BAH-nyoh): Bathroom

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/south-american-spanish/ for more phrases and sound.

Brazil: Portuguese

  • 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
    • If you are a male, say Obrigado (regardless of who you are speaking to)
    • If you are a female, say Obrigada (regardless of who you are speaking to)
  • Banheiro (bahn-YEY-do): Bathroom

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/brazilian-portuguese/ for more phrases and sound.

Barbados, Saint Lucia, Dominica, Antigua and the British Virgin Islands: English is widely spoken in these countries.

St Maarten: English, French and Dutch

French:

  • Bonjour (Boh(n)-zhoo): Hello
  • Oui (wee): Yes
  • Non (No): No
  • Où sont les toilettes? (Oo soh(n) lay twa-let?): Where are the restrooms
  • Merci (Mare-see): Thank you
  • Je vous en prie (Zhuh vooz ahn pree): You’re welcome
  • S’il vous plaît (Seal voo play): Please
  • Pouvez-vous m’aider? (Poo-vay voo meh – day?): Can you help me?
  • Au revoir (Ah reh-vwarh): Goodbye

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/french/ for more phrases with sound.

Dutch:

  • Hallo (HAH-low): Hello
  • Vaarwel: Goodbye
  • Alstublieft (AHL-stuu-BLEEFT): Please
  • Dank je (DAHNK yuh): Thank you
  • Ja (YAH): Yes
  • Nee (NAY): No

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/dutch/ for more phrases with sound.

Fun Facts

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.
  • There are almost as many penguins as people in Patagonia.

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.
  • Rio de Janeiro translates to “January River,” but the river is actually a bay.
  • The Amazon is thought to be home to 10% of known species on Earth.
  • The Amazon is home to 47 million people, including more than 2 million indigenous people.
  • An estimated 150-200 billion tons of carbon are stored in the Amazon’s forests and soils.

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

Barbados

  • Barbados is where rum originated. The Mount Gay Distilleries has been producing rum since 1703!
  • The locals call themselves “Bajan”, and Bajans often refer to the island by its nickname “Bim”.

Saint Lucia

  • Saint Lucia has the world’s only drive-in volcano, as visitors can stand on viewing platforms just above the open caldera.
  • Saint Lucia was the first country to be named after a woman.
  • The country is 70% covered in rainforest.
  • There are 180 species of bird on the island.
  • Saint Lucia is home to the Pitons Mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Dominica

  • Dominica is home to the second largest boiling lake in the world.
  • Some scenes from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest were shot in Dominica.
  • Dominica is home to a frog known as “mountain chicken” due to its size and the fact it tastes like chicken.
  • Dominica is home to whales all year round.
  • Dominica has nine active volcanoes, but there hasn’t been a major eruption since 1997.

Antigua

  • St. John’s is the capital city of Antigua and Barbuda, and the country is made up of three islands.
  • Antigua is home to the largest nesting colony of frigate birds in the Caribbean. At least 182 bird species have been recorded in Antigua.

St Maarten

  • The island of St Maarten is the smallest landmass shared by two nations and is divided in two parts: the French and the Dutch sides. There are no physical borders between them.
  • St. Maarten is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean.
  • St. Maarten holds the world record of beaches related to its compact surface.
  • Philipsburg cruise port has received many awards for its reputation as a Caribbean shopping haven.
  • Carnival is celebrated twice in St. Maarten: the French side celebrates it in February, while the Dutch side celebrates in April.

British Virgin Islands

  • Virgin Gorda is the British Virgin Island’s third-largest island and was named by Christopher Columbus as he found its shape reminiscent of a reclining woman.
  • The archeological record in the British Virgin Islands shows evidence of human habitation in the area as early as 1,500 BC.
  • Most of the British Virgin Islands are uninhabited by people and are designated as National Park space.
  • The British Virgin Islands host a major sailing event every year called the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival.
  • The national dish of the British Virgin Islands is called “fish and fungi” and it’s served with mayonnaise or butter sauce.

Puerto Rico

  • Flamenco beach, in Culebra, has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Beaches in the world on multiple occasions.
  • Although Puerto Rico is an American territory, it competes as an individual country in Miss Universe’s contests and the Olympics.
  • The piña colada was invented in Puerto Rico.
  • The only rainforest in the U.S. Forest System is the El Yunque in Puerto Rico. The forest receives over 120 inches of rain every year.
  • The only tropical rainforest in the U.S. Forest System is the El Yunque in Puerto Rico. The forest receives 120-240 inches of rain every year.

Recommended Reading List

Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.

Books

  • Argentina: Short stories like Labyrinths and A Universal History of Iniquity by Jorge Luis Borges
  • Argentina: In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
  • Argentina: Kiss and Tango by Marina Palmer
  • Argentina: The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
  • Uruguay: The Invisible Mountain by Carolina De Robertis
  • Brazil: books by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, including The Alchemist
  • Brazil: Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado
  • Brazil: City of God by Paulo Lins

Travel Guides

Films

  • Argentina: Down Argentine Way (1940)
  • Argentina: Evita (1996)
  • Argentina: Happy Together (1997)
  • Argentina: Tango (1998)
  • Argentina: The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
  • Brazil: Bossa Nova (2000)
  • Brazil: Four Days in September (1997)
  • Brazil: Rio, I Love You (2014)

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