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Samba, Tango & Iguazu Falls + Colonial Paraty

Paraty, Brazil
Paraty, Brazil
Paraty, Brazil © Amerens Hedwich
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Murals, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Congress Building, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Incl flights, accommodation & transfers
From   £2998 £2698
14 days

Holiday highlights

  • Enjoy great food and dance passionate tango in Buenos Aires.
  • Feel the spray from the thundering Iguazu Falls.
  • Visit Christ the Redeemer and soak up the vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Explore the cobbled streets of Colonial Paraty and enjoy the scenery along the Emerald Coast.

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  • Fly overnight from the UK to Buenos Aires. On arrival you are met at the airport and escorted to your hotel. The capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires is a culturally rich city with the feel of a European city and a strong Latin American flavour. Best known for its cuisine, interesting cultural heritage and as the home of tango, the capital city of Argentina easily provides plenty to do over the next few days.

    Meals included: Meal included on the transatlantic flight.

  • After a morning arrival in Buenos Aires, you are met at the airport and taken to your hotel. The afternoon and evening are free for you to recover from your flight or explore one of South America's most iconic cities at your leisure. Perhaps go shopping in the bohemian district of San Telmo, explore the colourful streets in La Boca or enjoy a hearty lunch of Argentinian steak and wine by the rippling waters of the Rio de la Plata in Puerto Madero. 

    Meals included: Meal included on the transatlantic flight.

  • Spend the day getting to know one of South America’s most iconic cities. Explore on your own or take the optional half-day Historic Buenos Aires excursion, which takes you through different areas of the city, including the Pink House made famous by Evita, historic San Telmo, colourful La Boca, and the old port before continuing to La Recoleta, one of the most elegant neighbourhoods of the city. In the evening, get into the Argentinian spirit with a trip to the Café de los Angelitos on our optional Tango Dinner Show excursion. Watch musicians and singers playing classic tango while professional dancers perform. A good dinner, with wine or soft drinks, is included at your table.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Dinner included on the Tango Dinner Show excursion.

  • Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by crossing the border on our optional full-day Colonial Uruguay excursion, which takes you across the Rio de la Plata to the charming town of Colonia de Sacramento, known for its picturesque lighthouse, old colonial church and magnificent former bullring. Alternatively, spend the day immersing yourself in Buenos Aires’ unique cultural heritage. Visit some of the city’s many museums and galleries, go shopping in Calle Florida, or visit the renowned opera house of Teatro Colón, which is located not far from your hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch included on the Colonial Uruguay excursion.

  • Catch a morning flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu, a small town on the Argentinian side of the border, surrounded by lush jungle. Spend the afternoon on a guided excursion across the border to the Brazilian side of the Iguaçu Falls. The falls straddle the border between Argentina and Brazil and comprise of a series of over 270 waterfalls stretching for over one-and-a-half miles through lush sub-tropical forest. Follow the trail which takes you to vantage points with amazing views of the waterfalls. There is also a platform under the Floriano Falls, where you can follow the walkway to middle of the river, and gaze at the incredible ‘Devil’s Throat’ waterfall, where several waterways combine to hurtle down a sheer drop, with rainbows forming amidst the billowing flumes. The Brazilian side of the falls has fewer walkways than the Argentinian side but offers more impressive panoramic vistas.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Get up close and personal with the cascades on the second day exploring the iconic falls. At around 18kms from Puerto Iguazu, the Argentinian National Park can be easily reached by a local bus or taxi from your hotel. If you would like a guided tour to learn more about the waterfalls and the flora and fauna, you can take the optional Argentinian Iguazu Falls excursion. The tour lasts approximately four hours and visits the upper and lower circuits, where you can see the falls from the waters’ edge and from below and above. You also have the chance to take an adrenalin-filled (and drenching) boat ride to the base of the falls.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Fly to Rio de Janeiro. Just before landing in this iconic city, take some time to appreciate its location in one of the world’s most stunning natural settings, with beautiful bays, tropical beaches, and hills rolling into the ocean. A former capital of Brazil, Rio has evolved into arguably the most vibrant city in all of the Americas, with fantastic nightlife and culture.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Spend the day getting to know one of the most colourful cities in South America. Explore the many attractions of the city or soak up the sun on the world-famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Take our optional Iconic Rio excursion to see two of Brazil’s, and indeed South America’s, most renowned landmarks: the Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch included on the Iconic Rio excursion.

  • Take the optional Santa Teresa excursion to experience Rio's most picturesque neighbourhood, characterised by its winding cobbled streets lined with bohemian cafes, bars and art galleries, and the antique yellow tram that passes between Lapa and Santa Teresa. Alternatively, enjoy a free day to further explore this incredible city. Perhaps soak up the sun on the world-famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, or, if you want to escape the city, it is possible to walk in the Tijuca National Park, which is covered in lush tropical vegetation.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Take the beautiful four hour transfer along the Emerald Coast to Paraty. Wander along the cobblestone streets in the afternoon, taking in the atmosphere of this charming town.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Boasting 65 islands and over 100 beaches, one of the best ways to explore the charming area around Paraty is on-board a traditional schooner boat. Make your own way to the port of Paraty in the morning to take a schooner to the archipelago of densely forested islands, crystal-clear seas and secluded white sandy beaches around the Emerald Coast. Sail for around 45 minutes then make three one-hour stops at the different islands where you have a chance to sunbathe, swim, snorkel and enjoy a light lunch on-board. Depending on the wind direction and sea conditions, the islands you visit may vary, but these usually include the islands of Comprida, Algodão, Cotia and Praia Vermelha. The excursion lasts around five hours and is popular with Brazilians who know how to have a good time and can be boisterous!

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch. 

  • A free day to stroll in the cobbled streetsts and relax in a cafe, or visit one of the beautiful beaches nearby. You can also explore the waterfalls in the surrounding hills, and follow the original gold trail which made the area wealthy.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Take a four hour transfer back to Rio to catch your flight back to the UK.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel, meals on the transatlantic flight.

  • Your flight lands in the UK.

Extend Your Holiday

See some exciting extension options to your holiday. Click below for more information.

Salvador & Tropical Coast

from £899

Pantanal Wetlands

from £1799

Accommodation

Upgrade Package

Superior Hotel Upgrade Package (incl Loi Suites, Iguazu) Save £46

Upgrade in Buenos Aires, Iguazu (Loi Suites) and Rio for a discounted price.

from £279
(£280 Single Supplement)
Superior Hotel Upgrade Package (incl Melia, Iguazu) Save £46

Upgrade in Buenos Aires, Iguazu (Melia) and Rio for a discounted price.

from £379
(£380 Single Supplement)

Accommodation in Buenos Aires

NH Lancaster, Buenos Aires

Included
Exterior, NH Lancaster, Buenos Aires
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
73%
73%
Service
73%
73%
Location
82%
82%

Standard Hotel: This well-located hotel in central Buenos Aires has a stylish interior, a restaurant, bar, small gym and sauna. The modern rooms have air conditioning, WiFi and en-suite bathrooms.

Why stay here? The main draw for this hotel is its location in the heart of Buenos Aires, with numerous popular attractions within a short walking distance.

Hotel Facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, a bar/lobby, a small gym and a sauna.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage and laundry facilities.

About the room

All rooms are soundproofed and have air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, a coffee/tea maker, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Superior room

Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta

£150
(£150 Single Supplement)
Entrance, Sofitel Recoleta, Buenos Aires
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
92%
92%
Service
98%
98%
Location
90%
90%

Superior hotel: In the exclusive La Recoleta area, a stylish hotel with a heated indoor pool, gym, spa, bar, restaurant and gardens. Well appointed rooms with air conditioning, WiFi and en-suite bathrooms.

Why stay here? The Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta boasts numerous superior services as well as an on-site patisserie promising delicious fresh breakfasts, and a pretty outdoor area.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, a bar, a lounge, a gym, a spa and heated indoor pool and gardens.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage, currency exchange and laundry facilities.

About the room

All rooms are soundproofed and have air conditioning, WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a coffee/tea maker, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Deluxe room

Accommodation in Iguazu Falls

Mercure Hotel Iguazu

Included
Entrance, Mercure Iguazu, Puerto Iguazú, Argentina
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
77%
77%
Service
80%
80%
Location
69%
69%

Standard Hotel: This 100-room hotel is located amidst jungle foliage, just 20 minutes from the Puerto Iguazu airport. It provides excellent amenities and modern facilities which embrace the natural setting. Rooms boast large windows, private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning, while there is also a gym, spa, restaurant, bar, and pool set in a luscious garden.

Why stay here?  The hotel has excellent facilities, light, comfortable rooms and the setting amidst the jungle is relaxing but easily accessible.

Hotel facilities

• Restaurant and bar

• Pool, fitness centre and spa

• Wi-fi and 24-hour reception

About the room

All rooms are light with private balconies and en-suite bathrooms. There is a safe, wifi, minibar, air conditioning and cable television.

Room types available 

Standard room

Loi Suites

£100
(£100 Single Supplement)
Pool at night, Loi Suites, Puerto Iguazú, Argentina
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
94%
94%
Service
92%
92%
Location
94%
94%
Llama favourite accommodation

Superior Hotel: A beautiful hotel surrounded by subtropical jungle, a great location just 15 minutes from the Iguazu falls. There is a spa, sauna, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a lounge area. The air conditioned en-suite rooms are comfortable, and have WiFi.

Why stay here?  We love how this hotel is designed around its jungle surroundings; with connecting bridges and tree trunks incorporated into the buildings. The pool area is a really peaceful place to relax with lots of comfortable sun loungers.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, a bar, a snack deli, a lounge, a spa and sauna, two open air pools, a garden and outdoor terrace areas.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage and laundry facilities.

About the room

All the rooms have air conditioning, WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Studio junior deck

Hotel Melia Iguazu

from £200
(£200 Single Supplement)
Exterior, Gran Meliá Iguazú, Iguazu Falls
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
95%
95%
Service
95%
95%
Location
99%
99%
Llama favourite accommodation

Superior Hotel: This 176-room hotel is located in the Iguazu Falls National Park itself, with views of the falls. This hotel has beautiful gardens, a swimming pool, gym, spa treatments, restaurant and bar. The comfortable rooms are well appointed with air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. There is WiFi available throughout the hotel for a fee. Standard rooms have a jungle view; falls view rooms are available for a supplement.

Why stay here? This hotel has one of the best locations in all of Latin America. The rooms are comfortable, and it is very easy to visit the falls.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, a bar with outdoor seating areas, a gym, a spa and whirlpool jacuzzi, an outdoor pool with sundecks and gardens with various seating areas.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage, a wakeup call service and laundry facilities. There are also shops on site and the hotel offers currency exchange.

About the room

All the rooms have air conditioning, WiFi for a fee, a TV, a telephone, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Standard jungle view (falls view also possible)

Accommodation in Rio de Janeiro

Novotel Rio Leme

Included

Standard Hotel: This 274-room hotel is located at the quieter end of Copacabana, next to the Sugarloaf Mountain, the Novotel Rio Leme offers sophisticated accommodation in one of Rio’s most tranquil neighbourhoods. The hotel is set just one block back from the beach and has a rooftop pool and terrace with sun loungers overlooking the ocean.

Why stay here:  The hotel enjoys a great setting right at the end of Copacabana Beach and close to Sugarloaf Mountain,  just steps from the ocean as well as restaurants, outdoor cafes and the colourful kiosks of Copacabana.

Hotel facilities

• There is a rooftop swimming pool, fitness centre, restaurant and bar.

• Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

• The hotel offers daily housekeeping, concierge service, 24-hour front desk, room service and tour desk.

About the room

Rooms are  fairly small but modern, with en-suite bathrooms and a city view. All rooms have a TV, air conditioning, telephone, desk and safety deposit box.

Room types available

Superior room

Windsor California Hotel

£75
(£75 Single Supplement)

Superior Hotel: Located on the seafront of Copacabana Beach, Windsor California Hotel enjoys a prime location in Rio de Janeiro, 15 minutes from the Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer. The hotel overlooks the ocean and has facilities such as a swimming pool, fitness centre, restaurant, spa and bar.

Why stay here: The hotel is in a great location and offers an extensive wellness area including a pool, spa lounge, steam room, hammam, fitness centre and sauna.

Hotel facilities

• A spa with steam room, hammam, swimming pool, fitness centre and sauna.

• Prime beachfront location within walking distance from Rio’s main beaches.

• Bar, restaurant and contemporary features.

About the room

Rooms have air-conditioning, private bathroom, flat-screen TV and towels.

Room types available

Standard room

Accommodation in Paraty

Pousada Pardieiro

Included

Standard hotel: In the heart of Paraty’s colonial centre, the Pousada Pardieiro offers a pool, sauna, restaurant and bar, all set amongst beautiful gardens. Rooms are en-suite and spacious with air-conditioning and antique furniture.

Why stay here: This is a traditional hotel with a good location, a lovely setting and comfortable accommodation. The gardens are leafy and pleasant and it’s an easy walk to Paraty’s main sights.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• Restaurant and bar, lounge, lush garden and outdoor pool

• 24 hour reception and concierge

About the room
All rooms are air-conditioned with a safety deposit box, a minibar and en-suite bathroom. They are decorated in a colonial style with antique furniture.

Room types available 
Standard

Excursions

Excursions Package

Argentina and Brazil Excursion Package Save £-194

Take the Iconic Rio, Historic Buenos Aires and Tango Dinner Show excursions together for a discounted price.

from £369

Historic Buenos Aires

£65
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Llama Travel Customer Rating
85%
85%

Explore one of the world’s most elegant cities on this half-day guided tour of Buenos Aires. Visit the ‘Pink House’ made famous by Evita, stroll through the historic cobbled streets of San Telmo, see locals dance tango in the colourful La Boca district and explore the gothic cemetery, final resting place of many great Argentinians, in the chic La Recoleta neighbourhood.

Full Description:

This half-day city excursion visits Buenos Aires’ most well-known sights, and provides a great introduction to the city’s many and varied barrios (neighbourhoods). The tour begins in the centre in the Plaza de Mayo, a large square which is home to the ‘Casa Rosada’ presidential palace, famed for its pink exterior - its name literally translates as “The Pink House” - and as the setting of ‘Evita’ Perón’s famous address to the masses. Continue to the historical quarter of San Telmo, the oldest barrio in the city, which boasts many beautifully-preserved buildings, including the old San Pedro Telmo church. The tour moves on to the bohemian La Boca district, near the old port. La Boca was originally home to a large community of immigrants from Genoa, Italy, and to this day retains a strong European flavour. La Boca’s current occupants are known to be as colourful and vibrant as their famous painted houses, and it is not unusual to see locals dance tango on the streets. The excursion concludes in the elegant La Recoleta barrio, the cultural centre of the city. Take a tour of the La Recoleta Cemetery, one of the most striking, yet serene, cemeteries in the world, and the final resting place of many of Argentina’s most renowned sons and daughters, including Eva Perón and William Brown, founder of the Argentine Navy.

Tango Dinner Show

£110
Tango Dinner Show, Cafe de los Angelitos, Buenos Aires
Llama Travel Customer Rating
78%
78%

Classic cuisine, great music and passionate tango, this evening excursion takes you to the Café de los Angelitos, where musicians and singers play classic tango while professional dancers perform. This is a great evening out and an excellent way to get into the Argentinian spirit.

Full Description:

Tango has had a resurgence in recent years in Buenos Aires, and a visit to a tango show allows you to appreciate the elegance and sensuality of this dance. This excursion visits the Café de los Angelitos, with musicians and singers playing classic tango while professional dancers perform complicated routines on stage. A good dinner, with wine or soft drinks, is included at your table. You are collected from your hotel in the evening and taken back after the show. Click here to read a first-hand account of the Tango Dinner Show. 

Argentinian Iguazu Falls

£100
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Llama Travel Customer Rating
94%
94%

Experience the raw natural power of the jungle-fringed Iguazu Falls on this four-hour excursion. Peer over the edge of the falls and feel the spray of tumbling torrents as you stroll along the upper and lower walkways. Stare into the foaming cauldron of the Devil’s Throat, where rainbows form.

Full Description:

This morning excursion visits the Argentinian side of the Iguazu falls, where a series of upper and lower walkways give you the opportunity to appreciate the splendour of the falls from various amazing vantage points. The excursion begins with a trip on the visitors’ train to the Paseo Garganta del Diablo, a kilometre long walkway that brings you directly over the Devil's Throat, the highest and deepest of the falls. Descend to the lower circuits for fantastic views of the falls gushing over your head, and to access a platform that reaches across an impressive stretch of the falls, surrounded by forest. The tour lasts about four hours, and you have free time in the area to explore some of the trails by yourself. You can also locally book a drenching adrenalin-filled boat ride to the very base of the falls.

Colonial Uruguay

£330
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Llama Travel Customer Rating
76%
76%

Cross the border on this full-day excursion to the quaint Uruguayan town of Colonia de Sacramento. Spend a peaceful day touring the old town and harbour; see the Church of Matriz, the oldest church in Uruguay, and the picturesque lighthouse. Also visit the magnificent bull ring, opened in 1910, but only used for 2 years before the activity was banned. Lunch in a local restaurant is included.

Full Description:

The Colonial Uruguay excursion begins with a catamaran ride across the River Plate to the Uruguaian town of Colonia de Sacramento. Lying on the east bank of the river, Colonia de Sacramento is a charming, picturesque town with an interesting history. The tour starts at the city gate, before continuing to the long-standing lighthouse and the Church of Matriz, the oldest church in Uruguay. After lunch, the tour takes you to the magnificent Plaza de Toros, a bull ring built in 1910 which saw only eight bullfights before bullfighting was prohibited in 1912. Lunch in a local restaurant is included. Return by boat in the late afternoon to Buenos Aires before being transferred to your hotel.

Iconic Rio

£240
Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Llama Travel Customer Rating
93%
93%

Visit two world-renowned landmarks on this unforgettable full-day tour of Brazil's sensational former capital city. Take a cable car to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain, with stunning views across Copacabana Beach, and come face-to-face with Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, following his gaze for stunning views of the beautiful bays, tropical beaches, and hills rolling into the ocean. Lunch in a traditional steakhouse is included.

Full Description:

This full-day excursion takes you through some of Rio’s most iconic and historic sites. You are collected from your hotel in Copacabana in the morning and taken on a scenic drive to the centre of the city. Rio de Janeiro’s central zone is the historic core of the city, but also the hub of its modern financial sector. Whilst in the centre you will be able to see examples of Rio’s colonial heritage as well as its striking modern cathedral. After the city centre tour,  take the funicular train up the 710-metre granite peak of Corcovado Mountain. You will find yourself face-to-face with perhaps the most famous monument in all of South America, Christ the Redeemer, who stands atop the peak amidst sensational views of the mountains and beaches of Rio. After spending some time admiring the views descend for lunch in a churrascaria, a typical Brazilian steakhouse. Afterwards catch the cable car up the Sugarloaf Mountain. Take in the stunning panoramic views of Copacabana Beach that stretch out below, whilst also keeping an eye out for small monkeys amongst the lush tropical vegetation. Once at the bottom again, enjoy a drive along the beaches before returning to your hotel.

Santa Teresa

£75

Explore Rio’s most picturesque neighbourhood with a guide on foot during this half-day excursion in Santa Teresa, characterised by its cobbled streets lined with local galleries, cafés and bars. Take the antique tram past the Lapa arches, walk up the colourful Jorge Selarón steps and admire the bay from the impressive vantage point of Parque das Ruínas. End the tour with a caipirinha from a local bar.

Full Description:

After visiting the main tourist sites around the city, this unique excursion gives you a feel for old Rio. Your guide meets you at your hotel and you make your way on public transport to the old tram , which you climb aboard to reach the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, passing through the city’s famous 'Arcos da Lapa' aqueduct. Continuing on foot, the tour reveals many of Santa Teresa's secrets, such as the ‘Escadaria Selarón’, the colourful, tile-lined stairway that leads to the studio of Jorge Selarón (the Chilean-born Brazilian painter) and the cultural centre of Parque das Ruínas with its impressive views over the bay. With its cobbled streets and turn-of-the-century homes on the hill overlooking Guanabara Bay and the city centre, this colourful neighbourhood is home to many of Rio's artists, musicians and poets, and is undoubtedly the most picturesque area in the city. Its numerous cosy restaurants, bohemian bars and trendy shops are great to wander around, watching the locals go about their daily activities and getting an authentic feel for life in Rio. Perhaps stumble upon a group of musicians playing Bossa Nova, or watch a local artist painting a vibrant scene. You stop for a caipirinha, a delicious Brazilian cocktail (included) in a local bar, then hop back onto the tram to go back to the city centre and on to your hotel. The tour lasts around four hours in total.

Extensions

Salvador & Tropical Coast

from £899

6 days Extension

This five-night extension comprises two nights in Salvador, one of Brazil’s most culturally-rich cities, and 3 nights relaxing on the Bahian coast. Salvador was Brazil’s original capital city, and to this day holds on to its unique cultural heritage. Its inhabitants are descendants of African slaves and Portuguese settlers, and this cultural mix is evident in many aspects from the delicious food to the cobbled streets and colonial buildings. Less than 90 minutes from Salvador is the tranquil fishing village of Itacimirim. With its postcard-worthy bay and long sandy beaches, it is the perfect place to relax. The town of Praia do Forte is just five kilometres up the road, and while still small and charming, offers slightly more by way of activities (like the TAMAR turtle project and the sea kayaking) and restaurants.

Day 1 Salvador Fly from Rio to Salvador. You are met and taken to your hotel in the historic centre. Salvador is a city with a fascinating past and a blend of traditional cultures. As the first capital city of Brazil, its streets bear witness to its fascinating colonial past, with pastel-coloured houses in the Portuguese style and imposing ornate churches. Please be aware that flights often arrive late at night, sometimes after midnight.

Day 2 Salvador Discover the city’s fascinating past and its unique cultural heritage on the Historic Salvador excursion. This half-day walking tour visits churches and historical buildings in the old town of Pelourinho, including the Franciscan church and convent. You also get a chance to enjoy the views at the Elevador Lacerda urban lift, which connects the upper and lower town.

Day 3 Itacimirim The day begins with a morning transfer to your beachfront hotel in the tranquil fishing village of Itacimirim on the glittering Bahian coast. Spend a free afternoon relaxing on the picturesque beach watching fishing boats bobbing up and down in the bay, or perhaps make the most of the hotel pool. You can take a short drive to the pretty town of Praia do Forte, just 5km north of Itacimirim. Once a small fishing village, Praia do Forte is now popular with holiday-makers, and at the weekend people living in Salvador visit the area to unwind. The town retains a low-key feel, has good restaurants and the sea is never far away.
Day 4 Itacimirim A free day to unwind on the hotel’s beach or to try one of the many outdoor activities available in Praia do Forte, such as water sports, kayaking, sea fishing and whale-watching excursions which are available from July to October. It is also worth visiting the nearby Sapiranga Reserve, a 600 hectare region of coastal rainforest, where there are guided walks to spot the local birds, animals and plant-life.
Day 5 Itacimirim Another free day on the coast. Perhaps spend the day getting to know some of the exotic local wildlife. Sea turtles nest along this stretch of coast between October and February. Turtles can be seen year-round at the TAMAR Project visitor centre in the heart of Praia do Forte, which promotes the conservation of five species of sea turtle.

Day 6 Take a one-hour transfer to Salvador airport. Fly to Rio or Sao Paulo and connect to your overnight flight to the UK.

Day 7 Your flight back arrives in the UK.

Hotels in Salvador
Pousada do Pilar – Standard hotel
This characterful hotel has just 12 rooms and is located in the historic district of Santo Domingo, close to the colourful Pelourinho district. Each of the comfortable rooms has a good sized balcony, air-conditioning and an en-suite bathroom. The hotel itself is housed in a nineteenth century building and has a pleasant rooftop breakfast area with excellent bay views.

Casa do Amarelindo – Superior hotel
The Casa do Amarelindo is a regal 19th century colonial mansion which has been converted into an intimate, characterful hotel. It sits in Pelourinho, the historic centre of Salvador, and boasts spectacular views of the Todos os Santos bay. The hotel offers free internet, a pool, cocktail bar, fitness centre and on-site restaurant, while all rooms have televisions, air-conditioning and are fully sound proof.

Hotel in Itacimirim
Pousada Praia das Ondas
Located on the beachfront in the fishing village of Itacimirim, five kilometres south of Praia do Forte, this tranquil pousada with lovely grounds has two pools, a restaurant and bar. The simple, but comfortable, rooms have air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and private hammocks on the terrace.

If you are interested in adding an extension to Salvador and the Tropical Coast, please get in touch with us for more details.

Pantanal Wetlands

from £1799

5 days Extension

This three-night extension has visitors immersed in the Pantanal Wetlands, exploring one of the world’s most biodiverse regions and learning about the plants and animals that live here. Each day you will head into the wetlands on a series of excursions from the lodge – sometimes by foot, sometimes on horse-back and sometimes by canoe. In between, relax at the lodge taking in the sights and sounds on this magnificent area.

Day 1 Pantanal Fly from Rio to Cuiabá airport, where you are picked up for a three-hour drive into the Pantanal. Pass the small village of Mimoso and travel on a dirt road for the final stretch of the journey, spotting vultures, eagles and rheas. Arrive at the lodge in the evening.

Day 2 Pantanal In the morning, hike on woodland trails and open fields in search of the birds, mammals, reptiles and plants which form the Pantanal ecosystem. Returning to the lodge for lunch, you then take a trip by motorised canoe on the Mutum River to watch wildlife and see a beautiful Pantanal sunset, spotting caimans and giant river otters on the way. See southern caracaras, black-collared hawks, roseate spoonbills, sunbitterns, kingfishers, great kiskadees and trogons. After dinner, take an evening excursion by jeep in search of nocturnal creatures, such as anteaters and armadillos.

Day 3 Pantanal Rise early for a sunrise canoe trip, watching as macaws soar overhead whilst the screaches of the southern screamer pierce the air and caimans look on from the water. Later in the morning, ride on horseback to Sia Mariana Bay, through lush woodland where tropical fruits grow, and across open plains, where horses and white cattle graze in the company of egrets. Relax at the lodge during the hottest hours of the day, before taking to the river to fish for piranhas and other species, with the chance of seeing giant river otters and capybaras playing in the water. Return to the lodge after sunset, where an elusive tapir may be taking advantage of the low light to feed on fruit trees in the grounds.

Day 4 Transfer back to Cuiabá to catch a flight back to Rio.

Day 5 Catch a flight back to the UK.

Day 6 Your flight arrives in the UK.

Hotel in the Pantanal
Pousada Rio Mutum
A peaceful lodge set in seven acres of leafy grounds on the banks of the Mutum River, with an attractive pool area, reading room and map room. The 22 chalet-style rooms offer privacy and are spread across the grounds, which host wildlife including jabiru storks, night monkeys, tapirs, and birds such as chachalacas and cardinals. Each room is comfortably furnished with air conditioning and a ceiling fan, a fridge, en-suite bathroom and private terrace with a hammock. All meals are included and are served in the lodge’s cosy restaurant, featuring typical pantaneiro cuisine. The indoor common areas have WiFi. The pousada includes a full excursion programme, including horse-riding, walking trails, canoe and motorboat rides. The lodge enjoys a privileged position close to the Sia Mariana and Chacorore lakes, whose waters are home to piranhas, giant river otters, capybaras and caimans, and where the calls of hundreds of water birds fill the skies.

If you are interested in adding an extension to the Pantanal Wetlands, please get in touch with us for more details.

2022

2023

Prices include

Return flights from the UK; any internal flights; accommodation (bed and breakfast except where indicated); transfers; service of guides and local reps, UK airport taxes.

Prices do not include

Any optional excursions, travel insurance, tips.

Holidays without international flights

The above prices include return international flights from the UK. If you wish to arrange your own flights, we will reduce our prices accordingly. The reduction depends on when you travel, please call us for details.

Departure Airport

Flights are scheduled to be from London. Other airports may be possible, although a supplement sometimes applies.

Holiday Information

All the practical information you need regarding your trip is found here. From how to prepare before you leave and travelling to your destination, to advice on travelling within your country of choice.

About Your Holiday

  • In many cases, the best way to describe our holidays is flexible tours, so you can choose where to visit by combining different extensions and excursions, and which hotels to stay in. In most cases, you will be with other Llama Travellers, but not necessarily the same people throughout. This allows you to get to know like-minded people, but not have to spend all your time with the same group. If we don't have anyone else taking a particular part of a holiday, we will normally operate this just for you.

    In some cases, we operate more traditional tours, with the same Llama Travel group travelling together for the majority of the holiday, which allows land travel from one location to another. This is particularly the case for our European tours, and in this case we may have a minimum number of travellers required to operate the group.

    Excursions are usually taken together with other Llama Travel customers in groups of no more than 18 people. If we have more than 18 booked, we operate two groups. These will usually be in English, although in some places, especially on wildlife excursions, the excursions may be operated by one of our local partners, so you may be with people other than Llama Travel customers and the group may be a mix of English and other languages. In these cases, group sizes can sometimes be larger. If you would like to know the likely situation for your holiday, please ask us and we will be able to check. Transfers may be with more than 18 people.

    We get a wide range of people taking our holidays, with probably the largest group being couples aged in their forties to sixties, or even older. However, we also have a large number of customers in their twenties and thirties, especially for some of the more active holidays. What unites everyone is a sense of curiosity and a desire to discover new cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Although most of our customers travel with friends or family, we also have quite a few single travellers who are happy to mix and match as described above.

    Group Size
    Most holidays can operate with a minimum of 2 passengers, but some holidays have a higher minimum group size. If we have fewer than the minimum number of passengers, we will let you know two months before departure. In this case, we will refund you any monies paid or offer you an alternative option. It may be possible to operate the trip for fewer than 4 passengers for an additional cost.

    All holidays in Europe have a minimum group size of 4 passengers, except Iceland which has a minimum group size of 6passengers.
    All holidays in Namibia or South Africa have a minimum group size of 6 passengers.
    All holidays in Kenya have a minimum group size of 6 passengers.
    All holidays in Costa Rica and Mexico have a minimum group size of 4 passengers.

  • Prices listed are per person and based on two persons sharing a room and include all flights from the UK and within destination, service of guides and reps (please note that tips are not included), accommodation and all transfers and excursions listed in the itinerary. Where applicable, entrance fees, taxes and charges are included in our prices at the rates advised to us at the time of preparation. An adjustment will be made to your price if any of these change before your holiday. UK airport taxes are included.

  • All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

Booking Conditions

How To Book

  • To book a holiday or discuss your requirements, please call us on 020 7263 3000. We can usually confirm availability immediately, but may need to check with a supplier first.

  • You can pay your deposit by bank transfer, cheque, standard UK debit card or non-premium UK personal Visa / MasterCard credit card. Balance payments can be made by bank transfer or cheque. We do not accept cards for balance payments. We are unable to accept cash.

Before You Go

  • To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Latin America

    Visas are not required in advance for British citizens for any Llama Travel Latin American destination. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Peru (020 7838 9223); Ecuador (020 7451 0040); Argentina (020 7318 1340); Chile (020 7222 2361); Brazil (020 7747 4500); Colombia (020 7589 5037); Bolivia (020 7235 4248); Costa Rica (020 7706 8844); Guatemala (020 7351 3042); Mexico (020 7499 8586), Panama (020 7409 2255).

    If you are flying via another country, especially the US, you need to comply with the appropriate immigration requirements. Please ask us for details.

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    There is an entry fee to enter Chile for citizens of Australia, the US, Canada and some other countries which must be paid upon arrival. There is also an entry fee for US and Canadian citizens visiting Argentina, which must be paid in advance online.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate.

    Africa

    British nationals can enter Morocco, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana for a visit of up to 90 days without a visa. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Morocco (020 7724 0624); South Africa (020 7451 7299); Namibia (020 7636 6244); Botswana (020 7499 0031). You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For South Africa, you need a passport with two blank pages.

    For Zimbabwe, British nationals will be granted with a KAZA Univisa (valid for travel between Zimbabwe and Zambia and day trips into Botswana) visa, for a fee (US$ 50 per person, paid in cash). This is easiest to obtain upon arrival at the airport or border post, rather than via an agency in the UK. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask Zimbabwe consulate (020 7836 7755). You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK.

    For Kenya, British nationals require a visa, which must be obtained online in advance. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the evisas website. For more information, see the website of the Kenya High Commission. Children aged 16 and below do not require a visa to enter Kenya. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Kenya consulate (020 7636 2371). You need a passport with two blank pages, valid for six months after your return to the UK.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate. In South Africa and Namibia, children under 18 must also carry an unabridged birth certificate.

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Europe

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed.

    Jordan

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. You will need a visa to enter Jordan. The Jordan visa is included in the price of your holiday. On arrival in Amman our representatives will meet you prior to immigration and this will be provided to you free of charge. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Jordanian consulate (020 7937 3685).

  • In many destinations, you can arrange adventure activities, either through Llama Travel or through Llama Travel. If you are interested in taking any of these, please make sure you are covered by your travel insurance.

  • Some countries have strict regulations regarding the entry and exit of children under 18 when not travelling with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting. If you are travelling with children who are not entering or leaving the country with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting, please contact the consulate of the country you are visiting to check requirements.

    Countries in Africa have particularly strict requirements regarding children travelling, and in both South Africa and Namibia, children need to carry an unabridged birth certificate. Additionally, in Namibia, adults travelling with children where they are not the biological or legal guardians of those children, should be in possession of an affidavit statement from the child’s parents giving consent for their travel.

    Such requirements do change from time to time, and although we try to keep abreast of such changes and update this information, if you are travelling with children, we suggest you check current requirements carefully.

  • You will receive tickets approximately 10 days before departure, along with information on accommodation, transfers and excursions. Our agents in destination will give you final details for hotel and excursions when you arrive. Please check airline tickets carefully in case timings have changed after we issued your confirmation.

  • Cards are widely accepted in most hotel and restaurants, and cash machines are common in most destinations. However, when travelling to remote areas, it is advisable to take cash, as it is difficult to withdraw or change money. Travellers cheques are no longer widely used, so it may be inconvenient to take these.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals from your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

    More information on the situation regarding money, budgeting and tipping in specific countries is in the country information below.

  • Adequate travel insurance is essential. We do not sell or recommend any specific policy, but good medical insurance should cover medical evacuation and repatriation. If you are going to be taking part in any activity, please ensure your policy covers you for this, especially if this involves high-altitude trekking, such as the Inca Trail.

When Your Are Travelling

  • Most people who travel to the countries where Llama Travel operates experience no problems on holiday. However, as is the case anywhere in the world, crime can be a problem, especially in large cities. Tourists can appear attractive targets to criminals. To minimise the risk, use common sense. Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive looking jewellery or cameras. Avoid empty streets, especially on your own. Take a taxi after dark. By taking sensible precautions, you should have a trouble-free holiday.

    Each country has its own standards for health and safety, but these are often not as good as in the UK. We take this into account when selecting hotels and request that they comply with all local regulations, but cannot guarantee that these are equivalent to British standards. Please take reasonable precautions to protect yourselves whilst on holiday, e.g. by locating fire exit routes.

    Please also check the Foreign Office travel advice for the countries you are visiting at www.fco.gov.uk.

  • Attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travellers around the world can be very different from those in the UK.

    In Latin America and Europe, attitudes can sometimes be more conservative than in the UK, but there are not usually problems.

    In some African countries, including Zimbabwe and Kenya, same sex relationships are illegal and conservative attitudes prevail. However, hotels and lodges do not discriminate and LGBT couples can share rooms. In much of Africa, public displays of affection may attract negative attention, especially with LGBT couples, although the majority of people are friendly to visitors, irrespective of gender and sexual orientation. In South Africa, the authorities have introduced legislation which bans any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

    The UK Foreign Office has information LGBT travel on their travel advice for individual countries, found at www.fco.gov.uk.

  • For all wildlife excursions, please always follow the instructions of your guide, both for the animals’ welfare and for your safety. Staff are experienced at dealing with wildlife, but by their nature, excursions involving exposure to wild animals will always carry some risk.

    If you take a safari in Africa, you will be with an experienced guide at all times, who is usually unarmed. All of the game drives run according to schedule, although unexpected delays can occur, which the guide will deal with as quickly and safely as possible. Being in the wilderness means that the environment is unpredictable, so the unexpected can happen. For any excursions taken on foot, there will be a safety briefing to inform you of the possible dangers.

Health & Fitness

  • Please consult your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. Advice for travellers is available at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.

    When travelling, stomach illnesses are not uncommon due to changes in diet. We suggest you only drink bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. If you are unsure if salads and fruit have been washed in purified water, it is best to avoid them.

    If you suffer from a disability or condition and are worried whether this will affect the enjoyment of a holiday, please call us. We will do our best to help. We recommend that you bring any medicines you require from the UK.

    If you have any health problems on holiday, please speak to our local agents or hotel staff. They will arrange for a doctor or hospital if necessary. If you do experience any problems, please seek appropriate medical attention.

    Outside of major cities, medical facilities can be basic, meaning a lengthy transfer if hospital attention is required.

    Latin America

    Yellow fever and / or malaria precautions are recommended for visiting the jungle, Iguazu Falls and some parts of Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. Yellow Fever certificates are sometimes required if you have recently visited a country with an infected area. Children under 6 require proof of vaccination against polio to enter Brazil. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old. If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, please speak to your GP about zika. Please seek medical advice before you travel.

    Parts of South America are at high altitude. Most visitors do not suffer major problems. However, shortness of breath is common and we advise you to take things calmly during your first day at altitude. If you suffer from a heart or lung condition, or think that you may suffer due to the altitude, please consult your GP.

    Africa

    Malaria precautions are highly recommended when visiting the Kruger National Park in South Africa, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the north of Namibia, including Etosha, Botswana and Kenya. Yellow Fever vaccination is highly recommended for Kenya. Travellers entering many African countries, including South Africa and Kenya Africa, coming from a yellow fever zone must have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old.

  • For most of our holidays, age is not a concern. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required, as most holidays require some walking, sometimes on uneven ground. Even relatively mild activities can be strenuous at altitude. High altitude trekking is more strenuous than an equivalent length walk at low altitude.

Getting There

  • Depending on the route and the airline, if you would like to break your journey to or from your final destination, and add a stopover to your holiday, this may be possible. Please ask us for information.

  • If you are interested in arranging your own international flights, this is sometimes possible. Please ask us for details of this and any discount we can arrange for removing international flights. Please do not book your flights until we have reconfirmed all services with our suppliers and you have checked the confirmation invoice.

  • All people transiting in a third country need to make sure they comply with any immigration requirements for that country.

    This is especially the case when in transit in the UK when flying to Latin America. In this case, you must comply with US immigration requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with these requirements before you travel. Failure to do so may result in you being denied boarding on your flight to the US and, at best, a last-minute and probably expensive re-routing avoiding the US. It is important, therefore, that you follow these procedures carefully.

    If your flight to Latin America involves a stop in the US, you will be subject to US immigration control upon entry to the US. If you qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you are able to avoid the need to apply for a visa, but still need to enter your details online on the US State Department website. If you do not qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you must apply in person at a US embassy for a US visa. Please make sure that you do this in good time.

    If you are a UK citizen and have a UK passport, you may qualify for visa-free travel. You will require a machine readable passport to qualify for the ESTA Visa Waiver Program (so you do not require a visa to enter the US). A machine readable passport has the holder's personal details (name, date of birth, nationality and passport number) contained in two lines of text at the bottom of the photo page. This appears as two lines of letters, numbers and chevrons (">>>>>") printed across the long edge of the photo page. It must be also include an integrated circuit chip capable of storing the biographic information from the data page, a digitized photograph and other biometric information.

    Please note, holders of passports indicating that the bearer is a British Subject, a British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Overseas Citizen, British National (Overseas) Citizen or British Protected Person do not qualify for travel without a visa. A passport which states that the holder has Right of Abode or indefinite leave to remain in the UK does not quality for visa-free travel.

    If you have been arrested, even if the arrest did not result in a criminal conviction, or if you have a criminal record, you will need a visa.

    If you have any doubts about whether you qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, please check with the US embassy. Full details can be found on the US embassy’s UK website at: http://london.usembassy.gov/vwp3.html

    Many European, Australian and New Zealand passport holders also qualify for the Visa Waiver Program as long as the passport is machine readable and complies with the relevant criteria. Please see the US embassy website for a list of countries which qualify for the Visa Waiver Program. It is important that you check the website of the US Embassy in the country of passport nationality for any further changes before you travel.

    Details of the ESTA Visa Waiver Program can be found on the US State Department website at

    https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

    In addition to the Visa Waiver Programme, the US Transportation Security Authority requires anybody flying through the United Sates to supply specific passenger information prior to their international flight.

  • A holiday in Latin America or Africa inevitably means long haul flights, and usually at least one overnight sector. Air fares vary from date to date and between airlines. Our holidays are scheduled to use the most advantageous air fare. You can choose which airline you prefer, we will let you know if a supplement is payable. Levels of onboard service and facilities, such as entertainment, vary by airline and route. Please ask us for details. Flights are sometimes operated by another airline in the appropriate airline alliance.

  • Many airlines offer the option of flying from regional airports in the UK, avoiding the need to make your own way to London. Due to the timing of flights, in some cases this may involve an overnight stop in London or another intermediate airport. There is usually a supplement for regional departures. Please note that most of our flights depart from London.

  • You can upgrade to business class or premium economy on most airlines. Prices start from £199 each way for Premium Economy and £699 each way for Business Class, although sometimes airlines have special offers and prices may be lower. Call us for prices for the route and airline you are interested in.

    Premium Economy

    Some airlines offer Premium Economy cabins, which provide more comfortable seats which recline further and have more legroom. There are better meals and a bar service.

    Other airlines offer standard economy class seats with extra legroom for additional cost.

    Business Class

    Many airlines have long haul business class cabins with seats which convert into full flat beds and often have a privacy screen.

    Business Class within Europe is often similar to economy class seating, but with better meals and middle seats are often left empty.

  • Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 23kg per passenger for international flights, but internal flight allowances can be less. Exact limits can be found on airline webpages. Please bear this in mind when packing, as carrying excess baggage will normally incur an expensive additional cost payable at check in. Additionally, certain excursions have a limited baggage allowance. Where this is the case, we will advise you in advance. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

    There may be additional luggage restrictions for specific countries. In this case, details of this will be in the country information below.

  • Many airlines now charge a fee to select your seat prior to checking in for your flight, even when travelling in premium economy or business class. Alternatively, you may choose your preferred seat free of charge when online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure or at the airport. Please ask us about the options available at time of booking.

    We all want a comfortable journey, particularly on long haul flights. If you would like a seat with some extra leg room or a larger recline please let us know. Airlines have introduced a range of “economy comfort” seats that may be purchased in advance. In some cases, these seats may only be purchased online directly with the airline once Llama Travel has issued your ticket approximately 30 days prior to departure.

    For internal flights, and for connecting flights in Europe, it is usually only possible to select seats when you check-in online or at the airport.

                        

    It may not be possible to always use online check-in systems, especially when using a codeshare flight. On occasion, your preferred seat may be changed by the airline for operational reasons such as a change of aircraft or to facilitate a disabled passenger on the day you fly and as such, Llama Travel cannot guarantee specific seats.

Argentina

Travelling in Argentina

  • All hotels include breakfast, and other meals are included on some tours and excursions. However, generally, you will need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We recommend budgeting approximately US$20 – 25 for a meal, although many restaurants have excellent value set lunches for less than this. Hotel restaurants, especially in superior hotels, can be more expensive. Restaurant in more remote areas, including Torres del Paine and Easter Island, are more expensive. Additionally, there are many upmarket restaurants, particularly in Buenos Aires, where you should expect to pay up to US$50 per person, or possibly more.

    Bar prices are similar to the UK and a small bottle of beer usually costs around US$2-3 in a hotel bar.

  • Argentina is well known for its steaks and for meat lovers it is well worth heading to one of the many parrilla restaurants. The food in Buenos Aires is excellent, with a wide range of both national and international cuisine available. Due to the city’s Italian heritage, Buenos Aires also has excellent ice cream. Some of the best places to eat are found in the neighbourhoods of Palermo and Puerto Madero, though there are many good restaurants throughout the city. Argentinians tend to eat quite late, starting around 9 – 10 pm.

    Puerto Iguazú near the Iguazu Falls has a good variety of restaurants. Like most of Argentina, there are a number of places serving good steaks, although the specialty here is the locally caught fresh water fish.

    For its size, El Calafate has a good selection of restaurants serving local as well as international cuisine. The lamb and trout are generally excellent and there are a number of good ice cream and chocolate shops on the main street. Due to the remoteness of the town, food can be expensive.

    Seafood is the most popular type of food in Ushuaia, in particular local king crab. Other Patagonian specialities, such as lamb, and international cuisine is also widely available. Due to the remote location of Ushuaia, food can be expensive.

  • The currency in Argentina is the Peso (approximate exchange rate is AR$45 = US$1).                                                                                                                                                                                             

    If you are visiting the Iguazu Falls, you will visit the Brazilian side of the falls. The currency in Brazil is the Real (approximate exchange rate: BRL$3 = US$1).

    Travellers should take US dollars and not UK sterling, which is not widely accepted in any form. Credit and debit cards (Visa and MasterCard) can be used in many shops and restaurants, and can also be used to withdraw money from cash machines. Not all cash machines work with international cards, so look for the Cirrus or Plus (Visa) symbols. Most banks will only have one cash machine compatible with international cards, and will usually only work with Cirrus or Plus cards, not both. However, the Red Banco 24 Horas machines usually accept most cards. Using a prepaid travel card (which are loaded online and can be used like a credit or debit card when abroad) are often the best way to avoid the fees charged for using your usual cards abroad.

    Please note that it can be difficult to use US dollar notes which have even the smallest tear. When changing US dollars into local currency, always use a reputable place to change: banks, hotels or exchange shops. Do not change money on the street if you can avoid it.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals on your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary; however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

  • If you receive good service, you may want to leave a tip. This is completely at your discretion. For general excursions, if you want to tip guides, US$2 – 4 per person per day is usual if you are in a group. Approximately US$1 is usual for drivers or transfer staff. 10% is usual in restaurants. Please give any tips directly to the person you would like to tip to ensure that they get it.

  • Daytime temperatures in Buenos Aires from October to May are around 18°C - 30°C and night-time temperatures are around 10°C - 20°C. Daytime temperatures in El Calafate in Patagonia from October to April are around 10°C- 18°C and night-time temperatures are from freezing to 7°C.

    Due to the variations in weather, we recommend taking a variety of clothing, suitable for warm and cold weather. Rain is possible throughout the year, especially in Buenos Aires, so waterproofs are also recommended.

    Electricity in Argentina is 220V, and plugs are either of the European two-pin type or Australian flat 3-pin type. We recommend taking a universal adaptor.

    It is a legal requirement to carry identity documentation when in Argentina and Brazil (when visiting Iguazú Falls). Therefore, having a copy of your passport with you at all times is recommended.

    Please bring any medication you may require from the UK.

Brazil

Travelling in Brazil

  • Light-weight, warm weather clothing is suitable for travelling in Brazil. Some areas, especially the Pantanal and Amazon regions, have very high humidity. On the Atlantic coast, during the winter months from June to August, night-time temperatures can be cooler and long-sleeved clothing is recommended. Long-sleeved, breathable clothing and closed shoes are necessary for visiting the Amazon and the Pantanal. Sun hats, sunglasses and sun protection cream are also recommended.

    Rain showers are possible throughout the year in all destinations, so waterproofs are recommended.

    Electricity in Brazil is 110V. Plugs are of the two round pin type. Some sockets also accept two flat pin plugs. We recommend taking a universal adaptor with relatively long pins, as some sockets are inset into the wall.

    It is a legal requirement to carry identity documentation when in Brazil. Therefore, please carry a photocopy of your passport with you at all times.

    Please bring any medication you may require from the UK.

  • All hotels include breakfast, and other meals are included on some tours and excursions. However, generally, you will need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We recommend budgeting approximately US$25 – 30 for a meal, although many restaurants have excellent value set lunches for less than this. Hotel restaurants, especially in superior hotels, can be more expensive. Additionally, there are many upmarket restaurants, particularly in Rio, where you should expect to pay up to US$50 per person, or possibly more.

    Bar prices are similar to the UK and a small bottle of beer usually costs around US$2-3 in a hotel bar. Wine, particularly imported wine, can be quite expensive. 

    Rio is generally expensive for most services, often higher than in the UK, although prices outside of Rio and other large cities are usually more reasonable/

  • If you receive good service, you may want to leave a tip. This is completely at your discretion. For general excursions, if you want to tip guides, US$2 – 3 per person per day is usual if you are in a group. Approximately US$1 is usual for drivers or transfer staff. 10% is usual in restaurants. Please give any tips directly to the person you would like to tip to ensure that they get it.

  • The currency in Brazil is the Real (approximate exchange rate: BRL3 = US$1). Items are priced in local currency. Some hotels will accept payments in US Dollars or Euros. Travellers should take local currency, US dollars or Euros and not UK sterling, which is not widely accepted in any form. Brazilian Reals are usually stocked in UK currency exchanges.

    Credit and debit cards (Visa and MasterCard) can be used in many shops and restaurants, and can also be used to withdraw money from cash machines. In cities, ATMs are often inside banks and cannot be accessed at night, so if you require cash, it is best to get this during the day. Not all cash machines work with international cards, so look for the Cirrus or Plus (Visa) symbols. Banco do Brasil, Bradesco and HSBC banks should accept international cards; however sometimes banks will only have one cash machine compatible with international cards, and will usually only work with Cirrus or Plus cards, not both. The Red Banco 24 Horas machines usually accept most cards. Santander banks are widespread but do not usually accept international cards. All airports, visited on your Llama Travel tour, have at least one cash machine compatible with international cards.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals on your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.
    Using a prepaid travel card (which are loaded online and can be used like a credit or debit card when abroad) are often the best way to avoid the fees charged for using your UK credit/debit cards abroad. If taking travellers cheques, a high commission may be charged. Many hotels do not change travellers cheques so you may need to change them in a bank or exchange shop; therefore, please bear in mind opening hours.

    Please note that it can be difficult to use US dollar notes which have even the smallest tear. When changing US dollars into local Reals, always use a reputable place to change: banks, hotels or exchange shops. Do not change money on the street if you can avoid it.

  • Rio has restaurants with cuisine from all over the world. Typical of the city are the churrascarias, or steakhouses, where, for a fixed price, waiters offer various different cuts of meat to add to your plate. There are many per kilo restaurants, where you pay according to the weight of your plate.

    The restaurants in Foz do Iguaçu near the Iguaçu Falls offer typical Brazilian dishes, and due to its cultural diversity, European and Asian food is also found. To avoid taking a taxi to eat out in the evenings, you may find it more convenient to eat in your hotel. Each of our Iguaçu hotels has at least one good restaurant and bar. In the Brazilian national park, there are snack shops, a cafeteria at the end of the walking trail, and a restaurant which looks out directly towards the falls. The Argentinian national park has a restaurant and several smaller cafes selling snacks.

    Salvador has a distinct cuisine which is a fusion of indigenous, Portuguese and African influences. Common ingredients are dendê (palm oil), fresh coriander, seafood such as shrimps, tomatoes and coconut milk. Must-try dishes include the street food favourite acarajé, a dumpling made from beans and deep-fried in palm oil, stuffed with a paste of shrimps and cashew nuts. Another speciality of the area is moqueca, a tasty slow-cooked seafood and fish stew with coconut milk, coriander, onions and garlic. For dessert, try cocadas, a sweet with fresh grated coconut, which is found in various forms around Latin America. Fresh juices and ice creams made from the wide range of fruits found in Brazil are also delicious. Coconut water is a very refreshing drink popular in the city.

    The Praia das Ondas hotel in Itacimirim has an attractive restaurant and bar area, serving main meals and snacks, including local and international options. There are many restaurants on the main streets of Praia do Forte, in addition to ice cream and juice shops which use a wide range of local fresh fruits. Restaurants mainly serve seafood and other Bahian dishes, and some also offer pasta dishes and salads. Prices are often for two people. This is not always specified on the menu so ask the waiter for clarification if prices seem high.