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Samba, Tango & Iguazu Falls + Colonial Paraty

Cobbled street in colonial Paraty, Brazil
Incl flights, accommodation & transfers
From   £2528 £2228
13 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 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.

  • 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 Esquina Carlos Gardel theatre 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.

  • Enjoy a day to further explore this incredible city. Soak up the sun on the world-famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, visit the bohemian district of Santa Teresa, home to Rio’s artists and musicians; 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.

  • Stroll in the streets and relax in a cafe, and visit one of the beautiful beaches nearby.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Today, explore the islands and beaches in the bay on a schooner tour from the harbour, or perhaps explore the forests and waterfalls inland, visiting the Gold Trail by jeep. 

    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

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Amazon Rainforest

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Pantanal Wetlands

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Accommodation in Buenos Aires

NH Lancaster, Buenos Aires

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NH Lancaster, Buenos Aires
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
71%
71%
Service
77%
77%
Location
84%
84%

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

Brick Hotel by Sofitel

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Brick Hotel, Buenos Aires
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
90%
90%
Service
88%
88%
Location
88%
88%

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

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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

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Loi Suites, Puerto Iguazu
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
80%
80%
Service
89%
89%
Location
67%
67%
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

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Hotel Sheraton, Puerto Iguazu
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
88%
88%
Service
90%
90%
Location
92%
92%
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

Hotel Windsor Palace

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Hotel Windsor Palace, Rio
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
68%
68%
Service
79%
79%
Location
83%
83%

Standard Hotel: This 85-room hotel is located one block from Copacabana beach, and the nearby area has many restaurants, bars and shops. There is a rooftop pool with excellent views of Rio de Janeiro, a restaurant and bar. The rooms are comfortable, with air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and free WiFi.

Why stay here? This is a good standard hotel with decent sized rooms. The location is excellent, and the rooftop pool is good for relaxing.

Hotel facilities

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

• There is a restaurant and a bar, a spa and sauna and a rooftop outdoor pool.

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

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, a safety deposit box, a minibar, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms. Rooms are also soundprooded.

Room types available

Standard room

Hotel Porto Bay Rio Internacional

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Hotel Porto Bay, Rio
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
81%
81%
Service
81%
81%
Location
89%
89%
Llama favourite accommodation

Superior Hotel: This comfortable 117-room hotel is located on Copacabana beach, close to many shops and restaurants. There is an attractive rooftop offering wonderful ocean views, a gym, sauna, restaurant, and bar. The comfortable rooms are well appointed and have air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.

Why stay here? This hotel has a great location, and its rooftop pool offers fantastic views of Rio. What sets this hotel apart is the excellent level of service and attention to detail.

Hotel facilities

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

• There is a restaurant and a bar, a rooftop terrace, an outdoor pool with sundecks and a spa and sauna.

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

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, a safety deposit box, a minibar, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms. Rooms are also soundprooded.

Room types available

Superior side sea view room

Sheraton Grand Rio

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Superior Resort: This resort has a prime position in Rio, located in a nook between the ocean and the mountain. There are fabulous views of the city, Ipanema beach and even one of Rio’s famous favelas, from just about anywhere in the hotel. Rooms are very comfortable with en-suite bathrooms, a coffee maker and mini-bar, wi-fi access and cable TV. The 583-room resort has an idyllic pool area overlooking the ocean, and there are tennis courts and a spa too as well as multiple bars and restaurants on site.

Why stay here: Located right on a secluded beach cove, close to the upmarket Leblon neighbourhood, the hotel is a great place to relax, with a lovely pool area. The rooms are comfortable and the facilities are excellent, and although the building itself is not the most attractive, this is more than made up for by the beautiful setting. If you want a few days relaxation in Rio, this hotel is the perfect option, whilst still being close to the attractions of the city itself.

Hotel Facilities

• A scenic leisure area with 2 pools

• Seven restaurants and bars dotted throughout the resort

• Spa, gym, tennis courts and great views

About the room

Rooms have wi-fi, air-conditioning, a mini-bar and a coffee-maker. En-suite bathrooms have bathrobes, slippers and toiletries.

Room types available

Classic room. It is possible to upgrade to a superior room for a supplement.  

Accommodation in Paraty

Pousada Pardieiro

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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

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Argentina and Brazil Excursion Package Save £51

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

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Historic Buenos Aires

£50
Obelisk, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Llama Travel Customer Rating
87%
87%

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.

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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

£90
Carlos Gardel Tango Show venue, Buenos Aires
Llama Travel Customer Rating
80%
80%

Classic cuisine, great music and passionate tango, this evening excursion takes you to the grand Esquina Carlos Gardel theatre, 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. Our excursion visits the Esquina Carlos Gardel theatre, one of the most renowned and accomplished tango houses in Buenos Aires. Enjoy a good three course dinner at your table in the theatre, with wine or a soft drink of your choice, before settling down to an evening of classic Argentinian entertainment, as professional dancers perform complicated routines on stage accompanied by live music. You are collected from your hotel in the evening and taken back after the show.

Argentinian Iguazu Falls

£95
Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Llama Travel Customer Rating
89%
89%

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.

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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

£220
Colonia, Uruguay
Llama Travel Customer Rating
93%
93%

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

£200
Rio, Brazil
Llama Travel Customer Rating
85%
85%

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, 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. Have lunch in a churrascaria, a typical Brazilian steakhouse, before taking 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, you descend from the mountain and enjoy a drive along the beaches before returning to your hotel.

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Amazon Rainforest

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6 days Extension

The Amazon is widely known as one of the world’s great eco-systems. It is home to numerous endemic bird and animal species, as well as a staggering number of plants. On this five-night extension you will spend one night in Manaus, the intriguing gateway city to the Amazon, and three nights getting to know the jungle on a series of excursions from the lodge, from canoeing to walking. The final night is spent in Rio before flying back home.

Day 1 Manaus Fly from Rio, via Sao Paulo or Brasilia, to the city of Manaus in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest. From the plane, see your first breath-taking glimpse of the vast Amazon River network. Manaus is a modern city which still bears witness to its significant and prosperous past, where grand European-style mansions and a lavish opera house mix with colourful and bustling markets trading in exotic and intriguing Amazonian produce. You spend one night here with a free afternoon to get a feel for Manaus’ unique identity. This also means you will maximise your time at your lodge by taking an early morning transfer the following day.

Day 2 Amazon Begin the day with an early morning journey to Jama Lodge, a comfortable lodge three hours south-east of Manaus which offers a deep jungle experience. The rooms are made from local materials, and have en-suite bathrooms with hot showers and electricity. On route to the lodge you will stop to see the ‘meeting of the waters’ where the waters of the black Rio Negro and the sandy coloured Rio Slimes meet without mixing for several kilometres. As you travel through the network of Amazon Rivers you will see the simple wooden homes of riverside dwellers. Once you have arrived at the lodge, settled in and enjoyed lunch, take your first excursion canoeing on the River Jama, with a guide to point out the unfamiliar sights and sounds of the jungle. After dinner, return to the river to search for caimans in the dark, listening for the calls of nocturnal animals.

Day 3 Amazon Start your day early with a peaceful canoeing excursion to see the magnificent sunrise and the chance of seeing river dolphins. This is the best time of day to see toucans and parrots gliding through the air as they begin their day. Return to the lodge for breakfast, followed by a hike on the lodge’s extensive private trails. After lunch, you have a brief tour of the area around the lodge to learn more about the plant life found nearby, before setting out in a motorised canoe to try your hand at fishing for piranhas. In the evening, the guides give lectures.

Day 4 Amazon After breakfast, hike through the jungle to search for monkeys, birds and snakes. Your guide will teach you about the uses of the local trees and plants, including herbal medicines. At the end of the walk, enjoy a barbequed picnic lunch with regional cuisine. You then visit a village community to become familiar with the local way of life before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Day 5 Rio Transfer to Manaus for your flight to Rio.

Day 6 Catch your overnight flight to the UK.

Day 7 Your flight arrives in the UK.

Please note that this is the itinerary for the Juma jungle lodge. The itinerary for the Anavilhanas jungle lodge will vary slightly. Please ask for details.

Jungle lodges in the Amazon Rainforest

Juma Lodge – Standard lodge
Located by the Juma River three hours south-east of Manaus, this lodge offers a deep jungle experience. The rooms are made from local materials, and are simply furnished with a ceiling fan and en-suite bathrooms with hot showers and electricity. Individual thatched buildings are set on stilts above the jungle floor and connected by walkways. Cabins with river views are available for a supplement.

Anavilhanas Lodge – Superior lodge
A riverside lodge which offers a unique opportunity to explore the protected area of the Anavilhanas archipelago of over 400 islands on the vast Rio Negro, two-and-a-half hours by road from Manaus. The 16 spacious, thatched cabins are cosily decorated with air conditioning, hot showers and a private veranda with a hammock. There is a pool, bar, library, floating deck and an observation deck with great river views.

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

Salvador & Tropical Coast

from £579

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 £1599

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.

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Prices include

Return flights from the UK; flights within Latin America; accommodation (bed and breakfast except where indicated); transfers in Latin America; 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 to Latin America 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

  • Prices are based on two persons sharing a room and include all flights from the UK and within Latin America, 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, however, departure taxes on some flights within and leaving Latin America are not included. These must be paid in cash at the airport. Currently, this applies to Guatemala: US$3 international and domestic flights. Travel insurance is not 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

    1. Your contract

      Your contract is with Llama Travel Limited, registered in England and Wales, number 4370517. The following conditions will apply to your booking and form part of your contract. They cannot be varied and should be read carefully. A contract will exist when we accept your booking and issue our confirmation invoice. The contract and all matters arising from it shall be governed by English law and be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. All correspondence will be sent to the lead passenger of the booking unless otherwise advised. You must be over 18 to book a Llama Travel holiday. Llama Travel holidays are not for resale.

    2. Deposits and final payments

      A deposit of 10% of the holiday cost is required (15% for Brazil holidays). On some occasions a higher deposit is required, we will advise you if this is necessary. When this is received, we will issue a confirmation invoice. The balance of the payment must be paid 90 days before departure. If the booking is made less than 90 days before departure, full payment must be made when booking. On some occasions, earlier balance payment may be required to secure flight seats or other services. In order to secure your holiday arrangements in some cases, we may ask for a payment in advance before we can reserve the appropriate services. This payment is not refundable if you subsequently decide not to proceed with the booking. 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 credit cards for balance payments. We are unable to accept cash.

    3. Our prices

      Prices are based on the latest known information at the time of preparation – 4 Jun 2018 (£1 = US$1.34, Brent Crude oil $77 per barrel) but can go up or down. Before making a booking, please call us to check the correct up to date price of your chosen holiday.

      Once you have made a booking and we have issued our confirmation invoice, your holiday price can only be varied due to a significant increase in charges, fees, taxes, or similar items as a result of governmental action.

      The following taxes, entrance fees and charges are included in our prices. An adjustment will be made to the price of your holiday if any of these changes before your holiday:

      UK air passenger duty (APD):

      • £78
      • for business class, APD rates are higher.

      Entrance fees:

      • Galapagos National Park $120;
      • Machu Picchu $50;
      • Inca Trail and Short Inca Trail $80;
      • Cusco Tourist Ticket $45;
      • Perito Moreno US$30;
      • Iguazu Falls (Brazil) US$30;
      • Iguazu Falls (Argentina) US$30;
      • Torres del Paine US$35.

      We have been advised that the Galapagos National Park entrance fee may increase, but this has not been confirmed.

      The VAT rate for holidays outside the EU is zero. Except for increases in entrance fees or tax increases, such as in APD or VAT, we will not surcharge you.

    4. Alterations or cancellations by you

      If you wish to alter your holiday arrangements before departure, we will do our best to help. An administration fee of £25 per passenger will be charged, together with any additional costs incurred as a result of the change. If you make any alterations within 60 days of departure, we may treat this as a cancellation, and apply cancellation fees. Scheduled airlines treat name changes as a cancellation and rebooking; any alteration is likely to incur a 100% cancellation charge. Please make sure that all names you give us are spelled exactly as they appear in passports.

      It is not normally possible to make alterations after commencement of travel. If you do wish to make alterations during your holiday, cancellation fees for services booked may apply. Refunds cannot be made for any unused accommodation, services or transport.

      If you wish to cancel your holiday, you must let us know in writing. The following cancellation charges apply:

      Days before departure when you notify usPenalty
      90 days or more Loss of deposit
      61 to 89 days 25% of holiday cost, or deposit if higher
      31 to 59 days 60% of holiday cost (75% for Galapagos holidays), or deposit if higher
      30 days or less 100% of holiday cost

      If the balance payment is required earlier than 90 days before departure, this will normally be non-refundable in the event of cancellation.

      In addition, where one person in a party cancels and others still wish to travel, single room supplements will be payable if this results in single rooms being used.

      We recommend that you take out full travel insurance with cover against cancellation penalties, including in the event of force majeure; see section 6 below.

    5. Alterations or cancellations by us

      We make careful arrangements with airlines, hotels and service operators to ensure that we are able to provide you with the holiday as described. However, in exceptional cases, it may be necessary to make changes to your holiday arrangements (including airlines, flights, accommodation, transport or services) due to circumstances beyond our control. Flight times are given only as indications, and finalised times will be shown on your tickets.

      When changes are necessary, we will do our best to ensure that they do not affect your holiday. If, before you depart, a major change is necessary (defined as a change of itinerary so that you are no longer able to visit a destination where you are scheduled to spend one or more nights or an appropriate alternative destination, or a change of accommodation to a lower standard or category affecting a significant part of your holiday) or if we have to cancel your holiday, we will contact you and offer you the choice of:

      • accepting the changes to your holiday;
      • purchasing another available Llama Travel holiday; or
      • cancelling your holiday with a full refund.

      If we have to cancel or make major changes to your holiday less than 60 days before departure, other than in the event of force majeure (see section 6 below), you will also be entitled to compensation at the following levels:

      When notifiedCompensation per person
      43 – 60 days before departure £50
      29 - 42 days before departure £100
      15 - 28 days before departure £150
      0 - 14 days before departure £200
    6. Alterations or cancellations by you or us in the event of force majeure

      If we have to make major changes to, or cancel, your holiday in the event of force majeure, we will contact you and offer you the above choices. However, compensation will not be paid.

      If, in the event of force majeure, we are still able to operate your holiday but you wish to cancel, please contact us to discuss the options. We will endeavour to recover from suppliers, and refund to you, monies paid for your holiday, but where we are unable to do so, you may be able to claim for irrecoverable costs from your travel insurance.

      Force majeure events include war, threat of war, civil unrest or strife, decisions by governments or governing authorities, epidemic, natural disasters, fire, bad weather, terrorist activity, nuclear disaster, industrial disputes, technical or maintenance problems with transport, changes of timetables of airlines, or other causes beyond our control.

    7. Our responsibilities to you

      Llama Travel is dedicated to ensuring that your holiday is as described. If a part of your holiday is not provided as promised, please inform us at the time. If this affects the reasonable enjoyment of your holiday, we will pay compensation appropriate to the circumstances, limited to a maximum of three times the price of the service concerned. If you do not inform us at the time, Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the situation as we will not have been given the opportunity to rectify the problem.

      Llama Travel accepts responsibility for illness, personal injury or death caused as a direct result of the direct acts and/or omissions of our employees, agents, suppliers or sub-contractors while acting in the course of their employment to provide services or arrangements for your holiday that you have booked with us in the UK. We do not accept responsibility for illness, personal injury or death where there has been no fault of our employees, agents, suppliers or sub-contractors, or as a result of taking part in any activity which does not form part of the holiday booked through us in the UK. Where illness, personal injury or death arises in the course of air travel, rail travel, sea travel or hotel accommodation, the amount of compensation you may receive is limited in accordance with the provisions of any International Convention. If illness, personal injury or death is suffered as a result of taking part in an activity where a third party is involved, we shall, at our discretion, offer advice and assistance to aid in the resolution of the issue, provided you inform us within 90 days of the occurrence. Our costs in respect of the above on behalf of you and your party shall not exceed £5,000 in total. If you are able to make recovery of these costs whether from the third party or from a policy of insurance, you may be asked to refund our outlay.

    8. Your responsibilities

      Clients are responsible for ensuring that all immigration and health requirements are fulfilled, for obtaining travel documents, including passports, visas and vaccination certificates, and for ensuring that these are all in order, including for any intermediate stops on international flights. If the name on your airline ticket does not match that on your passport, you must inform us as soon as you receive the ticket.

      We require your passport details to issue some tickets. If these change after you have given them to us, you must inform us.

      It is your responsibility to behave in a responsible, restrained and sober manner when dealing with local authorities, fellow travellers and our representatives.

      By taking a Llama Travel holiday, you agree to accept the authority and decisions of our employees and representatives. If, in the opinion of such people, your behaviour or health before the departure of a tour is likely to threaten the safety, comfort or progress of that tour, then you may be excluded from the tour without refund or compensation. It is your responsibility to obey local laws, otherwise you may be excluded from the holiday and we will cease to have any responsibility for you.

      Please bear in mind that travel in Latin America is not the same as travel in the UK, and minor inconveniences and delays may arise due to weather conditions, strikes, demonstrations, the poor state of roads or for other reasons. By travelling with Llama Travel, you are implicitly accepting this part of the Latin American way of life.

    9. Flights

      We have no control over international or national air carriers, and therefore schedules may change or flights be delayed due to no fault of our own. We will do all we can to ensure the smooth flow of all your transport connections, but it is your responsibility to check exact times of flights and reconfirm these. This is particularly important for internal flights within Latin America, which can be rearranged at short notice. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the consequences of flights missed due to the client’s failure to reconfirm.

      When you travel with an airline, the Conditions of Carriage of that airline apply, some of which will limit or exclude liability. These conditions are the subject of International Agreements between countries.

      Flying to Latin America involves long flights and may require changes in other airports. It is your responsibility to arrive at the departure airport at the appropriate time and to check in for your international flight, and to change aeroplanes if necessary at intermediate airports. If you wish to sit in a specific seat or section of the plane, or wish to sit with other people on the flight, it is recommended that you check in early or check in online. It is sometimes possible to reserve seats directly with the airline by telephone or online prior to travel.

      Airlines do not allow more than one booking per passenger on a flight and may cancel seats if they are held by more than one operator. Clients are responsible for ensuring they are not holding flights with another operator.

    10. Baggage allowance

      Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 20kg per passenger. 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, you will usually be able to leave the rest of you luggage in storage. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

    11. Insurance

      You must have adequate insurance provision to cover the cost of assistance, including emergency repatriation, in the event of illness or other problems occurring during your holiday.

    12. Complaints

      If you have any complaints about your holiday arrangements when you are abroad, please bring these to the attention of our local representatives who will do all they can to ensure a swift and satisfactory resolution. Problems can usually be sorted out by talking to the supplier concerned (e.g. hotel) and our local representatives or by informing us directly. If this is not done, Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the situation, as we will not have been given the opportunity to rectify the problem. If you do not inform us, your consumer rights to compensation may be affected. If you have tried and failed to rectify the situation whilst abroad, please send us your complaint in writing within 28 days of returning to the UK. We will then follow up your complaint. Communication with Latin America is often slow, so we may not be able to resolve the situation as quickly as you would like.

    13. Financial protection

      When you buy an ATOL protected flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong.

      We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable).

      If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.

    14. Brochure and website information

      The information in our brochures and on our website is, to the best of our knowledge, correct at the time of going to press. However, details of flights or hotels may vary during the lifetime of a brochure. These changes will be reflected on our website where possible.

      The copyright on all material in our brochures and on our website, including text, photographs, maps and layouts is held by Llama Travel Limited. No part of these publications may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any way without the prior written permission of Llama Travel.

    15. Data Protection

      The information we ask you to provide, including personal information about you and members of your party, is necessary for us to arrange and operate your holiday. By booking a holiday with us, you agree to our processing this information, including, where appropriate, its transfer outside of the EU.

    16. Package Travel Regulations
      Llama Travel Bookings comply with the UK Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018. UK Package Travel Regulations

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 credit cards for balance payments. We are unable to accept cash.

Argentina

Before you Go

  • Visas are not required in advance for British citizens for any Llama Travel destination. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Peru (Tel: 020 7838 9223); Ecuador (020 7451 0040); Argentina (020 7318 1340); Chile (020 7222 3434); Brazil (020 7659 1550); Colombia (020 7637 9893); Costa Rica (020 7706 8844); Guatemala (020 7351 3042). You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you are flying via the US, you need to comply with US immigration requirements. Ask us for details.

    There is an immigration entry fee to enter Chile for citizens of the US, Australia, Canada and some other countries. Please check with the appropriate consulate.

    There is also a reciprocal entry fee for US and Canadian citizens visiting Argentina. This must be paid in advance on the www.migraciones.gov.ar website and proof of payment must be shown at the arrival airport in Argentina. Prior to July 2017, a reciprocity fee was also payable for Australian citizens visiting Argentina, but this is no longer the case.

    To visit Brazil (even Iguazu Falls from Argentina), citizens of the US, Australia and some other countries must obtain a Brazilian visa before travel.

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

    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.

  • Adequate travel insurance is essential. We do not sell or recommend any specific policy. A list of insurance companies that our customers have found suitable is available from us. Please advise your insurer of any pre-existing medical conditions and, if you are booking a holiday involving high-altitude trekking, such as the Inca Trail, make sure that you are covered for this. If you are booking the Glacier Trekking excursion, make sure that you are covered for ice trekking. If you are planning on carrying out any other activities, please ensure your insurance policy will cover you for these. Note that cancellation cover is often only available if insurance is purchased within two weeks of booking your holiday.

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

  • Some countries in Latin America 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.  

  • 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.

Health & Fitness

  • 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.

  • Please consult your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. The NHS website www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk gives good advice about travelling in each country.

    Yellow Fever precautions are usually recommended when visiting the Iguazú Falls region in Argentina and Brazil. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old.

    There have been reports of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne virus, in various Latin American countries. Please check www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk for latest advice regarding this. If you are pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant, it is recommended that you speak to a medical professional prior to travel.

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

    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.

Getting there

  • Most 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. Call us for prices for the route and airline you are interested in.

    Premium Economy
    British Airways World Traveller Plus, Air France Premium Voyageur and Virgin Premium Economy seats are available. These provide more comfortable seats which recline further and have more legroom. There are better meals and a bar service.

    KLM, Iberia and United offer standard economy class seats with extra legroom for additional cost. KLM seats can be booked through Llama Travel. United and Iberia seats can be reserved with the airlines one month prior to departure.

    Business Class
    British Airways Club World has seats which convert into full flat beds and have a privacy screen.

    Iberia Business Plus between Madrid and Latin America offers seats which convert into flat beds. Between the UK and Madrid, seats are usually the same as in economy class.

    KLM World Business Class offers seats that recline to 150 degrees (to Quito) or 170 degrees (to Lima). Between the UK and Amsterdam, seats are usually the same as in economy class.

    Air France Affaires Class offer seats which convert into virtually flat beds. Between the UK and Paris, seats are usually the same as in economy class.

  • Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 20kg per passenger, especially when taking internal flights within Latin America. 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, you will usually be able to leave the rest of you luggage in storage. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

  • 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 flights within Latin America, 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 always guarantee specific seats.

  • If you would like to break your journey to or from Latin America and add a stopover to your holiday, this may be possible.

    Depending on which airline you choose, stopovers may be possible in Miami, New York, Houston, Madrid, Amsterdam or Paris.

  • All people flying to the USA, even if only in transit to Latin America, 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 USA and, at best, a last-minute and probably expensive re-routing avoiding the USA. It is important, therefore, that you follow these procedures carefully.

    As 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 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.

    Additionally, if the passport was issued, renewed/extended between October 26, 2005 and October 25, 2006 it must contain a digital photograph. If the passport was issued, renewed/extended on or after October 26, 2006, 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.

    ESTA Visa Waiver Program - **** Action by you may be required ****
    The US State Department has introduced a mandatory electronic system to help speed up the US immigration process for travellers on the Visa Waiver Program. All Visa Waiver Program travellers must fill in a form on the US State department website. This can be found at (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov). Please enter this into the address bar on your web browser. There is a $14 charge per person to apply for this. DO NOT search for this website via a search engine, such as Google, as it will take you to an incorrect website. Although this can be filled in up to 72 hours before travel, we recommend that you fill in this form as soon as possible so any issues can be identified immediately. To apply please scroll to the bottom of the green area and press the apply button on the left hand side of the page. Please make sure that this form is filled out for all the passengers on your booking. If you require more detailed instructions, please visit www.LlamaTravel.com/ESTA.

    If you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, or if your passport does not meet the relevant criteria, then you will require a US visa before you travel. Even if you are given authorization on the ESTA website, some travellers may not be eligible to enter the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program. If in doubt, please consult the US embassy website.

    Advanced Passenger Information - **** Action by you is required ****
    The US Transportation Security Authority requires anybody flying through the United Sates to supply specific passenger information prior to their international flight. This is in addition to the information to be submitted for the Visa Waiver Program which you may have already completed. Please visit our website where you will find details on how to submit this information using the airlines website. www.LlamaTravel.com/USAPI.

    Please complete this procedure as soon as possible. If your passenger information is not entered into the flight booking we are unable to issue your flight tickets. This may result in your flight booking being cancelled and high charges being incurred.

  • A holiday in Latin America inevitably means long haul flights, and 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. Opinions change over time, but in the past year, Llama Travel customers’ preference was for Air France, KLM, British Airways and Virgin, followed by United and Iberia. Flights are sometimes operated by another airline in the appropriate airline alliance.

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.

  • 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. If we have only one or two people booked on an excursion, the excursion may be operated together with people other than Llama Travel customers. In some places, the excursions are operated by one of our local partners, such as treks in Torres del Paine, so you may be with people other than Llama Travel customers. 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 in a vehicle with more than 18 people.

  • 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. The official exchange rate is approximately AR$8 - US$1. However, due to currency restrictions imposed by the Argentinian government, there is a parallel, unofficial, exchange rate, which is much higher. It is sometimes possible to get a better exchange rate if you pay in dollars. Banks and ATMs will give the official exchange rate. Please speak to our guides, who will be able to advise you about this situation.

    As the Argentinian Peso is a closed currency, you cannot order Pesos outside of Argentina.

    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: R$2.2 - 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. If taking travellers cheques, a high commission may be charged, especially if changing directly into dollars. Some 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 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.

  • Latin America is relatively safe to visit, and most people experience no problems during their stay. However, as is the case anywhere in the world, crime can be a problem. Tourists are often seen as being wealthy, and can therefore appear attractive targets to criminals. To minimise the risk to yourself, use common sense. Do not walk around with obvious signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive looking jewellery or with cameras round your neck. Keep passports and valuables in your hotel safe. When in restaurants, always keep bags (especially if they contain valuables) close to your person and out of sight. Do not walk down empty streets, especially after dark. By taking sensible precautions, you should have a completely troublefree holiday.

    Please use the safe in your hotel room or boat cabin to store your valuables, if this is available. If there is not a safe in your room, there will usually be a safe in reception where you can store valuables. On boats, if there is not a safe in your cabin, you can usually leave valuables with the captain.

    Making sure that you stay safe during your holiday is very important. We bear this in mind when selecting hotels, but please understand that standards of health and safety in Latin America are often not as high as they are in the UK. Enclosed is a sheet with some useful advice on health and safety produced by LATA (the Latin American Travel Association). Please take the time to read this before you travel. Take extra care if you are travelling with children.

  • In many destinations, you can arrange adventure activities. If you are interested in taking any of these, please make sure you are covered by your travel insurance. Llama Travel does not arrange any adventure activities directly and we cannot verify the safety measures of any local operators.

  • To phone the UK from Argentina, dial the international dialling code for the UK (0044) and then the UK telephone number, leaving out the ‘0’ in the area code. Telephone cards are the easiest way to use public telephones, and can be bought in convenience stores.

    To phone Argentina from the UK, dial the international dialing code for Argentina (0054) and then the Argentinian telephone number, leaving out the ‘0’ in the area code. Some UK mobile phones work in Argentina, although this is not always the case away from the larger cities where GSM networks are sometimes not available. Check with your mobile phone service provider if your telephone will work.

  • Excursions are operated together with other holidaymakers. These will usually be in English, although groups are sometimes a mix of English and Spanish or Portuguese speaking. A minimum of 2 people is required for some excursions. On some occasions, the order of excursions may vary.

Brazil

Travelling in Brazil

  • 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. If we have only one or two people booked on an excursion, the excursion may be operated together with people other than Llama Travel customers. In some places, the excursions are operated by one of our local partners, such as treks in Torres del Paine, so you may be with people other than Llama Travel customers. 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 in a vehicle with more than 18 people.

  • 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.

  • Latin America is relatively safe to visit, and most people experience no problems during their stay. However, as is the case anywhere in the world, crime can be a problem. Tourists are often seen as being wealthy, and can therefore appear attractive targets to criminals. To minimise the risk to yourself, use common sense. Do not walk around with obvious signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive looking jewellery or with cameras round your neck. Keep passports and valuables in your hotel safe. When in restaurants, always keep bags (especially if they contain valuables) close to your person and out of sight. Do not walk down empty streets, especially after dark. By taking sensible precautions, you should have a completely troublefree holiday.

    Please use the safe in your hotel room or boat cabin to store your valuables, if this is available. If there is not a safe in your room, there will usually be a safe in reception where you can store valuables. On boats, if there is not a safe in your cabin, you can usually leave valuables with the captain.

    Making sure that you stay safe during your holiday is very important. We bear this in mind when selecting hotels, but please understand that standards of health and safety in Latin America are often not as high as they are in the UK. Enclosed is a sheet with some useful advice on health and safety produced by LATA (the Latin American Travel Association). Please take the time to read this before you travel. Take extra care if you are travelling with children.

  • In many destinations, you can arrange adventure activities. If you are interested in taking any of these, please make sure you are covered by your travel insurance. Llama Travel does not arrange any adventure activities directly and we cannot verify the safety measures of local operators.

  • To phone the UK from Brazil, dial the international dialing code for the UK (0044) and then the UK telephone number, leaving out the ‘0’ in the area code. Telephone cards are the easiest way to use public telephones, and can be bought in convenience stores. Some UK mobile phones work in Brazil. Check with your mobile phone service provider if your telephone will work.

    To phone Brazil from the UK, dial the international dialing code for Brazil (0055) and then the Brazilian telephone number, leaving out the ‘0’ in the area code. If you are dialing long distance within Brazil, then you must dial a long distance code (021) before the city code.

  • Excursions are operated together with other holidaymakers. These will usually be in English, although groups are sometimes a mix of English and Spanish or Portuguese speaking. A minimum of 2 people is required for some excursions. On some occasions, the order of excursions may vary.

  • The currency in Brazil is the Real (approximate exchange rate: BRL4 = GBP1, BRL2.5 = 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.

Before you Go

  • 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.

  • Visas are not required in advance for British citizens for any Llama Travel destination. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Brazil (020 7659 1550). You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you are flying via the US, you need to comply with US immigration requirements. Ask us for details.

    There is an immigration entry fee to enter Chile for citizens of Australia, the US Canada and some other countries. Please check with the appropriate consulate.

    There is also a reciprocal entry fee for US and Canadian citizens visiting Argentina. This must be paid in advance on the www.migraciones.gov.ar website and proof of payment must be shown at the arrival airport in Argentina. Prior to July 2017, a reciprocity fee was also payable for Australian citizens visiting Argentina, but this is no longer the case.

    To visit Brazil (even Iguazu Falls from Argentina), citizens of the US, Australia and some other countries must obtain a Brazilian visa before travel.

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

    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.

  • Adequate travel insurance is essential. We do not sell or recommend any specific policy. A list of insurance companies that our customers have found suitable is available from us.

    Please advise your insurer of any pre-existing medical conditions and, if you are booking a holiday involving high-altitude trekking, such as the Inca Trail, make sure that you are covered for this.

    If you are planning on carrying out any other activities, please ensure your insurance policy will cover you for these.

    Note that cancellation cover is often only available if insurance is purchased within two weeks of booking your holiday.

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

  • Some countries in Latin America 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.
    Children require a polio vaccination certificate to enter Brazil.

Health & Fitness

  • 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.

  • Please consult your GP or a travel clinic well in advance about health and vaccination requirements. The NHS website www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk gives good advice about travelling in Brazil.
    Yellow Fever precautions are usually recommended when visiting Brazil. Malaria precautions are also recommended when visiting the Amazon Rainforest.

    Some GPs do not recommend Yellow Fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old.

    If visiting the Pantanal or jungle in Brazil, your lodge will have screened windows for protection against mosquitoes.

    There have been reports of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne virus, in various Latin American countries. Please check www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk for latest advice regarding this. If you are pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant, it is recommended that you speak to a medical professional prior to travel.

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

    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.

Getting there

  • A holiday in Latin America inevitably means long haul flights, and 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. Opinions change over time, but in the past year, Llama Travel customers’ preference was for Air France, KLM, British Airways and Virgin, followed by United and Iberia. Flights are sometimes operated by another airline in the appropriate airline alliance.

  • Most 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. Call us for prices for the route and airline you are interested in.

    Premium Economy
    British Airways World Traveller Plus, Air France Premium Voyageur and Virgin Premium Economy seats are available. These provide more comfortable seats which recline further and have more legroom. There are better meals and a bar service.

    KLM, Iberia and United offer standard economy class seats with extra legroom for additional cost. KLM seats can be booked through Llama Travel. United and Iberia seats can be reserved with the airlines one month prior to departure.

    Business Class
    British Airways Club World has seats which convert into full flat beds and have a privacy screen.

    Iberia Business Plus between Madrid and Latin America offers seats which convert into flat beds. Between the UK and Madrid, seats are usually the same as in economy class.

    KLM World Business Class offers seats that recline to 150 degrees (to Quito) or 170 degrees (to Lima). Between the UK and Amsterdam, seats are usually the same as in economy class.

    Air France Affaires Class offer seats which convert into virtually flat beds. Between the UK and Paris, seats are usually the same as in economy class.

  • 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 flights within Latin America, 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 always guarantee specific seats.

  • If you would like to break your journey to or from Brazil and add a stopover to your holiday, this may be possible.

    Depending on which airline you choose, stopovers may be possible in Miami, New York, Houston, Madrid, Amsterdam or Paris.

  • All people flying to the USA, even if only in transit to Latin America, 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 USA and, at best, a last-minute and probably expensive re-routing avoiding the USA. It is important, therefore, that you follow these procedures carefully.

    As 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 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.
    Additionally, if the passport was issued, renewed/extended between October 26, 2005 and October 25, 2006 it must contain a digital photograph. If the passport was issued, renewed/extended on or after October 26, 2006, 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.

    ESTA Visa Waiver Program - **** Action by you may be required ****
    The US State Department has introduced a mandatory electronic system to help speed up the US immigration process for travellers on the Visa Waiver Program. All Visa Waiver Program travellers must fill in a form on the US State department website. This can be found at (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov). Please enter this into the address bar on your web browser. There is a $14 charge per person to apply for this. DO NOT search for this website via a search engine, such as Google, as it will take you to an incorrect website. Although this can be filled in up to 72 hours before travel, we recommend that you fill in this form as soon as possible so any issues can be identified immediately. To apply please scroll to the bottom of the green area and press the apply button on the left hand side of the page. Please make sure that this form is filled out for all the passengers on your booking. If you require more detailed instructions, please visit www.LlamaTravel.com/ESTA.

    If you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, or if your passport does not meet the relevant criteria, then you will require a US visa before you travel. Even if you are given authorization on the ESTA website, some travellers may not be eligible to enter the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program. If in doubt, please consult the US embassy website.

    Advanced Passenger Information - **** Action by you is required ****
    The US Transportation Security Authority requires anybody flying through the United Sates to supply specific passenger information prior to their international flight. This is in addition to the information to be submitted for the Visa Waiver Program which you may have already completed. Please visit our website where you will find details on how to submit this information using the airlines website. www.LlamaTravel.com/USAPI.

    Please complete this procedure as soon as possible. If your passenger information is not entered into the flight booking we are unable to issue your flight tickets. This may result in your flight booking being cancelled and high charges being incurred.

  • Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 20kg per passenger, especially when taking internal flights within Latin America. 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, you will usually be able to leave the rest of you luggage in storage. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.