Argentina and Chile - Puna & Atacama Experience
Argentina and Chile - Puna & Atacama Experience
Foreign Government Travel Warnings
Before booking your tour please familiarise yourself with the country specific information provided by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. This includes important information such as latest immigration requirements, and details of any travel advisories.
We constantly monitor the advice posted by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At present there are no warnings against travel to Argentina or Chile. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns or would like to know in detail what measures are being taken to ensure visits remain trouble free and without incident.
It should be noted that this information applies to British citizens. Other nationals are asked to check the current position of their respective government.
Accommodation and Meals
On this tour you can expect rooms to be en-suite, with private bathroom. In general you will find your hotel has a restaurant and/or bar.
We welcome solo travellers and single rooms will be allocated subject to the applicable tour supplement. Please note that on occasions you may not always be allocated a double or twin room, as some hotels have designated single rooms. These may be smaller in size. However, the supplement payable takes this into consideration.
Food & Drink
The daily meal basis is shown in the tour itinerary; breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D). Please note that lunch may be a picnic. Soft drinks are included in the mentioned meals. Alcoholic beverages will be payable locally in cash.
If you have any special dietary requirements you must notify us at the time of booking. While we will make every effort to cater for you, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible.
Budgeting for your Tour
You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.
The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more. Argentine cuisine may be described as a cultural blending of Indigenous, Mediterranean influences (such as those created by Italian and Spanish populations) within the wide scope of livestock and agricultural products that are abundant in the country. Meat is very important in both Argentinean and Chilean cuisine and for many it is an essential ingredient in every dinner or lunch.
The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide payable in the lodges and hotels on the tour which is where you will purchase most of your drinks. In general you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive. Wine has traditionally been the most popular alcoholic beverage in Argentina, with beer (cerveza and the Italian birra is frequently used) in recent decades competing with wine in popularity.
Bottle of Water (1 Litre) - £3
Bottle of Beer – £5 - £7
Bottle of Water - £3
Bottle of Beer - £5 - £7
Tipping – Guide and Drivers
If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations.
ATM Availability: ATMs accepting Visa and/or Mastercard can be found in most town and cities but will not be available in the desert
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in larger towns throughout Argentina and Chile. Some hotels and lodges will accept credit card but we recommend that you travel with cash
Local Currency: The official currency in Argentina is the Argentine Peso (ARS) and in Chile it is the Chilean Peso (CLP)
Recommended Currency for Exchange: US Dollars
Where to Exchange: There are banks and bureaux de change in the larger towns throughout the region, and it is relatively easy to change money
Joining your Tour
You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.
Joining Tour Abroad
Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive an airport transfer, both on arrival and departure include in the tour price. In order that the transfer can be arranged please ensure that you advise us of your flight information once available. Please advise the date, time and flight number for your arrival/departure. If we have not been advised of this information at least 2 weeks before travel, then you will be required to make your own way to the hotel on Day 1 of your tour.
It is a condition of booking with Undiscovered Destinations that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip.
UK and EU visitors do not currently require a visa for entry to Argentina or Chile, however this can change and therefore we recommend that you check with your nearest embassy for the most up to date details. While visas are not required for tourist visits for US, Canadian, and Australian citizens, the Argentine Government started charging a "Reciprocity Fee" in 2009 for citizens using passports from those countries.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, valid for at least six months after the date of return to the UK.
We strongly advise that your passport contains a minimum of two blank pages, as this may be a requirement of the local immigration authorities. In addition certain countries will stipulate that the two blank pages are opposite each other. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may be refused boarding by your airline or denied entry by the immigration authorities.
For specific information about the requirements for your destination please check with the country’s embassy or consulate. Alternatively UK citizens can visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Vaccinations & Protection
As with travel to most parts of Latin America, we strongly recommend that you contact your doctor’s surgery or a specialist travel clinic for up-to-date information, advice and the necessary vaccinations. For a visit of less than one month, almost certainly you will be advised to have immunisations against the following: Diphtheria and Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Meningitis. A yellow fever vaccination may also be advised. The use of a DEET-containing insect repellent is highly recommended, and we recommend that you take professional advice about malaria prophylactics.
Preparing for your tour
The North West Region and in particular Salta Province has 2 different Seasons: the dry one, mid- April to the end of November, and Wet Season from the end of November to the first part of April. During dry season when we operate this tour, it is very rare to have rain in Salta region. The temperature will certainly be cold at high altitude. Temperature varies depending on the altitude and can get as low as 0 degrees centigrade at night.
When it comes to clothing it is usually recommended that lighter clothes that can be layered are worn through the day, and warmer ones at night. A hat, windproof jacket, warm socks and gloves are required. Sun glasses will also be required.
The first thing on your list should be a first aid kit. Whilst there is no undue cause for alarm, travellers are best advised to travel well-prepared and adequately immunized, with sufficient supplies of prescription drugs, along with a medical kit. Suncream/sunblock is a must. Insect repellent, including a bite spray will also be useful to have. A torch/flash light is advisable for any unexpected electricity outages or for dimly lit areas.
Comfortable walking or trekking shoes are recommended. Lighter shoes are suitable when travelling on the road.
Luggage on tour
Your luggage should not exceed 20kgs (44lbs). One large suitcase/rucksack, and one small hand luggage rucksack is acceptable.
Electric Supply & Plugs
Electrical supply is 220V/50 Hz and plugs have two round pins.
Tour Itinerary Versions
Please ensure that you have an up-to-date copy of these tour notes immediately before you travel, as from time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reasons or in response to feedback from customers. You will be informed of any major changes to your tour but small changes may just be added to these tour notes. These notes were prepared on 12/04/16