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Torres del Paine, Chile
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14 days

Holiday highlights

  • Visit Santiago, Chile’s modern capital, framed by the snow-capped Andes.
  • Hike through the soaring peaks and sweeping valleys of Torres Del Paine.
  • Dance tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s elegant capital city.
  • Marvel at the Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park.
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  • Upon your arrival in Santiago, you are met at the airport and taken to your hotel. A vibrant, bustling city exploding from the foothills of the Andes, Chile’s stylish capital city is filled with traditional markets, museums, art galleries, fine restaurants and theatres. With a backdrop of the magnificent snow-capped Andes, Santiago also has one of the most spectacular natural settings of any city.

  • Spend a second day getting to know Santiago or take the full-day optional Vineyard & Valparaiso excursion, which takes you to the fascinating city of Valparaiso, where a series of funiculars transport you to the upper levels of the city for spectacular views. Also visit an idyllic vineyard in the Casablanca Valley, which produces some of Chile’s finest wines, for lunch and a wine tour. Return to Santiago in the late afternoon.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch is included on the Vineyard & Valparaiso excursion.

  • Fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas, located on the Straits of Magellan. The flight takes you over the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, and it is possible to see the glaciers snaking their way into the sea. Then take a three-hour transfer to Puerto Natales, a small town wonderfully set on the shores of Last Hope Sound, with especially beautiful sunrises.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • The day begins with an early start from Puerto Natales for the journey to Torres del Paine. The scenic drive north takes about two hours and takes you past Lake Sarmiento, known for the strange formations of calcium deposits along its shoreline, all the way to the entrance of Torres del Paine National Park. This is one of the great wildernesses of the world, full of soaring peaks, glacial valleys and wild grasslands. The huge granite peaks of the Paine Massif, referred to as the ‘Towers of Paine’, rise up dramatically from the windswept terrain, creating one of the most striking natural landscapes on earth. The national park is also home to an abundance of wildlife, including guanacos (a type of llama), rheas (South American ostriches), condors, foxes and rare pumas. The tour takes you to several vantage points around the park, where you can marvel at the amazing mountain formations of the Paine Massif and the spectacular Cuernos (‘Horns’) del Paine. The tour continues across to the central area of the park and to the pristine Nördenskjold and Pehoe lakes, adorned by fresh greenery and grazing wild guanacos, and also to the majestic Salto Grande waterfall. After a respite for a packed lunch, conclude the tour with a visit to Lago Grey, one of Torres del Paine’s largest lakes. From here you can take our optional Boat to Grey Glacier excursion, a beautiful boat ride from the shoreline to the face of the magnificent Grey Glacier. At the end of the tour you are taken to your hotel, where you can spend a relaxing evening enjoying wonderful views of the Paine Massif.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. A packed lunch is included on the tour of Torres Del Paine.

  • A free day to explore Torres del Paine National Park at your leisure. Take one of the hiking excursions to make the most of your time in one of the world’s most famous trekking destinations. The easiest option is the Hike to Lake Sarmiento, a half day excursion which involves a 3 hour trek along a flatter route than most others in the park, from Amarga Lagoon to Lake Sarmiento, passing the Paine massif en-route.

    Alternatively, you can take the slightly tougher optional Las Torres Trek excursion, where you trek through beech forest before arriving at the glacial moraine, with fantastic views of the granite towers. The excursion lasts approximately ten hours and is of moderate-to-high difficulty, with a packed lunch included.

    In addition, you can also book activities directly in the hotel, including horse riding and mountain biking, as well as other tours of the park by minivan. Excursions available from the hotel can book up in advance, so if you would like to arrange an excursion from the hotel, we suggest you book this before departure.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch included on the Las Torres Trek excursion.

  • Enjoy a free morning in Torres del Paine, perhaps taking advantage of this free time to do further trekking before transferring by road to Puerto Natales in the afternoon. Alternatively, for a more scenic and exciting journey back to Puerto Natales, you can take the full-day Serrano River Zodiac excursion, where you bid a dramatic farewell to Torres Del Paine as you sail out of the park down the Rio Serrano, past glaciers and forests, all the way to the Last Hope Sound in Puerto Natales.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch included on the Serrano River Zodiac excursion.

  • Take a five-hour coach trip, crossing the Patagonian plains, and the Chile-Argentina border, to El Calafate, beautifully located on the shores of Lake Argentino. This attractive town is now regarded as the gateway to the Los Glaciares National Park and is the best base from which to explore the highlights of Argentinian Patagonia. In the afternoon maybe go bird watching at nearby Nimes Lagoon or take the optional Patagonia Four-Wheel Drive excursion. This exhilarating three-hour excursion takes you across the Patagonian steppe in a purpose built off-road vehicle to some of the area’s most spectacular viewpoints, where on clear days you can admire wonderful panoramas of the granite Mount FitzRoy and Lake Argentino.

    Please be aware that the coach between Puerto Natales and El Calafate is on a public service without a guide. The bus is comfortable and has a WC, but the service is simple. At the border you must present your luggage, which you need to remove from the bus, both to exit Chile and enter Argentina. If you prefer a private vehicle with a guide for this transfer, ask us for prices. In this case, it may be necessary to change vehicles when you cross the border. For groups of five people or fewer, the transfer between Puerto Arenas airport and Puerto Natales is on a good public bus.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • The Perito Moreno glacier is one of the most breathtaking sights in Argentina. At 30km in length, it is one of the few Patagonian glaciers which is still advancing. The trip begins with a 90-minute drive along the shores of Lake Argentino to the glacier, which is one of the most famous landmarks in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Stroll along the walkways, which run so close to the glacier that you can actually hear the ice creaking and if you are lucky, see huge chunks of ice breaking off and crashing into the water. The trip finishes with a boat ride on Lake Argentino. Sailing along the glacier’s vast perimeter, you can experience the grandeur and sheer scale of Perito Moreno, gazing up at the 60-metre high wall of ice. After a packed lunch, you have free time to explore the walkways on your own. Return to El Calafate in the late afternoon. Please note, the order of the visits may vary.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. A packed lunch is included on the tour to the glacier.

  • Enjoy a free day in El Calafate. Perhaps visit the town’s Glaciarium to learn about the history and geology of the Patagonian glaciers, or take our popular optional Estancia Cristina excursion, a beautiful full-day trip that takes you across Lake Argentino to Estancia Cristina, a remote old sheep ranch exquisitely set in the heart of the Los Glaciares National Park, surrounded by mountains and lakes. Take a tour around the old ranch, which was built in 1914 by an Englishman, before driving up to a local lookout point for some awe-inspiring views of the Upsala glacier. Arrive back in El Calafate in the evening. 

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel, a packed lunch is included on the Estancia Cristina excursion.

  • Fly to Buenos Aires, where 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 has countless attractions.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • 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.

  • If you are flying out of Buenos Aires today, a transfer to the airport is included.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

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Accommodation in Santiago

Plaza San Francisco

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Plaza San Francisco, Santiago
Llama Travel Customer Rating
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86%
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Standard Hotel: Hotel Plaza San Francisco is situated in the heart of Santiago, within walking distance of the city’s main tourist attractions. There are 146 rooms, each providing an en-suite bathroom and various other amenities. The hotel has an on-site restaurant and bar, a gym and heated pool.

Why stay here: This is a comfortable hotel in a nice location, which offers all standard amenities.

Hotel Facilities

• Wifi
• Restaurant and bar
• Fitness centre and heated pool
• 24 hour room service
• All rooms have a television, mini-bar wifi and air-conditioning

About the room
The rooms are spacious, with dark wood furniture and double beds. There is a mini bar, air-con, wifi and cable TV in all rooms.

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Hotel Cumbres Lastarria

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Cumbres Lastaria, Santiago
Llama Travel Customer Rating
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78%
78%
Service
82%
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90%
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Superior Hotel: Cumbres Lastarria is a 70 room boutique hotel situated in the bohemian Lastarria neighborhood of Santiago. The hotel is intimate with personalised service, and boasts good amenities such as a fitness centre and the 8th floor restaurant. En-suite rooms are tastefully decorated.

Why stay here: The hotel has a good location in a lovely area, and the rooms are thoughtfully decorated.

Hotel Facilities
• En-suite rooms with safes and tea & coffee stations
• Outdoor pool
• Fitness centre
• restaurant

About the room
Rooms are large and uncluttered with en-suite bathrooms, double beds, tea and coffee machines and safety deposit boxes. All rooms also have flat screen TVs, wifi, air-con and a mini bar.

Room types available
Standard rooms

Accommodation in Puerto Natales

Hotel Remota

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Hotel Remota, Puerto Natales
Llama Travel Customer Rating
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Superior Hotel: A very comfortable, modern hotel beautifully located on the Last Hope Sound, with a restaurant, spa, swimming pool and jacuzzi. Rooms are spacious with en-suite bathrooms and fantastic panoramic views.

Why stay here? Stay here for the beautiful views over Last Hope Sound, the excellent facilities and spacious interior which really gives a sense of the vast expanses of Patagonia. This is a very special place in which to stay.

Hotel facilities

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

• There is a restaurant, a bar/lounge, a poolside bar, a shared TV lounge and various other seating areas. There is also a spa and sauna, an indoor heated pool and open-air jacuzzis.

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

About the room

All rooms have heating, a telephone, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms. Please note that rooms have no TV and no WiFi.

Room types available

Standard

Accommodation in Torres del Paine

Hotel Rio Serrano

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Hotel Rio Serrano, Torres del Paine
Llama Travel Customer Rating
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Standard Hotel: Located just across the River Serrano from the national park, this hotel has magnificent views towards the Paine Massif. There is a restaurant and bar, and the rooms are comfortable, with heating and good en-suite facilities. You can arrange trekking, horse riding, mountain biking and kayaking excursions from the hotel, as well as tours of the park and the glaciers by minivan. The standard rooms look out on the hill behind the hotel. The superior rooms are more spacious and have wonderful views across the river to the Paine Massif.

Why stay here? This is one of the most comfortable hotels in the Torres del Paine area, located just outside of the national park but still benefitting from wonderful scenery. The hotel can arrange a range of excursions, allowing you to visit the parts of the national park which most appeal to you.

Hotel facilities

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

• There is a restaurant, a bar, a shared TV lounge, and various other lounges and seating areas.

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

About the room

All rooms are soundproofed and have heating, a telephone, a safety deposit box, a mini bar, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms. Please note that rooms have no TV and no WiFi.

Room types available

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Accommodation in El Calafate

Calafate Parque Hotel

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Standard Hotel: The Calafate Parque Hotel is a 50-room hotel, offering a welcoming atmosphere with good amenities. All rooms are en-suite with heating, wifi and safes. The hotel has an on-site bar and restaurant, as well as a gym and spa.

Why stay here: This hotel offers good value for money, and boasts a great location a stone's throw from the centre of El Calafate with it's shops and restaurants.   

Hotel facilities

  • Wifi is available throughout the hotel
  • Restaurant and bar, as well as a cosi lounge area
  • Gym & spa, with a sauna and massage room

About the room

All rooms are en-suite with down-to-earth décor. There is a safety deposit box, minibar, tv, and wifi in each room. Room service is available.

Room types available

Standard room

Hotel Xelena

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Hotel Xelena, El Calafate
Llama Travel Customer Rating
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Location
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Superior Hotel: This 71-room hotel is located on the shore of Lake Argentino just outside of the town of El Calafate. There is a heated indoor-and-outdoor pool, spa, gym, sauna, restaurant and bar. The spacious rooms are well appointed with en-suite bathrooms, and all have views over the lake.

Why stay here? The views from this hotel are wonderful, and you can sometimes watch icebergs float across Lake Argentino.

Hotel facilities

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

• There is a restaurant, a bar, a lounge, a snack bar, an arcade/game room, heated indoor and outdoor pools, a gym, sauna, spa and jacuzzi. There is also a gift shop/news stand.

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

About the room

All rooms have heating, WiFi, a TV, a safety deposit box, a mini bar, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms. Rooms also have seating areas with balconies overlooking the garden.

Room types available

Standard room

Accommodation in Buenos Aires

NH Lancaster, Buenos Aires

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

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

Hotel Facilities

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

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

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

About the room

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

Room types available

Superior room

Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta

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Brick Hotel, Buenos Aires
Llama Travel Customer Rating
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Location
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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

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Vineyard & Valparaiso

A$230
Valparaiso, Chile
Llama Travel Customer Rating
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Sample some of Chile’s best wines and explore its most fascinating city on this full-day excursion out of Santiago. Visit the colourful port town Valparaiso, travelling up and down the multilevel cityscape on a series of funiculars, with great views of colourful houses tumbling down the hills to the sea, before taking a leisurely tour of a vineyard in the nearby Casablanca Valley, producer of world-famous wine. Lunch is included at the vineyard.

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This full-day excursion begins with a 90-minute drive through the Chilean countryside to the city of Valparaiso, a beautiful sea port built on tumbling hills overlooking the Pacific coast. The city was an important port in the 19th century, and was also once home to the poet Pablo Neruda, Chile’s most famous son. Nowadays, Valparaiso is best known for its bohemian atmosphere and quaint cityscape of colourful houses and unusual architecture. Spend the morning exploring Valparaiso’s winding streets and riding the funicular trams up and down the various levels of the city, enjoying fantastic views over the bay. In the afternoon travel to the Casablanca Valley, home to some of Chile’s finest wine. After lunch in a local restaurant, take a tour of one of the vineyards, visit the cavernous wine cellar and sample some of the famous produce - the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are especially good here - before returning to Santiago in the early evening.

Boat to Grey Glacier

A$220
Boat to Grey Glacier, Chile
Llama Travel Customer Rating
87%
87%

This two-hour excursion takes you from the shores of Lago Grey to the face of the Grey Glacier in a beautiful boat ride across the icy lake. Sail among floating icebergs before arriving at the 40-metre high glacier, where you can listen to the ice breathe and watch large glacial chunks calve into the water.

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As part of your visit to Torres del Paine, you can also sign up for a cruise across Lago Grey to the face of the Grey Glacier, which gives you an amazing opportunity to appreciate the splendour of the natural phenomenon close up. The trip begins in a small inlet and sails the length of the lake, passing large floating icebergs and long sheets of ice, which once formed part of the Grey Glacier itself. The lakeside scenery is also spectacular, with views stretching all the way to the snow-capped peaks of the Paine Mountain. After about an hour on the lake, you reach the face of the 40-metre high glacier. Up close, you can see the stunning spectrum of the blue-white ice, and hear the crack and rumble of the glacier as it shifts and splits, scratching deep crevices into the mountainside. After spending some time at the face of the glacier return to the shore. The navigation takes approximately two hours.

The navigation can be cancelled at short notice due to poor weather conditions or if the minimum number of passengers has not been reached.

Las Torres Trek

A$240
Torres del Paine, Chile
Llama Travel Customer Rating
91%
91%

Make the most of your time in one of the world’s great hiking destinations by taking one of our trekking excursions. The tougher of the two treks we offer, the Las Torres Trek ascends through valleys and meanders through beech forests and across mountain ridges before reaching a rocky moraine, where at the end of a steep climb the granite towers reveal themselves in dramatic fashion.

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Drive for about 90 minutes to the starting point and begin the trek by following the River Ascencio on an uphill trail through an enclosed valley. Waterfalls dramatically gush down the side of the mountains, forming streams that are crossed by rustic rope bridges. The trek continues through beech forests and mountainous ridges, where condors soar high overheard, before culminating with a steep climb up a rocky moraine, where you must navigate your way through a mass of boulders to reach the base lookout. The lookout point is a small clearing overlooking a green glacial lake. Here you are greeted with a sign announcing the end of the trek, as well as exceptional views of the three gigantic granite monolith towers of the Paine Massif. The trek lasts approximately seven hours, and due to the uphill nature of the walk, a good level of fitness is recommended before taking on the hike. A packed lunch is provided. At the end of the trek you are driven back to your hotel.

Hike to Lake Sarmiento

A$140
Hike to Lake Sarmiento, Torres del Paine, Chile
Llama Travel Customer Rating
78%
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This is the least difficult of our hiking excursions in Torres del Paine. Beginning at the serene Amarga Lagoon, you walk for around three hours on a flatter trail than most in the park, to the lake of Sarmiento. In addition to seeing the flora and fauna of the park, and the snowy peaks of the Paine Massif, you will also see cave paintings created by early inhabitants of the Torres del Paine region, adding an anthropological and archaeological element to your visit.

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Drive for around one hour to the starting point of the walk, which skirts along the eastern edge of the national park. The trail is around 7km, and is not completely flat, but has only small undulations. The three-hour hike begins at Laguna Amarga, a glacial lagoon with a backdrop of the high-reaching peaks of the Paine Massif. During the walk, the guide will point out typical features of the region’s flora, and it is likely that you will pass herds of wild guanaco grazing in the steppe. Two other lagoons, Blanquillos and Los Flamencos can also be seen from the trail. One of the most interesting features of this excursion is the opportunity to see cave paintings by the Aonikenk, a native group, who were early occupiers of this area and led a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. The cave paintings, which depict animals found in the region, are found in a rocky area around half-way through the walk. The trail ends close to Lago Sarmiento, from where you have a one-hour drive to the hotel. This excursion can be taken either in the morning or the afternoon, depending on availability.

Serrano River Zodiac

A$310
Serrano River Zodiac
Llama Travel Customer Rating
77%
77%

A perfect way to bid farewell to Torres Del Paine, see the national park from a new perspective as you take to the waterways for a thrilling zodiac boat ride down the Rio Serrano, journeying through rivers and fjords and past glaciers and forests, all the way to the hauntingly beautiful Last Hope Sound where you board a ship for your journey back to Puerto Natales.

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This full-day water based excursion takes you back to Puerto Natales, passing through rivers and fjords with the spectacular backdrop of glaciers and forests. The excursion begins with a thrilling farewell to Torres del Paine, as you travel out of the park via zodiac boats down the River Serrano, one of the main waterways of the Magallanes region of Chile. Enjoy the wonderful views of the Paine Massif and the beautiful hanging Serrano Glacier as you navigate down the river, eventually reaching Estancia Perales, a quaint waterside ranch on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza. After a well-earned packed lunch at Estancia Perales, board a ship and sail through the waters of the Last Hope Sound, an inlet with a poetic name coined by sixteenth century Sailor Juan Ladrilleros, who considered the stretch of water his "last hope" in finding the Strait of Magellan. During your cruise on the Last Hope Sound, you have the chance to spot large colonies of cormorants and sea lions, and even condors if you are lucky. Disembark at Puerto Natales in the late afternoon.

Patagonia Four-Wheel Drive

A$140
Calafate, Argentina
Llama Travel Customer Rating
74%
74%

This three-hour excursion is an exhilarating introduction to the Patagonian steppe. Travel off-road through a rugged landscape of massifs, grasslands, pampas and roaming guanacos to some of Patagonia’s most spectacular viewpoints, where on clear days you can admire sublime panoramas of the granite Mount FitzRoy and Lake Argentino.

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Travelling by a comfortable four-wheel drive vehicle, depart from El Calafate and ride through the Patagonian wilderness, estancias and scrubland, before beginning the uphill climb to the east side of Cordon Huyliche, ascending to 1100 metres above sea level. This part of Cordon Huyliche forms a natural balcony, with glorious views overlooking the city, Lake Argentino and the towering Mount FitzRoy. Admire the spectacular landscape before continuing the drive across the steppe. En-route, stop to admire various unusual rock formations, products of centuries of erosion and changes in the landscape, including the 85-millon-year old cretaceous ‘Stone Labyrinth’ of the Laberinto de Piedras. The tour takes you around various other distinctive features and vegetation of the Patagonian steppe before returning to El Calafate. This excursion can be with people of different nationalities. As some of the excursion is off road, this can be very bumpy.

Estancia Cristina and Los Glaciares National Park

A$410
Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
Llama Travel Customer Rating
91%
91%

Discover what it would be like to follow the old world dream of ‘settling down as a ranch herder in the Argentine’ on this full-day excursion to Estancia Cristina, which was built by an Englishman in 1914 in the heart of the Los Glaciers National Park. Tour the old farmhouse before driving up to a viewpoint over the Upsala Glacier to see the spectacular views that made all the hard toil worthwhile.

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The full-day excursion begins with an hour’s drive to the port of Puerto Bandera, from where you board a ship to cross Lago Argentino, Argentina’s largest freshwater lake. Sail past floating icebergs and down the Cristina Canal before disembarking at the Estancia Cristina. The ranch is beautifully located in the heart of the Los Glaciares National Park, surrounded by mountains and lakes. Estancia Cristina was originally built by Englishman Joseph Percival Masters in 1914, who named it after his small daughter. A working ranch for several generations, Estancia Cristina has recently been transformed into a guest house and tour centre.

On arrival at the ranch, tour the farmhouse and visit the small museum in the old shearing shed, which details how the Masters family used tools and relied on local resources to eke out a livelihood from the land. Then take a four-wheel drive tour along mountain roads to a local lookout point with stunning views of the Upsala Glacier. Spend some time taking in and exploring the epic landscape before returning to the farmhouse and sailing back to Puerto Bandera, arriving in El Calafate in the evening. A packed lunch is provided. This excursion is carried out with tourists of other nationalities, and the guides are provided by Estancia Cristina. The transfer coach from El Calafate to the port does not have a guide on board.

You can read  our product manager's first hand account of this excursion on our blog here.

Historic Buenos Aires

A$90
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

A$160
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.

Colonial Uruguay

A$390
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.

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Atacama Desert extension

from A$2000

4 days Extension

This extension to the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world, offers an incredible contrast to the glaciers of Patagonia. The town of San Pedro de Atacama has been inhabited since the 15th century, and there are numerous archaeological sites in the area. However, it is the natural attractions which are most impressive. The town, with views of the perfect volcanic cone of 5,900 metre-high Licancabur, makes a perfect base for exploring the surrounding desert. Visit the dramatic Valley of the Moon; the incredible Atacama Salt Flats, where the earth and sky merge; and the beautiful El Tatio geysers, at 4,300 metres above sea level.

Itinerary

All excursions are included on this extension. If you stay in the Hotel Altiplanico, the excursions will be as in the itinerary below. If you stay in the Hotel Tierra Atacama, there is a menu of excursions, so you can choose which excursions you would prefer to take. Not all excursions operate every day from the Hotel Tierra Atacama.

Day 1 San Pedro de Atacama Fly from Santiago to Calama and then transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, high in the desert at 2,400 metres above sea level. In the afternoon visit the Valley of the Moon, a dramatic lunar landscape of barren hills and plains. Climb a sand dune to watch the colours of the surrounding mountains change from gold to red as the sun sets (3 nights).

Day 2 San Pedro de Atacama After breakfast, drive to the Atacama Salt Lake, where the salt crystals stretch out for miles and flamingos gather to nest. Drive through the Andes to the beautiful Altiplanic Lagoons of Miscanti and Miñique, stopping on the way to appreciate the panoramic views. At 4,500 metres above sea level, the lagoons are located in a stunning landscape of mountains and volcanoes, with unique flora and fauna. Walk along the lagoon shores before continuing to the town of Socaire for lunch, where a traditional farming lifestyle still thrives.

Day 3 San Pedro de Atacama A 4am start for a 90 minute bumpy drive to the Tatio geysers. At 4,300 metres above sea level, these are some of the highest geysers in the world, and the water and steam jets create an incredible sight in the early morning light. You have breakfast here before visiting the village of Machuca, where ancient llama caravans used to rest. You return to San Pedro in time for lunch and a relaxing afternoon.

Day 4 Santiago A morning transfer to Calama for your flight to Santiago (1 night).

Excursions in the Atacama Desert are taken in English and Spanish-speaking groups and may be with tourists of other nationalities.

 

Hotels in San Pedro de Atacama

Hotel Altiplanico

This beautiful 29-room hotel, located just outside the town of San Pedro in large grounds, is constructed from adobe blocks. There is a restaurant, bar and open air unheated pool. The simple rooms are attractively decorated, with en-suite bathrooms, private terraces and free wifi.

Hotel Tierra Atacama

This 32-room hotel, located 2 kilometres out of San Pedro, has stunning views across the desert to the volcanoes. There is a good restaurant and bar, a heated indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and spa treatments available. The large, modern rooms have heating, free wifi and en-suite bathrooms and are decorated with textiles and crafts from the area. All meals and drinks, including wine and beer, are included, as are all excursions.

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

Easter Island extension

from A$2400

4 days Extension

Easter Island is the most remote inhabited island in the world, almost 2,200 miles from the coast of Chile. This volcanic island in the South Seas is only 15 miles across at its widest point, but was home to a culture which created over 800 giant stone statues. The largest of these weighs 86 tons. This extension allows you to see the Moai around the island, as well as explore the volcanic craters and relax on the sandy beaches

Itinerary

Day 1 Easter Island  Take a five hour flight from Santiago to Easter Island (3 nights). You will experience a traditional reception with flower necklaces before transferring to your hotel. You have the rest of the day free to explore the town of Hanga Roa.

Day 2 Easter Island  You drive along the coastal road, stopping to see the moai along the route, before continuing to Ranu Raraku, a volcanic crater which served as a quarry and supplied the stone for about 95% of the island’s moai. Almost 400 Moai are still found in this area. You climb the volcano to the restored Ahu Tongariki, with 15 moai, including the largest on the island. After a packed lunch, continue to Anakena, a white coral sandy beach with coconut palms, where you can swim in the Pacific. You return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 3 Easter Island  Drive to the Rano Kau volcano, with the ceremonial centre of Orongo. This was the centre of the birdman cult, where an annual race was held to bring back the first sooty tern egg from a nearby islet. There are also many petroglyphs here. In the afternoon, visit Ahu Akivi, an unusual site as it is not on the coast, and the 7 moai face the ocean, not inland.

Day 4 Santiago  Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Santiago (1 night).

Excursions on Easter Island are taken in English and Spanish-speaking groups and may be with tourists of other nationalities. Additional nights on Easter Island are possible. Please ask us for details.

 

Hotels on Easter Island

Hotel Puku Vai

In the town of Hanga Roa, this hotel has pleasant gardens with a swimming pool, a restaurant and bar. The rooms are simple and have en-suite bathrooms.

Hotel Altiplanico

This 16-room hotel, located 10 minutes outside of the main town, has large gardens, with trails offering sea views. There is a restaurant and an outdoor pool. The buildings are in cabins resembling ancient boat houses. The attractive rooms are simply furnished, with en-suite bathrooms and free wifi.

If you are interested in adding an extension to Easter Island, please get in touch with us for more details.

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  • Sat 12 Jan - Fri 25 Jan Price A$3979 SAVE A$400 A$3579 Single supplement Price A$1420 Enquire
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Prices include

Flights within Latin America; accommodation (bed and breakfast except where indicated); transfers in Latin America; service of guides and local reps; some excursions.

Prices do not include

Flights between Australia and Latin America; any optional excursions, travel insurance, tips.

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 listed are per person and based on two persons sharing a room and include all accommodation, transfers, flights within Latin America, services of guides and reps (please note that tips are not included) 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. The departure taxes for domestic flights in Argentina are not included. Currently, these are US$10 and must be paid in cash at the airport. Travel insurance is not included.

  • Until July 2014, Australian consumers were protected by the Travel Agents Act and the Travel Compensation Fund, which ensured a refund of the consumer’s money in the case of a travel agent’s insolvency. In 2014, the Travel Agents Act was repealed, and it is no longer necessary for an Australian travel agent to hold a licence to operate.

    As a member of AFTA (member number: 13971), Llama Travel’s financial records are monitored, and our accreditation with ATAS is an assurance of our strong financial position.

    For further information, please visit www.afta.com.au or www.atas.com.au

Booking Conditions

    1. Agency booking conditions

      1. Your contract

        Your contract is with Llama Travel (Australia) Pty Ltd, registered in Australia, ABN 73 617 596 835. 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 Australian law and be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Australian courts. All correspondence will be sent to the lead passenger of the booking unless otherwise advised.

        In the following booking conditions, references to the ‘Tour Operator’ shall mean Llama Travel Limited, registered in England and Wales, number 4370517. The tour operator booking conditions can be found below the agency booking conditions.

        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 certain 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 by direct bank transfer (EFT), cheque, credit card or debit card (Visa or Mastercard). There is no charge for bank transfers or cheques. Please notify us when you have made a bank transfer. There is a surcharge of 1.4% for balance payments made by debit and credit card. No debit or credit card fee is charged for deposit payments. We are unable to accept cash.

      3. Prices

        All prices are in Australian Dollars unless otherwise indicated. Website and quoted prices are subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed. 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 your confirmation invoice has been issued, your holiday price can only be varied due to a significant increase in the costs of the Tour Operator or an increase in charges, fees, taxes or similar items as a result of governmental action. No change in the price of your booking will be made less than 30 days before the start of your holiday.

      4. Supplier alteration and cancellation fees

        Making alterations to your booking may incur additional costs from the Tour Operator. Supplier fees may apply when tickets or documents are re-issued. Cancelling your booking may also incur a fee, which can be up to 100% of the cost of the booking. Where Llama Travel (Australia) incurs any liability for a supplier fee for any booking you wish to change or cancel, you agree to indemnify us for the amount of that fee. Where you seek a refund for a cancelled booking for which payment has been made to the Tour Operator, we will provide a refund to you once we have received the funds from the Tour Operator where it is due.

      5. Agency

        We act as an agent for, and sell travel related products as agent on behalf of the Tour Operator and other service providers, such as transport and accommodation providers, airlines and cruise operators. Any services we provide to you are collateral to that agency relationship. Our responsibility is to make travel arrangements on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. We are not ourselves a provider of travel services and have no control over, or liability for, the services provided by third parties. All bookings are made on your behalf subject to the booking conditions, including the conditions of carriage and limitations of liability, imposed by the Tour Operator and other service providers. We can provide you with the Tour Operator’s booking conditions upon request. Your legal rights in connection with the provision of travel services are against the specific provider and, except to the extent a problem is caused by fault on our part, are not against us. Specifically, if for any reason (excluding fault on our part) any travel service provider is unable to provide the services for which you have contracted, your rights are against that provider and not against us.

      6. Our responsibilities and liability

        To the extent permitted by law, Llama Travel (Australia) does not accept liability for any illness, personal injury, death, damage, loss, delay, additional expense or other inconvenience caused as a direct result of the direct or indirect acts and/or omissions, whether negligent or otherwise, of third party providers over whom we have no direct control. Nor do we accept liability for force majeure or any other event which is beyond our control or which is not preventable by reasonable diligence on our part. 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. Under circumstances where our liability cannot be excluded and where liability may be lawfully limited, such liability is limited to the remedies required of us under applicable law (including the Australian Consumer Law).  This liability clause is subject to your rights under the Australian Consumer Law and nothing in these terms and conditions is intended to limit any rights you may have under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. 

      7. 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.

        Please bear in mind that when travelling in Latin America, minor inconveniences and delays may arise due to weather conditions, strikes, demonstrations, the poor state of roads or for other reasons. By booking a holiday through Llama Travel (Australia), you are implicitly accepting this part of the Latin American way of life.

      8. Travel 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. We strongly recommend arranging an insurance policy that includes cover for cancellation, medical expenses and repatriation, personal injury or accident, death, loss of personal belongings and money, and personal liability insurance. Please note that cover offered by credit card companies are not always comprehensive.

      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 for flights we have booked, 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, or failure to arrive and check in at the departure airport at the appropriate time.

        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.

      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 your luggage in storage. Llama Travel (Australia) accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

      11. 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 Australia.

      Tour operator booking conditions for Llama Travel Ltd, UK

      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.

      3. Our prices

        Brochure prices are based on the latest known information at the time of preparation – 4 June  2018 (£1 = US$1.34, Brent Crude oil US$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 an 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 US$120;
        • Machu Picchu US$50;
        • Inca Trail and Short Inca Trail US$80;
        • Cusco Tourist Ticket US$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 any part of 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 when travelling in Latin America, 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 your 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: applicable to British citizens booking with us in the UK

        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 Australia.

How to Book

  • To book a holiday or discuss your requirements, please call us on 0390 345 233. We can usually confirm availability immediately, but may need to check with a supplier first.

  • You can pay by bank transfer, credit card, debit card (Visa or Mastercard), or cheque. There is no charge for bank transfers or cheques. For deposits on debit and credit cards, there is no charge. For balance payments on debit and credit cards, there is a 1.4% fee. We are unable to accept cash or American Express.

Argentina

Before you Go

  • Visas are not required in advance for Australian citizens visiting Argentina. For Australian passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate (see contact details below).

    To visit Brazil (even Iguazu Falls from Argentina), citizens of Australia, the US and some other countries must obtain a Brazilian visa before travel. You can apply for an eVisa through the following website: http://www.vfsglobal.com/Brazil-eVisa/index.html 

    Visas are usually issued within 5 days; however, we recommend applying for your visa at least a month before travel.

    There is an immigration entry fee to enter Chile for citizens of Australia, and citizens of the US, Canada and some other countries. To enter Chile, a fee must be paid upon arrival in Santiago’s international airport.

    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.

    You need a full 10-year passport valid for 6 months after your return to Australia. If you are flying via the US, you need to comply with US immigration requirements. Ask us for details.

    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.

    Consulate contact details

    Argentina: (02) 9262 2933

    Chile: (03) 9866 4041; (02) 9299 2533; (07) 3208 8444; (04) 1384 2266

    Brazil: (02) 9267 4414. For visa information, please email visa.camberra@itamaraty.gov.br

  • 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.

  • 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 Australia.

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 websites www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and www.smartraveller.gov.au give good advice about travelling in Argentina.

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

    When re-entering Australia, you will be asked to present a yellow fever certificate if you have travelled to an at-risk country. People who are unable to provide a certificate will still be able to enter Australia.

    There have been reports of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne virus, in various Latin American countries. Please check www.smartraveller.gov.au 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

  • There are direct flights between Sydney and Santiago in Chile. From November 2017, there will also be direct flights between Melbourne and Santiago. These are not daily flights, and on some days a connection is required. If you would like to depart from another airport, such as Perth or Brisbane, a connection in Sydney, Melbourne or Auckland is required.

  • You can upgrade to business class or premium economy on most airlines. If you have already booked your flights in economy class and are interested in upgrading, please contact the airline directly to ask whether this is possible.

    Information about the travel classes with Qantas can be found here: Qantas Travel Classes

  • 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.

  • Some airlines allow you to select your seat once you have made a flight booking. Depending on the airline and your ticket type, a fee may be charged. Alternatively, you may choose your preferred seat free of charge when online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure or at the airport.

    We all want a comfortable journey, particularly on long haul flights. If you would like a seat with some extra leg room, this is usually possible for a fee. Please visit the airline’s website to purchase these seats directly with the airline.

    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.

  • In most cases, when travelling between Australia and South America, you will fly via Santiago in Chile, as there are direct flights between Santiago and Australia. If your Llama Travel tour ends in a destination other than Santiago, but you would like to break your journey with a stopover in Santiago, please let us know. This should be possible, depending on your international flight ticket.

  • In some cases, you may decide to book flights that travel visa the USA before reaching Latin America. This is not usually the most direct route, and if you are only travelling to South America we would usually recommend flying to Santiago in Chile.

    If your flight involves a stop in the US, 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

    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 an Australian citizen and have an Australian 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 that 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.

    Many European 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.

  • Llama Travel holidays include all flights within Latin America, but do not include international flights between Australia and Latin America before and after your tour. You will need to arrange these yourself; however, we are always able to give advice and suggest the most suitable flights for your holiday. Please ask us if you need assistance with this.

    A holiday in Latin America inevitably means long haul flights. Most flights from Australia are operated by either Qantas or LATAM. There are direct flights from Sydney to Santiago in Chile, and from November 2017, there will also be direct flights between Melbourne and Santiago. Air New Zealand also operates flights connecting in Auckland.

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 generally lower than in Australia 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 Australian dollars, which are 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 trouble-free holiday.

    Please use the safe in your hotel room 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.

    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 Australia. 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 Australia from Argentina, dial the international dialling code for Australia (0061) and then the Australian 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 Australia, dial the international dialing code for Argentina (0054) and then the Argentinian telephone number, leaving out the ‘0’ in the area code. Some Australian 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.

Chile

Before you Go

  • Visas are not required in advance for Australian citizens visiting Chile or Argentina. For Australian passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate:

    Consulate contact details

    Argentina: (02) 9262 2933

    Chile: (03) 9866 4041; (02) 9299 2533; (07) 3208 8444; (04) 1384 2266

    To visit Brazil (even Iguazu Falls from Argentina), citizens of Australia, the US and some other countries must obtain a Brazilian visa before travel. You can apply for an eVisa through the following website: http://www.vfsglobal.com/Brazil-eVisa/index.html

    Visas are usually issued within 5 days; however, we recommend applying for your visa at least a month before travel.

    There is an immigration entry fee to enter Chile for citizens of Australia, and citizens of the US, Canada and some other countries. To enter Chile, a fee must be paid upon arrival in Santiago’s international airport.

    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.

    You need a full 10-year passport valid for 6 months after your return to Australia. If you are flying via the US, you need to comply with US immigration requirements. Ask us for details.

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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 entre Brazil.

  • In Santiago, daytime temperatures from October to April tend to be around 20°C - 30°C and night-time temperatures around 10°C. Daytime highs in Torres del Paine from October to April are around 12°C – 20°C and night-time temperatures can drop to 2°C or 3°C. Although rain is usually not heavy, it can get very windy, and wind chill can make the temperatures feel 7 or 8 degrees cooler. In Puerto Varas, daytime highs from October to April tend to be around 15°C - 20°C and night-time temperatures around 6°C - 10°C. Although this is the driest period, rain is common throughout the year. Daytime highs in the Atacama Desert are around 20°C – 25°C and night-time temperatures are around 12°C. Daytime highs on Easter Island are around 20°C – 25°C and night-time temperatures are around 15°C - 20°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, so waterproofs are also recommended. 

    Electricity in Chile is 220V, and plugs are of the round two-pin type.

    We recommend you carry a copy of your passport with you at all times. 

    Please bring any medication you may require from Australia. 

    You can bring whichever luggage you feel most comfortable with: suitcases, soft bags and rucksacks are fine.

  • 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.

Health & Fitness

  • Please consult your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. The websites www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and www.smartraveller.gov.au give good advice about travelling in Chile.

    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.

    San Pedro de Atacama is at mid-high altitude. Most people who travel to altitude do not suffer major problems. However, shortness of breath is common and we advise you to take things calmly during your first day or so at altitude. Some Llama Travel customers have reported beneficial effects of the herbal remedy Ginkgo Biloba. Many of the places you visit require some walking uphill. Please bear in mind that the altitude means this is more strenuous than equivalent length walks at low altitude. If you think you may suffer due to the altitude, please consult your GP before travelling.

    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. Illnesses caused by altitude can be serious. If you do experience any problems, please seek appropriate medical attention.

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

Getting there

  • Llama Travel holidays include all flights within Latin America, but do not include international flights between Australia and Latin America before and after your tour. You will need to arrange these yourself; however, we are always able to give advice and suggest the most suitable flights for your holiday. Please ask us if you need assistance with this.

    A holiday in Latin America inevitably means long haul flights. Most flights from Australia are operated by either Qantas or LATAM. There are direct flights from Sydney to Santiago in Chile, and from November 2017, there will also be direct flights between Melbourne and Santiago. Air New Zealand also operates flights connecting in Auckland.

  • There are direct flights between Sydney and Santiago in Chile. From November 2017, there will also be direct flights between Melbourne and Santiago. These are not daily flights, and on some days a connection is required. If you would like to depart from another airport, such as Perth or Brisbane, a connection in Sydney, Melbourne or Auckland is required.

  • You can upgrade to business class or premium economy on most airlines. If you have already booked your flights in economy class and are interested in upgrading, please contact the airline directly to ask whether this is possible.

    Information about the travel classes with Qantas can be found here: Qantas Travel Classes

  • 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.

  • Some airlines allow you to select your seat once you have made a flight booking. Depending on the airline and your ticket type, a fee may be charged. Alternatively, you may choose your preferred seat free of charge when online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure or at the airport.

    We all want a comfortable journey, particularly on long haul flights. If you would like a seat with some extra leg room, this is usually possible for a fee. Please visit the airline’s website to purchase these seats directly with the airline.

    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.

  • In most cases, when travelling between Australia and South America, you will fly via Santiago in Chile, as there are direct flights between Santiago and Australia. If your Llama Travel tour ends in a destination other than Santiago, but you would like to break your journey with a stopover in Santiago, please let us know. This should be possible, depending on your international flight ticket.

  • In some cases, you may decide to book flights that travel visa the USA before reaching Latin America. This is not usually the most direct route, and if you are only travelling to South America we would usually recommend flying to Santiago in Chile.

    If your flight involves a stop in the US, 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

    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 an Australian citizen and have an Australian 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 that 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.

    Many European 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.

Travelling in Chile

  • If you receive good service, you may want to leave a tip. This is completely at your discretion. If you want to tip guides, US$2-3 per person per day is usual if you are in a group. Approximately US$1-2 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.

  • 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 Santiago, where you should expect to pay up to US$50 per person, or possibly more.

    Bar prices are generally cheaper than Australia and a small bottle of beer usually costs around US$2-3 in a hotel bar. This can be higher in more remote areas.

    If you are planning on arranging any activities locally, especially in Torres del Paine, these can be expensive. These can usually be paid for by credit card.

  • 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.

  • Chileans love meat and there are many restaurants catering for meat lovers. There are also many good seafood restaurants in Santiago, with the Central Market having many good places to eat at lunchtime. Some of the best restaurants are to be found in the Barrio Lastarria and in the Barrio Bellavista, although they tend to be more expensive. There are many restaurants serving good value set lunches throughout the city.

    Most of the restaurants in Puerto Varas can be found close to the centre of the town. Fish is prominent on the menus, but there is also a wide selection of international cuisine. There is a good selection of restaurants in Puerto Natales, especially for a town of its size, including typical Patagonian barbecued meat places, sea food restaurants and pizzerias. In Torres del Paine, you will generally eat in your hotel, although there are some restaurants close to the hotel Rio Serrano. Hotels can also prepare packed lunches. There are few places to eat in the park itself.

    Good food and Chilean wine is also easily found in the centre of Punta Arenas. The local specialty is king crab (centolla). The hearty Chilean cazuela is a stew made from meat, squash, potatoes and other vegetables, and makes for a nourishing, warming meal in the cold Patagonian climate.

    There are several good restaurants in San Pedro in the Atacama Desert, with many serving local ingredients, including llama meat. There is a fairly limited selection of restaurants in Hanga Roa on Easter Island, although there are several good fish restaurants. Prices tend to be quite high, with shipped in food often twice the price of on the mainland, although local fish can be good value.

  • The currency in Chile is the Peso (approximate exchange rate: CLP550 = US$1). Travellers should take local currency or US dollars and not Australian dollars, which are 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.

    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. 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.

    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.

  • 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 trouble-free holiday.

    Please use the safe in your hotel room 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. 

    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 Australia. 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 Australia from Chile, dial the international dialling code for Australia (00461) and then the Australian 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 Chile from Australia, dial the international dialling code for Chile (0056) and then the Chilean telephone number, leaving out the ‘0’ in the area code. Some Australian mobile phones work in Chile. 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.