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Argentina

Popular tourist destinations include the wine regions of Mendoza and Salta, walking tours in Buenos Aires and the magnificent mountain range of almost 2800 metres. Many ski centres operate in the Andes during the winter and there are two important nature preserves around Puerto Madryn, Punta Tombo and Peninsula Valdes.

Health retreats are popular in some places in the Traslasierra Valley, where alternative therapies and anti-stress programmes are available.

Cultural heritage is also very prominent in Argentina, with museums, churches and estancias (ranches) dating back to the eighteenth century.

Currency: Argentinian Peso

Flight Duration (From London): 14 Hours 18 Minutes

Language(s): Spanish

Time Zone: UTC -04:00

Buenos Aires is ideal from March to May and September to November when temperatures are milder. If you’re planning a trip to Patagonia and the southern Andes, December to March offers longer and warmer days.

Passport should be valid for 6 months.

No visa is needed for Argentina.

For more information please visit this website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/argentina/entry-requirements

The following vaccinations are recommended when travelling to Argentina:

Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Rabies, Tetanus-diptheria, MMR (two doses)

For more information please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/argentina/health

Brazil

Brazil offers big adventures for travellers with budgets large and small. There’s horseback riding, kayaking in the Amazon, ascending rocky cliff tops to breathtaking views, whale-watching off the coast, surfing the clear blue seas and snorkelling in beautiful coastal reefs – they’re all part of the great Brazilian experience.

Brazil’s most famous celebration, Carnival, storms though the country’s cities and towns with hip-shaking samba and frevo and dazzling costumes. A must-see for budding party-goers.

Currency: Brazilian Real

Flight Duration (From London): 10 Hours 40 Minutes

Language(s): Portuguese

Time Zone: UTC -04:00

Brazil’s high season runs from December to March. This is when the country fills with both foreign visitors and vacationing Brazilian families (school holidays run from mid-December to Carnaval which is usually in February). Prices rise during this time and you’ll face more crowds, though this is also the most festive time in Brazil.

Brazil’s low season runs from May to September. With the exception of July, which is also a school-holiday month, this is the cheapest and least-crowded time to visit the country – though it can be ­utterly vacant in some resort areas and cold in the south.

No visa is required to travel to Brazil but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Brazil/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Tetanus-Diphtheria and MMR

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Brazil/health

Chile

What’s on offer in Chile? In all honesty, the answer is everything! With easy infrastructure, spectacular sights and hospitable hosts, the hardest part is choosing an itinerary.

However, Chile is as much about character as it is setting. Its far-flung location fires the imagination and has been known to make poets out of barmen, dreamers out of presidents and friends out of strangers. A few wrong turns and detours and you too will be part of this tightly woven family. Don’t forget to bring an extra bottle of red to the long, lazy dinners that await.

Currency: Chilean Peso

Flight Duration (From London): 14 Hours 30 Minutes

Language(s): Spanish

Time Zone: UTC -05:00

Chile’s southern districts are best visited in summer (December through to March). The summer’s long days boost outdoor fun, though the spring months of November and December and autumn months of March and April can be nearly as good.

Winter in Chile can be a wonderland for skiers; the country’s resorts attract huge crowds from July through to September.

No visa is required to travel to Chile but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Chile/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus-Diphtheria and MMR

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Chile/health

Colombia

After years of unrest, Colombia is now safe to visit and travellers are discovering what they’ve been missing. The country is astonishingly diverse, with modern cities, gorgeous Caribbean beaches, jungles, archaeological ruins and even whale-watching!

Many people fall in love with Colombia and find it hard to leave. Maybe you’ll find a little bit of paradise and that’ll be you too?

Currency: Colombian Peso

Flight Duration (From London): 9 Hours 10 Minutes

Language(s): Spanish

Time Zone: UTC -06:00

The dry seasons, between December and March or in July and August, are the most pleasant times to visit Colombia. This is particularly true if you plan on hiking. The dry season also gives visitors a better chance to savour local cultural events because many festivals and fiestas take place during these periods.

No visa is required to travel to Colombia but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Colombia/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are:

Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Tetanus-Diphtheria, Measles, Varicella and Yellow Fever

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Colombia/health

Peru

Peru, officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in western South America. It is bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile, and in the west by the Pacific Ocean.

Peru is a representative democratic republic divided into 25 regions with an estimated population of 29.5m. Its main economic activities include agriculture, fishing, mining, and manufacturing of products such as textiles. A mixture of cultural traditions has resulted in a wide diversity of expressions in fields such as art, cuisine, literature, and music

Currency: Peruvian nuevo sol

Flight Duration (From London): 11 Hours 50 Minutes

Language(s): Spanish

Time Zone: UTC -06:00

The peak tourist season is from June to August, which coincides with the cooler dry season in the Andean highlands and summer vacation in North America and Europe. This is the best (and busiest) time to go trekking on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, or climbing, hiking and mountain biking elsewhere.
People can and do visit the highlands year-round, though the wettest months of December to March make it a wet and muddy proposition. Many of the major fiestas, such as La Virgen de la Candelaria, Carnaval and Semana Santa, occur in the wettest months and continue undiminished even during heavy rainstorms.

No visa is required to travel to Peru but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/peru/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, Rabies and Yellow Fever

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/peru/health

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