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Travel today along the shoreline of aqua- green Lago Argentino en route to the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier. With a wall of ice rising almost 200 feet above the lake, this natural phenomenon is one of the only advancing glaciers in the world. Admire close-up breathtaking views of the massive glacier from a variety of vantage points as you walk along the observation platforms and watch for the thrilling moment when chunks of ice break off and dramatically crash into the water below! Return to El Calafate for a free evening to sample some of Argentina’s culinary delights and renowned wines. (B)
Your departure flights from Miami to Chile and back from Argentina to Miami are via LAN Airlines/LAN Argentina. Your flight is scheduled to depart Miami at 8:30PM. You are expected to check-in for your flight at least 3½ hours before the scheduled departure. Your return flight is scheduled to arrive back to Miami at 7:00AM (EXCEPT Mar 5. tour arrives back to Miami at 8:00AM). Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
LAN Airlines does not accept advance seat assignments. Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved in your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline!
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. U.S. passport holders do not require a visa. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates of the countries visited on this tour as to the most current visa requirements.
FOREIGN ENTRY FEE
U.S. citizens need to pay an Argentina Reciprocity Fee of $160 per person prior to entering Argentina.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instructions and travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
While immunizations are NOT currently required, you should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their recommendations.
CLIMATE & CLOTHING
Patagonia is located at the southern tip of South America and therefore has reverse seasons to those of the United States. There may be a significant difference in temperatures between the early morning, daytime midday and evening hours. Strong winds and rapidly changeable weather conditions are also possible. October/November are springtime and March is fall with daytime temperatures averaging in the 50’s and low 60’s. December through February is summer with daytime temperatures averaging in the 60’s and low 70’s. On occasion, temperatures will be cooler or warmer. Morning and evening temperatures are normally quite a bit cooler! Buenos Aires temperatures are much milder and average 10-20 degrees higher than Patagonia. Clothing for the Patagonia is synonymous with “outdoors”. Please pack comfortable outdoor footwear, a windbreaker, lip balm, sunglasses, hat and gloves in all seasons. It is recommended to dress in layers so that you are comfortable regardless of the possible changes in temperatures and wind conditions.
You may dine at either of the hotels used on this tour or other nearby restaurants recommended by your guide. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20 – $25 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange your cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in various denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage not to exceed 44 pounds and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”.