Passports & Visas
Passports are required for travel to South America. Check the expiry of your passport to ensure that it is valid for at least six months from your date of arrival. Always carry your passport and other travel documents in your hand luggage. Keep photocopies of these documents in a separate bag while travelling and leave a copy at home with family or friends in case of an emergency. Passengers must ensure any applicable visas for all countries you will visit have been obtained prior to departure.
Australian passport holders require a visa to enter Brazil. For Argentina, a Reciprocity Fee which is to be paid online, and the payment receipt and barcode is to be printed and presented upon arrival. An entry permit to be paid on arrival in Chile. Meeting necessary passport and visa entry requirements and costs is the sole responsibility of passengers.
Vaccinations requirements vary from country to country. For all health requirements and recommendations travelers should check with a local Department of Health.
This information is correct at time of publishing. Travellers should always contact their nearest embassy or foreign office, and travel agent to confirm all their requirements for visas, vaccinations and passports.
Australian travellers can also consult the Smart Traveller website.
Also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude sickness is a condition caused by ascending to high altitudes. On tour, we visit Lake Titicaca (3,812 metres), Cuzco, Peru (3,500 metres) or Quito, Ecuador (2,850 metres).
Most people have some effects from altitude, and suffer mildly from AMS. Symptoms include: headache, lack of appetite, nausea, fatigue or weakness, dizziness or light-headedness. AMS may become severe without warning. Please consult your doctor before leaving.
We strongly recommend that all clients obtain adequate medical and travel insurance before departing for South America. Your travel insurance should also cover any unforeseen circumstances which may arise on tour (such as cancellation fees, loss of luggage, early departure from tour due to death or illness of self or immediate family, etc). Bring a copy of your policy to ensure that you follow the correct procedures for filing a claim.