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How do I start booking my South America tour?

To get started right away you can use our Live Chat option for instant online messaging with one of our travel specialists, or call us direct on the following numbers:
(International Line) +1 512 535 2536
(USA & Canada Toll-free) 1 877 240 4770
(UK Line) 020 7096 1259
Alternatively, go to the Request a quote form, fill out your details and submit. One of our travel specialists will be in touch within 24 to 48 hours.

Do I need any vaccinations for my South America trip?

Vaccination requirements differ from country to country and it is important to make sure you know the necessary vaccination requirements for your trip well before traveling. We recommend that you always check with your physician. Below follows a table of vaccination advice for each of CAT Travel’s South America destinations or read the blog article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healty. However, please consult your doctor well before you travel.

Argentina Vaccination Advice

There are no obligatory vaccinations for Argentina, but the following vaccinations are recommended:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with chloroquine, Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), doxycyline, or primaquine is recommended for rural areas of Salta and Jujuy province (along border with Bolivia) and Misiones and Corrientes province (along border with Paraguay)
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all travelers older than nine months who are going to the northern and northeastern forested areas of Argentina, including Iguazu Falls and all areas bordering Paraguay and Brazil
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRevaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Bolivia Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas below 2500 m (8202 ft) in the departments of Beni, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, Pando, Santa Cruz, and Tarija, except the city of La Paz.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverHighly recommended for all travelers older than one year of age
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk of animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Brazil Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Travelers
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for the states of Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Maranhao (western part), Mato Grosso (northern part), Para (except Belem City), Rondonia, Roraima, and Tocantins, and for urban areas within these states, including the cities of Porto Velho, Boa Vista, Macapa, Manaus, Santarem, and Maraba.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all areas of Acre, Amapa¡, Amazonas, Distrito Federal (including the capital city of Brasilia), Goia¡s, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para¡, Ronda´nia, Roraima, Tocantins, and designated areas of the following states: northwest and west Bahia, central and west Parana¡, southwest Piaua­, northwest and west central Rio Grande do Sul (including Porto Alegre), far west Santa Catarina, and north and south central Sao Paulo. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Chile Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Chile, these are:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Costa Rica Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission in the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname & Venezuela) or Africa (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan & the Republic of Guyana). You’re REQUIRED to have a valid yellow fever International Vaccination Certificate at least 12 days prior to entering Costa Rica. Please check before you travel about the specific requirements and possible changes. Other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for rural areas of Costa Rica.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverThere is no risk of yellow fever in Costa Rica. The government of Costa Rica requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, you should check to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats.
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Ecuador Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except the cities of Guayaquil and Quito, the central highland tourist areas, the Galapagos Islands, and altitudes greater than 1500 m (4921 ft).
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for the following provinces in the Amazon Basin – Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbios, and Zamora-Chinchipe – and for all areas along the eastern slopes and to the east of the Andes Mountains. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Peru Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Peru or read the article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healthy on our blog. An overview of the recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except Lima and its vicinity, the coastal areas south of Lima, the highland tourist areas (Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca), and the departments of Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverRecommended for areas east of the Andes mountains. Not needed for Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Uruguay Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years
Yellow feverRequired for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas

What does the booking processes involve?

After requesting your quote one of our travel specialists will contact you with a preliminary itinerary. From this point on you will work directly with your travel specialist.

Using Itereo™, our unique real-time travel planning tool, they will log you into a shared web environment where you’ll be able to collaborate on creating your perfect itinerary via email, instant chat and/or telephone. Your travel itinerary will be instantly updated on screen with detailed information and imagery.

Your specialist will keep working with you on the details until you’re entirely satisfied, and we will then proceed to book your tour and arrange payment of the deposit.

Once the deposit has cleared we can begin to book your travel services and hotels, and we will send you a first update within 72 hours.

Your final program will be available for download one week before your departure. Your full itinerary along with a welcome pack containing country guides and your travel vouchers and tickets will be presented to you upon arrival.

What are the payment methods?

Payments can be made in three ways:

  1. ACH debit (preferred) – Bank to bank transfer in the United States – bank details below.
  2. Wire transfer (preferred) to our bank in the United States – bank details below.
  3. Credit card via Paypal

What are the differences among the Comfort, Superior & Luxury Packages?

Comfort hotels are usually unique boutique stays handpicked for their value, location and charm (generally 3* options). Comfort packages usually include tours with a small group of fellow international travelers and the flexibility to include optional additional tours as well.

Superior hotels are distinguished properties offering excellent service levels and facilities (generally 4* options). With the Superior packages, private tours to the South American highlights are included, as well as some special excursions.

Luxury hotels are the finest hotels available, providing exceptional amenities and impeccable service (generally 5* options). Tours in the Luxury packages are exclusively in private, as are unique experiences designed especially for this level.

Are meals included in the tour packages?

Many meals are included in CAT Travel tour packages, though in order to give you more flexibility, some lunch and evening meals are not included. Breakfasts are almost always served at your hotel and lunch and dinner are provided within the package where indicated.

All meals included within CAT Travel tour packages are served at carefully selected restaurants offering the very best dining experiences available.

How much money should I bring on my South America trip?

CAT Travel tours, especially in Premium Service are quite inclusive. However, extra money is needed for the occasional meal (where we have left this out of the itinerary to give you more dining options) and for souvenirs, snacks, drinks and any extra items. Tips are not included within the overall price of the tour and so, should you wish to tip, you’re advised to bring a little extra cash.

Should I bring my credit/debit card to South America?

We advise you to bring both credit and debit cards. Many restaurants across South America have Visa and MasterCard capabilities and welcome you to pay for your meal with a credit card. Credit/debit cards should otherwise only be used to withdraw money.
ATMs are widely distributed throughout most South American countries, however in rural areas they can be hard to come by, so please bear this in mind. Otherwise they are a quick and easy way to withdraw local currency.

Are US dollars accepted in South America and should I bring Travelers Cheques?

US dollars are widely accepted in most locations and currency exchange bureaus are easy to find. Travelers Cheques tend to receive much lower exchange rates than US Dollars, meaning you lose money in the exchange. In many destinations in South America one may also find that exchange centers are unwilling to change Travelers Cheques.

Is it easy to change money in South America?

Official exchange houses are generally easy to find in large cities and areas frequented by tourists. However, the exchange rate at such places will not be the best. We advise you not to exchange money in the street so as to avoid any scams. If you do need to change money in the street, only exchange the minimum amount that you need for immediate use.

Money

How do I start booking my South America tour?

To get started right away you can use our Live Chat option for instant online messaging with one of our travel specialists, or call us direct on the following numbers:
(International Line) +1 512 535 2536
(USA & Canada Toll-free) 1 877 240 4770
(UK Line) 020 7096 1259
Alternatively, go to the Request a quote form, fill out your details and submit. One of our travel specialists will be in touch within 24 to 48 hours.

Do I need any vaccinations for my South America trip?

Vaccination requirements differ from country to country and it is important to make sure you know the necessary vaccination requirements for your trip well before traveling. We recommend that you always check with your physician. Below follows a table of vaccination advice for each of CAT Travel’s South America destinations or read the blog article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healty. However, please consult your doctor well before you travel.

Argentina Vaccination Advice

There are no obligatory vaccinations for Argentina, but the following vaccinations are recommended:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with chloroquine, Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), doxycyline, or primaquine is recommended for rural areas of Salta and Jujuy province (along border with Bolivia) and Misiones and Corrientes province (along border with Paraguay)
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all travelers older than nine months who are going to the northern and northeastern forested areas of Argentina, including Iguazu Falls and all areas bordering Paraguay and Brazil
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRevaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Bolivia Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas below 2500 m (8202 ft) in the departments of Beni, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, Pando, Santa Cruz, and Tarija, except the city of La Paz.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverHighly recommended for all travelers older than one year of age
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk of animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Brazil Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Travelers
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for the states of Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Maranhao (western part), Mato Grosso (northern part), Para (except Belem City), Rondonia, Roraima, and Tocantins, and for urban areas within these states, including the cities of Porto Velho, Boa Vista, Macapa, Manaus, Santarem, and Maraba.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all areas of Acre, Amapa¡, Amazonas, Distrito Federal (including the capital city of Brasilia), Goia¡s, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para¡, Ronda´nia, Roraima, Tocantins, and designated areas of the following states: northwest and west Bahia, central and west Parana¡, southwest Piaua­, northwest and west central Rio Grande do Sul (including Porto Alegre), far west Santa Catarina, and north and south central Sao Paulo. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Chile Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Chile, these are:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Costa Rica Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission in the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname & Venezuela) or Africa (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan & the Republic of Guyana). You’re REQUIRED to have a valid yellow fever International Vaccination Certificate at least 12 days prior to entering Costa Rica. Please check before you travel about the specific requirements and possible changes. Other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for rural areas of Costa Rica.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverThere is no risk of yellow fever in Costa Rica. The government of Costa Rica requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, you should check to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats.
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Ecuador Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except the cities of Guayaquil and Quito, the central highland tourist areas, the Galapagos Islands, and altitudes greater than 1500 m (4921 ft).
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for the following provinces in the Amazon Basin – Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbios, and Zamora-Chinchipe – and for all areas along the eastern slopes and to the east of the Andes Mountains. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Peru Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Peru or read the article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healthy on our blog. An overview of the recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except Lima and its vicinity, the coastal areas south of Lima, the highland tourist areas (Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca), and the departments of Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverRecommended for areas east of the Andes mountains. Not needed for Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Uruguay Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years
Yellow feverRequired for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas

What does the booking processes involve?

After requesting your quote one of our travel specialists will contact you with a preliminary itinerary. From this point on you will work directly with your travel specialist.

Using Itereo™, our unique real-time travel planning tool, they will log you into a shared web environment where you’ll be able to collaborate on creating your perfect itinerary via email, instant chat and/or telephone. Your travel itinerary will be instantly updated on screen with detailed information and imagery.

Your specialist will keep working with you on the details until you’re entirely satisfied, and we will then proceed to book your tour and arrange payment of the deposit.

Once the deposit has cleared we can begin to book your travel services and hotels, and we will send you a first update within 72 hours.

Your final program will be available for download one week before your departure. Your full itinerary along with a welcome pack containing country guides and your travel vouchers and tickets will be presented to you upon arrival.

What are the payment methods?

Payments can be made in three ways:

  1. ACH debit (preferred) – Bank to bank transfer in the United States – bank details below.
  2. Wire transfer (preferred) to our bank in the United States – bank details below.
  3. Credit card via Paypal

What are the differences among the Comfort, Superior & Luxury Packages?

Comfort hotels are usually unique boutique stays handpicked for their value, location and charm (generally 3* options). Comfort packages usually include tours with a small group of fellow international travelers and the flexibility to include optional additional tours as well.

Superior hotels are distinguished properties offering excellent service levels and facilities (generally 4* options). With the Superior packages, private tours to the South American highlights are included, as well as some special excursions.

Luxury hotels are the finest hotels available, providing exceptional amenities and impeccable service (generally 5* options). Tours in the Luxury packages are exclusively in private, as are unique experiences designed especially for this level.

Are meals included in the tour packages?

Many meals are included in CAT Travel tour packages, though in order to give you more flexibility, some lunch and evening meals are not included. Breakfasts are almost always served at your hotel and lunch and dinner are provided within the package where indicated.

All meals included within CAT Travel tour packages are served at carefully selected restaurants offering the very best dining experiences available.

How much money should I bring on my South America trip?

CAT Travel tours, especially in Premium Service are quite inclusive. However, extra money is needed for the occasional meal (where we have left this out of the itinerary to give you more dining options) and for souvenirs, snacks, drinks and any extra items. Tips are not included within the overall price of the tour and so, should you wish to tip, you’re advised to bring a little extra cash.

Should I bring my credit/debit card to South America?

We advise you to bring both credit and debit cards. Many restaurants across South America have Visa and MasterCard capabilities and welcome you to pay for your meal with a credit card. Credit/debit cards should otherwise only be used to withdraw money.
ATMs are widely distributed throughout most South American countries, however in rural areas they can be hard to come by, so please bear this in mind. Otherwise they are a quick and easy way to withdraw local currency.

Are US dollars accepted in South America and should I bring Travelers Cheques?

US dollars are widely accepted in most locations and currency exchange bureaus are easy to find. Travelers Cheques tend to receive much lower exchange rates than US Dollars, meaning you lose money in the exchange. In many destinations in South America one may also find that exchange centers are unwilling to change Travelers Cheques.

Is it easy to change money in South America?

Official exchange houses are generally easy to find in large cities and areas frequented by tourists. However, the exchange rate at such places will not be the best. We advise you not to exchange money in the street so as to avoid any scams. If you do need to change money in the street, only exchange the minimum amount that you need for immediate use.

Health

How do I start booking my South America tour?

To get started right away you can use our Live Chat option for instant online messaging with one of our travel specialists, or call us direct on the following numbers:
(International Line) +1 512 535 2536
(USA & Canada Toll-free) 1 877 240 4770
(UK Line) 020 7096 1259
Alternatively, go to the Request a quote form, fill out your details and submit. One of our travel specialists will be in touch within 24 to 48 hours.

Do I need any vaccinations for my South America trip?

Vaccination requirements differ from country to country and it is important to make sure you know the necessary vaccination requirements for your trip well before traveling. We recommend that you always check with your physician. Below follows a table of vaccination advice for each of CAT Travel’s South America destinations or read the blog article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healty. However, please consult your doctor well before you travel.

Argentina Vaccination Advice

There are no obligatory vaccinations for Argentina, but the following vaccinations are recommended:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with chloroquine, Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), doxycyline, or primaquine is recommended for rural areas of Salta and Jujuy province (along border with Bolivia) and Misiones and Corrientes province (along border with Paraguay)
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all travelers older than nine months who are going to the northern and northeastern forested areas of Argentina, including Iguazu Falls and all areas bordering Paraguay and Brazil
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRevaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Bolivia Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas below 2500 m (8202 ft) in the departments of Beni, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, Pando, Santa Cruz, and Tarija, except the city of La Paz.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverHighly recommended for all travelers older than one year of age
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk of animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Brazil Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Travelers
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for the states of Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Maranhao (western part), Mato Grosso (northern part), Para (except Belem City), Rondonia, Roraima, and Tocantins, and for urban areas within these states, including the cities of Porto Velho, Boa Vista, Macapa, Manaus, Santarem, and Maraba.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all areas of Acre, Amapa¡, Amazonas, Distrito Federal (including the capital city of Brasilia), Goia¡s, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para¡, Ronda´nia, Roraima, Tocantins, and designated areas of the following states: northwest and west Bahia, central and west Parana¡, southwest Piaua­, northwest and west central Rio Grande do Sul (including Porto Alegre), far west Santa Catarina, and north and south central Sao Paulo. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Chile Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Chile, these are:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Costa Rica Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission in the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname & Venezuela) or Africa (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan & the Republic of Guyana). You’re REQUIRED to have a valid yellow fever International Vaccination Certificate at least 12 days prior to entering Costa Rica. Please check before you travel about the specific requirements and possible changes. Other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for rural areas of Costa Rica.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverThere is no risk of yellow fever in Costa Rica. The government of Costa Rica requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, you should check to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats.
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Ecuador Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except the cities of Guayaquil and Quito, the central highland tourist areas, the Galapagos Islands, and altitudes greater than 1500 m (4921 ft).
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for the following provinces in the Amazon Basin – Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbios, and Zamora-Chinchipe – and for all areas along the eastern slopes and to the east of the Andes Mountains. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Peru Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Peru or read the article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healthy on our blog. An overview of the recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except Lima and its vicinity, the coastal areas south of Lima, the highland tourist areas (Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca), and the departments of Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverRecommended for areas east of the Andes mountains. Not needed for Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Uruguay Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years
Yellow feverRequired for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas

What does the booking processes involve?

After requesting your quote one of our travel specialists will contact you with a preliminary itinerary. From this point on you will work directly with your travel specialist.

Using Itereo™, our unique real-time travel planning tool, they will log you into a shared web environment where you’ll be able to collaborate on creating your perfect itinerary via email, instant chat and/or telephone. Your travel itinerary will be instantly updated on screen with detailed information and imagery.

Your specialist will keep working with you on the details until you’re entirely satisfied, and we will then proceed to book your tour and arrange payment of the deposit.

Once the deposit has cleared we can begin to book your travel services and hotels, and we will send you a first update within 72 hours.

Your final program will be available for download one week before your departure. Your full itinerary along with a welcome pack containing country guides and your travel vouchers and tickets will be presented to you upon arrival.

What are the payment methods?

Payments can be made in three ways:

  1. ACH debit (preferred) – Bank to bank transfer in the United States – bank details below.
  2. Wire transfer (preferred) to our bank in the United States – bank details below.
  3. Credit card via Paypal

What are the differences among the Comfort, Superior & Luxury Packages?

Comfort hotels are usually unique boutique stays handpicked for their value, location and charm (generally 3* options). Comfort packages usually include tours with a small group of fellow international travelers and the flexibility to include optional additional tours as well.

Superior hotels are distinguished properties offering excellent service levels and facilities (generally 4* options). With the Superior packages, private tours to the South American highlights are included, as well as some special excursions.

Luxury hotels are the finest hotels available, providing exceptional amenities and impeccable service (generally 5* options). Tours in the Luxury packages are exclusively in private, as are unique experiences designed especially for this level.

Are meals included in the tour packages?

Many meals are included in CAT Travel tour packages, though in order to give you more flexibility, some lunch and evening meals are not included. Breakfasts are almost always served at your hotel and lunch and dinner are provided within the package where indicated.

All meals included within CAT Travel tour packages are served at carefully selected restaurants offering the very best dining experiences available.

How much money should I bring on my South America trip?

CAT Travel tours, especially in Premium Service are quite inclusive. However, extra money is needed for the occasional meal (where we have left this out of the itinerary to give you more dining options) and for souvenirs, snacks, drinks and any extra items. Tips are not included within the overall price of the tour and so, should you wish to tip, you’re advised to bring a little extra cash.

Should I bring my credit/debit card to South America?

We advise you to bring both credit and debit cards. Many restaurants across South America have Visa and MasterCard capabilities and welcome you to pay for your meal with a credit card. Credit/debit cards should otherwise only be used to withdraw money.
ATMs are widely distributed throughout most South American countries, however in rural areas they can be hard to come by, so please bear this in mind. Otherwise they are a quick and easy way to withdraw local currency.

Are US dollars accepted in South America and should I bring Travelers Cheques?

US dollars are widely accepted in most locations and currency exchange bureaus are easy to find. Travelers Cheques tend to receive much lower exchange rates than US Dollars, meaning you lose money in the exchange. In many destinations in South America one may also find that exchange centers are unwilling to change Travelers Cheques.

Is it easy to change money in South America?

Official exchange houses are generally easy to find in large cities and areas frequented by tourists. However, the exchange rate at such places will not be the best. We advise you not to exchange money in the street so as to avoid any scams. If you do need to change money in the street, only exchange the minimum amount that you need for immediate use.

What To Bring

How do I start booking my South America tour?

To get started right away you can use our Live Chat option for instant online messaging with one of our travel specialists, or call us direct on the following numbers:
(International Line) +1 512 535 2536
(USA & Canada Toll-free) 1 877 240 4770
(UK Line) 020 7096 1259
Alternatively, go to the Request a quote form, fill out your details and submit. One of our travel specialists will be in touch within 24 to 48 hours.

Do I need any vaccinations for my South America trip?

Vaccination requirements differ from country to country and it is important to make sure you know the necessary vaccination requirements for your trip well before traveling. We recommend that you always check with your physician. Below follows a table of vaccination advice for each of CAT Travel’s South America destinations or read the blog article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healty. However, please consult your doctor well before you travel.

Argentina Vaccination Advice

There are no obligatory vaccinations for Argentina, but the following vaccinations are recommended:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with chloroquine, Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), doxycyline, or primaquine is recommended for rural areas of Salta and Jujuy province (along border with Bolivia) and Misiones and Corrientes province (along border with Paraguay)
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all travelers older than nine months who are going to the northern and northeastern forested areas of Argentina, including Iguazu Falls and all areas bordering Paraguay and Brazil
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRevaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Bolivia Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas below 2500 m (8202 ft) in the departments of Beni, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, Pando, Santa Cruz, and Tarija, except the city of La Paz.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverHighly recommended for all travelers older than one year of age
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk of animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Brazil Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Travelers
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for the states of Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Maranhao (western part), Mato Grosso (northern part), Para (except Belem City), Rondonia, Roraima, and Tocantins, and for urban areas within these states, including the cities of Porto Velho, Boa Vista, Macapa, Manaus, Santarem, and Maraba.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all areas of Acre, Amapa¡, Amazonas, Distrito Federal (including the capital city of Brasilia), Goia¡s, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para¡, Ronda´nia, Roraima, Tocantins, and designated areas of the following states: northwest and west Bahia, central and west Parana¡, southwest Piaua­, northwest and west central Rio Grande do Sul (including Porto Alegre), far west Santa Catarina, and north and south central Sao Paulo. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Chile Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Chile, these are:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Costa Rica Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission in the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname & Venezuela) or Africa (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan & the Republic of Guyana). You’re REQUIRED to have a valid yellow fever International Vaccination Certificate at least 12 days prior to entering Costa Rica. Please check before you travel about the specific requirements and possible changes. Other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for rural areas of Costa Rica.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverThere is no risk of yellow fever in Costa Rica. The government of Costa Rica requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, you should check to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats.
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Ecuador Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except the cities of Guayaquil and Quito, the central highland tourist areas, the Galapagos Islands, and altitudes greater than 1500 m (4921 ft).
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for the following provinces in the Amazon Basin – Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbios, and Zamora-Chinchipe – and for all areas along the eastern slopes and to the east of the Andes Mountains. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Peru Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Peru or read the article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healthy on our blog. An overview of the recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except Lima and its vicinity, the coastal areas south of Lima, the highland tourist areas (Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca), and the departments of Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverRecommended for areas east of the Andes mountains. Not needed for Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Uruguay Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years
Yellow feverRequired for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas

What does the booking processes involve?

After requesting your quote one of our travel specialists will contact you with a preliminary itinerary. From this point on you will work directly with your travel specialist.

Using Itereo™, our unique real-time travel planning tool, they will log you into a shared web environment where you’ll be able to collaborate on creating your perfect itinerary via email, instant chat and/or telephone. Your travel itinerary will be instantly updated on screen with detailed information and imagery.

Your specialist will keep working with you on the details until you’re entirely satisfied, and we will then proceed to book your tour and arrange payment of the deposit.

Once the deposit has cleared we can begin to book your travel services and hotels, and we will send you a first update within 72 hours.

Your final program will be available for download one week before your departure. Your full itinerary along with a welcome pack containing country guides and your travel vouchers and tickets will be presented to you upon arrival.

What are the payment methods?

Payments can be made in three ways:

  1. ACH debit (preferred) – Bank to bank transfer in the United States – bank details below.
  2. Wire transfer (preferred) to our bank in the United States – bank details below.
  3. Credit card via Paypal

What are the differences among the Comfort, Superior & Luxury Packages?

Comfort hotels are usually unique boutique stays handpicked for their value, location and charm (generally 3* options). Comfort packages usually include tours with a small group of fellow international travelers and the flexibility to include optional additional tours as well.

Superior hotels are distinguished properties offering excellent service levels and facilities (generally 4* options). With the Superior packages, private tours to the South American highlights are included, as well as some special excursions.

Luxury hotels are the finest hotels available, providing exceptional amenities and impeccable service (generally 5* options). Tours in the Luxury packages are exclusively in private, as are unique experiences designed especially for this level.

Are meals included in the tour packages?

Many meals are included in CAT Travel tour packages, though in order to give you more flexibility, some lunch and evening meals are not included. Breakfasts are almost always served at your hotel and lunch and dinner are provided within the package where indicated.

All meals included within CAT Travel tour packages are served at carefully selected restaurants offering the very best dining experiences available.

How much money should I bring on my South America trip?

CAT Travel tours, especially in Premium Service are quite inclusive. However, extra money is needed for the occasional meal (where we have left this out of the itinerary to give you more dining options) and for souvenirs, snacks, drinks and any extra items. Tips are not included within the overall price of the tour and so, should you wish to tip, you’re advised to bring a little extra cash.

Should I bring my credit/debit card to South America?

We advise you to bring both credit and debit cards. Many restaurants across South America have Visa and MasterCard capabilities and welcome you to pay for your meal with a credit card. Credit/debit cards should otherwise only be used to withdraw money.
ATMs are widely distributed throughout most South American countries, however in rural areas they can be hard to come by, so please bear this in mind. Otherwise they are a quick and easy way to withdraw local currency.

Are US dollars accepted in South America and should I bring Travelers Cheques?

US dollars are widely accepted in most locations and currency exchange bureaus are easy to find. Travelers Cheques tend to receive much lower exchange rates than US Dollars, meaning you lose money in the exchange. In many destinations in South America one may also find that exchange centers are unwilling to change Travelers Cheques.

Is it easy to change money in South America?

Official exchange houses are generally easy to find in large cities and areas frequented by tourists. However, the exchange rate at such places will not be the best. We advise you not to exchange money in the street so as to avoid any scams. If you do need to change money in the street, only exchange the minimum amount that you need for immediate use.

Safety

How do I start booking my South America tour?

To get started right away you can use our Live Chat option for instant online messaging with one of our travel specialists, or call us direct on the following numbers:
(International Line) +1 512 535 2536
(USA & Canada Toll-free) 1 877 240 4770
(UK Line) 020 7096 1259
Alternatively, go to the Request a quote form, fill out your details and submit. One of our travel specialists will be in touch within 24 to 48 hours.

Do I need any vaccinations for my South America trip?

Vaccination requirements differ from country to country and it is important to make sure you know the necessary vaccination requirements for your trip well before traveling. We recommend that you always check with your physician. Below follows a table of vaccination advice for each of CAT Travel’s South America destinations or read the blog article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healty. However, please consult your doctor well before you travel.

Argentina Vaccination Advice

There are no obligatory vaccinations for Argentina, but the following vaccinations are recommended:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with chloroquine, Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), doxycyline, or primaquine is recommended for rural areas of Salta and Jujuy province (along border with Bolivia) and Misiones and Corrientes province (along border with Paraguay)
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all travelers older than nine months who are going to the northern and northeastern forested areas of Argentina, including Iguazu Falls and all areas bordering Paraguay and Brazil
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRevaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Bolivia Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas below 2500 m (8202 ft) in the departments of Beni, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, Pando, Santa Cruz, and Tarija, except the city of La Paz.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverHighly recommended for all travelers older than one year of age
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk of animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Brazil Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Travelers
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for the states of Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Maranhao (western part), Mato Grosso (northern part), Para (except Belem City), Rondonia, Roraima, and Tocantins, and for urban areas within these states, including the cities of Porto Velho, Boa Vista, Macapa, Manaus, Santarem, and Maraba.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all areas of Acre, Amapa¡, Amazonas, Distrito Federal (including the capital city of Brasilia), Goia¡s, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para¡, Ronda´nia, Roraima, Tocantins, and designated areas of the following states: northwest and west Bahia, central and west Parana¡, southwest Piaua­, northwest and west central Rio Grande do Sul (including Porto Alegre), far west Santa Catarina, and north and south central Sao Paulo. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Chile Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Chile, these are:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Costa Rica Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission in the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname & Venezuela) or Africa (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan & the Republic of Guyana). You’re REQUIRED to have a valid yellow fever International Vaccination Certificate at least 12 days prior to entering Costa Rica. Please check before you travel about the specific requirements and possible changes. Other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for rural areas of Costa Rica.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverThere is no risk of yellow fever in Costa Rica. The government of Costa Rica requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, you should check to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats.
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Ecuador Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except the cities of Guayaquil and Quito, the central highland tourist areas, the Galapagos Islands, and altitudes greater than 1500 m (4921 ft).
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for the following provinces in the Amazon Basin – Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbios, and Zamora-Chinchipe – and for all areas along the eastern slopes and to the east of the Andes Mountains. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Peru Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Peru or read the article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healthy on our blog. An overview of the recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except Lima and its vicinity, the coastal areas south of Lima, the highland tourist areas (Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca), and the departments of Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverRecommended for areas east of the Andes mountains. Not needed for Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Uruguay Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years
Yellow feverRequired for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas

What does the booking processes involve?

After requesting your quote one of our travel specialists will contact you with a preliminary itinerary. From this point on you will work directly with your travel specialist.

Using Itereo™, our unique real-time travel planning tool, they will log you into a shared web environment where you’ll be able to collaborate on creating your perfect itinerary via email, instant chat and/or telephone. Your travel itinerary will be instantly updated on screen with detailed information and imagery.

Your specialist will keep working with you on the details until you’re entirely satisfied, and we will then proceed to book your tour and arrange payment of the deposit.

Once the deposit has cleared we can begin to book your travel services and hotels, and we will send you a first update within 72 hours.

Your final program will be available for download one week before your departure. Your full itinerary along with a welcome pack containing country guides and your travel vouchers and tickets will be presented to you upon arrival.

What are the payment methods?

Payments can be made in three ways:

  1. ACH debit (preferred) – Bank to bank transfer in the United States – bank details below.
  2. Wire transfer (preferred) to our bank in the United States – bank details below.
  3. Credit card via Paypal

What are the differences among the Comfort, Superior & Luxury Packages?

Comfort hotels are usually unique boutique stays handpicked for their value, location and charm (generally 3* options). Comfort packages usually include tours with a small group of fellow international travelers and the flexibility to include optional additional tours as well.

Superior hotels are distinguished properties offering excellent service levels and facilities (generally 4* options). With the Superior packages, private tours to the South American highlights are included, as well as some special excursions.

Luxury hotels are the finest hotels available, providing exceptional amenities and impeccable service (generally 5* options). Tours in the Luxury packages are exclusively in private, as are unique experiences designed especially for this level.

Are meals included in the tour packages?

Many meals are included in CAT Travel tour packages, though in order to give you more flexibility, some lunch and evening meals are not included. Breakfasts are almost always served at your hotel and lunch and dinner are provided within the package where indicated.

All meals included within CAT Travel tour packages are served at carefully selected restaurants offering the very best dining experiences available.

How much money should I bring on my South America trip?

CAT Travel tours, especially in Premium Service are quite inclusive. However, extra money is needed for the occasional meal (where we have left this out of the itinerary to give you more dining options) and for souvenirs, snacks, drinks and any extra items. Tips are not included within the overall price of the tour and so, should you wish to tip, you’re advised to bring a little extra cash.

Should I bring my credit/debit card to South America?

We advise you to bring both credit and debit cards. Many restaurants across South America have Visa and MasterCard capabilities and welcome you to pay for your meal with a credit card. Credit/debit cards should otherwise only be used to withdraw money.
ATMs are widely distributed throughout most South American countries, however in rural areas they can be hard to come by, so please bear this in mind. Otherwise they are a quick and easy way to withdraw local currency.

Are US dollars accepted in South America and should I bring Travelers Cheques?

US dollars are widely accepted in most locations and currency exchange bureaus are easy to find. Travelers Cheques tend to receive much lower exchange rates than US Dollars, meaning you lose money in the exchange. In many destinations in South America one may also find that exchange centers are unwilling to change Travelers Cheques.

Is it easy to change money in South America?

Official exchange houses are generally easy to find in large cities and areas frequented by tourists. However, the exchange rate at such places will not be the best. We advise you not to exchange money in the street so as to avoid any scams. If you do need to change money in the street, only exchange the minimum amount that you need for immediate use.

Flights, Transportation and Visas

How do I start booking my South America tour?

To get started right away you can use our Live Chat option for instant online messaging with one of our travel specialists, or call us direct on the following numbers:
(International Line) +1 512 535 2536
(USA & Canada Toll-free) 1 877 240 4770
(UK Line) 020 7096 1259
Alternatively, go to the Request a quote form, fill out your details and submit. One of our travel specialists will be in touch within 24 to 48 hours.

Do I need any vaccinations for my South America trip?

Vaccination requirements differ from country to country and it is important to make sure you know the necessary vaccination requirements for your trip well before traveling. We recommend that you always check with your physician. Below follows a table of vaccination advice for each of CAT Travel’s South America destinations or read the blog article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healty. However, please consult your doctor well before you travel.

Argentina Vaccination Advice

There are no obligatory vaccinations for Argentina, but the following vaccinations are recommended:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with chloroquine, Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), doxycyline, or primaquine is recommended for rural areas of Salta and Jujuy province (along border with Bolivia) and Misiones and Corrientes province (along border with Paraguay)
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all travelers older than nine months who are going to the northern and northeastern forested areas of Argentina, including Iguazu Falls and all areas bordering Paraguay and Brazil
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRevaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Bolivia Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas below 2500 m (8202 ft) in the departments of Beni, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, Pando, Santa Cruz, and Tarija, except the city of La Paz.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverHighly recommended for all travelers older than one year of age
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk of animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Brazil Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Travelers
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for the states of Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Maranhao (western part), Mato Grosso (northern part), Para (except Belem City), Rondonia, Roraima, and Tocantins, and for urban areas within these states, including the cities of Porto Velho, Boa Vista, Macapa, Manaus, Santarem, and Maraba.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all areas of Acre, Amapa¡, Amazonas, Distrito Federal (including the capital city of Brasilia), Goia¡s, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para¡, Ronda´nia, Roraima, Tocantins, and designated areas of the following states: northwest and west Bahia, central and west Parana¡, southwest Piaua­, northwest and west central Rio Grande do Sul (including Porto Alegre), far west Santa Catarina, and north and south central Sao Paulo. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Chile Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Chile, these are:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Costa Rica Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission in the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname & Venezuela) or Africa (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan & the Republic of Guyana). You’re REQUIRED to have a valid yellow fever International Vaccination Certificate at least 12 days prior to entering Costa Rica. Please check before you travel about the specific requirements and possible changes. Other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for rural areas of Costa Rica.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverThere is no risk of yellow fever in Costa Rica. The government of Costa Rica requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, you should check to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats.
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Ecuador Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except the cities of Guayaquil and Quito, the central highland tourist areas, the Galapagos Islands, and altitudes greater than 1500 m (4921 ft).
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for the following provinces in the Amazon Basin – Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbios, and Zamora-Chinchipe – and for all areas along the eastern slopes and to the east of the Andes Mountains. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Peru Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Peru or read the article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healthy on our blog. An overview of the recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except Lima and its vicinity, the coastal areas south of Lima, the highland tourist areas (Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca), and the departments of Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverRecommended for areas east of the Andes mountains. Not needed for Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Uruguay Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years
Yellow feverRequired for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas

What does the booking processes involve?

After requesting your quote one of our travel specialists will contact you with a preliminary itinerary. From this point on you will work directly with your travel specialist.

Using Itereo™, our unique real-time travel planning tool, they will log you into a shared web environment where you’ll be able to collaborate on creating your perfect itinerary via email, instant chat and/or telephone. Your travel itinerary will be instantly updated on screen with detailed information and imagery.

Your specialist will keep working with you on the details until you’re entirely satisfied, and we will then proceed to book your tour and arrange payment of the deposit.

Once the deposit has cleared we can begin to book your travel services and hotels, and we will send you a first update within 72 hours.

Your final program will be available for download one week before your departure. Your full itinerary along with a welcome pack containing country guides and your travel vouchers and tickets will be presented to you upon arrival.

What are the payment methods?

Payments can be made in three ways:

  1. ACH debit (preferred) – Bank to bank transfer in the United States – bank details below.
  2. Wire transfer (preferred) to our bank in the United States – bank details below.
  3. Credit card via Paypal

What are the differences among the Comfort, Superior & Luxury Packages?

Comfort hotels are usually unique boutique stays handpicked for their value, location and charm (generally 3* options). Comfort packages usually include tours with a small group of fellow international travelers and the flexibility to include optional additional tours as well.

Superior hotels are distinguished properties offering excellent service levels and facilities (generally 4* options). With the Superior packages, private tours to the South American highlights are included, as well as some special excursions.

Luxury hotels are the finest hotels available, providing exceptional amenities and impeccable service (generally 5* options). Tours in the Luxury packages are exclusively in private, as are unique experiences designed especially for this level.

Are meals included in the tour packages?

Many meals are included in CAT Travel tour packages, though in order to give you more flexibility, some lunch and evening meals are not included. Breakfasts are almost always served at your hotel and lunch and dinner are provided within the package where indicated.

All meals included within CAT Travel tour packages are served at carefully selected restaurants offering the very best dining experiences available.

How much money should I bring on my South America trip?

CAT Travel tours, especially in Premium Service are quite inclusive. However, extra money is needed for the occasional meal (where we have left this out of the itinerary to give you more dining options) and for souvenirs, snacks, drinks and any extra items. Tips are not included within the overall price of the tour and so, should you wish to tip, you’re advised to bring a little extra cash.

Should I bring my credit/debit card to South America?

We advise you to bring both credit and debit cards. Many restaurants across South America have Visa and MasterCard capabilities and welcome you to pay for your meal with a credit card. Credit/debit cards should otherwise only be used to withdraw money.
ATMs are widely distributed throughout most South American countries, however in rural areas they can be hard to come by, so please bear this in mind. Otherwise they are a quick and easy way to withdraw local currency.

Are US dollars accepted in South America and should I bring Travelers Cheques?

US dollars are widely accepted in most locations and currency exchange bureaus are easy to find. Travelers Cheques tend to receive much lower exchange rates than US Dollars, meaning you lose money in the exchange. In many destinations in South America one may also find that exchange centers are unwilling to change Travelers Cheques.

Is it easy to change money in South America?

Official exchange houses are generally easy to find in large cities and areas frequented by tourists. However, the exchange rate at such places will not be the best. We advise you not to exchange money in the street so as to avoid any scams. If you do need to change money in the street, only exchange the minimum amount that you need for immediate use.