Take a spectacular journey from Rio in Brazil to Patagonia in southern Argentina encompassing great variety in landscapes and cultures. Travel from effortlessly spectacular Rio de Janeiro to the cosmopolitan elegance of Buenos Aires before ending amongst dramatic blue glaciers and icefields in Patagonia. This tour is run in association with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP.)
Along the way learn about the medicine and society in four very different parts of South America. In Rio learn about medical education and the history and practice of public health in Brazil. In Iguazu hear about the local clinic’s work with the Guarani Indigenous community. Visit the historic British Hospital and an urban community clinic n Buenos Aires, and in Patagonia learn about healthcare provision to remote communities. Partners are very welcome and there are some alternative, non-medical visit options on the tour.
Following the tour there is the opportunity to travel further south, to Tierra del Fuego, to walk among its dense sub-Antarctic forests and cruise the Beagle Channel.
Dr Matt Young has been a GP for over 25 years. His practice at Medeco Inala won the RACGP Australian General Practice of the Year in 2018 and acts as the home base for his mobile Hep C eradication crusade, the Hep C Kombi project, which he co-founded.
As well as medicine, Matt loves travelling the globe and has visited over 100 countries across all seven continents. He has a deep fascination with foreign cultures and loves immersing himself in their stories. He is most at home rafting rivers, climbing mountains and hiking through jungles.
Having completed an Archaeology Degree (UQ) and History Diploma (UQ), his areas of special interest are Australian WW1 history and ancient civilisations. Matt finds these studies significantly enhance all his intrepid travelling experiences. Matt writes for the AMAQ’s 'Doctor Q' magazine and worked on 4BC as the 'Ocker Doctor' on radio talk back. He loves a yarn, a laugh and writing poetry for fun.
He has been South's Rugby Union club doctor for 17 years and has captained Brisbane’s Ned Flanders Cricket Club for over two decades, leading the team to international victories against national teams on every continent.
Pre-tour extension: Carnival Champion’s Parade 24 – 27 February 2023
Main tour Itinerary
Post tour extension: Tierra del Fuego 11 – 14 March 2023
The cost of the tour sharing a double or twin room is USD $6,566 per person. The cost of the tour with a room to yourself is USD $7,284 .