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2019 Total Solar Eclipse Chile

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ITINERARY:

Day 1 /June 29, 2019:   Depart from Miami

Overnight flight from Miami to Santiago. 

Day 2 /June 30, 2019:   Arrive Santiago 

You will be met by a local guide and driver and transferred to our hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. You will meet your tour guide and astronomer lecturer at 6.00pm for an orientation meeting. Overnight in Santiago.

Day 3 / July 1, 2019: Santiago city tour - La Serena [B,L,D]

After breakfast, enjoy a half-day city tour in Santiago.
First, we’ll travel west toward the soaring Andes, past the Cerro San Cristóbal, an outpost of the mountains which towers over the city with a great white statue of the Virgin Mary crowning its summit. We will ride the cable car, located at the Pedro de Valdivia Norte entrance to reach the summit.
After lunch, we will continue with a visit to the presidential palace, named “La Moneda” because the splendid building once housed the national mint. Many other sights in the historic centre are clustered around the always-bustling Plaza de Armas: the impressive cathedral; the beautiful old post office; the Palacio de la Real Audiencia, now home to the National History Museum; and the Casa Colorada, once the Spanish governor’s residence.
After the tour, we will drive to Santiago Airport for our short flight to La Serena. Our guide and driver will meet us at the airport and transfer to our hotel. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in La Serena.

Day 4 / July 2, 2019:  La Serena *****ECLIPSE DAY**** [B,L,D]

After breakfast at our hotel, we will drive to our eclipse viewing spot. Lunch box will be provided at the eclipse site. We will have ample time to set up our equipment and get ready for this once-in-a-lifetime event.
 
Event Local Time 
Start of partial eclipse (C1) :  15:23:51.9
Start of total eclipse (C2) :  16:38:48.9
Maximum eclipse :  16:40:06.1
End of total eclipse (C3) :  16:41:22.9
End of partial eclipse (C4) :  17:46:54.

The return drive to La Serena is in the late evening. After the celebration cocktails, late dinner and overnight at our hotel in La Serena.

Day 5 / July 3, 2019: La Serena [B,L,D]

Enjoy a full-day excursion to Elqui Valley. The Elqui Valley is a narrow, fertile strip of land winding eastward from the coast. Surrounded by the cactus-covered hillsides, this river-watered valley thrives with papaya, figs, chirimoya (custard fruit), apricots, peaches, and especially grapes. From these last is created the ‘Pisco’ – Chile’s famous grape brandy – for which the valley is particularly famous, and during a leisurely stopover at a distillery you’ll learn about the production process and enjoy a taste or two. In the small town of Vicuña, birthplace of Nobel Prize-winner Gabriela Mistral, you will visit the Bauer Tower (the old city hall), the church, and the main square, before continuing to the Cochigua wine valley, where you will lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit Gabriela Mistral’s tomb in the village of Montegrande, as well as the old school building, now transformed into a museum, where she spent her childhood.
After the tour, return to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in La Serena.

Day 6 / July 4, 2019: La Serena [B,L,D]

Early departure from hotel heading north. Our drive takes us through a semi-desert area populated with cactuses and from where the sector’s typical cloud banks or “camanchaca” can be observed. This unique dense fog that moves inland from the sea is formed when cold air associated with ocean currents originating in the Antarctic hits the warmer air of the mountain range. We drive for some 120 kilometers (74 miles) until reaching Caleta (Cove) Punta de Choros, where we board a small motor boat that takes us to Isla Damas, one of the three islands of the Pinguino de Humboldt National Reserve. It is the habitat for colonies of bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, seagulls and a wide variety of pelicans. Return to inland for lunch.
 
***Above tour is subject to weather conditions. If weather does not permit, we will do the following tour. ****
• LA SILLA OBSERVATORY
The observatory is 156 kilometers north of La Serena at an altitude of 2440 meters above sea level, it belongs to the Southern European Observatory which is financed by 8 European countries. It has 15 telescopes and a radio telescope.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 / July 5, 2019: La Serena - Santiago [B,D]

Transfer to La Serena Airport. After a short flight, arrive Santiago and transfer to our hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure or you can join an optional Santa Rita Vinery tour in Maipo Valley.
 
OPTIONAL TOUR: Maipo Valley Wine Tour: Santa Rita
After breakfast, depart from Santiago, sit back and relax during the scenic drive to Santa Rita Winery. Boasting a dramatic backdrop of the Andes Mountains, the sculpted gardens and verdant splendor of the winery prove a spectacular sight. Greet your knowledgeable guide and begin your tour of the sprawling vineyards, learning about the 19th century origin of the vineyard as you wander. Explore the fermentation cellars and bottling plant to enrich your knowledge of traditional production methods, and then stand before the historical structure of Bodega 1 for a glimpse of typical colonial construction. Venture to the legendary landmark of Don Paula Restaurant, an establishment declared a national monument due to its colorful past. Hear about the 120 battle weary rebel soldiers who sought refuge in the restaurant, and how the courageous owner accommodated the revolutionaries. Sample the three varieties of the signature 120 wine, dedicated to this historical legend. Spend your remaining time at Santa Rita strolling the gorgeous gardens or observing the intriguing artifacts in the on-site Andean Museum.
Next, return to our bus to begin the short journey to Concho y Toro, stopping at a local restaurant on the way for refreshments (own expense.) Admire the winery’s picturesque position, enveloped by the Andean foothills, as you begin your tour of the Pirque Vineyards. Learn about cultivation and harvest methods are you walk amid sprawling vines, then descend into the atmospheric depths of the Cellar of the Devil to hear tales of the winery’s eccentric former owner. Educate your palate by sampling a sublime selection of wines in the elegant bar, trying signature wines such as Casillero del Diablo. Before returning to our hotel, purchase special souvenirs from the wine shop then relax during the smooth journey back to Santiago.

Day 8 / July 6, 2019: Santiago - Valparaiso [B,L,D]

The historic city of Valparaíso is Chile’s oldest port. It is also home to the country’s Senate and Chamber of Deputies, which moved here from the capital in 1989, when Chilean democratic governance was re-established. The city’s many hills are covered with a multi-coloured panorama of painted houses crowding every nook and cranny, ensuring a spectacular backdrop to your visit. During your tour, you will see the historic city centre, whose fine 19th-Century architecture provides good reason for its inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Then, you will travel to a view-point overlooking the city via one of Valparaíso’s signature funicular elevators, two dozen of which were built at the turn of the 20th Century to connect the upper and lower sections of the city. You will also visit the parliamentary building and Plaza Sotomayor’s memorial to the heroes of the War of the Pacific, before you continue to Catrala Boutique Vineyard, located in the way back to Santiago.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
La Sebastiana museum
La Sebastiana is Pablo Neruda’s house in Valparaíso, now open to the public as a museum. High up on Cerro Florida, it offers a marvellous view of the sea and an interesting insight into the life and work of this eccentric poet and diplomat. Pablo Neruda bought this place in order “to live and write in peace” and furnished every corner according to his taste and preferences. He sometimes celebrated New Year’s Eve here. Pablo Neruda called La Sebastiana “a house that seems to be floating in the air, but stands firmly on the ground”.
Catrala Boutique Vineyard
The idyllic Catrala Boutique Vineyard was recently founded in 2003 and is among Chile’s youngest vineyards. It is a perfect location to close the day. You will learn about winegrowing with biodynamic and organic farming in a relaxed and familiar atmosphere. The “Peñuelas” nature reserve, which is full of endemic tree species, surrounds the vineyard and lends the area a spicy scent. In this wonderful environment it is easy to forget about daily life and to enjoy Catrala’s quality wines.
Dinner at the hotel.

Day 9 / July 7, 2019: Santiago [B]

Free day at leisure in Santiago. 

Day 10 / July 8, 2019 : Santiago / San Pedro de Atacama [B,L,D]

Private transfer from the hotel in Santiago to the Airport in Santiago. Private transfer from the airport in Calama to the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. We will have a tour of Salar de Atacama: A salt lake of huge proportions (3000 sq km/1,158 sq mi!), its surface is covered by a thick layer of light-coloured salt crystals, caused by the evaporation of the lake’s water. The world’s largest lithium deposits are found here, but the salt pan is also home to several flamingo species, including the Andean, Chilean and James flamingo, who feed on the micro organisms found in the saline lagoons. These beautiful birds and other species can be observed in their natural habitat at the Salar de Atacama’s Chaxa Lagoon, which is part of the Reserva Nacional de los Flamencos.
On the way to the salt flat, you will stop at the village of Tocoano to see its green square with large cacti, and also its white church with free-standing spire, and interesting constructions using cactus wood. Afterwards, return drive to San Pedro. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 / July 9, 2019: San Pedro de Atacama [B,L,D]

Those who wish to experience the El Tatio Geysers have to get up early, to ensure a timely arrival at the geyser field at sunrise. The fountains located over 4300m/14,108ft, shoot up to 10m/33ft high. The sun’s first rays reflecting countless colours as they mingle with boiling jets coming from the geysers create a strong contrast with the rising steam and the surrounding summits. After the spectacular show there, you have the choice of recovering from the morning chill and warming up in natural pools created by hot springs.
The tour begins in the very early hours of the morning in San Pedro, to ensure a timely arrival at the geyser field at sunrise. The return drive to San Pedro takes place around midday.
After lunch, we will continue to Moon Valley. One of the best-known destinations between Calama and San Pedro is the Valle de la Luna. This tour into the rugged beauty of the Atacama Desert begins at dusk. With the Licancabur volcano providing the backdrop, strange salt and rock formations in the middle of the valley’s barren sandy landscape really do look like a moonscape. After a tour past the bizarre natural rock and salt shapes, you will ascend a lookout point on a giant sand dune where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the valley and the Licancabur volcano. Then, you pass by the bizarre rock formation “Tres Marías” and end the excursion at “Coyote´s rock” (“Piedra del Coyote”). From the top of this rock, you overlook the Kari-Canyon and wide parts of the desert, you can even catch a glimpse at the Salar de Atacama. The setting sun bathes the landscape in a light that changes with every minute, providing a mesmerizing play of colours. The return drive to San Pedro is after sunset.
Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 12 / July 10, 2019: San Pedro de Atacama [B,L,D]

This morning we will visit the ALMA Observatory. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is an international partnership of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) of Japan, together with NRC (Canada), NSC and ASIAA (Taiwan), and KASI (Republic of Korea), in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. ALMA -the largest astronomical project in existence- is a single telescope of revolutionary design, composed of 66 high precision antennas located on the Chajnantor plateau, 5000 meters altitude in northern Chile.

Day 13 / July 11, 2019: Flight back to USA  

After breakfast, transfer to Calama Airport for your flight back to Santiago.Then connecting flight to Miami. 

 
 
 
 
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  • Rates & Booking Info +

    Per person in DBL room: $6,425

    Single Supplement: $1,950


    • Deposit: $1,000 per person is  due at the time of booking along with a completed Reservation Form.
    • 2.nd Payment: $1,000 per person due by Nov 8, 2017
    • 3rd Payment: $1,000 per person due by Oct 8, 2018
    • Final Payment due by January 15, 2019

    BOOKING FORM

    Please fax the above form to 1-888-514-7070 or e-mail at info[at]eclipsetraveler.com to book this tour. 

    • Cancellations must be in writing by email, fax, or mail.
    • All advance payments, less a $500 USD per person service fee, are refundable until Oct 8, 2018.
    • From Oct 9, 2018 – January 14, 2019, all advance payments, less a $2,000 USD per person service fee, are refundable.
    • There are no refunds on/after January 15, 2019

  • Tour Inclusions +

    • International flight from Miami to Santiago
    • All airport taxes and surcharges
    • All domestic flights:
      • Santiago - La Serena
      • La Serena - Santiago
      • Santiago - Calama
      • Calama - Santiago
    • Hotel accommodations as listed 
    • Daily breakfasts at the hotels
    • Lunches and dinners as listed in the itinerary
    • Entrance fees 
    • Private special tent for Eclipse Traveler and hot/cold beverages and snacks served during eclipse
    • Eclipse celebration party-open bar
    • Airport and hotel porterage fees in Santiago
    • Welcome kit
    • Services of an English-speaking guide
    • Services of an Eclipse Traveler Trip Leader
    • Astronomy lectures by a well-known astronomer
    • Travel Documents Kit
    • Eclipse viewing glasses
    • Eclipse Traveler t-shirt
  • Tour Exclusions +

     

    • Optional excursions
    • Tips (restaurants, hotels, guides, drivers, etc.)
    • Personal expenses
    • Services not mentioned in the program
    • Travel Insurance
  • Hotels +

    Mandarin Oriental *****, Santiago

    Rooms at the Hotel Santiago are elegantly designed with modern décor. They feature a LCD TV, a spacious seating area and marble bathrooms with locally-made spa amenities. Rooms offer views of Santiago, the Andes Mountains or the hotel gardens.Guests can dine at the popular Matsuri Restaurant which serves Japanese cuisine, or visit the Senso Restaurant for Mediterranean dishes.AKO spa offers a variety of facial and body treatments and features a sauna. The hotel also provides a fitness center. Located 1.1 mi from Manquehue Metro Station and within 1,650 feet from Parque Arauco Shopping Mall. Las Condes is a great choice for travelers interested in seafood, restaurants and food.

    Campanario Del Mar ****, La Serena

    This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Hotel Campanario is located in front of the beach, on Avenida del Mar, right in the limit of Coquimbo and La Serena. It offers 35 pleasant and recently built rooms with free WiFi access. Breakfast is included and there's a restaurant on-site.
    Rooms at Hotel Campanario are tastefully decorated and equipped with air conditioning. Additionally, they are fitted with 48" LED TVs, a private bathroom and a queen or king-size bed.

    Buffet breakfast with fresh fruits and homemade pastries is served daily. Guests will find a terrace at the restaurant with sea view and a great point to enjoy the sunset.

    Cumbres San Pedro *****, San Pedro de Atacama

    The Cumbres San Pedro hotel is located 2 km south of San Pedro. Its architecture and name are a homage to the native inhabitants of the Atacama Desert: Rustic elements are mixed beautifully with modern comfort, and big windows make the Licancabur volcano always be present. The rooms and suites are spacious, cosy and comfortably equipped.

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