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2019 Total Solar Eclipse Chile

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2019 Total Solar Eclipse Chile 2019 Total Solar Eclipse Chile

ITINERARY:

Day 1 /June 24, 2019:   Depart from Miami

Overnight flight from Miami to Santiago. 

Day 2 /June 25, 2019:   Arrive Santiago 

Private transfer from the airport in Santiago to the hotel in Santiago. There is the option to include an early check-in at the 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 / June 26, 2019: Santiago city tour [B,L,D]

Private half day city tour of Santiago, with lunch
In Santiago de Chile, the best features of a vibrant, modern metropolis are paired with the old-world charm of a former colonial capital, and this private tour will introduce you to both sides of the city. You will begin 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.
Leaving the centre, you’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. Your tour will conclude with a visit to the fashionable business districts of Providencia and Las Condes, with their broad boulevards lined with modern high-rises, and shady side-streets flanked by fine restaurants and trendy boutiques. This half-day excursion forms the perfect initiation to the charms of one of South America’s most exciting cities.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Dinner at a local restaurant (walking distance from the hotel).

Day 4 / June 27, 2019:  Valparaiso and Catrala Boutique Vineyard [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 Wednesday

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 5 / June 28, 2019: 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.

Lunch at the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

Half day excursion to Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna)
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.

Dinner at a local restaurant with transfers.

Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama hotel in San Pedro de Atacama
Superior Room for 3 night(s) with breakfast

Day 6 / June 29, 2019: Alma Observatory and Atacama Salt Flat  [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.

Lunch at a local restaurant (the ALMA tour drops you off at the town center, near where the restaurant is).

PM Private half day excursion to the Atacama Salt Flat (Salar de Atacama) and Toconao Village
Pick up from the restaurant. You depart with your tour guide to the 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 at the hotel.

Day 7 / June 30, 2019: Geysers of El Tatio [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.

Lunch at the hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant with transfers.

You may enjoy stargazing tonight as there are a few places in the world where the sky is as clear as in northern Chile. Therefore many of the world’s most important international observatories are located here. Astronomers from all over the world are regularly drawn here for their research. The observation centre Space Obs in San Pedro de Atacama (San Pedro de Atacama Celestial Observatory) is situated close to the Tropic of Capricorn, and is open to the public. During your visit, an expert explains the basics of astronomy and, with the help of an extra strong laser pointer, highlights special features of the southern hemisphere. You will also get an unforgettable glimpse of the distant stars and galaxies by looking through a telescope.

Note: the tour takes places outside and warm clothing is recommended.

Day 8 / July 1, 2019: Flight to La Serena [B,D]

Private transfer from the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama to the airport in Calama. Upon arrival, private transfer from the airport in La Serena to the hotel in La Serena. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in La Serena. 

Day 9 / July 2, 2019: ****ECLIPSE DAY**** [B,L,D]

Enjoy a full-day excursion to Elqui Valley to view the Total Solar Eclipse today. 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 on 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. 

Transfer to site around Vicuña in the Elqui Valley, where you can see the beautiful eclipse of the sun. We will have a tent with chairs for passengers to observe comfortably and taste some local products, accompanied by our guide. Start of partial eclipse (C1): UTC 19:23:51 

Event Time (UT)*
Start of partial eclipse (C1) :  19:23:51.9
Start of total eclipse (C2) :  20:38:48.9
Maximum eclipse :  20:40:06.1
End of total eclipse (C3) :  20:41:22.9
End of partial eclipse (C4) :  21:46:54.6

The return drive to La Serena is in the late evening. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in La Serena. 

Day 10 / July 3, 2019 : Excursion to Isla Damas [B,L,D]

This fascinating day-long excursion is ideal for nature lovers and the adventurous. The journey from La Serena heads north along the coast, through an arid, dramatic landscape, for about 120 km. At the fishing village of Caleta Los Choros, you’ll board a small boat to take you out toward the Humboldt Penguin Nature Reserve islands of Gaviota, Choros and Damas, just off the coast. Cruising by the first two of these islands (where tourists are not allowed to land), you’ll see countless sea lions and many types of sea birds on the shore, including cormorants and penguins. You’ll land at Isla Damas, for a picnic lunch (included in the tour) near the white sandy beach and a stroll around the beautiful island. If you climb the hill, make sure to be on the lookout for whales in the bay! Even if you aren’t rewarded with the sight of whales, you’re almost sure to get a close-up view of the nature reserve’s friendly dolphins during the boat trip to or from the island – one of the highlights of the tour. Toward evening, after a stimulating day on the water, you’ll make the return drive to La Serena.

*NOTE: Only 50 people can be in the island at the same time.

Optional: It might be possible to replace the above excursion with a visit to Cerro Tololo, La Silla or Las Campanas observatories (at the moment they only open to public on Saturdays and during daytime but hopefully they open during the eclipse days).

• LAS CAMPANAS OBSERVATORY
This observatory belongs to the Carnegie Institute of Washington U.S.A. It has four telescopes and is situated 160 kilometers north of La Serena at an altitude of 2500 meters above sea level.

• CERRO TOLOLO OBSERVATORY
The observatory is situated 87 kilometers east of La Serena at a height of 2200 meters above sea level. It is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) under contract with the Science Foundation of the United States. The observatory was opened in 1976 and has eight telescopes including a 4 meter lens. The current "Gemini" project which when completed will be used in conjunction with a similar telescope based in Hawaii, each operating with twin mirrors of 6 meters in diameter

• 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 11 / July 4, 2019: Flight back to Santiago [B,D]

After breakfast, transfer from the hotel in La Serena to the airport in La Serena. Flight to Santiago. Upon arrival,  transfer from the airport to the hotel in Santiago. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at our hotel in Santiago. 

Day 12 / July 5, 2019: Flight back to USA [B]

Private transfer from the hotel in Santiago to the airport in Santiago. (There is the option to include a Late Check Out or an additional excursion before going to the airport.)

 
 
 
 
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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 due by Nov 8, 2017
    • 3rd Payment: $1,000 due by Oct 8, 2018
    • Final Payment due by January 15, 2019

    BOOKING FORM

    Please fax the above form to 1-888-514-7070 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 - Calama
      • Calama - La Serena
      • La Serena - 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 +

    • Flights and airport taxes as well as other surcharges for flights
    • Optional excursions
    • Tips (restaurants, hotels, guides, drivers, etc.)
    • Personal expenses
    • Services not mentioned in the program
    • Travel Insurance
  • Hotels +

    The Singular Santiago *****, Santiago

    In the fashionable, vibrant central district of Lastarria, near Santa Lucía Hill, is The Singular Lastarria. The hotel sits in one of the oldest districts in the capital; Lastarria’s many attractions include the famous “Bellas Artes Museum" and numerous parks, and its winding streets, lined with cafés, bars and restaurants, give it a European flair. The hotel rooms on seven floors are classically-elegant and modern. In the spa area, guests can relax in the sauna or in the jacuzzi, enjoy a massage and they may also enjoy the fine cuisine of the restaurant. The Singular Lastarria, will be the perfect starting-point to explore the centre of Santiago.

    Rooms: 62
    Facilities: Hairdryer, cable TV, room safe, minibar, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, event rooms, spa area, laundry service
    Internet: Wi-Fi
    http://www.thesingular.com

    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.

    Rooms: 60
    Facilities: Air-conditioning, heating, private terrace, minibar, TV, room safe, telephone, haidryer, swimmingpools, whirlpools, spa with sauna and massage room, fitness room, beauty centre, laundry service, parking lots
    Internet: Wi-Fi
    http://www.cumbressanpedro.com

    De La Bahía *****, La Serena

    Part of the ENJOY Coquimbo Casino and Resort, the 5-star Hotel de la Bahía is located on the oceanfront just moments from the centre of this port city. The spacious, sleekly-appointed guest rooms each feature a private terrace and a spectacular sea view, along with all-modern amenities. The resort includes a complete wellness centre with a gym, sauna, jacuzzi, and massage treatments. With several outstanding restaurants, an exciting gaming casino, and nightly entertainment, guests can choose from a wide variety of diversions – not to mention the local outdoor highlights, which include excellent beaches and the dramatic beauty of the Chico Norte region.

    Rooms: 111
    Facilities: LCD TV, room safe, climate control, terrace, non-smoking-rooms, room service, restaurants, conference and event rooms, business centre, sauna, gym, spa with massage rooms, swimmongpool, whirlpool, casino, playground with child care, beauty salon, ironing service, nightclub/DJ, shops, laundry service,parking lots
    Internet: Wi-Fi
    http://www.enjoy.cl/todos-los-enjoy/coquimbo

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