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2020 Argentina & Chile Solar Eclipse

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ITINERARY:

Day 1 / Dec 9, 2020:   Arrive Buenos Aires  [D]

Arrive at Buenos Aires Airport. Transfer to our hotel is on your own or we can arrange private transfer service for an additional cost. 
Upon arrival at our hotel, please proceed to the private check-in desk for Eclipse Travelers. Rest of the day is at lesiure. 
Meet up at the lobby at 6.00pm and private transfer from hotel to restaurant with guide. Enjoy a 3-course dinner at a local restaurant. 
 
Hotel: Melia Buenos Aires 
 

Day 2 / Dec 10, 2020: Buenos Aires [B,L,D]

Enjoy buffet breakfast at the hotel. Today we will explore Buenos Aires with a private tour guide visiting Recoleta - Palermo - Plaza de Mayo - Puerto Madero - San Telmo - La Boca. On an unforgettable route, we will live all the porteño magic. These few hours feature all the magic of Argentina"s capital city. In this most complete overview of the Paris of South America we will visit the glamorous neighborhoods of Recoleta and its most famous cemetery, Palermo, May Square and the Pink House, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the newest & trendiest Puerto Madero Area and many other emblematic buildings and palaces of unique architectural, historical, and cultural value. The visit would not be complete without the sights of the first settlements of the city of Buenos Aires. The pintoresque neighborhood of San Telmo, residence to the porteño aristocracy until the end of the XIX century and where the renowned antiques market is held every Sunday; Caminito Street, in the colorful, Italian immigrants neighborhood of La Boca.

Lunch will be taken at a traditional Argentinean restaurant on our way. Afternoon is free at leisure. 

Tonight enjoy dinner and an unforgattable Tango Show at La Ventana. In the heart of San Telmo neighborhood, La Ventana Barrio de Tango opened for business back in 1982. This totally refurbished historical "conventillo" (tenement) offers a definitive tour of classic porteño culture. This typical early 20th century house is an ideal stage for a unique show: 32 artists, two tango orchestras, a folk music group, dancers and singers.

Hotel: Melia Buenos Aires 

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Day 3 / Dec 11, 2020 : Buenos Aires - Flight to Al Calafate  [B,L,D]

After buffet breakfast at our hotel, transfre to the airport for our flight to Al Calafate. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at La Tablita Restaurant. 

After lunch, guided tour of Galciarium Museum. Glaciarium is a modern interpretation glaciological center, and one of the few Glacier Museums in the world. The understanding of glaciers and environmental awareness are the main subjects. The architecture is quite unique and the façade of the building is reminiscent of the face of a glacier. The exhibits include models, dioramas, photographs, screens, interactive representations, a 3D documentary, and other modern resources that provide an enriching experience. A new option to complete your visit to El Calafate and the Perito Moreno Glacier.

After the tour, return to our hotel and dinner. Overnight at our hotel. 

Hotel: Xelena Hotel 

Perito Moreno Glacier Pano

Day 4 / Dec 12, 2020 : El Calafate  [B,L,D]

Breakfast at our hotel. Today we will have a full-day tour of Perito Moreno Glacier. The Perito Moreno Glacier rises majestically 80 km away from El Calafate. This is one of the largest and the only advancing glacier in the world, as well as the biggest attraction at Los Glaciares National Park, a 600,000-hectare protected area covered by an ice mantle. We will start by penetrating the Patagonic Andean forest and make a first breathtaking stop at "Curva de los Suspiros" (Curve of Sighs), where we will enjoy a first view of this incredible natural wonder. When we approach the glacier, we will walk down the catwalks to approach the Glacier and admire from different panoramic points this wonderful creation of Mother Nature. We will be able to contemplate very closely when varied-sized ice blocks loosen and fall into the water with a great thunder becoming beautiful ice floes in the deep waters of the Lago Argentino. This day will be an unforgettable experience, a once in a lifetime delight. Lunch will be served at Nativos de la Patagonia (National Park).

Later we will embark on Moreno Spirit, and navigate around the Perito Moreno glacier. As a 250 km2 ice formation, the Perito Moreno glacier displays an imposing beauty as well as an unusual phenomenon: its enormous body keeps expanding constantly, causing frequent ice calving in its vast front into the water. This tour departs daily from Puerto Moreno, by the National Park's trails at the Iceberg's Channel. From that point, the tour boat arrives promptly to the glacier's North wall to admire its greatness and to witness the sudden breaking away of a mass of ice, often followed by a loud booming sound.

Return to our hotel. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. 

Hotel: Xelena Hotel

Day 5 / Dec 13, 2020: El Calafate - Flight to Bariloche  [B,D]

After breakfast at our hotel,  private transfer from hotel to Calafate Airport. Flight to Bariloche. Upon arrival, private transfer to our hotel. 

Today is at leisure to get ready for tomorrow's eclipse. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. 

Dinner will be at a local restaurant. Overnight in Bariloche. 

Hotel: Panamericano Bariloche Hotel

Day 6/Dec 14, 2020: ***ECLIPSE DAY*** Bariloche - Junin de los Andes [B,L,D]

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Drive from Bariloche to Junin de los Andes for the total solar eclipse. (Distance: 222 km approx. 3 hours)
In Argentina, the longest shadow time of this eclipse will occur, which will reach 2 minutes with 10 seconds. Lunch boxes will be provided at the eclipse site. After the eclipse, drive back to our hotel in Bariloche. Dinner and overnight in Bariloche. 

Hotel: Panamericano Bariloche Hotel2020eclipse

 

Time

Phase

Direction

Altitude

11:43 am

Mon, Dec 14

Partial Eclipse beginsThe Moon touches the Sun's edge.

Map direction East-northeast64°

60.5°

1:06 pm

Mon, Dec 14

Full Eclipse beginsThe Sun becomes totally eclipsed.

Map direction North-northeast25°

71.9°

1:06 pm

Mon, Dec 14

Maximum EclipseMoon is closest to the center of the Sun.

Map direction North-northeast24°

72.0°

1:07 pm

Mon, Dec 14

Full Eclipse endsThe total eclipse ends.

Map direction North-northeast24°

72.0°

2:33 pm

Mon, Dec 14

Partial Eclipse endsThe Moon leaves the Sun's edge.

Map direction Northwest321°

69.8°

 

Day 7/ Dec 15, 2020: Bariloche - Puerto Varas  [B,D]

Transfer in private service from hotel to Puerto Pañuelo with guide. 

We will board a catamaran and navigate the Blest branch of Nahuel Huapi lake. After visiting Los Cántaros cascade, we will enjoy lunch at Peulla lodging house and then take a bus to Alegre port. We will border Frías lake and enjoy the view of Tronador hill. We will arrive at Frías port, and take a bus through the Andean lush vegetation, and reach Peulla, the Chilean immigration office. We will board a catamaran again and sail the Todos los Santos lake, admiring the Puntiagudo hill and impressive Osorno volcano. We will then take a bus to visit Saltos del Petrohué. Driving by Llanquihue Lake, we will finally arrive at Varas and Montt ports.

Continue to Puerto Varas bordering Llanquihue Lake. Imposing views of the Osorno and Calbuco Volcano dominate the whole landscape. Arrival in Puerto Varas at 8.00pm approx. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. 

Hotel: Radisson Puerto Varas Hotel. 

Day 8/ Dec 16, 2020: Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas [B,L,D]

Today we will ejoy a half-day city tour of Puerto Varas - also known as “The City of Roses”- with a stop on the lake shore road to appreciate the view of the city from the bay and the "Aurora" sculpture with Llanquihue Lake background. We get to see many of the Attractions of here; the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church built during the year of 1915 to 1918, Baroque Style it’s an exact replica of a church in Black Forest, Germany, from there came some of the first settlers since 1852, The Old Neighborhood.

After that we will go to the downtown by the shore of the beautiful Llanquihue lake and depending on weather we will see the Osorno Volcano with its ice melting that enhance the water level of the Llanquihue lake. The tour continues going to the Route of Settlers passing by Alerce village and accessing the Puerto Montt city visiting the highest place in Puerto Montt city, where we will see the most beautiful view of the city, the ocean and Tenglo Island. From there we’ll go to the German Monument located in the Main Square, the waterfront pier and the Cathedral, enjoying during the visit the German influence in the architecture of the houses, garden and buildings, and the mix of both cultures.

Later we continue going to Angelmó, famous in Chile, because it has many Hand Crafts and Gifts shops, and of course the City Central Market, where we can see how It works one of the principal economic activities, the fishing and sea food, that gets there fresh from the boats to the buyers. Also here we have typical cooking places, basically are restaurants where you find sea food, fishes and other delicious specialties of the Chilean cuisine. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. 

After lunch, we continue to Frutillar and visit the city of Llanquihue, famous for their sausages, and it is where Maullin River begins, and this area is part of the ancient Route of Settlers. In the city we will visit the Memorial to the German Colonists, and then we continue along the Llanquihue Lake to Frutillar city. This city is a beautiful village that recalls the old Bavaria, from there were the first settlers who arrived to this area. The city started in 1856 as a boarding pier, soon appeared tanneries, mills, breweries, etc. We will walk around its beautiful old houses of German style, admiring the gardens and incomparable views of the volcanoes Osorno and Puntiagudo. As an option, passengers can go to the German Colonial Museum which portrays the life of the settlers, and at the lake shore, observe the “Teatro del Lago” where each year is presented the famous Frutillar Musical Week, a Summer Festival which presents classic music from Chile and abroad that offer each year approximately 40 concerts.

Return to hotel after the tour. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. 

Hotel: Radisson Puerto Varas Hotel

Day 9 / Dec 17, 2020: Puerto Varas - Santiago [B,D]

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning is free for leisure, then lunch in local restaurant and by the afternoon transfer from hotel to airport in Puerto Montt for our flight to Santiago. Transfer to our hotel and free time before dinner. 

Tonight we will have dinner in Barrica 94 Restaurant which is a meeting point between wine and gastronomy; a place where you can find one of the widest selections of wines by the glass or bottle, both Chilean and foreign, together with a varied gastronomic offer whose pillar is Chilean food.

Hotel: Mandarin Oriental Santiago

Day 10 / Dec 18, 2020: Vina del Mar - Valparaiso- Santiago [B,L,D]

Breakfast at the hotel. Your tour will depart from Santiago to the coastline located 120 kilometers of Santiago, passing through the fertile “Curacaví and Casablanca Valleys”, its vineyards, fruit plantations and forest reserves. During the route, you will visit two important cities, “Viña del Mar”, the main resort of Chile and “Valparaíso”, a port city founded in the XVI century and declared “World heritage by UNESCO”. The promenade includes a panoramic tour by the emblematic places of Valparaíso, such as “National Congress”, “O’Higgins Park”, “Italia Park”, “Victoria Square”, “Sotomayor Square” and “Prat” dock located in the same port. You will then visit the Museum of the famous Chilean poet and writer and Nobel prize-winning in Literature (1971), Pablo Neruda named “Casa Museo La Sebastiana” (La Sebastiana House-Museum). The house was the dream place by Pablo Neruda to escape from the bustling Santiago: “I feel the tiredness of Santiago. I want to find a small house to live and write”. That was the message given to his friends Sara Vial and Marie Martner. In the house, collections of old and navy maps and other paintings are kept. There are many other relics of the port and strange objects, such as music boxes and an antique carved wooden carousel horse. You will then walk through the wonderful viewpoints “Atkinson” and “Gervasoni” located in the most important hills of Valparaíso, “Cerro Alegre” and “Cerro Concepción”. Also, you will use its old and picturesque cable cars, which are still connecting this city.You will then enjoy a delicious lunch at a restaurant of the area.

Then you will continue this beautiful route in front of the sea to arrive at the city of Viña del Mar, which is very well-known as the “Garden City”, fine, sophisticated and inspired about the French Riviera. You will then walk past the picturesque “Flower Clock” and go through the “Peru Avenue” with its traditional “Casino” and fine “Hotel Del Mar”, which is the first of Chile, founded in 1930. Finally, you will be able to see and take a picture of an authentic Moai from the Easter Island located on the outside of the important “Museum of Paleontology and Anthropology Fonck”.

Tonight dinner at El Mestizo Restaurant. Undoubtedly Mestizo is located in one of the most privileged places of our capital. Its view in the Bicentennial Park already makes it one of the most popular restaurants. The living space is spacious and minimalist, full of rustic details that harmonize this immense structure within the park. Overnight at our hotel in Santiago. 

Hotel: Mandarin Oriental Santiago

Day 11 / Dec 19, 2020: Santiago [B,L]

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will discover the Chilean wine at Tarapaca Winery. Located in Maipo Valley, the most traditional valley in Chile, which also has the best qualities for the premium wines production. A unique ecosystem to develop excellence wines, where a careful grape selection from the right terroir for each variety, promotes the obtaining of high quality, complex and balanced wines.Tarapacá winery is internationally renowned as one of the Chilean wineries with the greatest history and tradition. All throughout its history, Viña Tarapacá has followed a successful path that has led it to become an iconic Chilean viticulture brand, and to have its wines placed in more than 60 countries.

Lunch at Tarapaca restaurant. Return to our hotel in the afternoon. Rest of the day is at leisure. 

Day 12 / Dec 20, 2020: Departure from Santiago [B]

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel. End of our services.