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2020 Chile & Easter Island Solar Eclipse

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ITINERARY:

Day 1 / Dec 3, 2020:   Arrive Santiago  

Welcome to Santiago. Meet & greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to rest. Overnight in Santiago. 
 

Day 2 / Dec 4, 2020:   Santiago  / Flight to Easter Island / Rapa Nui  [B]

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from hotel to Santiago Airport to take flight to Rapa Nui. Arrival and transfer from Rapa Nui Airport to the hotel. Half day tour in the afternoon to Tahai Ceremonial Complex, one of the most interesting places on Rapa Nui due combination of archaeological remains of great historical importance with a landscape of great beauty located in front of the Pacific Ocean. The archaeological site of Tahai is one of the oldest settlements on the island whose earliest remains date back to 700 AD. It seems that these lands were occupied by the Marama clan, and perhaps the Miru clan, to raise its political and religious center. According to tradition, Tahai was the last place of residence of Ngaara, the last ariki mau or high-ranking ruler, who died and was buried here. The occupation of Tahai by the first settlers was not fortuitous. In this place they had comfortable access to the sea to go fishing and a regular supply of fresh water from underground springs. The site of Tahai is a wide area extended a little over 250 meters from north to south and about 200 meters from east to west. In this section, the terrain descends in a gentle slope from the interior until reaching the coast, where a small inlet called Hanga Moana Verovero is formed. This site is a good example of how the ancient inhabitants modified natural environment to adapt it to their needs. To achieve the final result that is now observed, they had to level and fill the land with thousands of cubic meters of earth and stone. Back to hotel and overnight.

Easter island 1

Day 3 / Dec 5, 2020:  Easter Island  [B,L]

After breakfast, departure for a half day tour to Akivi. This Archaeological Center Roihi district was the first scientifically restored in the 60s, is a ceremonial place, particularly interesting not only for its location but also for its legend known about its seven moai. Then visit Puna Pau, site located east of the town of Hanga Roa, in a small crater of red scoria. From there he got the pukao or hats that crowned the moai. On the way,we can see the path by which the carrying, finding some of these hats inconclusive. “Ancestral Curanto” for lunch, either in continental Chile and in Rapa Nui, the curanto is a traditional food which consists of cooking food using hot stones and in this specific case (Rapa Nui) banana leaves are used to keep the heat and take care of the food. This exotic dish, besides being a delicacy for the palate, is an experience that is lived with locals whith an unique atmosphere created around the fire. This dish can carry fish, meat, sweet potato, banana and sorted vegetables.

After lunch, we’ll travel toward Ahu Ahu Vinapu comprises (two temples) in ruins, one of them appreciating the extraordinary similarity in the carving of the stones with the ruins of the Inca people. Scholars have reinforced the theory that the first inhabitants of the island may have come from the Americas. The trip continues along the coast to the Rano Kau. Next to the crater, this ancient Orongo where the largest concentration of petroglyphs. There are images of the birdman Tangara Manu, the creator god Make Make and Komari, fertility symbols. From the edge of the cliff you can see the three islets Motu Iti, Motu Nui and Motu Kao Kao. Return to hotel and overnight. 

Day 4 / Dec 6, 2020:  Easter Island  [B]

After breakfast, tour will take us to village of Hanga Roa, along the coast, to the ruins of the temple of Vaihu, which is preserved as it as was after successive wars of the past. Notable red hats of the moai, which were thrown overboard. Continuing Akahanga archaeological center, with several moai face down, abandoned during transportation. Then the volcano Rano Raraku and its quarry where the moai were carved all that exist on the island. Here are more than 300 moai in various stages of construction. On a hike climb to the crater of the volcano can be seen inside a small lagoon and other moai. Continue to the Ahu Tongariki recently restored, with the largest group of moai that had been destroyed by a large earthquake in 1960. Finally Anakena beach with her two beautiful temples or ahu. After lunch, there will be an option to take a swim or explore the magnificent surrounding landscape. Returning in the afternoon to the town of Hanga Roa. Back to hotel. Overnight.

Day 5 / Dec 7, 2020: Easter Island / Flight to Santiago  [B]

After breakfast transfer from hotel to Rapa Nui Airport. Flight from Rapa Nui to Santiago. Arrival and transfer from Santiago Airport to your hotel. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Santiago. 

Day 6 / Dec 8, 2020: Santiago [B]

After breakfast half day tour of Santiago city. We we will visit to the historic city center, whit the central plaza as a highlight (Plaza de Armas), kilometer zero and crucial center of the capital, where the construction of Santiago began during the colonial era, with old buildings, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, a beautiful building that combines Bavarian and neoclassical styles of that time. In this context, a tour through the civic district, with the ministerial building surrounding the government’s house, the Palacio de la Moneda, a silent witness of the most relevant event in our republican history. To conclude the historical area, a tour by the old and stately neighborhoods of the old “high society”, a place full of an exquisite architectonic variety brought by immigrants, mainly European, in a time of great mining exploitation and high-born families. Later, a magnificent panoramic view from one of our hills in the city, where it is possible to appreciate a part of the mountain-chain slopes that surround the city to, afterwards, go to the western area to see the great architectonic contrast. A thriving and contemporary city that proves its best with impressive buildings of daring architectonic styles that represent a seal of modernity to this big city. Back to hotel. Rest of the afternoon for leisure. Overnight in Santiago. 

Day 7 /Dec 9, 2020: Santiago / Valparaiso / Santiago [B]

After breakfast, departure along 68 Route and move deep inside Casablanca toward Valparaíso, main port in Chile, considered World Heritage Site by its rare architecture and narrow-street display, passages, and stairs that go up to the top of the hills. Then visit to Viña del Mar, the most visited tourist seaside resort in our country, also known as the Ciudad Jardín (Garden City), because of all the green areas that surround it, wide sidewalks, beautiful plazas, and bloomed gardens. They are the gates to the Pacific ocean. Discover the contrast of both cities next to the sea, located only at 120 km from Santiago. While in After visiting both cities, back to Santiago. Overnight in Santiago. 

Day 8 / Dec 10, 2020: Santiago / Flight to San Pedro de Atacama [B,L,D]

After breakfast transfer from hotel to Santiago Airport. Flight from Santiago to Calama. Arrival and transfer from Calama Airport to San Pedro de Atacama located 100 km far at almost 2 hours ride. Arrival and rest of the morning for leisure. Lunch in the hotel. In the afternoon half day tour to Moon & Marth Valley. Trekking clothing and shoes, lots of unscreen, and a windbreaker jacket are required. This valley is one of the most distinctive attractions of San Pedro de Atacama. Before returning our hotel we will stop at a beautiful vista point watching the sunset. Cocktail service and entrance tickets are included on this tour. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 9 / Dec 11, 2020: San Pedro de Atacama [B,L,D]

After breakfast enjoy a half day tour to High Plateau Lagoons. One acclimatization day is required, warm clothing, sunscreen. Located in the Andes mountain range and over 13.780 ft. average, the high Andean lagoons Miscanti, Miñiques and of the red stones in the salt fat of Talar, gives to us an spectacular view of the Andean life. Lunch and entrance tickets are included. After lunch, we’ll travel towards Toconao town, to visit its church, markets and local handicraft shops. we will continue to the core of the Atacama Salt Flat. Cocktail service and entrance tickets are included. Back to hotel and overnight.

Day 10 / Dec 12, 2020: San Pedro de Atacama [B,L,D]

Early in the morning (around 05:30 hs) we will depart to Tatio Geysers. 2 acclimatization days are required for this tour. Also warm clothing, sunglasses and swimsuit. Tour at dawn by the geothermal field where we visit the 4 largest and most representative place geysers. After breakfast, we will be able to take a bath in a rustic hot springs pool, to continue the tour to the village of Machuca. Buffet breakfast and entrance tickets are included. Back to hotel around 13:00 hs. Lunch in the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to walk around or enjoy hotel facilities. Dinner and overnight.

Day 11 / Dec 13, 2020: San Pedro de Atacama /Flight to Valdivia [B]

After breakfast transfer from hotel to Calama Airport. Flight from Calama to Valdivia via Santiago.  Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. 

Day 12 / Dec 14, 2020: ******Eclipse Day********

After an early breakfast we will drive from Valdivia to Villarica located 80 miles away (approx. 1.5 hours).  We’ll arrive at our special eclipse viewing site around 9am. Total eclipse will start at 1.02pm local time. After the eclipse we will have lunch in Pucon or Villarrica. After lunch, free time at leisure in Villarica. Back to hotel and overnight.

 

TimePhaseDirectionAltitude
11:41 amMon, Dec 14 Partial Eclipse beginsThe Moon touches the Sun's edge. Map direction East-northeast67°
59.5°

1:02 pmMon, Dec 14

Full Eclipse beginsThe Sun becomes totally eclipsed.

Map direction North-northeast31°

71.8°

1:03 pmMon, Dec 14

Maximum EclipseMoon is closest to the center of the Sun.

Map direction North-northeast30°

71.9°

1:04 pmMon, Dec 14

Full Eclipse endsThe total eclipse ends.

Map direction North-northeast30°

72.0°

2:31 pmMon, Dec 14

Partial Eclipse endsThe Moon leaves the Sun's edge.

Map direction Northwest324°

71.1°

Day 13/ Dec 15, 2020: Valdivia/ Flight to Santiago [B]

After breakfast, transfer from hotel to Valdivia Airport for our short flight to Santiago. End of our services. (Additional nights in Santiago available upon request)

 

 

  • Hotels

    Santiago - Mandarin Oriental Hotel (5*)

    As one of the most luxurious hotels in South America, Mandarin Oriental Santiago enjoys a reputation for style, service and outstanding facilities. Located in the exclusive neighbourhood of Las Condes, and with a choice of award-winning restaurants, beautiful rooms and an outdoor pool, we offer the perfect base for your Santiago stay.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.

    Rapa Nui - Taha Tai Hotel (3*)

    One of our top picks in Hanga Roa. An outdoor swimming pool and bungalows surrounded by gardens can be enjoyed in Hanga Roa only a 5-minute drive from Mataveri International Airport. Wi-Fi is free in public areas and breakfast is included.Taha Tai’ has plenty of common outdoor areas to enjoy nature and is only 1,650 feet from downtown Hanga Roa. Regional flavours can be enjoyed at the on-site restaurant. Anakena beach is 11.2 miles away and Hanga Roa Museum is 1.9 miles from the bungalows. 

    San Pedro de Atacama - Hotel Cumbres (4*)

    Boasting 3 swimming pools and a fitness center, Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama offers rooms with private balconies 1.2 mi from the Atacama Desert. Spa facilities include 2 hot tubs and 2 saunas. All rooms at Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama have heating, air conditioning, satellite TV and balconies with a view. They feature ochry-colored walls which provide a soothing ambiance. Free WiFi is available in the common areas. All rooms have external showers that allow guests to enjoy the northern landscape. A buffet breakfast is served in the restaurant, that also offers international dishes prepared with local ingredients. Drinks can be enjoyed at the bar, on the terrace overlooking the garden, or on the sun loungers by the pool. Guest can request a comforting massage session. Beauty treatments include products from the Dead Sea and the Atacama soil. They can also relax reading a book in the cozy lounge.

    Valdivia - Hotel Dreams Pedro de Valdivia (5*)

    Boasting an indoor swimming pool, spa facilities and a hot tub, this luxurious hotel is only 350 feet from Costanera Avenue. Gym facilities are available and WiFi is free. At Hotel Dreams Valdivia guests can enjoy panoramic views of the city from every room, and book a massage. Air-conditioned rooms feature flat-screen cable TVs, seating areas and mini-bars. Some rooms have spacious balconies and bathrooms with baths. A full buffet breakfast with regional jams, pastries and fresh juices is served daily.

  • Rates & Booking Info

    Per person in Double room: $7,685

    Single Room: $10,895


    • Deposit: $2,000 per person is  due at the time of booking along with a completed Booking Form.
    • 2.nd Payment: $2,000 per person due by February 6, 2019
    • Final Payment due by July 17, 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.
    • Cancellation Penalties are as follows:
    • Booking date - Feb 6,2019: 25% penalty
    • Feb 7, 2019 – July 16, 2019: 50% penalty
    • July 17, 2019 - Trip date: 100% penalty
  • Tour Inclusions

    • All domestic flights:
      • Santiago - Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
      • Rapa Nui - Santiago
      • Santiago - Calama
      • Calama - Santiago
      • Santiago - Valdivia
      • Valdivia - Santiago
    • Hotel accommodations as listed in double accupancy
    • Private transportation
    • Daily breakfasts at the hotels
    • Lunches and dinners as listed in the itinerary
    • Private special tent for Eclipse Traveler and hot/cold beverages and snacks served during eclipse
    • Eclipse celebration party
    • All sightseeing tours
    • Entrance fees 
    • Services of an English-speaking guide
    • Services of an Eclipse Traveler Trip Leader
    • Eclipse lecture by an experienced astronomer
    • Travel Documents Kit
    • Eclipse viewing glasses
    • Eclipse Traveler t-shirt

     

  • Trip Insurance

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  • Tour Exclusions

    • International Flights
    • Arrival and departure airport transfers
    • Tips (restaurants, hotels, guides, drivers, etc.)
    • Personal expenses
    • Drinks with meals
    • Services not mentioned in the program
    • Travel Insurance
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