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For the total solar eclipse on Monday, December 14, 2020 it’s less about the time of day or altitude of the eclipse, and more about the fact that totality will occur over the beautiful Chilean Lake District. A volcanic area of hot springs and hiking paths some 470 miles south of Santiago, this lovely leisure area is dominated by lakes and is popular for hiking, mountain biking, boating, and rafting. There’s something for everyone here. Totality will occur over Pucón at 1:03 p.m. on December 14, 2020 and last for 2 minutes, 9 seconds. Since it’s the middle of the day, the eclipse will take place directly overhead (71 degrees), similar to how most of the U.S. experienced totality in 2017.
Welcome to Santiago. Please check-in to our hotel. Overnight in Santiago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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