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For the Annular Solar Eclipse on Wednesday, October 2, 2024, 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 Easter Island. Easter Island’s most dramatic claim to fame is an array of almost 900 giant stone figures that date back many centuries. The statues reveal their creators to be master craftsmen and engineers and are distinctive among other stone sculptures found in Polynesian cultures. There has been much speculation about the exact purpose of the statues, the role they played in the ancient civilization of Easter Island and the way they may have been constructed and transported.
Meet our group at our hotel in Santiago. Based on your arrival time, you may join us for an afternoon tour of the city of Santiago. Chile´s rich cultural heritage comes to life as we visit the iconic symbols of the city, including La Plaza de Armas (the main square), La Moneda (the government palace), the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral and the spectacular Cerro Santa Lucia, where the city was founded in 1541. We’ll also visit the Orient Sector, the most modern area of the city, with its impressive high-rise buildings and classy boulevards before we offer you a choice of the activities designed to enhance your Santiago experience. Later we take a walking tour through the Mercado Central, Chile’s largest fresh seafood market. We will return to our hotel after the tour followed by a short briefing about our tour. Overnight at our hotel in Santiago.
After breakfast we will drive up to San Cristobal Hill and surroundings. 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. This afternoon, we will pay a visit the National Astronomical Observatory at Cerro Calan of the Universidad de Chile and cradle of the Chilean Astronomy. Return to our hotel after the tour. 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 for dinner and overnight.
After a relaxed breakfast, get ready for the journey to your selected annular eclipse-viewing site, where you’ll will enjoy a cocktail while standing in the moon’s shadow and observing the Annular Eclipse. As the eclipse ends celebration party will be held and you will be served Chilean Champagne and Pisco drink. This evening we will have a mini-cocktail party to celebrate this great annular eclipse that will be followed by dinner. Overnight in Easter Island.
Duration: 3h, 28m, 40s
Duration of annularity: 5m, 48s
Partial begins: Oct 2, 2024, at 12:23:48 pm
Full begins: Oct 2, 2024 at 2:04:23 pm
Maximum: Oct 2, 2024 at 2:07:17 pm
Full ends: Oct 2, 2024 at 2:10:11 pm
Partial ends: Oct 2, 2024 at 3:52:28 pm
Times shown in local time (EASST)
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 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 departure for Valparaiso. 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-colored 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 center, 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. Lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch we will visit the 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 marvelous 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”.
Your Annular Eclipse tour ends unless you take the following extension to San Pedro de Atacama, and as the Valparaiso tour ends you will make your own way to the Santiago airport for your return flight back home.
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Eclipse Traveler strives to collaborate with our astronomers, local meteorological offices, and local astronomers in the region to adhere to the planned itinerary. However, please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to local flight schedule alterations, weather, and other meteorological circumstances that may prevent the unique natural event from being perfectly visible. It is important to keep in mind that viewing a solar eclipse is naturally weather-dependent. In the event of untowardly weather conditions, Eclipse Traveler reserves the right to change the itinerary, re-route, or cancel the tour by providing other options to its guests in a timely manner. Therefore, we strongly advise all of our guests not to book or purchase their international flight tickets without consulting Eclipse Traveler staff.