2020 Total Solar Eclipse Expedition - Itinerary Tour A

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Day One - 8th December 2020 - Arrive Santiago and transfer to your hotel for a two night stay.

Day Two - At leisure in Santiago with local optional excursions available.

Day Three - Fly south to Puerto Montt and onward to the small town of Puerto Varas in the heart of Patagonia for a two night stay.

Day Four - A chance to enjoy the dramatic scenery of the area today.

Day Five - Travel through the Patagonia Lakes area today and cross the Andes into Argentina. You will have the choice to make the crossing either by land or by taking the "lakes crossing" route with boat trips across three lakes joined by precipitous mountain roads. Both routes travel through magnificent scenery, although the land crossing is the quicker journey.  Our hotel for the next two nights is in Bariloche in the Argentine Lake District.

Day Six - At leisure in Bariloche.  The lakeside town of Bariloche has a distinctly German flavour, with architecture reminiscent of the Alps and many examples of a long established German culture.  Excursions on the lakes are a highlight here.

Day Seven - Eclipse Day.  There is a very clear distinction in local weather patterns in this region, with moisture laden winds blowing inland from the Pacific Ocean on to the western slopes of the Andes. Moisture is lost as the air rises over the mountain range and the downward slopes to the east of the range have a dry desert climate. Deserts are usually good places to expect the clear sky we need to observe an eclipse so this is where we will locate our mid-day observation site. After the eclipse we cross the border into Chile and the next three nights hotel accommodation will be in the town of Pucon on the shores of Lake Villaricca with views of the stunning Villarrica Volcano as a backdrop.  

 

OBSERVATION SITE details and weather data are HERE  *Eclipse observation from Malleo, Argentina.

 

Day Eight and Day Nine - At leisure in Pucon on the shores of Lake Villarrica.  A chance to explore and enjoy the town or perhaps take a boat trip or other local excursion.  For the energetic, there is a wonderful volcano to hike up!

Day Ten - Fly to Santiago today, with a final night at a Santiago hotel.

Day Eleven - Departure for your homeward flight.

 

Tour Price £1,995 / $2,795 per person.

  • The price is for the tour from arrival in Santiago on Day 1 to your departure on Day 11.

  • Bed and breakfast accommodation is provided in hotels throughout the tour and all transfers, transport and excursions as described are included.  Accommodation is provided in twin or double bed hotel rooms with private bathroom. We are usually able to arrange shared accommodation with a person of the same gender or a limited number of rooms for sole occupancy are available at a supplement.  Single Supplement £1,145 / $1,600.

  • Local flights within Chile are included but International flights are not included in the tour price.

  • Flight packages from London and the US will be offered about a year in advance of the tour departure or you can arrange your own International flights if you prefer. Current return air fares from London are between about £800 and £1,000 and from the US about $850 to $1,200

  • Provisional Reservations - Upon being able to confirm your Provisional Reservation we will invoice you for a deposit of 20% of the Tour Price per person.  This deposit is due within 2 weeks of the invoice date to secure your space on the tour.

  • Tour Extension details are available HERE