ITINERARY OVERVIEW

Saturday, December 5, 2020  :  Depart Home

Sunday, December 6  :  Arrive Santiago, Chile

Monday, December 7  :  SANTIAGO City Tour

Tuesday, December 8  :  Fly to Calama | ATACAMA DESERT | San Pedro de Atacama

Wednesday, December 9  :  San Pedro | TULOR | PUKARÁ de QUITOR | MOON VALLEY

Thursday, December 10  :  San Pedro | RAINBOW VALLEY & PETROGLYPHS

Friday, December 11  :  Special visit to the ALMA OBSERVATORY | Antofagasta

Saturday, December 12  :  Fly to Temuco | VILLARICA

Sunday, December 13  :  CHILEAN LAKE DISTRICT

Monday, December 14  :  TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

Tuesday, December 15  :  Travel Onwards (depart from Temuco, Chile)

Wednesday, December 16  :  Arrive home OR begin Antarctica trip in Punta Arenas

Chile is a country of vast expanses, varying topography, and thrilling landscapes. From the southern mountains and glaciers of Patagonia to the desolate beauty of the Atacama Desert in the north, Chile has much to offer travelers with varied interests. But for those of us fascinated by the night sky, there are few better places in the world for star-gazing than the Atacama Desert. The diamond-studded sky of the southern hemisphere is incredible, to be sure, but the highlight of our journey will be over two minutes of totality experiencing a full solar eclipse in the foothills of the Andes. We can’t wait to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with you!

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Two nights in Chile’s capital city of Santiago

  2. Three nights in the famed Atacama Desert with prime dark-sky stargazing opportunities

  3. VIP tour of the Operations Support Facility for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) observatory

  4. Visit Chile’s picturesque Lakes District with eclipse viewing planned from the shore of Lake Villarrica

  5. Expertise from our carefully chosen trip partner, one of the most experienced eclipse trip experts on the planet.

Note: We are offering this journey via a partnership with eclipse tour experts Travel Quest International. After years of exploring how to best offer eclipse trips, and carefully reviewing countless eclipse tour itineraries & operators, we realized nobody else was more experienced––and that this was especially critical for a trip building up to a climax that only lasts a few minutes. Moreover, Jay Anderson, their chief meteorologist, is someone we have followed for years… he is THE authority when it comes to eclipses & weather. 

So, rather than go it alone, we realized that joining forces with TQI, and offering them our extensive experience in Chile instead, was the path to offering the best possible experience to our travelers.

ECLIPSE PROSPECTS, FYI

The 2020 total eclipse comes in the middle of Chile’s summer, when sunshine is abundant, and precipitation tends to be light. Airport observations near Villarrica at the time of the eclipse show clear skies or only scattered clouds on two-thirds of December days. These findings are mirrored by 18 years of downward-looking satellite images, which show that even on cloudy days there are often openings through which it’s possible to view the sun. Our eclipse viewing also benefits from the influence of Lake Villarrica, which cools the surrounding landscape and restricts the formation of convective clouds that typically form from daytime heating. The eclipse itself will increase our chances of experiencing favorable weather, as the Moon’s shadow approaches, the temperature drops, helping to dissipate any clouds that could obstruct our view. In short…. It’s the best time of year to be in this gorgeous part of Chile, and prospects are quite favorable!

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(Yes, you can combine these two trips. Dates line up exactly)