A total eclipse of the Sun is one of Nature's greatest spectacles. It is an assault on all of the senses. Only when you have seen a total eclipse for yourself, will you understand why it defies adequate description!

Intrepid Travel has been running tours around the world for over 25 years and its astronomy team can draw on decades of experience in the planning and execution of tours to witness solar eclipses. We are offering two trips to view the total solar eclipse in Chile, accompanied by astronomer Dr John Mason, a highly respected expert on eclipses.

Dr John Mason

Chilean Eclipse & Observatories Tour with Dr John Mason

Prices from $9,365 for 11 days

Want your own room? Single supplement $1,555    Find out more

Arrival in Santiago

Welcome to Chile!

There are no activities planned today, so you can arrive at any time. 

At 6 pm your tour leader will hold a welcome meeting in the hotel reception with Dr John Mason, here you will get a chance to meet others in the group and get briefed on the next few days ahead.

After your briefing, there is the option to head out to a local bar where you can enjoy a typical Chilean drink in the company of locals, really experiencing Santiago’s social culture  -  we head to a local restaurant afterwards (own expense)

Dinner & drink not included

Overnight in Santiago: Hotel Providencia or similar

There is some free time this morning to relax before transferring to Calama (1.5 hours journey time) for your flight (included).

On arrival we transfer to the hotel to check and drop off luggage before visiting the Moon & Death valley for sunset. 

Moon Valley, or Valle de la Luna, is located in the Cordillera de la Sal, and is one of the most incredible sights in the world due to the impressive natural rock formations and diverse landscapes. Different geological processes over thousands of years affected the rocks and minerals in the area, forming stunning ‘moon-like’ rock formations in the valley. The Valle de la Luna has also been declared a Nature Sanctuary and part of the National Flamingo Reserve. You also visit Death Valley, Valle de Muerte. Here you will see some of the best views of the Andes and the volcanoes of the area.

Breakfast included

Overnight in San Pedro: Cumbres San Pedro or similar

After breakfast, we transfer to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Here you will get to visit the ALMA Operations Support Facility (OSF) outside San Pedro where ALMA personnel work and where visitors can observe the control room, laboratories and usually antennas under maintenance and the antenna transporter.  For safety reasons, operations on the Chajnantor Plateau (the Array Operations Site, or AOS, where the ALMA antennas are actually located) are not open to visitors, due to the location at 5,000 meters above sea level. 

After a tour of the facilities you will head out to the Salar de Atacama for some photo opportunities of the largest salt flat in Chile.  Salar de Atacama is not a dazzling white like the Salar de Surire, or Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, but it’s fascinating all the same – especially when you get out and take a close look at the crust, which looks like coffee-coloured coral reef and clanks when you walk on it.

Afterwards, continue our journey back to San Pedro where we have the evening to relax at leisure.

Breakfast included

Overnight in San Pedro: Cumbres San Pedro or similar

After breakfast transfer to Antofagasta (approx.. 4 hours’ drive). 

We enjoy lunch (at own expense) in the old-fashioned plaza followed by a gentle walking tour taking in the evidence of the golden nitrate era on the wooden-fronted Victorian and Georgian buildings of the coastal Barrio Histórico.  The port here handles most of the minerals from the Atacama, especially the copper from Chuquicamata, and is still a major import-export node for Bolivia, which lost the region to Chile during the War of the Pacific.

Breakfast included

Overnight Antofagasta: Panamericana Antofagasta or similar

After breakfast transfer to the Paranal Observatory.

The Paranal Observatory is an astronomical observatory operated by the European Southern Observatory (ESO); it is located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile on Cerro Paranal at 2,635 m (8,645 ft) altitude, 120 km (70 mi) south of Antofagasta. By total light-collecting area, it is the largest optical-infrared observatory in the Southern hemisphere; worldwide, it is second to the Mauna Kea Observatory on Hawaii.

The Very Large Telescope (VLT), the largest telescope on Paranal, is composed of four separate 8.2 m (320 in) telescopes. In addition, the four main telescopes can combine their light to make a fifth instrument, the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI). Four auxiliary telescopes of 1.8 m (71 in) each are also part of the VLTI to make it available when the main telescopes are being used for other projects.

In the afternoon transfer back to Antofagasta.  Evening is free.

Breakfast &light lunch included

Overnight Antofagasta: Panamericana Antofagasta or similar

After breakfast, transfer from Antofagasta to board the flight to Santiago (included)

On arrival you are transferred to your hotel for check in.

Breakfast included

Overnight in Santiago: Hotel Providencia or similar

After breakfast transfer from Santiago to La Serena, our base for the eclipse. We visit the Limari Valley and one of Chile’s newer wine regions.

Our group will be split into sub-groups: 

Group 1 will enjoy sampling some wine at the Talinay Winery before continuing on to La Serena and our accommodation on the coast.

Group 2 Check in before travelling to the El Pangue Observatory.  El Pangue observatory is located ten miles to the south of Vicuña, in the middle of the Elqui valley, just an hour and a half from La Serena. This is a unique place, the only human constructions visible from El Pangue are the scientific observatories Cerro Tololo and Gemini.  Enjoy some stargazing with Dr Mason.

Later stop at a Pisco Distillery at the Elqui Valley for some lunch before returning to our hotel.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Overnight La Serena: Laguna La Serena or similair 

Group 1: Travel to the El Pangue Observatory.  El Pangue observatory is located ten miles to the south of Vicuña, in the middle of the Elqui valley, just an hour and a half from La Serena. This is a unique place, the only human constructions visible from El Pangue are the scientific observatories Cerro Tololo and Gemini.  Enjoy some stargazing with Dr Mason.

Later stop at a Pisco Distillery at the Elqui Valley for some lunch before returning to our hotel.

Group 2: Today we visit the Limari Valley and one of Chile’s newer wine regions. Enjoy sampling some wine at the Talinay Winery before returning to La Serena and our accommodation on the coast.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Overnight La Serena: Laguna La Serena or similar

Today is a free day. Dr Mason will hold a pre eclipse lecture early evening in the conference room of Laguna La Serena.

Breakfast included

Overnight La Serena: Laguna La Serena or similar

ECLIPSE DAY! Starting at 11:00am and ending at 20:30 in La Serena. 

After breakfast, we will drive up the Elqui Valley heading to the spot where we will observe the eclipse.  There will be some free time to install the telescopes and the items to observe the Eclipse.

Our team will provide refreshments and snacks during the day.

Return to La Serena around 20:00, and arrive at the Laguna apartments around 21:30 for a BBQ.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight La Serena: Laguna La Serena or similar

Transfer back from La Serena to Santiago, we will prepare a lunch for you to take with you on check out.

Your tour ends on arrival in Santiago.

Post tour accommodation can be arranged directly for you.

 

Inclusions

  • Accommodation standard as specified
  • English speaking Tour Leader
  • Transfers and excursions with English speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Domestic flights as specified
  • Return transfer to Santiago
  • 24 hour operational support from our local office in Chile
  • Eclipse viewing glasses
  • Lecture with Dr John Mason

Not included

  • Tips
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Travel Insurance
  • Services not mentioned in the program
  • Arrival transfer
  • International flights

 

      Chilean Eclipse Tour with Dr John Mason

      Prices from $4,380 for 6 days

      Want your own room? Single supplement $1,410  Find out more

      Welcome to Chile!

      There are no activities planned today, so you can arrive at any time. 

      At 6 pm your tour leader will hold a welcome meeting in the hotel reception, here you will get a chance to meet others in the group and get briefed on the next few days ahead.

      After your briefing, there is the option to head out to a local bar where you can enjoy a typical Chilean drink in the company of locals, really experiencing Santiago’s social culture  -  we head to a local restaurant afterwards (own expense)

      Dinner & drink not included
      Overnight in Santiago: Hotel Providencia or similar

      After breakfast transfer from Santiago to La Serena, our base for the eclipse.

      Our group will be split into sub-groups: 

      Group 1 will enjoy sampling some wine at the Talinay Winery before continuing on to La Serena and our accommodation on the coast.

      Group 2 Check in before travelling to the El Pangue Observatory.  El Pangue observatory is located ten miles to the south of Vicuña, in the middle of the Elqui valley, just an hour and a half from La Serena. This is a unique place, the only human constructions visible from El Pangue are the scientific observatories Cerro Tololo and Gemini.  Enjoy some stargazing with Dr Mason.

      Later stop at a Pisco Distillery at the Elqui Valley for some lunch before returning to our hotel.

      Breakfast & Lunch included

      Overnight La Serena: Laguna La Serena or similar

      Group 1: Travel to the El Pangue Observatory.  El Pangue observatory is located ten miles to the south of Vicuña, in the middle of the Elqui valley, just an hour and a half from La Serena. This is a unique place, the only human constructions visible from El Pangue are the scientific observatories Cerro Tololo and Gemini.  Enjoy some stargazing with Dr Mason.

      Later stop at a Pisco Distillery at the Elqui Valley for some lunch before returning to our hotel.

      Group 2: Today we visit the Limari Valley and one of Chile’s newer wine regions. Enjoy sampling some wine at the Talinay Winery before returning to La Serena and our accommodation on the coast.

      Breakfast & Lunch included

      Overnight La Serena: Laguna La Serena or similar

      Today is a free day. Dr Mason will hold a pre-eclipse lecture early evening in the conference room of Laguna La Serena.

      Breakfast included

      Overnight La Serena: Laguna La Serena or similar

      ECLIPSE DAY! Starting at 11:00am and ending at 20:30 in La Serena. 

      After breakfast, we will drive up the Elqui Valley heading to the spot where we will observe the eclipse.  There will be some free time to install the telescopes and the items to observe the Eclipse.

      Our team will provide refreshments and snacks during the day.

      Return to La Serena around 20:00, and arrive at the Laguna apartments around 21:30 for a BBQ.

      Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Overnight La Serena: Laguna La Serena

      Transfer back from La Serena to Santiago, we will prepare a lunch for you to take with you on check out.

      Your tour ends on arrival in Santiago.

      Post tour accommodation can be arranged directly for you.

       

      Inclusions

      • Accommodation standard as specified
      • English speaking Tour Leader
      • Transfers and excursions with English speaking local guides
      • Entrance fees as specified
      • Meals as specified
      • Return transfer to Santiago
      • 24 hour operational support from our local office in Chile
      • Eclipse viewing glasses
      • Lecture with Dr John Mason

      Not included

      • Tips
      • Meals not mentioned
      • Travel Insurance
      • Services not mentioned in the program
      • Arrival transfer
      • Domestic flights
      • International flights

       

       

       
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