2020 Patagonia, Argentina Total Solar Eclipse

Patagonia Argentina, South America | December 12 - 20, 2020

Our trip to Patagonia to see the “Pandemic Eclipse” was one for the books!   Not only were we in position to see a once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse from Patagonia in Argentina on December 14th, 2020 but we were some of the only outside travelers permitted in to the country in time to see the event!  Coupled with the fact that the path of totality was clouded out almost everywhere except for our immediate vicinity makes this eclipse one of the most memorable.  Coverage of the eclipse and our camp can be seen in this article published in one of Argentina’s main papers, La Nacion (a PDF version can be viewed here). Additionally, a short BBC video featuring Victoria Sahami from Sirius Travel can be seen here.

Trip Details and Highlights

  • Eclipse viewing from the centerline in the arid region near Piedra Del Aguila, Argentina on December 14, 2020
  • 2 full days of guided exploring in the rapidly changing El Calafate region and the Patagonian ice fields
  • 3 domestic flights within Argentina included
  • Transfer in/out of airports
  • Private transportation
  • Professional, bilingual guides
  • Sirius Travel scientist guides (at least 1 per 15 passengers) to answer any eclipse questions and explain the event
  • Educational materials regarding eclipse viewing and photography for all travelers
  • Several talks during the trip on subjects including eclipses, astronomy, and climate change.
  • Eclipse viewing glasses for safety
  • 4-star accommodation where available and glamping (glamour camping) at the eclipse site.
  • Meals as listed in itinerary
  • Park entrance fees
  • Private activities

Eclipse begins

December 14, 2020

14:45 UT (11:45 ART)

1st contact


Totality happens

December 14, 2020

16:07 – 16:09 UT (13:07 – 13:09 ART)

2 minutes, 4 seconds


Eclipse ends

December 14, 2020

17:35 UT (14:35 ART)

4th contact

Tour Overview

Day 1

Start of tour in Buenos Aires.  City tour, welcome dinner.

Day 2

Flight to Bariloche.  Introduction to the area and sightseeing drive to our exclusive eclipse camp.


Spend the morning relaxing and preparing for the eclipse to begin.  After the eclipse enjoy a gourmet lunch and celebrate the event!

Day 4

Explore the Bariloche area and Nahuel Huapi National Park with one of several activities options.

Day 5

Flight from Bariloche to Calafate.  Tour the Glaciarium, devoted to the Patagonian Icefield and its glaciers, in the afternoon.

Day 6

Full day tour to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few advancing glaciers in the world.  As the size increases, the front of the glacier gains large cracks and crevasses that regularly cave off, creating an exciting natural show.

Day 7

Full Day Tour to Estancia Cristina inside Los Glaciares National Park in Santa Cruz Province. Strategically built on a glacial valley formerly occupied by the Upsala Glacier, one of the area’s most spectacular natural settings, the Estancia is surrounded by picturesque views of snow-capped mountains, lakes, rivers and hanging glaciers.

Day 8

Flight to Buenos Aires and farewell dinner and Tango show.

Day 9

Check out after breakfast and transfer to airport.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Arrive Buenos Aires (D)


Welcome to Argentina and Buenos Aires! Upon arrival at Buenos Aires International Airport we will meet and transfer you to check in at the hotel.

In the afternoon your bilingual guide will lead you on a tour of Buenos Aires’ most important historical sites.  In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner near our hotel and an introductory talk.

Accommodation: Buenos Aires, Loi Suites Recoleta or similar

Day 2

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Travel from Buenos Aires to Bariloche (B/S/D)


After breakfast, transfer to the local airport for your flight to Bariloche, Argentina.  Leaving Bariloche airport we will enjoy a sightseeing drive from the Andes to the vast steppe lands in the east area of Nahuel Huapi National Park. Along the road and led by a professional bilingual guide, we’ll discover some landmarks of the region such as Limay River, Anfiteatro, Valle Encantado, Alicura, Collon Cura river and the perfect cone of Lanin Volcano. During the drive you may see some interesting local animals such as Choiques, Guanacos, wild rabbits, foxes, deer and condors in their natural habitat.

We will arrive at our exclusive observatory eclipse camp located near the centerline of the eclipse path where we will relax in luxurious outdoor living.  Enjoy some drinks or refrescos, or, if you prefer, explore the area with easy hikes. We will serve a gourmet candle-light dinner.

Additional photos of the facilities for our night of “glamping” is located in the “other information” section below.

Accommodation: exclusive eclipse camp on centerline

Day 3

Monday | December 14, 2020

ECLIPSE DAY at our exclusive camp (B/L/S)

2017 Wyoming Eclipse

Breakfast at Camp, relax and easy hikes around. Enjoy once in a lifetime astronomical event in an exclusive observatory nomad camp with full comfort, amenities, gourmet food and premium wines.  We will provide all travelers with eclipse sunglasses to protect your eyes and allow you to safely enjoy the eclipse.

eclipse diagram


  • 1st contact: 11:45 local time
  • 2nd contact: 13:07 local time
  • totality duration: 2 min 4 sec
  • 3rd contact: 13:09 local time
  • 4th contact: 14:35 local time

After the eclipse we will serve a gourmet picnic lunch accompanied by premium Argentine wines, where you can stay in our fully furnished stretch tent, or if you prefer, in the outdoors surrounded by nature. Time for relaxation at the camp. Transfer back to our hotel in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Hotel in Bariloche

Day 4

Tuesday | December 15, 2020

Wine by the lake. (B/L)

Sirius Travel Eclipse 2020

Enjoy an exceptional experience in Bariloche surroundings with impressive vistas and stunning landscapes. (Activities/soft adventures to choose from: soft hiking, kayaking, mountain biking ride or sightseeing). Explore with an expert guide the best of the region; learn about the flora, fauna & history of Nahuel Huapi National Park. Continue with a delightful outdoor lunch “Almuerzo Campestre” accompanied by Argentinean Malbec wines next to a secluded and hidden bay surrounded by nature.

Accommodation: Hotel in Bariloche

Day 5

Wednesday | December 16, 2020

Bariloche to Calafate (B)

Glacio bar

Arrive at Calafate, meet and transfer by private vehicle with an english speaking guide to the hotel.  Afternoon tour to the Glaciarium, a modern center devoted to the Patagonian Icefield and its glaciers, one of the few glaciological interpretative centers in the world. Entrance fee to the Glacio Bar is included. The Glacio bar is located underground at the Glaciarium and features ice walls. Everything is made of ice; the glasses, the bar, tables, and couches are fully made up of the glacier!

Accommodation: Calafate, Kosten Aike or similar

Day 6

Thursday | December 17, 2020

Calafate and Perito Moreno Glacier (B)

Enjoy a full day tour to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier, the only growing glacier on earth and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Perito Moreno Glacier in at the southwestern end of Argentino Lake 80 km from El Calafate. This glacier is named Perito Moreno after to a great Argentinean explorer from the last century and is one of the few glaciers in the world that is actively moving. It has become one of the most spectacular natural shows in South America.

The tour includes a boat excursion on the “Nautic Safari” departing from Bajo de las Sombras Pier and sailing along the glacier’s southern wall at a distance of approximately 500 m with the possibility of watching the ice slide from the 60-70 meter high glacial wall.

Accommodation: Calafate, Kosten Aike or similar

Day 7

Friday | December 18, 2020

Calafate and Estancia Cristina (B)

After breakfast, we will enjoy a full day tour to Estancia Cristina.  In the morning we will go towards Cristina Farm, located at the base of the blue waters of Argentino Lake. The experience starts at Puerto de la Cruz in Punta Bandera. We will sail the northern end of the lake to the snout of the outrageous Upsala Glacier. Then we will sail along Cristina Channel until we reach the Cristina Farm port where the adventure continues in one of the most fascinating and legendary valleys in Patagonia.


  • Boarding a modern and comfortable boat at port Punta Bandera
  • Sailing among icebergs and stunning scenery overlooking the western front of the Upsala glacier and then through Cristina Canal to the point of disembarking at the Estancia.
  • Arrival Estancia Cristina and stay at the Estancia for 6 hours.
  • Guided visit to the Costumbrista museum (old shearing shed).
  • Ascent in all-terrain vehicles, traveling 9.5 km through mountainous roads.
  • Arrival to the Continental ice shelter.
  • 30 minute walk.
  • Visit the front of Upsala Glacier, Lake Guillermo, Southern Patagonian Ice, and the Andes.
  • Return to El Calafate via the farmhouse of the Estancia and Puerto Banderas.

Accommodation: Calafate, Kosten Aike or similar

Day 8

Saturday | December 19, 2020

Calafate to Buenos Aires (B,D)

Rodin in Buenos Aires

After breakfast, we will depart for El Calafate Airport in time to board our flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires we will transfer to our hotel and enjoy free time to relax.  In the evening there will be a farewell dinner and a tango show at Gala Tango.

Accommodation: Buenos Aires, Loi Suites Recoleta or similar

Day 9

Sunday | December 20, 2020

Buenos Aires (B)

Buenos Aires airport

After breakfast, transfer by private vehicle and English guide to Ezeiza International Airport for your flight back home.


  • Astronomer and Climate Scientist guides
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Eclipse viewing safety glasses
  • Commemorative Eclipse T-shirt
  • 3 domestic flights during the tour
  • All ground transportation
  • 4-star accommodations and Glamping
  • Airport transfers during the tour
  • Meals (as described in itinerary)
  • Lectures: Pre-eclipse talk and other astronomy/science talks throughout the tour.
  • Park entrance fees

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alchoholic beverages (unless specifically included)
  • Tips for drivers and guides
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Activities or services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Bariloche Eco Tasa (Municipal Tax)

Other Information

Trip cancellation, health, and accident insurance is recommended but not required. It can save you money if you are forced to cancel or alter your trip. We recommend TravelGuard trip insurance (www.travelguard.com) and we recommend that all travelers purchase their insurance within 7 days of their initial reservation to take advantage of any pre-existing condition clause.

Depending on your country of origin, visas may be required to enter Argentina.

U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter Argentina. U.S. citizens with expired or damaged passports may not be allowed to enter and could be sent back to the United States at their own expense. Private U.S. citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days for tourism or business. Diplomatic or official passport holders must get visas prior to arrival.

Visa and passport fees are not included in the price of this trip. We recommend checking your passport expiration immediately and make plans to renew before June, 2020 if necessary.  We always recommend reviewing the visa and passport requirements for travel to Argentina for your country of origin.  (US citizens may find their information here)

Routine vaccinations: Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Hepatitis A:  CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Argentina, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

Typhoid:  You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Argentina. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

Precautions should always be taken seriously and pre-trip education on what to eat or to avoid should be planned. Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or via the CDC website.

It is every traveler’s responsibility to consider all appropriate medical advice regarding whether or not they are fit to take this trip prior to booking their reservation. We recommend that all interested travelers check with their healthcare provider before signing on.

Children 3 and older are welcome on this tour but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian if they are under 18. There is child pricing (ages 3-11) for this tour.  Please note that Argentina has very strict entry/exit requirements for minors (under the age of 18 years old), especially minors traveling with only one parent.  Please review the requirements before choosing to travel with a minor.

If you are traveling alone, you may save quite a bit of money by opting to share a room. We will match solo travelers of the same gender so that they can share a double occupancy room with two beds. We will do our best to match travelers but if we cannot find a match for you then you will be required to pay the single occupancy price.