2019 Chile Total Solar Eclipse

Elqui Valley Chile, South America | June 29 – July 7, 2019

Chile, especially Valle del Elqui, is an astronomer’s paradise and probably one of the best places on earth to enjoy a total solar eclipse and a starry sky. The Valle del Elqui is located only 400 kilometers north of Santiago and offers an ideal star-gazing environment with its lack of precipitation, clear skies and low-to-zero light pollution. It enjoys the highest density of observatories on earth and will be the center of the upcoming total solar eclipse on July 2nd, 2019. This trip is a combination of deep submersion into the Chilean culture and off the beaten track experiences with locals, while enjoying excellent international company.

Starting at:

$6,155

Activity Level:

Moderate

Location:

Santiago – La Serena region of Chile

Duration:

9 days/8 nights

Trip Details and Highlights

  • Stay in the lovely Limari Valley situated under the world’s clearest skies and close to the line of totality for the total solar eclipse of 7/2/2019
  • Professional, bilingual guides
  • Sirius Travel Astronomer guides to answer any eclipse questions and explain the event
  • Educational materials regarding eclipse viewing and photography for all travelers
  • Several lectures/talks during the trip
  • Mobility via van in the case of local clouds
  • Eclipse viewing glasses for safety
  • Carefully crafted 9-day cultural tour of the Santiago – La Serena region of Chile
  • A selection of unique experiential options to choose from in Santiago, included in the price of your trip
  • 8 nights luxurious lodging
  • Meals as listed in itinerary
  • Airport transfers in Santigo
  • Add-on option for Easter Island
Begins

Eclipse begins

19:23 UT (15:23 CLT)

1st contact

Totality

Totality happens

20:38 – 20:41 UT (16:38 – 16:41 CLT)

2 minutes, 13 seconds

Begins

Eclipse ends

21:46 UT (17:46 CLT)

4th contact

Tour Overview

Day 1

Meet the Tour in Santiago, Panoramic City tour of Santiago, Welcome dinner and Introductory talk

Day 2

Travel by Bus from Santiago to Ovalle. Empenadas at Huentelauquen. Tour/Tasting/ and Cocktail Dinner at Pisquera Bauza

Day 3

Half day tour of Enchanted Valley; BBQ Dinner at Chilean Hacienda

Day 4: SOLAR ECLIPSE

Travel to eclipse site and prepare for eclipse, picnic lunch and dinner

Day 5

Museum el Limari in Ovalle. Drive towards Viña del Mar with stop for lunch en route

Day 6

Half day Panoramic City Tour of Vina del Mar and Valparaíso. Including a ride on one of the famous Funicular Rails in Valparaiso. Free afternoon.

Day 7

Valle de Casablanca Wine Tour – tours and tasting at Casas del Bosque and Veramonte, lunch at Veramonte

Day 8

Experiential tours (menu choice) of Santiago (Street Art & Architecture, Foody & Cultural Tour at Central Vega, Biking in Santiago´s Park, Walking Tour Historic Santiago + visit Teatro Municipal); Farewell Dinner

Day 9

Check out after breakfast and transfer to airport.

July 7 – July 11: Optional Add-On

4 days on Easter Island

Pricing and Terms

Payment

  • $6155 per traveler – based on double occupancy
  • To secure a reservation, initial deposit ($1000) with a completed reservation form is required.
  •  Cancellations must be made in writing by email or mail to Sirius Travel.
  • 2nd payment ($1000) due January 20, 2018
  • 3rd payment ($1500) due July 1, 2018
  • Final payment due February 27, 2019

Cancellations

  • Cancellations made prior to July 2, 2018 are fully refundable.
  • If cancellations are made:
    • 7/2/18 – 4/6/19 (12 weeks prior to travel):
      75% of your total tour cost is refunded.
    • 4/7– 5/30/19 (30 days prior to travel):
      25% of your total tour cost is refunded.
    • 5/31 – 6/22/19:
      10% of your total tour cost is refunded
  • There are no refunds after June 22, 2019

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Arrive Santiago

View Of Santiago From Cerro San Cristobal

Welcome to Chile! Upon arrival at Santiago Airport (SCL) we will take you to check in at Hotel Atton el Bosque in the heart of the Las Condes area of Santiago.

In the afternoon your bilingual guide will lead you on a tour of Santiago’s most important historical sites including the downtown area surrounding the La Moneda Presidential Palace. You will also see the Mercado Central, one of Chile’s largest fresh seafood markets, and the many bustling stalls showcasing the tremendous variety available from the sea nearby. Continuing through the cobblestoned Lastarria neighborhood, you will pass by the Parque Forestal and the Bellas Artes Museum.

Accommodation: Santiago, Hotel Atton el Bosque

Day 2

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Travel from Santiago to La Serena (B/Empenadas/Cocktail Dinner)

Pisco Bauza

Depart Santiago early morning heading north to the Limari Valley. On your way north, you’re surrounded by bright blues and greens of vineyards that produce grapes for wines and piscos. You’ll stop for a mid-morning snack at Huentelauquen, whose cheese empanadas and papaya juices are legends amongst the locals. We will check in to our hotels and then off to a cocktail reception at Pisquera Bauza, the heart of Chilean pisco-maker’s operations. Widely known and internationally recognized for its quality of artesenal pisco, the Bauza family tradition was brought to Chile from Spain in 1906, and it continues to lead Chile pisco-making techinques that challenge those of Peruvian pisco-makers – a long-lived rivalry you’ll learn more about!

Accommodation: Valle Limarí, Hotel Limari / Hacienda Juntas / Hotel Monte Cordillera

Day 3

Monday | July 1, 2019

Overall area (B/BBQ Dinner)

Pictograph

In the morning, you’ll enjoy an excursion to the Enchanted Valley National Monument. Here petroglyphs, pictographs and characteristic mortars ground into the rock whisper of days long ago when the EI Molle Culture inhabited this valley of gargantuan boulders and murmuring streams. After a guided walk to enjoy the magic of this valley, which is of great archaeological importance as an open-air museum of scientific and cultural interest, we’ll return to Limari Valley, where you’ll gather at Hacienda Juntas for a traditional barbeque dinner (asado).

Accommodation: Valle Limarí, Hotel Limari / Hacienda Juntas / Hotel Monte Cordillera

Day 4

Tuesday | July 2, 2019

Eclipse Day

2019 Preview

The night skies above the valley are a stark contrast to the bright green of the pisco vinyards in the valley below, giving this little spot the world’s clearest skies and making it an enchanting place for stargazers and observatories.

On the day of the eclipse, we will start very early in the morning, we drive through the scenic and curvy backroads along fruit plantations towards the perfect spot of observation of the total solar eclipse. Climbing up to the plateau of the Antakari Route allows us to enjoy the total solar eclipse from the very beginning when the moon starts to cover the sun, all the way through totality and until the sun is visible again in its totality, minutes before sunset.

In our pre-eclipse scouting trip we selected the perfect spot for observation. Our site is a desert-like isolated location far away from civilization on the pre-cordillera plateau, with the Andes mountain range to the East and great ample visibility to the West. We will have plenty of time to enjoy this unique location awaiting the start of the solar eclipse.

Accommodation: Valle Limarí, Hotel Limari / Hacienda Juntas / Hotel Monte Cordillera

Day 5

Wednesday | July 3, 2019

Travel to Viña del Mar (B/L)

Dog At The Museum

Recovering from a festive day, we will enjoy a short visit to the Museum of the Limari, which was founded with the name of “Archaeological Society Museum of Ovalle, the 17 of September of 1963”, and was under the administration of this organization until 1978.

The collections that shaped the museum at the time of its foundation constitute a huge heritage legacy donated by Dr. Guillermo Durruty. To this significant collection has been added many pieces that were recovered by members of the Archaeological Society of Ovalle during excavations carried out in the area. These are mainly objects belonging to the local Los Diaguitas culture, especially from the time of Inca transculturation.

Lunch at a local restaurant en route heading to Viña del Mar.

Accommodation: Viña del Mar, Hotel Enjoy Viña del Mar

Day 6

Thursday | July 4, 2019

Eclipse Day

Valparaiso

Valparaíso, one of the first Chilean cities founded by the Spanish, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003 for its architectural and cultural significance. Known locally as “Valpo”, the city holds a key position in Chile for its importance in South American trade and commerce. Century-old hillside ascensores (elevators) transport its habitants up into the city’s steep hills, where a labyrinthine maze of streets reveals brightly colored buildings, bohemian cafes and elegant restaurants, and spectacular views of the harbor below.

Accommodation: Viña del Mar, Hotel Enjoy Viña del Mar

Day 7

Friday | July 5, 2019

Valparaiso – Santiago (B/L)

Winery

Chile’s move toward cool-climate viticulture began 25 years ago when innovative winemakers dared to suggest planting in this pre-coastal region.  Chardonnay continues to reign, but Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir – two of Chile’s most attention-grabbing varietals – are on the rise. Now with time and experience under their belts, growers have better identified the ideal locations for each variety in this valley that is anything but homogenous.

Spotted with vineyards, you’ll visit two that have been hand-selected for this trip. First, you’ll visit family-run Casas del Bosque for Tour & Tasting, where 235 hectares are planted and exclusively dedicated to the production of varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Second, we ‘ll visit Veramonte Winery for Lunch, Tour & Tasting. The building backs onto a vast tract of 3,900 hectares of land, 420 of which are cultivated with grapes. Of those, 50 are farmed organically and 50 more are on their way to certification. They have test gardens and grow produce for the cafe and restaurant, and keep sheep whose wool is sold in their shop. Prominent American enologist Paul Hobbs has applied his hand to the Pinot Noir, with rootstock from Bordeaux, to create their distinctive open-top tank version, sold under the label Ritual. We continue driving to Santiago.

Day 8

Saturday | July 6, 2019

Experiential Santiago (B/D)

Valparaisograffiti

1/2 day activities – this list of included experiential tours may change before you need to select any of them.  At this time you only need to think about which ones you would like to select – we will ask you to choose during our welcome talk when you arrive in Santiago. Each experiential tour is completely described at the end of the itinerary:

  1. Culinary Focused
  2. On Bike
  3. Street Art Tour
  4. Walking Tour of Historical Santiago and visit to Teatro Municipal

Farewell dinner will be held in a surprise location with panoramic views of the city.

Day 9

Sunday | July 7, 2019

Santiago (B)

After a day at your own leisure, you will head to the Santiago airport (SCL) in time for your return flight back home.

Add-On: 4 Days of Easter Island
$2500 DBL occupancy, $350 SGL supp

ADD-ON: Day 1

Sunday | Jul 07, 2019

Easter Island Sm

Transfer Hotel in Santiago – Airport + Transfer Mataveri Airport – Hotel You will be picked up from Mataveri Airport and transferred to your hotel to leave your luggage there. (Regular check-in time at 16:00pm).
Transfer to local restaurant for lunch.

Half Day Ahu Akivi Ahu Akivi is special because it is the only platform whose Moai look to the ocean. Here you will learn of the possible explanations for this unique orientation as well as see the very first restored Ahu on the island. Ahu Akivi was restored in 1960 by Dr. Mulloy and his colleague Gonzalo Figueroa. It is the only platform on the island which was restored without the use of any machinery but instead using what is believed to be the traditional way of raising the Moai.

* Rapa Nui Entrance Fee is included

Accommodation: Hotel Otai, SUP Room.

Meals: Lunch

ADD-ON: Day 2

Monday | July 08, 2019

Full Day Anakena Our first stop today could very well be one of the most amazing sites in the world. The volcano of Rano Raraku, also known as the statue factory, is the site from which 95% of all of the statues on the island were carved. Some were completely finished and left waiting on the slopes of the volcano for their transportation, while others are in various stages of completion still connected to the mother rock of the volcano. You will have the opportunity to hike to the top of the volcano and see the beautiful crater with its fresh water lake.

Next, we will visit the Ahu Tongariki, which is recognized as the largest monolithic monument in all of Eastern Polynesia. This amazing platform holds 15 of some of the largest statues on the island. With the surrounding sea cliffs and beautiful ocean background Tongariki is truly one of the most incredible sites on the island. Our last stop of the day is at Anakena, the larger of only two white sand beaches found on the island. It is also the legendary landing spot of the first king, Hotu Matua, and noted to be the center of the royal clan territory called the Miru.

Accommodation: Hotel Otai, SUP Room.

Meals: Breakfast, Box lunch.

ADD-ON: Day 3

Tuesday| July 09, 2019

Half Day Orongo Today you will visit two sites that are very important to the Rapa Nui culture: Rano Kau and Orongo. Rano Kau is one of the three principal volcanoes that created the island. It is approximately 2.5 million years old and has the largest caldera of any volcano on the island measuring at approximately 1.6 kilometers in diameter. Inside this beautiful volcano you will see one of three crater lakes on the island. This lake is covered with a type of bulrush reed which is also found in Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. Afterward you will visit the ceremonial village of Orongo, one of the most visually spectacular sites on the island. On one side of the village you see the beautiful caldera of Rano Kau and on the other you see the ocean and the mysterious islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti, Motu Kao Kao. These islets, in addition to the village of Orongo, held the amazing ancient Tangata Manu or Birdman Ceremonies.

Lunch at local restaurant.

In the evening, Transfer to dinner show Te Ra ́Ai for your farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Otai, SUP Room.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

ADD-ON: Day 4

Wednesday | July 10, 2019

Transfer Hotel – Mataveri Airport You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Mataveri
Airport.

Meals: Breakfast

THE FLIGHT FROM EASTER ISLAND ARRIVES IN SANTIAGO AT APPROXIMATELY 7PM. IF YOU ARE PLANNING A CONNECTING FLIGHT – THIS WILL BE YOUR EARLIEST POSSIBLE ARRIVAL IN SANTIAGO.

Half Day Experiential Tours in Santiago

The city markets experience is a great way to experience firsthand an interesting part of Chilean culture. However, please keep in mind that the markets are quite crowded and, at times, hectic with lots of activity happening simultaneously. For this reason, it is very important that you remain vigilant and avoid bringing items of value (expensive cameras, watches, jewelry, etc.) which could make you a target for petty theft.

  • Please notify us in advance of any dietary preferences or restrictions!
  • Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk the equivalent of walking 8-9 city blocks.
Marketfood

Enjoy Santiago while riding through its beautiful parks on bicycle. The journey starts at the lobby of your hotel in Santiago where you will meet your guide and depart for Parque Araucano. The cycling starts here in the beautiful gardens and continues downhill on well-kept trails . We will continue along Parque Americo Vespucio which connects the Las Condes and Vitacura districts of Santiago. After traveling along Vespucio we’ll arrive at Parque Bicentenario, a 60-acre park on the bank of the Mapocho River. The Park’s landscape is a collection of more than 4,000 trees including 1,300 indigenous to Chile.

Passing through the park we will find a relaxing spot to enjoy a snack and enjoy the green open space for which Santiago is known.

Parks And Politics Financial Neighboorhood

You will be picked up at your hotel in Santiago and driven through the city stopping at various spots to admire the beautiful and eclectic versions of graffiti and murals. Not only will you be able to marvel at these works of art but you will also learn the history behind them.

You will be taken to secret spots that are off the beaten path so you can have an authentic, unique experience learning about Santiago’s street art . The places you will visit include: Barrio Bellavista, Santiago Centro, Barrios Brasil and Yungay, and Museo a Cielo Abierto San Miguel (San Miguel’s Open Sky Museum) and you will see over 200 murals throughout the city.

Your tour begins with pick up at your hotel by a bilingual guide who will accompany you to downtown Santiago. From there, the guide will lead you on a tour of the city’s most important historic and cultural sites including Barrios Lastarria and Paris y Londres, La Moneda (Presidential Palace), Plaza de Armas, and Mercado Central (Chile’s largest fresh seafood market). Another highlight is Cerro Santa Lucia, which marks the spot where conquistador Pedro de Valdivia founded the city of Santiago, and has a wonderful view of downtown.

We will take you to the Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Municipal Theater of Santiago) where we will have private access to tour the grounds. The Teatro Municipal is the most important stage theater and opera house in Santiago. The building was designed by the architect Francisco Brunet des Baines, who was inspired by the French neo-classical style and it was inaugurated on September 17,1857 with the opera Ernani by Guiseppe Verdi, an Italian installation. In the year 1974, it was declared a national monument and officially belonged to the municipality of Santiago. Since then, the Teatro has become home to critical institutions for artistic national development, such as the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago, Ballet of Santiago and the choir of the Municipal of Santiago.

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Included

  • Astronomer guides
  • Professional, bi-lingual guides
  • Eclipse viewing safety glasses
  • Commemorative Eclipse T-shirt
  • All ground transportation
  • All overnight accomodations
  • Airport transfers in Santiago
  • Lodging
  • Meals (as described in itinerary)
  • Lectures: Pre-eclipse Astronomy talk and general science discussions throughout the tour.
  • Local tours as described in the itineraries
  • Park entrance fees
  • Private transportation in a comfortable vehicle.*
  • Professional, bilingual driver/guide as indicated.*
  • Activities as mentioned in the itinerary.*
  • Entrance fees where applicable.*
  • Meals as described in the itinerary.*
  • Bottled mineral water on day tours.*
  • Lodging as mentioned in the itinerary.*

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alchoholic beverages (unless specifically included)
  • Tips for drivers and guides
  • Meals not specified in the itineraries
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips in restaurants and gratuities for guides.*
  • Activities and meals Not mentioned in the program.*
  • Travel insurance.*
  • Items of personal use.*
  • AIRFARE Santiago – Easter Island – Santiago ($1,218USD RT as of October 2018 –note that tickets are $700 RT through Priceline) *
    • Sun, Jul 7 Santiago – Easter Island, LATAM, 9:30 AM – 12:55 PM Nonstop
    • Wed, Jul 10 Easter Island – Santiago, LATAM, 11:55 AM – 6:40 PM Nonstop

* indicates details specific to the Easter Island add-on and are not included within the rest of the tour.

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 Chile. U.S. citizens entering Chile must have a passport in good condition, valid for the period of your stay. U.S. citizens traveling to Chile for recreation, tourism, business, or academic conferences do not need to obtain a visa prior to their arrival in Chile if traveling with a tourist passport. Passports are required to be valid for the duration of stay and must have at least one blank page left (amendment pages do not count). Chile 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.  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 February, 2019 if necessary.  We always recommend reviewing the visa and passport requirements for travel to Chile for your country of origin.  (US citizens may find their information here: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/chile.html)

No vaccinations are required for travel to Chile for US citizens at this time.  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 7 and older are welcome on this tour but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian if they are under 18. There is no child pricing for this tour.  Please note that Chile 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.  (US citizens may find their information here: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/chile.html)

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.

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