Travel to Argentina, a country that stretches from the lush, subtropical jungle of Iguassu to the windswept plains of Tierra del Fuego. Argentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires, will enthrall you with its European flair, excellent wine, delicious steakhouses, and sultry tango dance clubs. Discover the most scenic landscapes in Argentina, starting from the metropolis of Buenos Aires, to the southernmost city in the world. Visit the best of nature’s attractions in Argentina combined with Welsh traditions in the Patagonian plateau, a glimpse of “Planet Earth the way it used to be” awaits you during your visit to beautiful towns in Atlantic Patagonia. Whales and Penguins at Valdes Peninsula! A touching show that renews and grows every year, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, Ushuaia’s charm, the “Bay facing dusk” the End of the World. Continue to Chile `Torres Del Paine national park. A sight with one of a kind mountains, blue lakes, desert pampas, rivers full of icebergs and ice fields the size of Hawaii, all await you,
2. CHILE & EASTER ISLAND EXPLORER – Nov 28 to Dec. 9, 2021 : 12 days visiting – Santiago, Valparaiso, wine country, Punta Natales, Punta Arenas & Easter Island
This 12 day tour takes you from the sophisticated capital to the mysterious islands, two of Chile’s most popular destinations. Enjoy modern-day city life interwoven with history in the capital, drink in the culture of Valparaiso, then head to Easter Island aka Rapa Nui in the Pacific Ocean for a chance to marvel at the Moai, the giant human forms carved from stone. A dip in the Pacific and a walk along the rim of a volcanic crater round off this fantastic opportunity to take in the cultural wonders of Chile and its islands. Continue to the Chilean Patagonia and the Torres del Paine National Park. The amazing granite peaks that reach up to 2,900 meters in height shape the dramatic summits that give the park its name: the Torres or Towers. Be blown away by the Grey Lake and sail to visit its amazing glacier, one of the iconic spots of this Biosphere Reserve.
Visiting – PERU: Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco. CHILE: Santiago, Valparaiso, Easter Island & Punta Arenas
Visiting – CHILE: Santiago, Punta Natales & Punta Arenas, Easter Island. PERU: Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Cusco
Machu Picchu and Easter Island Tour offers an opportunity to explore two of the most interesting archaeological sites in South America. Machu Picchu served as a centre of worship, an astronomic observatory, and a private hacienda for the Inca Pachacutec, and was recently named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The sun was the most important god of the Inca culture and bathed with its light the largest empire of pre-Columbian America, leaving a cultural and patrimonial heritage that shines – until today – with its own light. And, Easter Island, located 2,200 miles west of Chile in the Pacific Ocean, is home to over 800 Moai statues that stand up to 33 feet tall, and whose origin is still a mystery.
5. DISCOVER CHILE & PERU – Dec. 1 to 15, 2021 : 15 days visiting – CHILE: Punta Arenas. PERU: Lima, Paracas, Nazca Lines, Isla Ballestas, Arequipa, Colca, Puno & Lake Titicaca.
Extension- Dec. 15 to 20, 2021: 6 days visiting: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Cusco
Begin your tour in Chile, exploring Patagonia, land of sharp granite peaks, glaciers and perfect blue lakes. Heading towards Peru, many travellers come to visit the country’s most famous site, the ruins of Machu Picchu, the real Peru lies within its warm, proud inhabitants – many of whom can trace their bloodlines back to the Incas. Whether you’re exploring the cobbled streets of Arequipa, bobbing on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, be immersed in fascinating Peruvian culture while discovering its history buried deep within the walls of lost cities. observe Andean condors take the sky over the Colca Canyon and acclimatise to the altitude with a classic Pisco Sour cocktail in the city of its creation.
1. PUNTA ARENAS & ECLIPSE FLIGHT – Dec. 2 to 5 : 4 days visiting – Punta Arenas
2. PATAGONIA GATEWAY – Dec. 1 to 5, 2021 : 5 days visiting – Punta Arenas, Magdalena & Marta islands
Welcome to Punta Arenas: A sprawling metropolis on the edge of the Strait of Magellan, between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and is the southernmost large city in the world. Founded in 1848 by Col. José de los Santos Mardones, it flourished as a port of call and coaling station until the opening of the Panama Canal (1914) and the replacement of coal (still mined nearby) by fuel oil as a maritime fuel. Now the service centre of a large sheep-raising area, it processes and exports hides, wool, and frozen mutton.
3. MAGIC OF PATAGONIA – Nov 29 to Dec. 5, 2021 : 7 days visiting – Santiago, Puerto Natales, Torres Del Paine National Park Estancia Olga Teresa (Condors of Patagonia), Punta Arenas, Magdalena & Marta Islands.
A sight with one of a kind mountains, blue lakes, desert pampas, rivers full of icebergs and ice fields the size of Hawaii, all await you at the Torres del Paine National Park. The amazing granite peaks that reach up to 2,900 meters in height shape the dramatic summits that give the park its name: the Torres or Towers. You can visit them on foot following the trails or horseback riding Patagonian style through the pampas. Be blown away by the Grey Lake and sail to visit its amazing glacier, one of the iconic spots of this Biosphere Reserve.
(Tours are also available without Eclipse flight. An optional tour will be offered on day of flight)
WE ARE ACCEPTING `BOOKINGS WITHOUT DEPOSIT’ ON ABOVE TOURS- Due to the continuing uncertainty of travel and the changing travel policies. Once the travel restrictions get resolved, you will be contacted with deposit requirements and you will have 15 days to accept or cancel your booking.
Incomparable spectacle: eclipse totality airborne intercept at sunrise at 39,000 feet altitude! On a specially-chartered LATAM Chilean Airlines Airbus A321-200 departing well before dawn from Punta Arenas in southern Chile, we’ll fly eastbound to a location near the at-altitude sunrise point on centerline over the ocean for view of totality, magnificently framed in the Moon’s shadow as seen from 39,000 feet altitude. We’ll observe straight out the left side passenger windows, with the solar elevation angle dramatically quite low — 7 solar diameters — above the 3.5°-depressed terrestrial horizon; then we’ll return to Punta Arenas. Entire flight duration approx. 5-1/2 hours.
A non refundable deposit of $1000 is required to confirm booking. Balance payment is due on or before Jul. 31, 2021
NOTE: Pricing (all in U.S. dollars) for EFLIGHT 2021-SUNRISE is identical on both planes, Plane “Blue” and Plane “Gold”: per SEAT ROW, not per individual seat. Prices are in two categories as shown above, Standard and Premier. Your price is for an entire ROW of 3 seats on the left side, = Sun side, of this single-aisle aircraft type, i.e. for seats A (window), B (middle), and C (aisle) in the ROW. Thus you will be able to bring someone to share the cost of the ROW if you so choose. Having a ROW to yourself will always be the most roomy and comfortable of course, especially if you intend to bring a large camera setup to photograph the eclipse as well as view it yourself. On the other hand, sharing a ROW will be fairly easy to do on board either of the two Airbuses due to the horizontal, “straight-out” view we will have of the just-risen Sun. Since there are three seats in the ROW you could even bring a third person. However, in that instance we urge caution because this will make your spacing very tight, and we will insist you must be careful not to affect the ROW in front of you or behind you when moving around; in fact, in the period just before and during totality no one should move around at all. Seat allocations are done on first come first served basis following list according to reservation booking date.
Please note that there will be a $250 administrative fee for each additional person, more than one, in a ROW. Pricing does not include airfare from your point of origin to Punta Arenas or accommodations, etc.. Closer to the time when the final balance payment is due, ACTC will also be able to assist with flights to and from Punta Arenas as well as with any touring you may like to do before and/or after the eclipse. Some ROWs will have access to just 1.0 window whereas others will have access to 1.0 window plus part of an additional window, with a seatback blocking the remainder of that second window. In such ROWs with more than 1.0 window you will only pay half the price of the additional fractional window, thus improving the economics for you. So for instance, if you pick a ROW with 1.6 windows you will only pay for 1.3 windows. For each seat ROW we’re specifying in advance whether its left-side window seatback, the A seatback, is permitted to lean back during the eclipse observation period and if so by how much (for which the B and C seatbacks will have the same permissions)
No refunds after final payment. Travel insurance is recommended to protect your travel investment.
ACTC Tours SPECIAL FEATURES:
PLEASE NOTE: Group air rates from major US cities will be negotiated with the airlines and offered to participants (usually 11 months prior to departure). Airlines may require purchase of International air to receive low domestic travel (internal Chile, Peru & Argentina) rates or rates may be combined for both International and Domestic Argentina travel into one.
Initial arrival transfer and final departure transfer are included for participants arriving on group flights or at same time as group airline. Those making own International travel arrangements can either join at Hotel on own or purchase a private transfer. Additional costs apply. Higher rates for Internal Argentina flights may also apply (subject to Airlines rules).
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It is each traveler’s responsibility to take all appropriate medical advice prior to booking as to whether or not they are fit enough to undertake this trip. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact us.
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TOUR: Due to the natural and non-contrived environment in which tours operate, ACTC cannot guarantee sighting of wildlife/ marine life on tour. With wildlife encounters, sometimes it’s just a matter of luck. We recommend you follow this policy for the safety, security, and enjoyment of all those involved in the experience. We aim to empower all travellers while protecting wildlife, nature as well as the local community. Some tours in Patagonia are subject to road & local weather conditions. Local auithorituies may deny access considering the safety of participants.
NOTE: Itineraries are subject to change due reasons beyond ACTC’s control. ACTC reserves the right to change the itinerary without prior notice.
** feature image courtesy – Imelda B. Joson and Edwin L. Aguirre **