Day 01: Jun. 27, THU- Arrive Santiago, Chile
Welcome at Santiago airport and transfer to the hotel. (Note- Arrival transfer is provided to participants taking our international group air travel. Participants making own international air arrangements or arriving on non group flight plans can either purchase a private transfer or make own arrangements to reach group Hotel.) Encounter Santiago, Chile’s capital, nestled in
the central valley, right below the imposing Andes. This city mixes the “Mapuche” legacy- (the natives that inhabited this land during the Pre-Columbian era), our Spanish colonial past and the modernity of any thriving city of the world. Walk its streets, visit its museums, engage with its architecture and become a part of it. Historical and contemporary features combined in the heart of Chile. Rest of the day is at leisure. Meet your fellow tour members and briefing followed by welcome dinner at local restaurant this evening. HOTEL CUMBRES LASTARRIA OR SOLACE (standard room) – D
Day 02: Jun. 28, FRI- Santiago City Tour
Begin our journey towards the city center, where we will get to know its main attractions. First, we will visit the Santa Lucia Hill, where the city of Santiago was founded in 1541. Continue to the Plaza de Armas, to see the Cathedral of Santiago, the Municipality, the Post Office Building and National History Museum. Later visit the Cerro San Cristobal, where we can enjoy a panoramic view of Santiago. The experience continues with a panoramic tour through the Providencia neighborhood and finally, along the Costanera Highway until reaching the elegant Vitacura neighborhood and the Alonso de Córdova Avenue. Lunch at local restaurant. Rest of the afternoon is free to explore the city and the sights or to shop on own. . HOTEL CUMBRES LASTARRIA OR SOLACE – BL
Day 03: Jun. 29, SAT- Tour of Valparaiso & Wineries
After Breakfast travel along the Pacific coast, crossing the Coastal Mountain Range and the Casablanca and Curacaví Valleys. Our first stop will be Viña del Mar, known as the Garden City;
because of its great number of parks and nice gardens. We will visit the Quinta Vergara, Palacio Carrasco, and see an original Moai from Easter Island. Then, we continue along the bay, forming part
of the most important central coastline, and get to know the city’s famous flower clock. Next, we arrive at the city of Valparaíso, World Heritage Site and main commercial port and home to the Congress of Chile. During the tour, visitors are greeted by the multi-colored houses on the hills, parks and diverse historic monuments, traditional bars and restaurants. We will have lunch at a typical seafood restaurant and get to know the Plaza Sotomayor, the most important civic square of the city, located on the shore. Finally we will sail across the bay, in order to appreciate the best views of Valparaíso. Return back our hotel in Santiago. HOTEL CUMBRES LASTARRIA OR SOLACE – BL
Day 04: Jun. 30, SUN- Santiago – La Serena
Breakfast in the hotel and fly to La Serena, the second oldest city in Chile. After settling in at the Hotel tour the city. Our first stop is near the 28 m (91 ft) high La Serena lighthouse, where you get the opportunity to photograph the area´s sweeping views. We then visit La Serena´s main plaza, site of the city´s founding in 1544, and walk three blocks through the high street area to visit the archaeological museum. This museum houses a genuine Moai statue from Easter Island and a complete collection of artifacts from pre-Hispanic cultures including the Diaguita and Molle people. Located one block away is La Recova Market, which offers an abundance of interesting shopping opportunities including handicrafts like lapis lazuli (Chile’s famous semi-precious blue stone), pottery and ceramics with Diaguita motifs, and alpaca wool. We will visit one of the world’s major astronomical observatories, probably the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, where the telescopes are 4 meters in diameter. The Cerro Pachon site with the Gemini South Observatory’s 8 meter telescope is also possible. This is subject to availability and confirmation. Alternate observatories visits will be arranged.
This evening visit our exclusive site for eclipse viewing & briefing by our eclipse expert. HOTEL ENJOY (Standard room)-BD
Day 05: Jul. 1, MON- Tour of Isla Damas
Breakfast at the hotel. This fascinating full day excursion is an invitation to nature lovers and adventurers alike. The tour starts in the morning from La Serena driving north along the Pan-American Highway through the “Norte Chico,” a semi-desert area with scarce vegetation dominated by cacti. The route continues over long curving hill roads and low accesses that allow you numerous perspectives of the rocky coast. Arriving in the small fishing village of Caleta Punta Choros, which is 122 kilometers from La Serena, from here the Gaviota, Choros and Damas Islands can be seen: they form part of the Humboldt Penguin Natural Reservation and are administered by the National Forestry Corporation (CONAF). From Caleta Punta Choros the tour departs in a small-motorized fishing boat, with life jackets supplied, the wearing of which is compulsory. The boat navigates around the three islands in safe waters depending on weather conditions. There is the opportunity to admire the marine life of this area. In the waters surrounding Choros Island lives a colony of bottlenose dolphins, unique in that this is one of only three colonies in the world. Usually they can be seen often performing jumps and pirouettes, but they do occasionally migrate to the surroundings. In the rocky shoreline of Choros Island are handsome sea lions and a large variety of seabirds, often penguins can be spotted The tour disembarks at Isla Damas with time to enjoy its beaches of white sand and surroundings before returning by boat to the Caleta Punta Choros. In the village on the coast lunch is provided in a typical fish and shellfish restaurant in the simple fishing village. The tour returns back to La Serena during the evening with hopes for a spectacular sunset. Join our eclipse expert this evening for pre eclipse briefing & dinner. HOTEL ENJOY– BLD
Day 06: Jul. 2, TUE- Eclipse viewing
Breakfast at the hotel. Travel early to our exclusive eclipse viewing site in Elqui province. We will have plenty of time to set up before this afternoon’s total solar eclipse. Food, drinks, tables and chairs are provided for a comfortable eclipse viewing experience. After the eclipse join fellow tour members for a celebratory Dinner & a report by our Eclipse experts. HOTEL ENJOY – BLD
Day 07: Jul. 3, WED- La Serena – Santiago- Atcama
Breakfast at the Hotel. Time free until transfer to the airport to board flight to Santiago and further connection to Calama. Upon arrival in Calama drive into the Atacama Desert arriving at San Pedro de Atacama. HOTEL SAN PEDRO (standard room)- BD
Day 08: Jul. 4, THU- Atacama Desert
After Breakfast travel on the international highway towards the Atacama Salt Flat, one of the largest in the world. Within the Salt Flat, in the area known as Soncor and the Chaxa Lagoon, where you may see the three species of native pink flamingos. Continue and travel further within the Altiplano, reaching 4,300 meters above sea level. Arrive at the Miñique and Miscanti lagoons, at the foothill of the Miñique and Miscanti volcanoes, with fantastic scenery of bluish waters arising from the background of volcanoes. Return to Socaire for lunch. Our final stop is the village of Toconao visiting the main square, the bell tower built in 1750 made of cactus wood, mud and straw, and the church of San Lucas, both have been declared National Monument since 1951. Return to the hotel for Dinner and overnight. HOTEL SAN PEDRO – BL
Day 9: Jul. 5, FRI- Atacama Desert
Rise early this morning to visit the Tatio Geysers; the geothermal centre of the Atacama Desert. Witness its impressive natural spectacle of steam combined with volcanic magma; it’s a visual performance that is waiting to surprise you. After watching this delightful spectacle, it is time to enjoy a delicious breakfast to later spend time at the natural hot pool and whose average temperature of 36° C (97 F). Visit the village of Machuca, where local families dedicate their life to grazing and agriculture. There is a good chance to observe a flock of flamingos, ducks and gulls in the nearby wetlands. Return back to San Pedro de Atacama for lunch.
Tour this afternoon to the Moon Valley. The Valley of the Moon, declared a Natural sanctuary and monument, is formed by a depression surrounded by small hills with stunning sharp ridges. This unique place is famous for its natural mineral sculptures, one of them being “Las Tres Marías” (The three Mary’s) formed by the wind erosion, resembling a lunar setting. Finally, end your trip with a magical sunset (subject to weather) at the Kari Viewpoint, one of the highest points of the “Cordillera de la Sal” (Salt Mountain Range); before returning to hotel.
The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is world-renowned for the driest place on earth. Atacama’s unique landscape also makes it one of the best stargazing locations in the world. The harsh climate has discouraged people from settling in the desert, meaning there’s little threat of light pollution. The desert’s elevation and its location in the rain shadow of not 1, but 2 mountain chains mean it doesn’t even have clouds on most nights, leaving the sky clear and bright. Add in the fact that the Atacama is located in the southern hemisphere and you have a winning combination that draws astronomers from around the world. Hot drinks (non alcoholic) and light snacks are served during stargazing tour. HOTEL SAN PEDRO – BD
Day 10: Jul. 6, SAT- Atacama /Santiago/ DEpart
Breakfast at the hotel. Time free to explore the town on your own. Transfer to the airport for flight to Santiago. and onward connection to your international flight. B
LAND TOUR: $ 6,080.00 per person sharing
Single Room – $ 7,330.00
Arrival transfer in Santiago is included for participants arriving on group travel flights or at same time as group travel 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 Chile flights may also apply (subject to Airlines rules)..
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