Solar Eclipse Expedition Atacama 10 days Tour

10 days special tour on ocasion of the total solar eclipse in July 2019. It starts in San Pedro de Atacama, from there we visit the Paranal Observatory and finally enjoy the solar eclipse from our strategic placed location near La Serena in Coquimbo.

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10 days special tour on ocasion of the total solar eclipse in July 2019. It starts in San Pedro de Atacama, from there we visit the Paranal Observatory and finally enjoy the solar eclipse from our strategic placed location near La Serena in Coquimbo.

Description

The total solar eclipse 2019 in Chile is a very special ocassion and to make the most out of it for our visitors from all over the world, we have prepared this extensive journey of exploration of the Altiplano, the desert and the skies of Atacama. The adventure includes also one guided visit to the VLT Paranal Observatory.

San Pedro de Atacama in the province of Antofagasta is where our trip begins with a stay of  4 days. We will discover the terrestrial and celestial wonders of this privileged place like the Altiplanic lagoons, the Geyser and the most important archaeological and geological sites of the Area. The program includes a night of introduction to the skies of Atacama at the Space Observatory. The participants have the possibility to register for additional nights of observation in our tours “Astronomico traditional” and “Astronomico Special”, with limited quotas.

The VLT Cerro Paranal Observatory in Chile operated by ESO.The VLT Paranal Observatory is the second leg of our adventure. We have booked for our visitor a guided tour inside the installations of this technical wonder. We will have the opportunity to learn what it does and how it works. The VLT  Paranal Observatory is operated by ESO ( European Southern Observatory ) and it´s the most advanced visible light astronomical Observatory in the world.

Choros Bajos Base Camp near the city of La Serena in the province of Coquimbo is the third leg in our Atacama adventure, this will be our place for the coming days. We are already in the area of totality for the solar eclipse and the date is getting  closer . In this area we will discover the charms that nature offers us, visiting the National Reserve Penguin of Humboldt and the coastal area Chañaral de Aceituno.

Artist's impression of the total solar eclipse on Tuesday, 2 July 2019The total solar eclipse at the 2nd of July is the big event, and at 11 o’clock in the morning we will be in our strategic point of observation, one of the 8 localities in the province of Coquimbo where the eclipse will not only be seen in total form but in its longest length of time.

Itinerary

Start date and place: Monday, June 24 2019 in Calama, San Pedro de Atacama.
End date and place: Wednesday, July 3 2019 in Copiapo.
Duration: 10 Days.

Day 1: Monday, June 24 2019: Arrival to Calama – Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama.
Shared transfer from Calama airport to your hotel or camping in San Pedro de Atacama and check in. In the evening, astronomical tour at the Space Observatory with a talk of orientation to the sky of Atacama and observation of the sky with expert guides.
Transfer and tour: Shared with other tourists.
Accommodation: Hotel, hostel or camping, according to the chosen rate.
Meals: No meals included.

Day 2: Tuesday, June 25 2019: San Pedro de Atacama – Rainbow Valley.
Half day tour to the Rainbow Valley to discover the petroglyphs of Hierbas Buenas and the geological wonders of the Atacama desert and Domeyco range. Return to San Pedro de Atacama at 13.00. In the afternoon, excursion to the Moon Valley, ascension to the dunes and sunset in the desert.
Options for the night ( not included and require to be booked ahead ):
Traditional astronomical Tour (beginning at 19.00)
Special Astronomical Tour (start at 00.00)
Transfer and tour: Shared with other tourists.
Accommodation: Hotel, hostel or camping, according to the chosen rate.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 3: Wednesday, June 26 2019: San Pedro de Atacama – Puritama hot springs – Pukara de Quitor – Tulor
In the morning, tour to Puritama hot springs. The waters of Puritama, warm, regenerating and revitalizing, flow from the depths of the Cordillera of the Andes a few kilometers from San Pedro de Atacama. Puritama, which means “hot water”, is located on the Andes plateau at 3500 meters above sea level. These hot springs are considered among the most beautiful in Chile. After taking a bath, there will be time to relax and walk along the canyon before returning to San Pedro (return at around 1pm). In the afternoon, archaeological tour visiting Pukara de Quitor and Aldea de Tulor. The Pucará de Quitor is a pre-Inca fortress located 3 km north of San Pedro de Atacama, from the 12th century. It is made of stones that climb a hill as a fortress with a perimeter defensive wall, it is a Chilean national monument. The Tulor Village is one of the oldest sedentary archaeological sites in northern Chile, located about 7.7 km southwest of San Pedro de Atacama, between the emblematic Cordillera de la Sal and the sand dunes that evidence the progressive drying of this environment. The first remains were found in 1956 by the Jesuit Father Gustavo Le Paige.
Options for the night ( not included and require to be booked ahead ):
Traditional astronomical Tour (beginning at 19.00)
Special Astronomical Tour (start at 00.00)
Transfer and tour: Shared with other tourists.
Accommodation: Hotel, hostel or camping, according to the chosen rate.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 4: Thursday, June 27 2019: San Pedro de Atacama – Toconao – Chaxa Lagoon – Miscanti – San Pedro de Atacama.
Full day tour to the highlands and Atacama salt flat. Today we enjoy a full day of traveling across the desert and the Altiplano. We drive south along the salt flat to the Aymará village of Toconao with its local cacti and stone handcrafts. After this we enter the Atacama salt flat and stop at the Chaxa Lagoon, one of the world’s best places to see flamingos nesting. From there we start driving up towards the Altiplano, where we experience a complete change of landscape. Our target destination is the protected Miscanti area, a region marked by mountain lagoons, volcanoes and a very rich local flora and fauna. In the evening we drive back to San Pedro, arriving by 5pm.
Transfer and tour: Shared with other tourists.
Accommodation: Hotel, hostel or camping, according to the chosen rate.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Day 5: Friday, June 28 2019: San Pedro de Atacama – Tatio Geyser – Chiu Chiu Village – Antofagasta
We get up very early (at around 4am) for a two-hour drive to the geysers of El Tatio. We arrive in time to enjoy the view of the steaming fumaroles and the thermal activity against the extraordinary sunrise of the Atacama Desert. Your early morning wake-up will be rewarded with a perfect crystalline clear sky and a landscape of unforgettable beautiful colors and contrasts. We enjoy a good breakfast before resuming our journey towards Chiu-Chiu village, where we will stop for lunch (not included) Visit of the Chiu Chiu church, the oldest in Chile, built in the 17th century. It is entirely made in adobe and cacti wood. In the afternoon, transfer to Antofagasta, visiting on the way the cemetery of the saltpeter mine Pampa Unión.
Transfer and tour: Shared with other tourists.
Accomodation: Hotel Spark.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 6: Saturday, June 29 2019: Antofagasta – Paranal Observatory – Taltal
Departure 11 am to the Paranal Observatory (130 kms) Box lunch on the way. Visit of the Paranal Observatory and the famous VLT telescope (very Large Telescope) 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 visit begins at 14.00 and ends at 16.00. After Paranal visit, 2-hour transfer to the hotel in Taltal.
Transfer and tour: Shared with other tourists.
Accommodation: Hotel Mi Tampi.
Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch.

Day 7: Sunday, June 30 2019: Taltal – Choros Bajos Base Camp
Start 9 am, full day transfer from Taltal to Choros Bajos camp, located only 70 km from La Serena town. Lunch (not included) in restaurant in Vallenar. Taltal – Choros Bajos Camp 670 km approximately 8 hours drive plus one hour stop for lunch.
Transfer and tour: Shared with other tourists.
Accommodation: In double matrimonial room, quadruple room or tent, according to the chosen rate for Punta de Choros.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Day 8: Monday, July 1 2019: Choros Bajos Base Camp – Caleta Chañaral – Choros Bajos Base Camp
Full day tour along the Chilean coast and visit Caleta Chañaral de Aceituno, at the Pacific Ocean, part of the National Park Pinguino de Humboldt. Return to Base camp at 5 pm. (120 km roundtrip).
At night: Transfer to Punta Colorada, 40 km from the base camp, to observe the Atacama sky, naked eye, with a local astro guide.
Transfer and tour: Shared with other tourists.
Accommodation: In double matrimonial room, quadruple room or tent, according to the chosen rate for Punta de Choros.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner in dinner room. Box lunch underway.

Day 9: Tuesday, July 2 2019: Choros Bajos Base Camp – Almirante Latorre Area – Choros Bajos Base Camp.
Day of observation of the solar eclipse in the nearest of base camp. Total Solar Eclipse at around 16.38 hrs. We leave at 8 am from our base camp to Almirante Latorre, one of the 8 sites in the Coquimbo region where the total eclipse will be seen in full (2 minutes and 35 seconds). Arrival to Almirante Latorre area estimated at 10.00 am. We will provide comfortable mess tent, tables and seats to wait for the eclipse. A light lunch, snacks and hot /cold and drinks will be available for our guests at no extra cost.
Drive back to base camp at the end of the eclipse. (170 kms. Round trip).
Celebration and Farewell dinner.
Transfer and tour: Shared with other tourists.
Accommodation: In double matrimonial room, quadruple room or tent, according to the chosen rate for Punta de Choros.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner in dinner room. Box lunch underway.

Day 10: Wednesday, July 3 2019: Choros Bajos Base Camp – Copiapo – Santiago.
Transfer to bus terminal or airport in Copiapo (350 km, 4-hour drive) to continue to Santiago de Chile.

Important notice: Arrival to Copiapo airport / Bahia Inglesa is scheduled around 2 pm and the bus will stop in the following places:
Copiapo airport
Caldera bus station
Copiapo bus station
Your hotel in Caldera, Bahia Inglesa and Copiapo.

Transfer and tour: Shared with other tourists.
Accommodation: No accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast .

For your “10 days Atacama & Solar Eclipse Tour” please choose your accommodation among the available alternatives:

Eclipse Top 10 Days : Accomodation as described below: U$d 2.930 / person.
Please select the option ” Eclipse Top 10 Days ” to check availibility.
San Pedro de Atacama: Hotel Yakana in double room
Antofagasta : Hotel Spark in double room
Tal Tal : Hotel Mi Tampi in double room
Punta de Choros : Hostel Los Delfines in cuadruple room

Eclipse Plus 10 Days : Accomodation as described below: U$d 2.680 / person.
Please select the option “ Eclipse Plus 10 Days ” to check availibility.
San Pedro de Atacama: Hotel Yakana in double room
Antofagasta : Hotel Spark in double room
Tal Tal : Hotel Mi Tampi in double room
Punta de Choros : Hostel Los Delfines in cuadruple room

Eclipse Eco 10 Days : Accomodation as described below: U$d 2.390 / person.
Please select the option “ Eclipse Eco 10 Days ” to check availibility.
San Pedro de Atacama: Camping in double tent
Antofagasta : Hotel Spark in double room
Tal Tal : Hotel Mi Tampi in double room
Punta de Choros : Hostel Los Delfines in double tent

All rates are based on shared services as described in the Itinerary.

Included in the price
Transportation shared with other tourists throughout the trip.
Guide ( Spanish / English ).
Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary and according to the choosen rate.
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
All the tour and visits as mentioned in the program and listed below:
Moon Valley Tour
Rainbow Valley Tour
Astronomical Tour Observatory SPACE
Archaeological Tour
Altiplanic Lagoons Tour
Tour Geyser del Tatio e Chiu Chiu
Tour Paranal ( VLT)
Tour Caleta Chañaral de Aceituno
One night transfer to Punta Colorada, to observe the sky, naked eye with a local astro guide.
Astronomy guide Spanish / English for the evening of the 1st July and the full day of the 2nd July.
Day of observation of the Eclipse in an strategic spot, where it is seen in its fullness.
Transfer out to the Copiapo Airport or to the bus terminal in Copiapo, the last day.
VHF Radio communication.
First Aid Kit
Satellite phone (pay per minute).
For the guests who chose the tent accommodation, high quality camping equipment including two-person dorm tents (or singles) and 10 cm thick foam mats, bathrooms and showers are available.

Not included in the price
International and/or national flights.
Personal equipment (sleeping bag, adequate clothing etc).
Compulsory travel insurance (accidents, repatriation) and other insurances of any kind (e.g. medical, trip cancellation-highly recommended).
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
Entrances fee to parks in San Pedro de Atacama: Moon Valley, El Tatio, Laguna Chaxa, Laguna Miscanti / Miniques, Puritama, Tulor & Quitor , Rainbow Valley.
Personal expenses.
Additional cost for early deaparture.
Any service/cost not mentioned in the program.
Transfer from Santiago to Calama and from Copiapo to Santiago, either by bus or by plane.
Tips (optional)
Extras such as the Traditional astronomical Tour & Special Astronomical Tour

Flights
International and domestic flights are not included in the price
For information, there are two companies that serve internal flights:
LATAM: www.latam.com
SKY: www.skyairline.com

The most convenient option is to buy all your flights online. In fact it is not uncommon for prices on the Internet to be less expensive than those that we are able to provide for you. However, we advise you with pleasure the flights and we do not take any commission.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any problems with international or domestic flights and if you have any questions.

Terms of Payment
To confirm your booking we request a deposit of 30% of the total price by bank transfer or by credit card. The balance of your trip is due at the latest 45 days before departure.

Cancellation conditions
All cancellations must make the subject of an email sent to the Travel 21 Online. The amount of cancellation costs varies according to the moment when the cancellation occurs:
All cancelations have a penalty 10% of the cost of the trip.
Between 45 and 30 days prior to departure: 60% of the land cost will be refunded.
Between 29 and 15 days of departure: 45% of the land cost will be refunded.
Cancellation 14 days or less prior to departure – no refunds.

Reimbursement Terms
No reimbursement is provided if, for any reason, a participant renounces the completion of the program after departure, or if the weather conditions, or other factors, make it impossible to achieve the objectives. In the event that a participant needs help, or leave the program before completion, for any reason, the participant will be responsible for all extra costs. Travel 21 Online and the involved service providers do not assume any costs for the delay, modification of the program or the cancellation of the trip in case of adverse weather conditions, strikes, robberies, natural disasters, riots, acts of terrorism, wars, restrictions or government regulations, failure to comply with pre-established timetables by means of transport on which Travel 21 Online has no control.

In June – July it is winter time in Chile. In San Pedro de Atacama the temperatures are around 18 – 25 °C by midday, at night, 0 °C is common but we can also expect -10 °C. During the day, the sky is mostly sunny, clear and deep blue.

In the area of La Serena temperatures will be rather low, with 0°C early in the morning and 15°C to 20°C around 1 – 2 pm. Warm clothing and wind stopper jacket are recommended.

Difficulty: Easy tour, not physical effort involved.

San Pedro de Atacama is located at 2400 meters over sea level, (7874ft). This is an elevation that most of the people would stand without any health issues. The day tour around San Pedro will gradually bring you over 3000 and 4000 meters (9842ft to 13123ft). The stay at those elevations will be short and most tourist won’t experience any kind of discomfort. The fact of coming back every day to spend the night at a lower elevation ensures an optimal acclimatization. All tours, in San Pedro de Atacama, Paranal and La Serena surroundings don’t require any physical effort.

San Pedro de Atacama and Solar Eclipse in Chile 10 days Tour

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