On July 2 2019 a Total Solar Eclipse will occur at around 16:30 local time in the region of Coquimbo in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The Totality occurs at 16:46 and last for 2 minutes and 18 seconds. During Totality you could remove your solar safety glasses and look at a mind-blowing “black hole in the sky “. At this point it´s possible to appreciate the sun´s powerful pulsing corona, which appears as a brilliant white ring around the edges of the moon. Often the Stella of Solar explosions ragging above the white ring can be clearly seen during Totality and by the end of it a phenomena called the “diamond ring” occurs when the light breaks around the moon as the sun starts appearing again.
To provide our visitors the best possible and accessible conditions for this unique event we have an agreement with a strategically located lodging in Choros bajos, a small coastal community 575 km north of Santiago, between La Serena and Copiapo. This is our “Choros base camp”, here we have available 3 rooms with matrimonial beds, 24 bunk beds on 4 persons shared rooms and 15 double camping tents. The lodging is well equipped with a swimming pool, a dining room, warm water showers. It has a vast garden area to chillout or stargazing at nigth. Additionally to the facilities the lodging has to offer, we are setting up domes dining tents and will provide free shared WLAN. Appropriate vehicles are provided from our side, so you don´t need to care about getting around, and in the case you arrive with your car, parking slots are available.
The day of the total solar eclipse we will drive as a group for about 1 ½ hours using our vehicles to the sighting site, where we can enjoy in closed community this wonder of mother nature. On site, shadow shelters with camping chairs, a light dinner, snacks, cold and warm drinks are available at no extra cost. After the event we drive back to our Choros Base Camp, where we enjoy in community a mass barbeque on the twilight of this amazing day.
We also have planned other activities to give you a wide glimpse of this coastal area of the Atacama Desert and so we will visit the coastal village Chañaral de Aceituno, in the Pinguino de Humboldt National Park.
Being in the Atacama Desert a night of stargazing is a must. We have organized a naked eye night astronomical tour in Punta Colorada with a local astro guide.
And if you are wondering what “Choros” means, here is the explanation: the name Choros means a black mollusc with a yellow meat bulb inside and it´s abundant on the sea waters of this area.