Solar Eclipse Expedition Atacama 4 days Tour

The total solar eclipse at the 2nd. of July 2019 in Chile will be the astronomical event of the year. Enjoy it with us from our viewing site near Copiapo in the Atacama Desert.

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The total solar eclipse at the 2nd. of July 2019 in Chile will be the astronomical event of the year. Enjoy it with us from our viewing site near Copiapo in the Atacama Desert.

Description

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.

Dolphins playing with visitors near Punta de Choros, Coquimbo Region - ChileWe 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.

Itinerary

Start date and place: Sunday,  June 30 2019 in Copiapo or Bahia Inglesa.
End date and place: Wednesday, July 3 2019 in Copiapo.
Duration: 4 Days.

Day 1: Sunday, June 30 2019: Pick up in Copiapo – Choros Bajos Base Camp.
Pick up in Copiapo ( see pick up places ) and drive to Choros bajos base camp along the Ruta Panamerica 5. It is a 3,5 hours drive and we will stop for lunch and sightseeing on the way. Arrive to Choros camp.
Transfer and tour: Shared with other tourists.
Accommodation: According to your choice at Hostal Los Delfines in Choros.
Meals: Dinner.

Pick up places in Copiapo are:
Copiapo Airport
Bahia Inglesa meeting point Hotel Jardines de Bahia
Caldera Bus Station
Copiapo Bus Station
Your hotel in Caldera, Bahia Inglesa or in Copiapo.

Day 2: 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: According to your choice at Hostal Los Delfines in Choros.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner in dinner room. Box lunch underway.

Day 3: 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: According to your choice at Hostal Los Delfines in Choros.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner in dinner room. Box lunch underway.

Day 4: 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: Not included.
Meals: Breakfast .

Information about local airlines and related flights:
Recommended national flight with LATAM Airlines: Santiago ( SCL ) to Copiapo ( CPO ). Visit LATAM here.
Recommended national flight with SKY Airlines: Santiago ( SCL ) to Copiapo ( CPO ). Visit SKY here.

For your Stay at the “ Choros Bajos Base Camp” we can offer these alternatives:

Eclipse Expedition Top : Private double room (matrimonial bed only):
U$d 2.090 per person ( min. 2 persons ).
Please select ” Eclipse Expedition Top ” to check availability.

Eclipse Expedition Plus : Bunk Bed on shared room a 4 people (2 bunk beds per room):
U$d 1.790 per person.
Please select ” Eclipse Expedition Plus ” to check availability.

Eclipse Expedition Eco : Accommodation in a double tent for 2 persons :
U$d 1.580 per person.
Please select ” Eclipse Expedition Eco ” to check availability.

Eclipse Expedition Eco Single : Single Accommodation in tent :
U$d 2.060 per person.
Please select ” Eclipse Expedition Eco Single ” to check availability.

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

Included in the price:
One coordinator guide all along Spanish / English
All transport as scheduled, private or shared.
Visits and shared tours, with a guide Spanish / English, as described in the day by day program.
Astronomy guide Spanish / English for the evening of the 1st July and the full day of the 2nd July.
Meals as scheduled.
Accommodation as scheduled and depending on the choice of rate.
Assistance from our staff on site 24 hours a day.
Complimentary solar eclipse glasses a pair per person.
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, kitchen tent/restaurant tent/bathrooms and showers/as well as infrastructure and complete base camp services.
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).

Not included in the price
International and / or internal flights.
Personal equipment (sleeping bag, adequate clothing etc).
Compulsory travel insurance ( accidents, repatriation ) and other highly recommended insurances ( health, travel cancellation ).
Personal expenses.
Tipping.
Additional costs for early return due to personal health or other reasons.
All costs not included in the program.
Transfer from Santiago to Calama & Copiapo to Santiago, either by bus or by plane.
Tips (optional)

Sleeping bag rental available upon booking.

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 comission.
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 the area of La Serena we usually do not expect rain, but the temperatures are 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.

The expedition doesn’t require previous experience or a special preparation. You will be in the outdoor and in the nature most of the time, therefore adequate clothing and equipment is needed, such as sunglasses, sun screen, hut, warm and light clothes, sleeping bag in case you are staying in tent.

Total Solar Eclipse in Chile - 4 days Astro Tour

Here you can download the flyer for this service ( PDF in English )

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