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Where better to view the Total Solar Eclipse in 2020 than in Argentina? Join us on this 9-day tour, starting in the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires before flying south to Northern Patagonian town of San Carlos de Bariloche. Explore the area's stunning landscapes including snow-capped mountains and deep blue lakes, also the location for the highlight of your trip, the Total Solar Eclipse. Your final stop will El Calafate, considered the gateway to the Glaciers National Park and home to the astounding Perito Moreno Glacier, a sight which is sure to leave you speechless.
Duration: 9 Days
Maximum Group Size: 25
Welcome to Argentina! Upon arrival in Buenos Aires you will be greeted at Ezeiza International Airport by your guide who is just waiting to introduce you to one of the world's most exciting cities. A private vehicle will transfer you to your hotel to check-in. The afternoon will be free to rest and recover from your flight in style.
This morning's tour will introduce to you the magic of the Argentinean capital. Your day begins when you are picked up from your hotel and head to San Telmo, the oldest barrio (neighbourhood) in Buenos Aires, famous for it's historic architecture, tango parlours and antique shops. You will have time to wander through the cobblestone streets learning about the history of the area and seeing it's sights including impressive churches and an abundance of colourful street art. Leaving San Telmo behind we continue past the many architectural highlights of Buenos Aires including the Palace of Justice, the Argentine National Congress building, the 'Cabildo' (Old Town Hall) and the presidential palace 'Casa Rosada' (pink house).
Our next stop will be 'La Boca' considered the most picturesque of all of the neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires. We will wander it's famous street 'Caminito' where you will have the chance to witness the spectacle of impromptu tango dancing, street performers and have the opportunity to purchase some local handicrafts.
On your way back to your hotel we will pass through the newly restored Puerto Madero area where you will be dropped off for a nice lunch on the waterfront. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent at leisure visiting some of Buenos Aires' many great museums or shopping.
Breakfast and Lunch included.
You will further discover what makes Buenos Aires great this morning as you explore it's better known and more sophisticated districts; Palermo and Recoleta. Your day starts with a drive through Recoleta with it's open green spaces mixed in with elegant boutique shopping, cafes, embassies and impressive architecture. You will visit landmarks including the Pilar Church and the Evita Monument before taking a short walk through the Recoleta cemetery where Evita's tomb can be found.
You will then continue on to Palermo which is Buenos Aires' largest and trendiest neighbourhood. Here you will wander the streets which are full of beautiful parks, hip boutique hotels, chich restaurants and bars as well as high fashion stores. Throughout the morning your knowledgable guide will give you an insight in to local life and excellent local cuisine.
At the conclusion of your tour you will have the option of being dropped off at a restaurant for lunch or being taken back to your hotel with the afternoon at leisure.
This evening you will be blown away by an unforgettable tango show performed by the best dancers and singers of this seductive genre while enjoying dinner. This is the way one ought to experience Buenos Aires, the city of tango. After the dazzling show you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Breakfast and Dinner included.
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to the airport for your flight to San Carlos de Bariloche where upon arrival you will be greeted by yet another experienced guide who will transfer you to your accommodation. Bariloche's deep blue lakes, towering mountains, glaciers and virgin forests make it an incomparable holiday destination. The scenery alone will leave you breathless. You will have the afternoon free to stroll by the lake, explore the city and be tempted by it's many chocolate factories.
A welcome dinner will be served at your hotel this evening and your guide will help you to prepare for the following day's extraordinary experience: the Total Solar Eclipse!
Breakfast and Dinner included.
Your day will start early this morning as you have breakfast at your hotel then begin your journey along Route 237 towards the Eclipse viewing point where a campsite and catering service will be waiting for you.
- Our approximate location at viewing point: Lat.: 40.0355° S Long.: 70.0269° W
- Duration of Totality: 1 min 56s
- Magnitude: 1.007
- Obscuration: 100.00%
- Event Date Time (UT)
- Start of partial eclipse (C1): 14:45:37.0
- Start of total eclipse (C2):16:08:04.0
- Maximum eclipse: 16:09:02.2
- End of total eclipse (C3): 16:10:00.5
- End of partial eclipse (C4): 17:35:48.2
The experience includes:
- Astronomy & equipment
- Local guide
- Bedouin tents & setting
- Lunch & snacks
After this historic event passes - the second visible total solar eclipse in Argentina - join your fellow travellers for an Eclipse celebration at sunset. You will then return to your hotel where you can share your experiences of what you have just witnessed today. Dinner will be included at your hotel this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.
Northern Patagonia is home to the Lake District and world-famous national parks. Today you will visit the Nahuel Huapi National Park. Why, you ask? Once you get a glimpse of it's uniquely stunning landscapes of lakes and snow-capped mountains you will forget about any doubts you may have been holding. What's more, you will come across an amazing native forest of beautiful copper-coloured autumn leaves sitting next to the crystal-clear waters of the lake.
Your tour begins at Bustillo Avenue which borders Lake Nahuel Huapi, to visit Playa Bonita, Mount Campanario (chair lift is optional), San Pedro Peninsula, Llao Llao Peninsula, Saint Edward's Chapel and Port Panuelo. The journey then continues across the Angostura Bridge over the stream linking the Moreno and Nahuel Huapi Lakes, Bahia Lopez and El Trebol Lagoon. You will then find yourself at Panoramic Point, a natural balcony over Moreno Lake and Llao Llao Peninsula. The secret is in the name really: this location offers rather magnificent views of the lakes and surrounding mountain ranges.
When it comes to beer, Bariloche is a city that pays special tribute to the beverage - it even has a street that worships the brew. This afternoon you will visit one of it's main breweries for a tasting and enjoy a traditional 'picada', another attraction that shows visitors all the flavours of this wonderful Patagonian region with it's smoked products and exclusive meat, including venison, boar, tour and salmon.
Breakfast and Lunch included.
Check out of your hotel this morning and transfer to the airport where you will board your flight bound for El Calafate, the gateway to the Glaciers National Park. Upon arrival you will be greeted by your guide who knows everything about this cosy little Patagonian village huddled on the shore of Lake Argentino.
Argentina is not short on natural beauty and today's excursion will be no exception as you visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1981. Arriving at the park you will board a boat which will take you along the southern walls of the magnificent glacier. Back at the port your vehicle will take you to the glacier's balcony's where you will have around 4-hours to wander along the various pathways and drink in it's glory from different angles. Stunningly framed by dramatic mountains, lakes and forests, Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most spectacular scenes going around. It owes it's fame to its continuous movement which produces a cyclical phenomenon of forward and backward motion, causing awe-inspiring periods of ice toppling. You really won't believe your eyes so be sure to have your camera ready.
After your last breakfast at your hotel, make sure that you allow some time to buy some last-minute souvenirs and take some final photos. You will be picked up from your accommodation and transferred back to the airport to board your departure flight.
|10 Dec 2020 - 18 Dec 2020||AUD $3469pp||Contact us|
|Buenos Aires||Boca Design Hotel|
|El Calafate||Imago Hotel|
*The flight from El Calafate to Buenos Aires can be added on separately but may be better included in your international ticket. We also have a range of extension options available from El Calafate to Torres del Paine National. Please enquire about these.
Please consult Eclipse Travel before booking flights independently as we may have a group airfare option available closer to departure.
Astronomy Guide: Claudio Martinez
In addition to being an Astronomer, Claudio Martinez is a professor of mathematics at the University and Astrotourism guide in Patagonia where he leads star observation tours. He has also written a book titled 'Manuel de Astroturismo', the Manual of Astrotourism.