Travel from Buenos Aires to Santiago and witness the total solar eclipse in December 2020 on this 10-day group tour of Argentina and Chile. Enjoy a guided tour of Buenos Aires, see the eclipse unfold from an exclusive observation camp and explore beautiful Bariloche. Marvel at incredible scenery on the breathtaking Andean Lake Crossing to Puerto Varas, visit the German-style city of Frutillar and discover the enchanting Chilean capital of Santiago.
This morning we take in the highlights of the seductive city of Buenos Aires on a half day guided tour, including attractions such as 9 de Julio Avenue, the Obelisk and Corrientes Street. The first stop will be in the Plaza de Mayo to visit the Cathedral and the Old City Hall, before we continue to the old neighborhood of San Telmo, with its colonial houses and cobblestone streets. We'll also visit the striking La Boca neighbourhood, with its brightly coloured zinc houses, the exclusive area of Puerto Madero, which was once the old city port, and the scenic Palermo woods.
Finally, we end our tour in Recoleta, which is one of the most elegant neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires. See the Recoleta Cemetery, the resting place of Argentina’s most famous figures and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Buenos Aires | Breakfast
Buenos Aires - Bariloche. Today transfer to the airport for your flight to Bariloche, a scenic city in northern Patagonia. Set on the shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi and within a national park of the same name, Bariloche is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
On arrival in the city, the rest of the day is free to relax in the Peninsula Petit Hotel, our base for exploring Bariloche and witnessing the total solar eclipse tomorrow. The hotel is on the shore of the lake and has its own private beach, so you can get out and make the most of your surroundings.
Overnight: Bariloche | Breakfast
14th December 2020. Experience the incredible astronomical event that is a total solar eclipse today. We have a full day excursion to an exclusive Nomad observatory camp, at a privileged location along the central path of the eclipse, near Piedra del Aguila. Departing Bariloche with our local guide early this morning, enjoy a incredibly scenic drive to the vast steppe lands in the east of Nahuel Huapo National Park. Arriving at our eclipse camp, you can have a drink, relax and await the eclipse in comfort or go for a short hike in the stunning Patagonian wilderness.
The big event begins with a partial eclipse at 11:45 local time. 13.08 is the start of the total eclipse, with totality lasting for just under 2 minutes. We'll be in the perfect spot to watch this incredible spectacle unfold (subject to weather conditions). Eclipse glasses will be provided to ensure you can watch this natural phenomenon safely.
Solar eclipses usually occur twice a year, however total solar eclipses are rare. A total solar eclipse is when the moon perfectly aligns in front of the sun, plunging the entire area into total darkness. Look out for Baily's Beards as the eclipse unfolds - these small blots of lights appear just before the total eclipse and are caused by gaps in the mountains and valleys on the Moon's surface allowing sunlight to pass through in some places but not others.
After the mesmerising eclipse, we'll enjoy a delicious 'Campestre' picnic lunch at our camp, accompanied by premium Argentinian wines. Relax and reflect on the spectacle you just witnessed before we return to the hotel in Bariloche, arriving late afternoon.
Overnight: Bariloche | Breakfast, Lunch
We spend our final day in Bariloche exploring the staggeringly beautiful Patagonian hills. Our half day sightseeing tour of the region takes in the breathtaking vistas of Lake Nahuel Huapi and Victoria Island. We also head through pine forest and past towering rock formations to the top of Campanario Hill. The incredible views from the top of the hill were voted one of the "Top 10 Views in the World” by National Geographic. The rest of the day can be spent further exploring Bariloche and its surrounding area at leisure.
Overnight: Bariloche | Breakfast
Bariloche - Puerto Varas (Chile). Transfer to the pier this morning for a full day lake crossing to reach Puerto Varas in Chile's Lake District. Departing by boat, we cross shimmering Lake Nahuel Huapi and continue across Lake Frias to the Perez Border with Chile.
Once we've crossed the border, we admire the extinct Tronador Volcano, which is home to nine glaciers on its flanks. We then enter the lush Perez Rosales National Park and cruise on Todos los Santos Lake. The lake has earned the nickname of 'Emerald Lake' due to the green-blue tone of its waters. From the lake you'll enjoy amazing views of the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes before we finally dock at Petrohue and transfer to Caban Del Lago Hotel in nearby Puerto Varas. Set on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, the hotel offers stunning panoramic views of Puerto Varas and Osorno volcano.
Overnight: Puerto Varas | Breakfast
This morning enjoy a half-day excursion to the charming lakeside city of Frutillar, known as Chile's 'City of Music', stopping en route to visit Llanquihue city. Founded by German settlers in 1856, Frutillar is like a slice of Bavaria in South America, with the added bonus of being surrounded by volcanoes and resting on the shore of magical Lake Llanquihue. There's free time to explore the quaint, German-style streets and you can opt for a visit to the German Colonial Museum to learn about life for the original German settlers of Frutillar. You can also see the famous Lake Theatre before we head to Puerto Octay, also located on the shore of Lake Llanquihue. Wander the ancient streets and see the bustling Main Square before we return to Puerto Varas, where the rest of the day is free to relax.
Overnight: Puerto Varas | Breakfast
Puerto Varas - Santiago. Transfer to Puerto Montt Airport this morning for a flight to Santiago, the welcoming capital city of Chile. Santiago is one of the most scenic capitals in the world, encircled by the snow-capped peaks of the mighty Andes Mountains. On arrival at the airport, you'll be transferred to our hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Santiago | Breakfast
Today we enjoy a guided tour of Santiago. The city is as varied as it is beautiful, an amazing contrast of the old and the modern. Our sightseeing includes the central Plaza de Armas, home to the Cathedral, Post Office and City Hall. See the La Moneda Government Palace and enjoy a drive through some of the old neighbourhoods of the city, including Republica and Concha y Toro. Finally, we discover the more modern eastern part of the city before the afternoon is free to further explore independently.
Overnight: Santiago | Breakfast
20 December 2020. Today our tour comes to an end after a final breakfast in the hotel. There's an included transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Prices & Dates
This tour is guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same gender on your tour, this can be arranged provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing. If a roommate cannot be found the single room supplement will apply.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Hotel Grand Brizo Buenos Aires , Buenos Aires
Conveniently located in the heart of Buenos Aires, the 4 star Hotel Grand Brizo offers comfortable and spacious guestrooms, which are well-equipped with modern amenities. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel and a tasty buffet breakfast is served daily. The hotel's restaurant offers international cuisine and the property also has a bar, outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre for those looking to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city. Popular places of interest near Hotel Grand Brizo Buenos Aires include The Obelisk of Buenos Aires, July 9 Avenue and the Colon Theater, while Plaza de Mayo Square is just 1 km away.
Peninsula Petit Hotel, Bariloche
This enchanting boutique hotel is set in an idyllic location, on the shore of picturesque Lake Nahuel Huapi. With attractive Patagonian decor and modern amenities including WiFi, the well appointed guest rooms all offer incredible views of the lake, native forest and surrounding hills. The hotel's restaurant and tea house serves delicious home cooked meals and guests can enjoy leisurely strolls through the beautiful gardens down to the private beach. Located in San Pedro’s Peninsula, the property is 12.4 miles from downtown Bariloche, which can easily be reached by bus or taxi.
Cabana del Lago Hotel, Puerto Varas
Hotel Cabana Del Lago is scenically located on the shore of picturesque Lake Llanquihue in Puerto Varas, just 3 minutes walk from the beach and a short lakeside walk into town. The comfortable guestrooms are tastefully furnished, with modern amenities and picturesque lake views. A tasty buffet breakfast is served daily and the cosy restaurant offers an excellent range of Lake District specialities, with live music in the evening. Guests can enjoy a swim in the hotel's beautiful indoor pool and jacuzzi which overlook the lake and bikes can be rented to explore the area. As the sun sets the hotel's view out over the lake and across to Osorno Volcano is simply stunning.
Fundador Hotel, Santiago
Set in the heart of downtown Santiago's historic Paris-London district, this comfortable hotel provides a convenient base for exploring Chile's capital. The hotel is light and brightly decorated in an Andean style, with warm rustic rugs and slate stone floors. Guestrooms are fully equipped with modern amenities, with the benefit of 24 hour room service and free WiFi. A buffet breakfast is included and the hotel's Calicanto Restaurant serves tasty Mediterranean cuisine with choice of local wines. There's also a fitness centre, sauna and spa on site for those who want to work out or relax after a busy day of city sightseeing.