Puerto Varas on the shore of Lake Llanquihue | Chile
FROM: USD $3,545

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.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Total Solar Eclipse - watch this incredible natural phenomena in Patagonia on the 14 December 2020
Experience this amazing astronomical event at an exclusive observatory camp and enjoy gourmet food and wine as the spectacle unfolds
Puerto Varas - spend two days in this picturesque lakeside town, with incredible views of Osorno and Calbuco volcano
Buenos Aires - take a guided city tour of Argentina's captivating capital to see highlights including the Plaza de Mayo, colourful La Boca neighbourhood and Recoleta.
Andean Lake Crossing - cruise from Bariloche in Argentina to Puerto Varas in Chile, crossing spectacular lakes, admiring volcanoes and glaciers as you sail
Bariloche - enjoy a scenic tour of the Patagonian wilderness including Lake Nahuel Huapi and admire the view from Campanario Hill
Frutillar - discover the German-style city on the shore of Llanquihue Lake, see the famous Lake Theatre and opt to visit the German Colonial Museum
Santiago - explore the Chilean capital on a guided tour to see highlights including the Plaza de Armas, Cathedral and La Moneda Government Palace

Included

9 breakfasts & 1 gourmet picnic lunch with premium Argentinian wines
All relevant transfers and transportation
Domestic flights: Buenos Aires - Bariloche and Puerto Montt - Santiago de Chile
Airport arrival and departure transfers on days 1 and 10
Full day solar eclipse excursion to an exclusive observatory camp with an astronomer guide
Half day Bariloche scenic tour
Half Day Llanquihue & Frutillar & Puerto Octay Excursion
6 nights 4 star hotels and 3 nights boutique hotel in Bariloche (or 3 nights guesthouse for anyone booking from 01 Dec 2019 onwards)
Expert local guides for scheduled sightseeing
Half day Buenos Aires and Santiago city tour
Eclipse viewing glasses
Full day Andean Lake Crossing excursion

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping – an entirely personal gesture
Items of a personal nature, additional meals and drinks
Bariloche Eco Tax - $2 per day ($6 in total) to be paid directly to the hotel at time of check in

Itinerary

Please Note - the Peninsula Petit Hotel in Bariloche is now fully booked. Anyone booking this tour from 01 December 2019 onwards will stay at the Hosteria Katy in Bariloche.

Day 1

Welcome to Argentina

11 December 2020. Welcome to Buenos Aires. You will be met by our representative at Buenos Aires airport and transferred to our centrally located hotel in Argentina's captivating capital. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Buenos Aires

Day 2

Buenos Aires sightseeing

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

Day 3

Fly to Bariloche

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 at 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.

Please Note - the Peninsula Petit Hotel in Bariloche is now fully booked. Anyone booking this tour from 01 December 2019 onwards will stay at the Hosteria Katy in Bariloche.
Overnight: Bariloche  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Total Solar Eclipse

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

Day 5

Bariloche Scenic Tour

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

Day 6

Lake crossing to Puerto Varas

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

Day 7

Llanquihue & Frutillar

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

Day 8

Fly to Santiago

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

Day 9

Santiago city tour

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

Day 10

Santiago

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.
Breakfast

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.

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Hotels

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

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.

Hosteria Katy, Bariloche

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Guesthouse

Anyone booking this tour from 01 December 2019 onwards will stay at Hosteria Katy.

Surrounded by lush woods, rugged snowcapped mountains and pristine lakes, Hosteria Katy is a charming family-run inn which offers a real home away from home. The property has seven cosy en-suite guestrooms, which are simply furnished, with garden views and free WiFi. There's a comfortable living room and dining room where you can enjoy a wonderful variety of organic products fresh from the garden, delicious home-made bread, jams and tasty cakes. Located in the picturesque and peaceful village of Llao LLao, away from the hustle and bustle of Bariloche town centre, you'll find several excellent places to eat within easy walking distance and given its convenient location inside the Nahuel Huapi National Park there's a wonderful range of walking trails and lake activities to enjoy nearby. Bariloche city centre is 16.2 miles away.

Cabana del Lago Hotel, Puerto Varas

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Buenos Aires
Ends
Santiago
Departs
11 December 2020
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 22
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star hotels
Tour Guide
Local guides for scheduled sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 1
Visiting
Countries
Bright lights of the cityscape behind boats on the hardbour in Buenos Aires
Bright lights of the cityscape behind boats on the hardbour in Buenos Aires
View of the lakes and wilderness of Bariloche
View of the lakes and wilderness of Bariloche
Houses along the waterfront of Puerto Varas
Houses along the waterfront of Puerto Varas
Pink, dusky sky over the Santiago skyline
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