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Go Beyond Tour
Embark on a special journey for a
fantastic once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
to watch the solar eclipse over the
stunning Chilean skies. The tour
will travel throughout the beautiful
landscapes of the Atacama that make
up this fascinating country.
With us you'll have a front row seat for one of the universe's most spectacular shows
You'll be joined on tour by astronomer Colin Stuart, who will give informative lectures before and during the eclipse.
Our private viewing point in the Elqui Valley is the perfect palce to withness the eclipse
We couldn't have an event in Chile without featuring plenty of the local wine
Fly to Chile’s sophisticated capital Santiago, arriving the same or following day. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Embark on a city tour which will allow you to experience its eclectic contrasts. Stroll around the Plaza de Armas and cathedral to admire the colonial facades before walking down Ahumada Boulevard, the city’s main commercial street. Explore bohemian Bellavista and ascend San Cristobal Hill for views over the city and the towering Andes Mountains. (B,L)
Transfer to the airport and fly to the northern city of Calama, from where you will drive to the desert oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama before enjoying a local lunch in Coyo Ayllu. This afternoon, you’ll see some of San Pedro’s most famous landscapes with a drive out to Death and Moon valleys, some of the driest spots on the planet. With lonely volcanoes populating the horizon, enjoy the views and the silence as the afternoon sun’s rays turn the hues of the rock from orange, to red to purple. (B,L)
This morning you will have the option to visit the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter Array), the biggest astronomy project in the world. If you would like to visit you must register in advance, see tour dossier for full details. Spend the rest of the day exploring the otherworldly Salar de Atacama, the largest salt flat in Chile. Journey under the watchful gaze of barren mountains, passing salt lakes full of flamingos, to reach Miscanti and Miniques lagoons, which sit on the high plains at the base of two colossal volcanoes of the same names. You’ll also visit the quaint desert village of Toconao. (B,L)
Rise early to travel deeper into the Atacama to visit El Tatio. Set within a ring of volcanoes, there are about 80 lively geysers and fumaroles, which are at their best at sunrise. You’ll also see the Rainbow Valley and the petroglyphs of Yerbas Buenas. Keep an eye out for the wild, llama-like vicunas as you journey to and from San Pedro. (B)
Transfers back to Calama and fly back to Santiago. On arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Fly north by private charter to the seaside city of La Serena, one of the best place to witness the solar eclipse. From the airport you’ll be transferred up to a prime vantage point, where you can settle yourself comfortably to enjoy the show. Return to the airport and fly back to Santiago. (B,L)
Today is a free day to spend as you wish. (B)
Travel to the coast to visit the manicured seaside resort of Vina del Mar and the bohemian port town of Valparaiso. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Valparaiso is a unique and delightful tangle, draped over a series of hills. Funiculars connect the industrial seafront with the cerros (hill) neighbourhoods, each a maze of colourful, artfully-dilapidated mansions and enchanting street art. Ride the funicular up into the hills to explore, stopping for a visit to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s house. (B,D)
Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day. (B)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal. If your tour departs in less than 30 days, please call our travel experts to book.
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