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Take a once in a lifetime trip to witness the spectacle that is the total solar eclipse in Chile, as well as ticking off the must-see sights in Peru of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
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
Wonder at the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu
Fly to Chile’s sophisticated capital Santiago, arriving the same or following day.
Upon arrival to Santiago, Chile and travel to the coast to visit the manicured seaside resort of Vina del Mar and the bohemian port town of Valparaíso. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Valparaíso 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. (D)
After breakfast, leave Valparaiso and head back to the city of Santiago. This afternoon, experience a fascinating and educational vineyard tour, tasting a variety of locally produced wines.(B,L)
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)
Spend the morning at leisure, and then lunch on fish fresh from the morning’s catch at well-known restaurant El Galeon located in the bustling Central Market. Afterwards, embark on a city tour which will allow you to experience Santiago’s 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)
After breakfast today, bid goodbye to Chile and travel to Peru and the Scared Valley. (B)
The Urubamba, or ‘Sacred’, Valley is home to Incan citadels and beautiful landscapes. Beginning in the charming town of Pisac, visit the excellent market to both mingle with the locals and to browse the plentiful Peruvian handicrafts, then see fascinating terracing at the Pisac ruins. Later, meet a typical Inca community at Ollantaytambo. The town has some wonderfully preserved Incan houses, whilst above it there is an old Incan fortress, both of which you can explore. (B,L)
From Ollantaytambo board the panoramic Vistadome train to travel through the mountainous landscapes to the small town of Aguas Calientes. From here you will ascend to the magnificent Machu Picchu. Long abandoned by the Inca, it came to international attention when it was stumbled upon by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and is considered one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. (B,L,D)
Take a three-hour train ride back to the station of Poroy and transfer to Cusco, enjoying beautiful scenery along the way. This evening witness an enthralling folklore show and learn about the local culture to finish your incredible South American experience. (B,D)
Fly to Lima to connect with your international flight to the UK, arriving home the same or 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.
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
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