Solar Eclipse Chile Explorer (2019)

On the 2nd July 2019, thousands of people in Chile will enjoy nature’s grandest show, a total eclipse of the sun. This is a rare opportunity to view this celestial wonder and the perfect opportunity to experience the unique and ever-changing landscapes of Chile. Awaiting your arrival are eclectic cities with a long and rich history and colourful culture, as well as mesmerising natural wonders. This unique tour has been created to ensure you have the best experience possible in this wonderful part of the world. Why See the Solar Eclipse?The most arresting and emotional astronomical event of them all, a Total Solar Eclipse will occur for 2 minutes and 18 seconds in the late afternoon of Tuesday, 2 July 2019 above Chile's Elqui Valley.This rare celestial event occurs only when a New Moon crosses the Sun as we see it, throwing a Moon-shadow onto the planet. If you stand under the path of that shadow, all of the Sun’s rays will be blocked out for a few minutes, and you'll experience darkness in the day.However, under clear skies the few minutes of Totality are about a lot more than darkness. During Totality you can remove your solar safety glasses (which we will provide) to see a mind-blowing 'hole in the sky'. As you gaze at the Sun's powerful, pulsing corona visible as a wispy white ring around the edges of the Moon, you'll see huge explosions on the Sun's surface. A few minutes later, beads of sunlight pour through the valleys of the Moon as the Sun emerges, eventually causing a jaw-dropping flash of light called the 'diamond ring'. It's over, and the adrenalin subsides ... with the help of some local Chilean wines from our beautiful surroundings in the Elqui Valley.In Chile, the Totality occurs at 17:46, just over an hour before sunset, so you'll comfortably view Totality about 15 degrees above the western horizon. Even better, the Moon will appear to 'kiss' the Sun goodbye at 17:56, the precise point of sunset.It's sure to be an intense and emotional experience, and one best shared. So join us for the ultimate experience in travel – a Great South American adventure starring the Great South American Eclipse!

  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: S2Z/208647
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Santiago Island, Chile
  • Finishes: Santiago Island, Chile
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Santiago
  • Valparaiso
  • La Serena
  • Elqui Valley



Day 1: Santiago

Welcome to Santiago! Chile’s capital and largest city sits in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coast Range. Your trip begins with a welcome meeting at 18:00 where you will meet your tour guide and fellow travellers.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally


Day 2: Santiago

On the morning of day two, you’ll enjoy an orientation tour of the city, where you’ll admire Hidalgo Castle before continuing to ‘Plaza de Armas’, Santiago’s main square, which is surrounded by the Metropolitan Cathedral, the palace of the Royal High Court, the Main Post Office and other buildings of historical interest. Spend the evening tucking into fresh seafood, or maybe try a ‘mote con huesillo’ - a typical Chilean drink.

Meals Included: Breakfast included


Day 3: Valparaiso

Travel to the city of Valparaiso, one of the most important ports in the country. This picturesque city is known for its steep funiculars and colourful, clifftop homes. With its avant-garde culture and vibrant street art, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Pacific’, and it won’t disappoint.

Meals Included: Breakfast included


Day 4-5: La Serena

Today you’ll visit Tabali Winery, whose wine cellar was thought to have been built to commemorate the life of the culture Molle. Tour the beautiful vineyards before that all-important taste test! Continue to the Encanto Valley – this wide amphitheatre was once a religious sanctuary and today remains an important archaeological site, where you can view petroglyphs and pictographs which are over 2,000 years old. Your final stop of the day is the pretty coastal city of La Serena. The next day, you’ll explore La Serena on a guided tour of the city. Home to beautiful architecture, a long golden shoreline, tree-shaded avenues and pretty plazas, there is plenty to enjoy in La Serena. The afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast included


Day 6: Elqui Valley - Santiago

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! Today you’ll head out of town to a dedicated viewpoint in the Elqui Valley, where you can set up camp in prime position for the magnificent solar eclipse this afternoon. This is a rare opportunity to view this celestial wonder, and we’ll make every provision to ensure you have the best viewing spot available, weather depending. Your private vehicle will be on hand to deliver you to the centre line of the eclipse track. This evening, you’ll travel back to Santiago where you’ll spend the night. Please note, you will arrive between 22:00-23:00 depending on the amount of traffic around Elqui Valley.15:23 Partial eclipse begins 16:38 Full eclipse begins 16:39 Maximum eclipse 16:40 Full eclipse ends 17:46 Partial eclipse ends

Meals Included: Breakfast and packed lunch included


Day 7: Santiago

This morning your tour finishes after breakfast and you are free to fly at any time. If you would like to remain longer in Santiago to explore the city, you can reserve additional nights through Grand American Adventures.

Meals Included: Breakfast included

  • Professional tour guide and local guides
  • All transportation by private vehicle
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel: 6
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Tour Highlights:
  • Enjoy nature's grandest show - a total eclipse of the sun
  • Visit the colourful city of Valparaiso
  • Sightseeing tours of Santiago and La Serena
  • Visit the Tabali Winery with including tasting