We invite you to join our Chile Total Solar Eclipse Adventure, June 26 - July 6, 2019, including an optional pre-trip to explore the wonders of Easter Island, June 21 - 26, 2019.
Chile Total Solar Eclipse and Easter Island Adventure
Join us and enjoy the Southern Hemisphere as we explore the La Serena area, where the Total Solar Eclipse path will cross on July 2, 2019.
Our adventure will start in the historic capital city, Santiago, Chile's largest city and one of the most beautiful cities in South America. Here we will visit the outstanding Pre- Columbian Museum, and have an introduction to this bustling city.
We will fly to La Serena and the splendid Hacienda Santa Cristina, near Ovalle where we will stay during our time in the Norte Chico of Chile. The Hacienda is charming, with wonderful grounds, horseback riding, excellent meals, and more! It is well situated to explore the ancient heritage of northern Chile, its towns and villages, observatories, a national park, and the renowned Elqui Valley.
During our stay, we will explore the archeological site in the Valle del Encanto (Enchanted Valley) where petroglyphs and pictographs of dancing stick men can be seen. These figures span over 2,000 years of cultural history.
We will also explore the unique cloud forest and coastal beauty of Parque Nacional Fray Jorge, a moist cloudforest created by ocean fog, all in the midst of the starkly beautiful desert landscapes.
A highlight of the trip will be sharing our Eclipse lecture with school children and townspeople in Ovalle, and watching the Eclipse with children and families in a remote village in the path of the Total Solar Eclipse.
We will also go inland to explore the Elqui Valley, visit a local pisco winery, enjoy a Chilean barbecue dinner, and have a special visit to Cerro Tololo and another observatory.
You will travel with Betchart South America expert, Dr. Tom Love, and astronomer Dr Tyler Nordgren, popular leader of Aurora and Eclipse trips for Betchart and The Planetary Society.
We hope you will join us for this unique adventure and see the 2019 Total Solar Eclipse!