- Dates: Dec 06 - 15, 2020
- Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
- Trip Level (1-4):2
- Arrive: Santiago, Chile
- Depart:Temuco, Chile
- Priced From: $8,380
This tour departs in
- Two nights in Chile’s capital city of Santiago
- Spend three nights in the famed Atacama Desert with prime dark-sky stargazing opportunities
- VIP tour of the Operations Support Facility for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) observatory
- Visit Chile’s picturesque Lakes District with eclipse viewing planned from the shore of Lake Villarrica
- Optional post-eclipse add-on tour to stunning Torres del Paine National Park
Eclipse Tour Destination: Chile
From the southern mountains and glaciers of Patagonia, to the renowned vineyards of the Central Valley, to the desolate beauty of the Atacama Desert in the north, Chile offers a remarkable range of travel experiences. Best of all, December – early summer south of the Equator – is the perfect time to visit.
TravelQuest invites you to join us on a unique Chilean adventure coinciding with the total solar eclipse on December 14, 2020. Setting out from the country’s historic capital, Santiago, your journey includes the vast Atacama Desert, whose arid skies offer some of the clearest stargazing on Earth. Our carefully chosen eclipse viewing site is in the southern Lake District, where you’ll experience 2 minutes and 7 seconds of totality among the foothills of the Andes. As an optional post-tour bonus, explore Torres del Paine, the Patagonian wilderness reserve famed for its snow-capped peaks, diverse wildlife and shimmering ice fields.
Weather prospects for eclipse viewing at Villarrica, Chile
by TravelQuest Eclipse Meteorologist Jay Anderson
The 2020 total eclipse comes in the middle of Chile’s summer, when sunshine is abundant, and precipitation tends to be light. Airport observations near Villarrica at the time of the eclipse show clear skies or only scattered clouds on two-thirds of December days. These findings are mirrored by 18 years of downward-looking satellite images, which indicate that even on cloudy days there are often openings through which it’s possible to view the sun. Our eclipse viewing also benefits from the influence of Lake Villarrica, which cools the surrounding landscape and restricts the formation of convective clouds that typically form from daytime heating. The eclipse itself will increase our chances of experiencing favorable weather, as the Moon’s shadow approaches, the temperature drops, helping to dissipate any clouds that could obstruct our view.