Peru & Chile – Ancient Paths to the Present Total Solar Eclipse – Northbound
- Special July 2 eclipse viewing outside La Serena, Chile
- Time to explore colorful colonial Cuzco
- Scenic rail journey along Urubamba River to Machu Picchu
- Exclusive overnight near Machu Picchu allowing for both an afternoon and morning visit to this architectural wonder
- Two nights in exciting Lima, Peru
Journey from Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas to the ancient mountaintop city of Machu Picchu. Explore the rich Inca and Spanish colonial past in historic Cuzco. Enjoy an optional excursion to see the famed Nazca Lines from the air. And as the centerpiece of your adventure, travel to our special viewing site in the foothills of the Andes – close to four of the world’s largest telescopes – to stand for 2 minutes and 15 seconds in the shadow of the Moon.
TravelQuest invites you to join us in the summer of 2019 for a once-in-a-lifetime South American odyssey with a dramatic focal point: the total eclipse of the Sun on July 2. Our itinerary weaves together two dimensions of this fascinating continent: spectacular landscapes with unmatched views – to the horizons and skyward – in remote areas of Chile and Peru; and a legacy of engineering, architecture, art and philosophy that includes a tradition of astronomical observation dating back two millennia.
Our 11-day adventure begins in the seaside city of La Serena, Chile, where you enjoy the beaches before heading inland to experience the eclipse from our expertly chosen viewing site. You then fly north to the archaeological gem Cuzco, onetime capital of the Inca Empire – and from there carry on to other remarkable monuments and ruins among the Andean peaks, ending on the emerald terraces of the so-called Lost City of Machu Picchu. Your journey concludes in cosmopolitan Lima, where we explore the historic city center with an expert guide and take in a traditional equestrian show. And as an epilogue to this unforgettable adventure, you can opt to fly over Peru’s arid southern coast to view the stunning Nazca Lines from the vantage point of the gods.
We know this one-of-a-kind trip will sell out, so reserve your place now on what promises to be another extraordinary TravelQuest journey to totality.