2020 Argentina & Brazil Total Solar Eclipse Overview

DESCRIPTION ARRIVE DEPART
Friday-Saturday Dec. 4-5 Add on: Pre-Nights Rio de Janiero
Tuesday–Sunday Dec. 1–6 Add on: Rio Negro Amazon River Cruise
Day 1SundayDecember 6Arrive Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Day 2MondayDecember 7Rio de Janeiro
Day 3TuesdayDecember 8Rio de Janeiro
Day 4WednesdayDecember 9Fly to Iguazú Falls
Day 5ThursdayDecember 10Iguazú Brazilian side
Day 6FridayDecember 11Iguazu’s Argentine side
Day 7SaturdayDecember 12Fly to Bariloche
Day 8SundayDecember 13Bariloche
Day 9MondayDecember 14Total Solar Eclipse
Day 10TuesdayDecember 15Fly to Buenos Aires
Day 11WednesdayDecember 16Buenos Aires
Day 12ThursdayDecember 17Buenos Aires Province – Tango Show
Day 13FridayDecember 18Travels Onward

Important:

  • TravelQuest, working with our partners, makes every effort to follow the published itinerary. However, please keep in mind that it is subject to change depending on weather and other local conditions.
  • On-tour group flights – from Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu on December 9, from Iguazu to Bariloche on December 12, and from Bariloche to Buenos Aires on December 15 – are not included in the tour price. The additional cost for these flights will be added to your invoice in 2020.
  • Please note that viewing a solar eclipse is particularly weather-dependent, and therefore we can offer no guarantee that local conditions will cooperate.

 

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Level 2 – Easy/Moderate – short to medium walks over sometimes hilly terrain, in easygoing to moderate travel conditions, to elevations of 3,000 ft (915 m).

At TravelQuest, we want to be sure you choose a trip that best suits your interests and level of fitness.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Sunday, December 6, 2020Dinner

Arrive Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

   

When you land in Rio de Janeiro (airport code: GIG), our TravelQuest representative is on hand to arrange the easy transfer to your hotel. For the balance of the day, take a stroll on Copacabana beach – right outside your door – and explore this justly celebrated city on your own.

Overnight: Hilton Rio De Janeiro Copacabana (3 nights)

Day 2 – Monday, December 7, 2020Breakfast / Lunch

Rio de Janeiro

Our first full day in Rio begins with a train ride up to the top of Corcovado Mountain to take in remarkable views from the foot of the massive Christ the Redeemer statue – a gift from the French government that since 1931 has been an instantly recognizable symbol of the city. From there, we’re off to another stunning overlook at Dona Marta, which has panoramic views of the mountains, islands and beaches that create Rio’s spectacular setting. Our scenic drive continues through the historic Santa Teresa neighborhood, with a stop at Ruins Park for more superb vistas, followed by a short walk to the famous tiled Selarón Steps in the bohemian Lapa neighborhood. After lunch, relax back at the hotel or spend some more time exploring on your own.

Day 3 – Tuesday, December 8, 2020Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Rio de Janeiro

Today our travels around Rio blend the old and the new. We first take the tram up Sugarloaf Mountain, eventually reaching 1,300 ft (400 m) above sea level, where you enjoy great views of Guanabara Bay and Rio’s Pacific beaches, lined with apartment towers and hotels. Then we travel to the historic city center and tour the new harbor built for the Summer Olympics of 2016. After lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, relax at the hotel or follow your curiosity to the beaches, cafes and shopping precincts of Rio.

  

Day 4 – Wednesday, December 9, 2020Breakfast / Dinner

Fly to Iguazú Falls

   

This morning we drive to the airport for our flight to Iguazu in the south of Brazil. Then it’s a quick transfer into renowned Iguazu National Park, where our historic hotel for the next three nights is just steps from lookouts offering magnificent views of the falls. Enjoy an afternoon by the pool or exploring the hotel’s beautiful grounds.

Overnight: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas (3 nights)

Day 5 – Thursday, December 10, 2020Breakfast / Dinner

Iguazú’s Brazilian side

  

Head out after breakfast on a half-mile (1 km) walk through the Brazilian side of Iguazu National Park to view the breathtaking natural phenomenon at its heart. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, the falls span some 1.75 miles (3 km) where the Iguazu River drops vertically more than 260 ft (80 m) in a series of stunning cataracts. Your walk can easily stretch out to two or three hours as you take in the many overlooks above and at the bottom of the thundering water. And keep an eye out for colorful lizards and butterflies, along with exotic flowers and lush tropical vegetation at every turn. Iguazu – “big water” in the local Guarani language – is like no other place on Earth.

Day 6 – Friday, December 11, 2020Breakfast / Lunch

Iguazu’s Argentine side

Now it’s time to get an entirely new angle on Iguazu – during a full-day visit on the Argentine side of the falls. Crossing the Brazil-Argentina border by motor coach (with some brief immigration formalities), we ride a scenic railway into the park, then walk a nature trail just above the fast-moving Iguazu River. Our destination is the most dramatic section of Iguazu, the Devil’s Throat, where you can look right down into the massive rush of water cascading over the canyon walls.

From that lifetime highlight, you head straight on to another: After lunch we change into our swimsuits and then drive through rainforest to the river’s edge, where we board specially outfitted inflatable powerboats for an excursion to the underside of the falls. Starting out in calm waters, we cruise slowly upriver into the roiling base of Iguazu, snapping photos – and getting marvelously wet ¬– as our boat passes through swirling clouds of spray. Don’t worry, the tropical daytime temperatures combined with the river’s warm waters keep things comfortable. The thrill of passing right through the world’s largest waterfalls is an experience you’ll never forget.

Day 7 – Saturday, December 12, 2020Breakfast / Dinner

Fly to Bariloche

Today we fly from Iguazu via Buenos Aires to the resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche, in Argentina’s pristine Patagonia wilderness. Our hotel offers excellent views of the nearest mountain peaks, Cerro Lopez and Tronador, while the surrounding landscape is dotted with beautiful glacial lakes such as Moreno and Nahuel Huapi.

Overnight: Llao Llao Hotel & Resort (3 nights)

Day 8 – Sunday, December 13, 2020Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Bariloche

This morning we venture into the wilds around Barlioche, exploring the shores of Nahuel Huapi on winding roads and trails beneath the snowcapped peaks. After lunch, we visit an Alpine-style village founded by German and Swiss settlers, where you’ll find shops selling locally made crafts, outdoor apparel and artisanal chocolates. In the evening, join us for an expert briefing on tomorrow’s total solar eclipse.

Day 9 – Monday, December 14, 2020Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Total Solar Eclipse

Rising before the Sun, we’re off to our specially selected eclipse-viewing site, where you can look forward to experiencing standing 1 minute and 52 seconds in the Moon’s shadow. A great day concludes back at our hotel, where we gather for dinner and a toast to our unforgettable adventure.

Argentina Weather Prospects for Total Solar Eclipse Viewing

by TravelQuest Eclipse Meteorologist Jay Anderson

The 2020 total eclipse comes in the Southern Hemisphere summer, when Argentina enjoys generous amounts of sunshine – in fact, the most of any location along the eclipse track. TravelQuest has selected a viewing site that not only capitalizes on the favorable climatology, but also takes advantage of the local terrain to maximize our chances for a successful eclipse experience. From 2000 through 2018, our site was clouded over only twice during this part of December. In thirteen of those years, the days were completely sunny; in the other four years, the area saw only thin cloud, through which an eclipse would have still been visible. December temperatures in Argentina are pleasantly warm. What’s more, the Sun will be almost directly overhead at the time of the eclipse – and our viewing site is protected from the strong winds for which Patagonia is well known.

Visualization by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio on September 9, 2015

Day 10 – Tuesday, December 15, 2020Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Fly to Buenos Aires

After breakfast, say farewell to the Patagonian wilderness and transfer to Bariloche airport for our flight to Argentina’s elegant capital, Buenos Aires.

Overnight: InterContinental Hotel Buenos Aires (3 nights)

Day 11 – Wednesday, December 16, 2020Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Buenos Aires

  

Your city tour begins with visits to some of its most intriguing neighborhoods – including La Boca, with its colorfully painted houses and cafes, and San Telmo, whose bustling market is filled with local gods, souvenirs and foods where we will sample some of the region’s famed “open leg” empanadas. Then we’re off to the historic center of Buenos Aires, with its broad, European-style avenues and famed obelisk. We make the obligatory visit to Recoleta Cemetery to see the tomb of Eva Perón, celebrated in popular culture as “Evita”. We also visit Puerto Madero, the former port of Buenos Aires, which has been transformed into a fashionable neighborhood boasting luxury hotels, office and condo towers, and a yacht club.

Day 12 – Thursday, December 17, 2020Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Buenos Aires Province – Tango Show

   

After breakfast we head north into the surrounding province of Buenos Aires, leaving the urban streets behind as we enter a landscape of meandering rivers and lush vegetation – home to more than 200 species of birds. Boarding a wooden ship, you’re immersed in the area’s natural beauty as you encounter villagers and get a taste of their island lifestyle – including the daily visits of the lancha almacen, or grocery boat. After a leisurely lunch, we head back to Buenos Aires to relax before our farewell dinner featuring a live tango performance – a must for any trip to one of the world’s most gracious and sophisticated cities.

Day 13 – Friday, December 18Breakfast

Travels Onward

Enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel, then we’ll arrange the quick transfer to Buenos Aires airport (code: EZE) for your journey onward.

OPTIONAL: PRE-ECLIPSE AMAZON CRUISE TOUR – RIO NEGRO CRUISE FROM MANAUS, BRAZIL

December 1–6, 2020

Who hasn’t dreamed of one day visiting the Amazon? Well, here’s your ideal chance, as TravelQuest presents a unique, five-night, pre-eclipse adventure: including a 3-night river cruise on the Rio Negro from Manaus, Brazil. Book your spot soon – space is limited.

Day 1 – Tuesday, December 1, 2020No Meals

Manaus, Brazil

When you arrive at Manaus International airport (code: MAO), you’re met by our TravelQuest representative, who arranges the easy transfer to our eco-resort hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Tropical Manaus

Day 2 – Wednesday, December 2, 2020Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Manaus – Rio Negro Cruise

We take advantage of this morning to discover Manaus, learning about the large-scale rubber cultivation that made Brazil one of the world’s richest countries during the 19th century. After lunch, we board our river cruise ship (either the Amazon Clipper Premium or the MV Otter) to begin our journey up the Rio Negro. And then in the evening, we set off from the ship in boats to explore remote tributaries, accompanied by an otherworldly chorus of Amazon wildlife.

Overnight: The Amazon Clipper Premium or the MV Otter (3 nights)

Day 3 - Thursday, December 3, 2020Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Rio Negro Cruising

Rising early, we once again head out in canoes, scanning the trees along the river’s edge for a diverse array of tropical birds, including parrots and toucans. Later, join us for a rainforest walk, with more chances to spot exotic wildlife while breathing in the scents of jungle flowers, succulent fruits and towering hardwood trees. Enjoy a swim off the ship before lunch, then relax on deck as we navigate through Anavilhanas National Park, one of the world’s largest freshwater archipelagos. Once again, our canoes enable us to venture deep into the labyrinth of waterways, encountering an amazing profusion of flowers, birds and aquatic life.

Day 4 - Friday, December 4, 2020Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Rio Negro Cruising

This morning you can have a close encounter (safely) with the famed piranha and other river fish. Next we visit a remote Amazonian village, where the friendly residents introduce you to fruits such as cupuaçu and tapereba, as well as the many local species of palm trees, including açaí, tucumã and pupunha. As our indigenous hosts prepare manioc flour, they talk about their way of life, including their health practices and how they educate their children. Then after a lunch of local specialties, you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the river’s dark waters from one of the few white-sand beaches along its banks.
Day 5 - Saturday, December 5, 2020Breakfast / Lunch

Rio Negro Cruising – Fly to Rio de Janeiro

Today we explore Lake Janauari Ecological Park, an excellent place to spot seldom-seen Amazonian wildlife and perhaps encounter one of the region’s giant Victoria Regia water lilies. Then we cruise on to the famed Meeting of the Waters – the confluence of two of the world’s great rivers, the Amazon and the Negro. Arriving at midday back in Manaus, we lunch on regional cuisine before heading to the airport for our flight to Rio de Janeiro and a quick transfer to the Hotel Hilton Copacabana.

Overnight: Hilton Rio De Janeiro Copacabana (2 nights)

Day 6 – Sunday, December 6, 2020Breakfast

Rio de Janeiro - Beginning of Eclipse Trip

After an enjoyable day exploring Rio on your own, join fellow eclipse travelers for dinner and the beginning of your remarkable 12-night eclipse tour.

Pricing

$1,885 USD per person, based on two people sharing a room. $3,465 USD per person for single occupancy.

Includes

  • Five nights land and cruise accommodations as per the itinerary
  • All activities, admissions and meals per the itinerary, including coffee and water at meals
  • All airport and hotel transfers as outlined in the itinerary
  • Services of an English-speaking guide

Not Included

  • Your flight into Manaus, Brazil (Airport code: MAO) on December 1, 2020
  • Group flight December 5, from Manaus – Rio de Janeiro. This flight will be arranged by TravelQuest. Pricing details will be provided in 2020, when this flight cost will be added to your invoice
  • Any meals, activities and beverages beyond those mentioned in itinerary

Payments & Terms

All advance payments become non-refundable after June 10, 2020.

Friday, December 4, 2020 & Saturday, December 5, 2020Breakfast Daily

Add on: Pre-Nights Rio de Janiero

If you’d prefer to arrive in Rio de Janiero a night or two ahead of your TravelQuest eclipse tour, we’re reserving a limited number of rooms at the Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, conveniently located on the avenue that overlooks famed Copacabana beach.

Cost: $168 USD per person, per night double occupancy; $318 USD per person, per night single occupancy. Rates include airport-hotel arrival transfer in Rio de Janeiro, as well as daily breakfast and taxes.

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