2020 Argentina & Brazil Total Solar Eclipse Overview
|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 1||Sunday||December 6||Arrive Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Day 2||Monday||December 7||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 3||Tuesday||December 8||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 4||Wednesday||December 9||Fly to Iguazú Falls|
|Day 5||Thursday||December 10||Iguazú Brazilian side|
|Day 6||Friday||December 11||Iguazu’s Argentine side|
|Day 7||Saturday||December 12||Fly to Bariloche|
|Day 8||Sunday||December 13||Bariloche|
|Day 9||Monday||December 14||Total Solar Eclipse|
|Day 10||Tuesday||December 15||Fly to Buenos Aires|
|Day 11||Wednesday||December 16||Buenos Aires|
|Day 12||Thursday||December 17||Buenos Aires Province – Tango Show|
|Day 13||Friday||December 18||Travels Onward|
- 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.
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.
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)
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.
Rio de Janeiro
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)
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.
Iguazu’s Argentine side
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.
Fly to Bariloche
Overnight: Llao Llao Hotel & Resort (3 nights)
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.
Fly to Buenos Aires
Overnight: InterContinental Hotel Buenos Aires (3 nights)
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.
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.
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.
Overnight: Hotel Tropical Manaus
Manaus – Rio Negro Cruise
Overnight: The Amazon Clipper Premium or the MV Otter (3 nights)
Rio Negro Cruising
Rio Negro Cruising
Rio Negro Cruising – Fly to Rio de Janeiro
Overnight: Hilton Rio De Janeiro Copacabana (2 nights)
Rio de Janeiro - Beginning of Eclipse Trip
$1,885 USD per person, based on two people sharing a room. $3,465 USD per person for single occupancy.
- 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
- 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.
Add on: Pre-Nights Rio de Janiero
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.