Experience the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse in Chile with leading astronomer, Dr Robin Catchpole, plus see some of the best sights in South America

"A total eclipse of the Sun is something that everyone should experience at least once in a lifetime," says Dr Robin Catchpole. "The moment when daylight fades and our warm, familiar Sun becomes a black sphere with a halo of silver light, while the world around us cools, makes us feel we can no longer take the permanence of the Sun and stars for granted."

This tour not only offers the chance to view the rare and awe-inspiring sight of a total eclipse in the company of one of Britain's foremost astronomers, but also presents a comprehensive tour of some of the best sights of South America. Over 17 days, you'll visit Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, taking in Iguazu Falls, Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, Machu Picchu and more.

Unique experiences include meeting the indigenous Mbororé Aldea people who will share stories of their ancestors, rituals, myths and legends, and visiting lesser known Inca Ruins in the spectacular Andes Mountain range.

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Robin Catchpole FRAS
Astronomer

Robin is currently at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University, after retiring as Senior Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, in 2003. Robin is the author and co-author of over 120 research papers, using a number of telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope. His research interests include the composition of stars, exploding stars, the structure of our Galaxy and galaxies with black holes at their centres. He has given numerous popular lectures and radio and TV interviews and is currently part of the team building the Solar Pyramid, which will be the largest sundial in the world.

Price includes

  • Talks and activities with Dr Robin Catchpole
  • Private charter to the best vantage point to see the solar eclipse
  • All accommodation
  • All meals, excursions and activities as listed
  • Flights and transfers
  • Four countries: Brazil; Argentina; Chile; Peru

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Fly to Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Fly to Rio and transfer to your hotel.

  2. Day
    2
    Rio City Tour
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Take a panoramic city tour, before ascending Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car.

    Meals - Lunch
  3. Day
    3
    Christ the Redeemer
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    The tour also includes the 19th-century hillside neighbourhood of Santa Teresa and the world's largest urban forest.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Foz do Iguaçu (Iguazu Falls)
    Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

    Fly to Iguazu on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Iguazu is the largest waterfall system in the world.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Mbororé Aldea Cultural Experience
    Iguazú Falls, Argentina

    See the Argentinian half of Iguazu then learn about the indigenous M'bya Guaraní culture in Fortín Mbororé community.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Fly to Buenos Aires
    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Fly to Argentina's flamboyant capital.

    Meals - Breakfast
  7. Day
    7
    Explore Buenos Aires
    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Buenos Aires is a delight to explore and your city tour will include the vibrant districts of La Boca, San Telmo and Recoleta.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  8. Day
    8
    Valparaiso
    Valparaiso, Chile

    Fly to Santiago, Chile and travel to the coast to visit the manicured seaside resort of Vina del Mar and the bohemian port town of Valparaíso. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a unique and delightful tangle, draped over a series of hills. Ride the funicular to explore, stopping for a visit to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's house.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Day
    9
    Vineyard tour
    Santiago, Chile

    You will head to the city of Santiago. This afternoon, experience a vineyard tour, tasting locally produced wines.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  10. Day
    10
    La Serena Eclipse Experience
    La Serena, Chile

    Fly by private charter to the seaside city of La Serena, one of the best places to witness the solar eclipse. From the airport you'll be transferred to a prime vantage point, where you can settle yourself comfortably to enjoy the show. Return to the airport and fly back to Santiago.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  11. Day
    11
    Santiago tour
    Santiago, Chile

    Lunch on fish fresh from the morning's catch at restaurant El Galeon in the bustling Central Market. Embark on a city tour around the Plaza de Armas and cathedral before walking down Ahumada Boulevard, the city's main commercial street. Explore bohemian Bellavista and ascend San Cristobal Hill for views over the city and the towering Andes Mountains.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  12. Day
    12
    Peru
    Urubamba, Peru

    Travel to Peru and the Scared Valley.

    Meals - Breakfast
  13. Day
    13
    Sacred Valley
    Urubamba, Peru

    The Urubamba, or 'Sacred', Valley is home to Incan citadels and beautiful landscapes. Beginning in the charming town of Pisac, visit the excellent market to browse the plentiful Peruvian handicrafts, then see fascinating terracing at the Pisac ruins. Later, meet a typical Inca community at Ollantaytambo.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  14. Day
    14
    Machu Picchu
    Machu Picchu, Peru

    From Ollantaytambo board the panoramic Vistadome train to travel through the mountainous landscapes to the small town of Aguas Calientes. From here you will ascend to the magnificent Machu Picchu. Long abandoned by the Inca, it was stumbled upon by Hiram Bingham in 1911.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day
    15
    VistaDome train to Poroy
    Cuzco , Peru

    Take the train back to Poroy and transfer to Cusco. This evening enjoy a folklore show to finish your incredible South American experience.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  16. Days
    16-17
    Depart for UK
    Lima, Peru

    Fly to Lima to connect with your flight home, arriving the same or following day.

    Meals - Breakfast

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