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Patagonia Solar Eclipse Tour (New Tour)

Overview:

Few places on earth provide a more fitting backdrop for a solar eclipse than the vast open landscapes and towering mountains of South America. Here, amongst the ice-capped Andes and the azure lakes of Patagonia, we’ll experience one of earth’s most unique events.

Beginning in Buenos Aires, our journey takes us southwest towards lands settled by Welsh immigrants in the middle years of the 19th century. Here we get a chance to ride the famous La Trochita steam train, the “Old Patagonian Express” and hike through the dramatic valleys of the Canyon of the Vultures, before crossing into neighbouring Chile. We’ll raft the foaming Futaleufu River, hike through the stunning landscapes of Parque Pumalín and drive along the famed Carretera Austral, before crossing back into Argentina by way of the Lake District.

After spending some time enjoying the delights of Lake Nahuel Huapi we then travel along the spectacular Ruta de los Siete Lagos, enjoying some of the finest landscapes that Argentine Patagonia can offer, before the climax of our journey sees us awaiting the solar eclipse before the towering backdrop of the snow-capped Andes.

Highlights:

  • Search the streets of fiery Buenos Aires for some impromptu tango
  • Kayak in the glacial waters of striking Nahuel Huapi National Park
  • Enjoy lunch at a family ranch in Chile’s lake district, Puerto Varas
  • Drive through breathtaking landscapes on the ‘seven lakes route’
  • Hike through the biodiverse Parque Pumalín
  • Experience a wonder of nature in the solar eclipse

Tour Includes:

  • Full services of a Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 4 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
  • All transport (domestic flights, minibuses, an historic steam-train, boats, ferries, rafts and kayaks)
  • 13 nights' accommodation (11 in comfortable hotels, 2 in simpler cabins where bathroom facilities may be shared between two rooms)
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through our office)

ALL OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS HAVE NO LOCAL PAYMENTS, HIDDEN EXTRAS OR COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS.

Trip rating:

Adventure Rating
Adventure Rating - 7

Tours that fall into this category are likely to involve at least a few challenging days and are often in destinations where tourism is still in its infancy.

Comfort Rating
Comfort Rating - 7

You can typically expect a mixture of accommodation with some nights being spent in comfortable and characterful places, and some in more basic places, homestays or camping, especially where choices are limited.

Fitness Rating
Fitness Rating - 7

These tours will typically involve a couple of days of easy/moderate trekking (3-5 hrs/day) or perhaps a more active approach to a cultural itinerary. For riding trips see the Riding Information section

Culture Rating
Culture Rating - 3

With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a strong focus on nature, the great outdoors and wildlife rather than historical and cultural sights.

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