Solar Eclipse Argentina & Iguazu Falls

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Trip code: 
AAU
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Culture
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–22

On 14 December 2020, a total solar eclipse will paint a path through the sky over parts of Argentina

Witnessing a total solar eclipse is an incredible experience, however to do so in the South American country of Argentina is phenomenal. This rare celestial event occurs only when a New Moon crosses the Sun as we see it, throwing a Moon-shadow onto the planet. It is a memorable, emotive and moving experience and one accentuated by being in northwest Argentina. On 14 December 2020, a total solar eclipse will paint a path through the sky over parts of Argentina and Chile. This itinerary provides a rare opportunity to combine this astronomical event with the chance to explore this incredible country. You will be joined on tour by Editor of WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com, Jamie Carter.

Highlights

  • Total eclipse near Pilolil (viewing glasses included)
  • Explore Iguazu Falls from Brazil and Argentina
  • Tango show in Buenos Aires
  • Guided tour (including walking) of Buenos Aires
  • Visit to Los Glaciares National Park for a guided tour and boat trip of Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Four internal flights within Argentina
  • Travel along the ‘Road of Seven Lakes’
  • Enjoy a walking tour in the mountains surrounding San Martin de los Andes, plus visit to chocolate shop and wine tasting
  • Enjoy an Argentinian ‘Asado’ BBQ

Key information

  • 11 hotel nights
  • Transportation by minibus or coach
  • 4 internal flights

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts and 3 lunches
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Driver
  • 4 internal flights

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Optional activities
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Buenos Aires
to
Buenos Aires
  • Day 1

    Start Buenos Aires

    Welcome to the capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires. Today is a joining day and you are free to arrive at any time ahead of the welcome meeting, please see the tour dossier for information on how to make your way to the joining hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore - take in a tango show or visit one of the many excellent restaurants, most serving what is known globally as the legendary Argentine steak! A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs in your hotel. Accommodation: Hotel Grand Recoleta (or similar) included

  • Day 2

    Buenos Aires

    This morning you enjoy a six hour guided tour (vehicle and on foot) to learn about the city’s overwhelming culture and history. During this tour, your guide serves up the main attractions and landmarks including the famous Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron (Evita) is buried, the Colon Theatre and San Martin Square. You’ll enjoy time around the colourful area of La Boca with free time to explore the markets, take in the area’s electric buzz and do some shopping. The evening is when Buenos Aires comes alive and taking in a tango show in the old quarter of San Telmo is a truly memorable experience. That is why we have chosen to include a show to give you a taste of this magical dance. Accommodation: Hotel Grand Recoleta (or similar) included

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Calafate

    Today you transfer to the airport for your flight to Calafate. Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy a brief orientation driving tour before transferring to your hotel where you have time at leisure to explore the town and surrounding area. The city is named after the berry with the same name which once eaten, guarantees your return to Patagonia. Accommodation: Kosten Aike (or similar) included

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Calafate

    This morning you’ll experience one of those sights where you really need to pinch yourself. The Perito Moreno Glacier is located in the Los Glaciares National Park and is one of the most important tourist attractions in Argentinian Patagonia. Named after a 19th-century explorer, the glacier is currently 19 miles long and rises an average height of 240 feet above the water, although the glacier covers roughly 120 square miles. There are viewing platforms overlooking Lake Argentino, the glacier’s terminus, but you can get very close to the point where you feel the cold on your face. If you wait for a while, you’ll likely witness huge chunks of the ice mass fracture off and crash into the water, creating a massive, reverberating roar. There are walking paths that allow you to observe the glacier from a few different vantage points, as well as an included boat trip which offers you a vastly different perspective. Today is a half day return tour. Accommodation: Kosten Aike (or similar) included

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    San Martin de los Andes

    This morning you transfer to the airport for your flight to Bariloche before continuing along the famous and beautiful ‘Road of Seven Lakes’. The road skirts Lakes Correntoso, Ruca Malen, Portezuelo, Villarino, Falkner, Hermoso and Meliquina, as well as other minor lakes, before reaching the city of San Martin de los Andes, located by the shore of Lake Lacar. Upon arrival you’ll visit the Chocolate Mamusia in San Martin, a classic establishment where you can sample and buy chocolate the town is famous for. You then transfer to your hotel. Accommodation: Patagonia Plaza (or similar) included

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    San Martin de los Andes

    Today you will enjoy a view from the Mirador Bandurrias which is located approximately one hour (6km) from the centre of town. Those who prefer not to walk but still want to enjoy the view have the option to travel by vehicle. From the spectacular viewpoint, you then walk the 45 minutes downhill to a beach where we will serve lunch. Today you will enjoy an ‘Asado’ - this is the Argentinian way of having a BBQ, and something they take very seriously. There are vegetarian options available. After lunch, you have the choice of either taking your time on foot or jumping in the vehicle for ease back to the hotel. In the late afternoon, a great way of winding down is the chance to sample Argentinian wine flavours so we have included an informal tasting session at Paihuen - Resort De Montana, with incredible views over the lake. Accommodation: Patagonia Plaza (or similar) included

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Bariloche

    This morning you drive to Bariloche and check into the hotel. Included today is a chairlift up to Cerro Campanario which sits at 1,049 meters for incredible views of the lakes surrounding the area. You will probably have seen many images and from this very spot, the view is something truly remarkable. Why not visit one of the micro-breweries in town, we recommend a beer called cerveza artisanal. This is produced on a small scale using fresh, natural and local ingredients (including mountain water) and is available in the brewpub from which it’s named. Accommodation: Hotel Tres Reyes (or similar) included

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Eclipse day - 14th December – Bariloche

    It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! Today you depart Bariloche on a 4 hour ride to the optimum observation area in Pilolil. In the perfect world we would have chosen a closer destination however, given the nature of the event and limited hotel space (despite reserving hotels 2.5 years in advance), we have included the night in Bariloche and transfers to and from the eclipse. This will give you time to exchange photography tips and discuss previous eclipse viewings. Upon arrival we will set up a table with drinks and snacks and ensure you are in a prime position for the magnificent solar eclipse this afternoon. This is a rare opportunity to view this celestial wonder, and we’ll make every provision to ensure you have the best viewing spot available, weather depending. Your private vehicle will be on hand to deliver you to the centre line of the eclipse track so the viewing spot of Pilolil may change closer to the time. After the event, you’ll transfer four hours back to Bariloche. The drive back is a great time to chat with your fellow travel companions about the event you just witnessed, the atmosphere will no doubt be electric. Accommodation: Hotel Tres Reyes (or similar) included

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

    Flight to Iguazu

    This morning you board the flight via Buenos Aires up to Iguazu, one of the world’s most magnificent waterfalls and a testament to the rawness of Mother Nature. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and transfer to your hotel with the remainder of the day free to explore the town of Iguazu. Accommodation: Mercure Iguazu Hotel Iru (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 10

    Iguazu – Argentina side

    After breakfast you transfer to the Argentine side of the falls for a guided tour of the park. Once inside, there are many walkways which will take you to different viewing platforms with fantastic views of the falls. Afterward the guided tour, you will have the rest of the day at leisure so if you wish to stay in the park after the tour has finished, you may do so and catch the public bus (approx. $4 USD) back to the town of Iguazu. It is worth bringing a waterproof bag with you to protect your camera from the spray of the falls, especially if you plan on taking a boat trip near to the mouth of the falls. Optional activities:• Iguazu Falls boat ride - US$35 per person (estimated 2020 price) Accommodation: Mercure Iguazu Hotel Iru (or similar) included

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Iguazu – Brazil side – Buenos Aires

    This morning you enjoy a half day visit to the Brazilian side with guide. What ‘Foz do Iguacu’ lacks in size compared to its Argentinian counterpart, it makes up for with fantastic observational opportunities and all-encompassing views of the falls. A glass lift takes you from the top viewing deck to the boardwalk, where you can walk along the edge of the panoramic pours. In the afternoon, you transfer back to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires for one final night to enjoy the sounds, smells and sights of this buzzing Latin American metropolis. Accommodation: Hotel Grand Recoleta (or similar) included

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Tour ends in Buenos Aires

    Tour ends in the morning after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

For anyone leaving from the UK we would be pleased to book your flight in conjunction with your tour. Please contact us for competitive prices on flights departing from most UK airports.

If you are booking your own flights, you are free to arrive at any time on day one but it is advisable that you arrive in plenty of time to reach your joining hotel and attend your welcome meeting. We also suggest that you book your return flight the day after your tour finishes. If you  have to return home on the day your tour finishes, please make sure that your flight does not depart before 21:00 hrs.

Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any delays, cancellations, changes to your flights, or any missed flights. We are unable to delay a tour, or finish a tour early due to your flight times.

Visas

Argentina

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay.

No visa required for holders of British passport.

If you are crossing the border into Argentina from Chile on your trip, we will need to know your profession in order to provide when entering Argentina.

The Argentine government charges a reciprocity fee which applies to Canadian and Australian citizens. The amounts are as follows: Australians - US$100 (multiple entry) Canadians - US$75 (single entry) This fee must be paid before you enter Argentina. For full details, and to make the payment, please visit: https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes

Brazil

Holders of British passport do not require a visa for Brazil.

Vaccinations

Argentina

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers in Argentina, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.

Dengue fever is also a known risk in Argentina. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Due to a recent outbreak of Yellow Fever in the Misiones province of Argentina, vaccinations are strongly recommended if you intend to visit the Iguazu Falls.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Brazil

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Yellow Fever. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

11 breakfasts and 3 lunches included. There is a variety of good, quality food on offer in local restaurants. In each location where we stay there are numerous evening meal options to cater for different tastes. The group leader will be able to make recommendations and often everyone will eat together, however you can choose to dine wherever you prefer in the evenings. Please advise us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements. Vegetarians are catered for throughout the trip, but please ensure that you advise us before you travel so that we can make the necessary arrangements on your behalf. Argentine steak is famous around the world and you will not be disappointed, especially when you combine it with locally produced Malbec. A typical meal will cost around US$20 (excluding alcohol) throughout the trip.

Weather

Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Grand American Adventures. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Grand American Adventures, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you would expect. Grand American Adventures operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

This active tour is suitable for people of all levels of experience and fitness. Active tours are about exploring the places you visit so whether it’s exploring cities on foot, viewing pictographs or hiking around beautiful new landscapes, you’ll be out discovering the area. There are several included and optional walks on the itinerary which occasionally involve walking on rough paths. You will be joined on tour by Editor of WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com, Jamie Carter. BiographyJamie Carter is a science and travel journalist, and author with a passion for eclipses. A veteran of four total solar eclipses, he edits WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com in an effort to share his obsession with the world. His books includeThe Great South American Eclipse Travel Guide for July 2, 2019 and the acclaimed A Stargazing Program for Beginners: A Pocket Field Guide, published by Springer (2015). Although each tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility and from time to time our tour guide may suggest changes. This may be due to road conditions, weather or a visit to a special attraction or event that happens to be in progress. Flexibility is key and often a side diversion will be a highlight of the tour. All details are provided in good faith. Due to the nature of travel, this information can change and should therefore be taken as an indication only and not as a contractual obligation on the part of Exodus Travels. If you have any questions, please contact us. Please ensure that you download an up-to-date copy of this trip note before you depart to ensure you have the most up-to-date information. Given the popularity of eclipse trips, we have no way of knowing how busy the general area will be on the day however, we will endeavour to stick to the advertised itinerary as closely as possible. The nature of eclipse trips means we are ultimately at the mercy of the environment on the day. Yes, we can change our viewing area given less than suitable conditions, but we are not able to guarantee you will have a clear and uninterrupted view, or see it at all. Whilst we make every effort to ensure you will see the eclipse, it is important to remember the variables that can work against us.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

Hotel accommodation will be in clean, comfortable hotels or lodges with en-suite bathroom facilities, chosen for their friendly atmosphere and proximity to the highlights of the region. You will be roomed with a fellow passenger of the same sex on a twin share basis (two people per room) unless you are travelling as a couple.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

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