AN UNFORGETTABLE experience
On 2nd July 2019, a small strip of northern Chile and Argentina will witness a rare and incredible phenomenon; a total solar eclipse. Before sunset, the moon will pass between the sun and earth. This movement will block the sun completely for 2 minutes in a breath-taking and unique display.
One place to view the eclipse will be the spectacular Elqui Valley in La Serena, with it’s high altitude and typically clear skies best for star-gazing. It even has a few permanent international observatories. What better place to view a celestial rare occurrence such as a total solar eclipse!?
The mechanics of a total solar eclipse
There are four types of solar eclipses: total, annular, partial and hybrid depending on the particular view and location. When the Earth, moon and sun align across the same vertical plane, that’s when a total solar eclipse happens! With the moon passing between Earth and the sun, partially or completely covering it.
Total solar eclipses are considered a ‘happy accident of nature’ and a only small slither of the world is privy to witness it’s occurrence approximately every 18 months. During a total solar eclipse, the moon casts its umbra upon the Earth’s surface. You’ll have the opportunity to see the sun’s disk diminish into a crescent as the moon’s dark shadow rushes toward them across the landscape; if you’re fortunate enough to be close in the direct path of the umbra!
They are such a rare sighting; the ‘totality’ of the eclipse happens when the sun appears completely hidden by the moon. They only exist along a narrow path of the Earth’s surface, as opposed to partial eclipses, which can be viewed across a wider region. The 2019 total eclipse will be visible only within a set area in Chile, Argentina, Pitcairn Islands and French Polynesia.
Made up of contrasting climates and landscapes, due to it’s long and narrow geography, Chile has a unique and alluring vibe. From the Atacama desert, the driest place on earth, to glaciers and snowy peaks, volcanoes to salty lakes.
The dramatic power of the stunning landscape of Elqui Valley, with its clear skies, make it a favourite amongst star-gazers year round.
If the lure of the mysterious galaxy isn’t enough, and we haven’t convinced you to visit as yet – Elqui Valley is home to one of Chile’s premier wine regions too. Especially famous for the traditional Chilean tipple Pisco.
Don’t miss the Chile eclipse
New for 2019 – we launched a range of specially curated tours taking in the marvels of Chile witnessing this unforgettable natural occurrence.
Imagine sipping wine and stargazing?! It’s a perfect South American experience. Arrive by private plane to a reserved viewing platform located in the heart of La Serena. Experience this once in a lifetime phenomenon with eclipse expert, astronomer Dr Stuart Clark.
Take me there
Total Chile Eclipse – 8 days from
Eclipse & Atacama – 12 days
Total Eclipse & South America – 17 days