DAY 1 - SANTIAGO
We meet in Santiago, Chile’s capital, and take an easy, guided walk. The country’s legendary wines are grown very near the city. We’ll visit one of the best Maipo Valley vineyards for lunch, a wine tasting, and a hosted tour of the winery.
DAYS 2-3 - LAKE DISTRICT, ARAUCANIA REGION & TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
A morning flight takes us to Temuco, the jumping off point for Villarrica National Park and Villarrica Volcano. We’ll see several waterfalls and rivers such famous Trancura formed when lava flows dammed the river. And walk amid the volcanic formations on the volcano’s slopes or beautiful rainforest at Huerquehue National Park. December 14, 2020 is eclipse day, and your guide will make sure you’re in a prime position with the items you’ll need to view the eclipse safely. In addition to the solar spectacle, the day includes a visit with the Mapuche-Pehuenche tribe, the indigenous people of Chile. Then we join a local family for a traditional feast of meat, seafood and potatoes cooked in a covered pit.
DAYS 5-8 - PATAGONIA
Another scenic flight to Puntas Arenas positions us for three amazing days in Patagonia. Centered around the towering granite pinnacles of Torres del Paine National Park, our explorations take us to a mountaintop picnic spot...offer chances to spot guanaco, condors and rheas...and bring us to a ice floe-studded lake where we boat to the sheer face of Grey Glacier. We’ll also spend a day on a working estancia, a vast sheep, cattle and horse ranch. Gauchos demonstrate their sheep shearing skills and put their shepherd dogs through their paces for us before an amazing lamb barbecue in the shadow of the Andes.
On our final day, we tour Puntas Arenas before our return flight to Santiago.
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