Experience a true celestial spectacle—a total solar eclipse—during this new specialty journey through Argentina.

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 Perito Moreno Glacier. Credit: Aldo Sessa  Glacier Perito Moreno  While cruising Lago Argentino, venture up-close to beautiful icebergs. Credit: Aldo Sessa  Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina. Credit: Aldo Sessa  Recoleta Cemetary  Inside the stunning Teatro Colón opera house in Buenos Aires. Credit: Aldo Sessa  Colorful buildings in La Boca  Kayaks in Bariloche  Upsala Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina. Credit: Estancia Cristina

Solar Eclipse 2020: Argentina with Los Glaciares National Park and the Path of Totality

11 days from $8,290

Experience a true celestial spectacle—a total solar eclipse—during this new specialty journey through Argentina.

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Join us in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires for two days of exploring this dynamic city, then travel to Argentina’s spectacular Los Glaciares National Park, a World Heritage site, for an up-close look at massive glaciers, vast ice fields, and soaring mountain ranges. Continue on to the famous Lake District area, known for landscapes ringed by dramatic volcanoes and dense forest. Then journey to Argentina’s dry Patagonian steppe, where you’ll attend a viewing party to experience the total solar eclipse on December 14, 2020.

Highlights Include

  • Buenos Aires: Take a walking tour of the city including the Recoleta neighborhood, Plaza de Mayo and the artists' quarter of La Boca. Visit the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires' world-famous opera house and enjoy a tango demonstration. 
  • Los Glaciares National Park: Enjoy two full days marveling at these massive rivers of ice both by boat at Perito Moreno glacier and up-close in 4x4 vehicles at Upsala Glacier.
  • Lake District: Explore the scenic “Route of the Seven Lakes” and Lanin National Park in the region surrounding Lake Traful.
  • Total Solar Eclipse: Accompanied by a noted astronomer, experience the eclipse from a specially chosen viewing site at a private estancia (ranch), located in the middle of the band of totality and in a dry area known for clear skies.*

*Despite being in a prime location to experience the total solar eclipse, this event is weather dependent.

Itinerary

Day 1 & 2 – Depart U.S. and Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Arrive at Ezeiza International Airport and transfer to the Alvear Art Hotel. This afternoon take a short walking tour of the city, known as “the Paris of South America”. This evening, gather for a welcome reception, dinner, and a tango demonstration. (R,D)

Day 3 – Buenos Aires

Start the day in the heart of Buenos Aires at the Plaza de Mayo and the historic presidential palace, Casa Rosada. Continue to the artists’ quarter of La Boca and view the beautiful parks, gardens, monuments, and mansions of the Palermo neighborhood. After lunch, visit the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires’ world-famous opera house. (B,L)

Day 4 – Buenos Aires / El Calafate

This morning take a group flight to El Calafate. Upon arrival, visit the stunning Glaciarium to learn more about Patagonia’s glaciers, the early explorers in the area and the science behind how glaciers move. Continue on to your hotel located on the shores of Lago Argentino. This evening, gather together for a group dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – El Calafate / Los Glaciares National Park

Covering an area of 1.2 million acres, Los Glaciares National Park is a World Heritage site set in ice, in a landscape of soaring mountains, subantarctic forests, and stunning glacial lakes. From Puerto Bandera cruise Lago Argentino past icebergs and waterfalls to Estancia Cristina. Look for condors as you drive 4x4 vehicles to the Upsala Glacier, one of seven that feed into the lake. (B,L)

Day 6 – El Calafate / Los Glaciares National Park

Today visit the stunning two-mile-wide Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few advancing continental glaciers in the world. A full-day visit includes a boat ride to the foot of the soaring glacier wall and time to walk on paths directly opposite the glacier face which continually calves into the southern arm of Lago Argentino. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – El Calafate / Lake Traful

This morning depart El Calafate on a group flight to Bariloche. Upon arrival, drive north into the heart of the region’s gorgeous alpine scenery to Lake Traful, your home for the next three nights. (B,L,D)

Day 8 – Eclipse Viewing Party

Depart early this morning on an approximately two and a half-hour motor coach drive to a remote location on the dry Patagonian steppe, site of our eclipse viewing party. Arrive with ample time to prepare for the event which starts at 11:45 a.m. and concludes at 2:35 p.m., with maximum totality at 1:08 p.m.

On our return, drive along the “Route of the Seven Lakes”, stopping at several lakes and waterfalls within Nahuel Huapi and Lanin national parks. This evening, gather for dinner and to recount the day’s spectacular natural phenomenon. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Lake Traful

Begin the day looking for condors with a local expert at a nearby ecological refuge. Then cruise by private boat on Lake Nahuel Huapi for stunning views of the region's alpine scenery. Enjoy a short walk in the fairytale forest of cinnamon-colored trees in Arrayanes National Park before returning to Lake Traful. This evening, enjoy a festive farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 10– Bariloche to Buenos Aires / Depart for the U.S.

Drive to the Bariloche airport and take an afternoon group flight to Buenos Aires. Connect to your U.S. bound flight this evening. (B,L,Meals Aloft)

Day 11 – Arrive in the U.S.

Your overnight flight arrives in the U.S.

Important Program Notes

Eclipse Day: Argentina’s Patagonian Steppe will be a prime location to experience the Total Solar Eclipse. It is the largest desert in Argentina and the 8th largest in the world. We will provide an optimal viewing location in the desert to experience this phenomenon. Please keep in mind that viewing the eclipse will involve a longer motor coach transfer (2.5 hours each way) to the eclipse viewing site and though the steppe is usually quite dry, viewing the eclipse will still be weather dependent. Since we have no control over the weather, there is always a chance that we will not be able to view the eclipse or only for a short period of time. Your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will keep you fully informed of any changes to viewing the eclipse and any other planned activity while on tour. A sense of humor, flexibility, and patience will be greatly appreciated during this program and especially on eclipse day!

Group Travel Experience: Smithsonian Journeys will be traveling as a cohesive group but we will be sharing the eclipse day experience with other groups which will add to the excitement and energy of this very special program. More information about your trip and eclipse day will be provided in your pre-tour documents.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)