During this unique astronomy tour, observe the 2019 Total Solar Eclipse in La Serena, Chile, home to some of the largest telescopes in the world, and enjoy special access to world-class astronomical observatories, accompanied by a prominent astrophysicist.

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 Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) antenna.
 Credit: Carlos Padilla – AUI/NRAO  Expert Michelle Thaller at Atacama Observatory  Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) antenna. Credit: Carlos Padilla – AUI/NRAO  View of a total solar eclipse  Paranal Observatory from afar  Las Campanas Observatory  Volcan Ojos del Salado, Copiapo, Chile   Approaching Las Campanas Observatory  Eclipse viewers with eye protection

Chile Total Solar Eclipse

Viewing the 2019 Total Solar Eclipse in northern Chile

12 days from $11,195

During this unique astronomy tour, observe the 2019 Total Solar Eclipse in La Serena, Chile, home to some of the largest telescopes in the world, and enjoy special access to world-class astronomical observatories, accompanied by a prominent astrophysicist.

or Call 855-330-1542


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The Ritz-Carlton Santiago

Santiago, Chile

The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago is set within the prestigious El Golf district of the city. The property features a 7,440 square-foot fitness center, heated indoor pool and hot tub with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Andes mountain range and Santiago. There are four exceptional restaurants and lounges featuring the best dishes of Chile. Guest rooms are all sumptuously appointed with luxurious marble bathrooms and spacious room layouts.

Number of nights: 1

La Serena Club

La Serena , Chile

La Serena Club Hotel has an extraordinary seaside location and just five minutes from the downtown area. The hotel is set among beautiful gardens steps from an expansive beach. There is a year-round outdoor pool and a full on-site lounge and restaurant. Guest rooms are spacious and comfortable, all with fine bedding, full baths, and ocean views.

Number of nights: 3

NH Antofagasta 

Antofagasta, Chile

The modern NH Antofagasta hotel is situated on beautiful coastline just fifteen minutes outside the city center. Spacious guest rooms are comfortable and simply decorated with all the modern amenities and full baths. The lobby bar and terrace offers delicious local seafood dishes and cocktails with stunning views across the beach. There is a terrace pool and a fitness center on site.

Number of nights: 2

Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro De Atacama, Chile

The Hotel Cumbres - San Pedro de Atacama is an oasis of luxury and refinement in the midst of the Atacama desert. Stunning architecture is based on the indigenous Ayllus or Atacama peoples. Comfortable, spacious guest rooms feature intricate wood and stone details with sitting areas, expansive private terraces with outdoor showers and beautiful desert views. There are two gourmet restaurants, two lounges, and a wine cellar. The hotel features expansive gardens, three outdoor pools, and hot tubs, while a spa area has saunas, treatment rooms, and a full fitness center.

Number of nights: 3

Activity Level

Activity Level 3: Moderate / Active

Expectations: This trip will feature long touring days, full-day excursions, and an active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Walks will be from one to two miles and at times over rocky, dusty, and uneven terrain and at high elevations. The pace of the walks will be leisurely. Some of the excursions in the Atacama Desert can reach (for a short time) altitudes of 14,000 feet. Visits to observatories will be at very high elevations noted below and an optional visit (pending final confirmation) to the antenna instillation at Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array will be at 16,000 feet. All the hotels are located at what are considered comfortable elevations. Motor coaches will be air-conditioned and heated when necessary. Roadways can be narrow with steep ascents/descents and at times rocky, unpaved, and dusty. Drives can be up to four hours depending on the excursion. Clothing that can be layered, as well as sunblock, sun hat, sunglasses, and comfortable walking shoes with a sturdy tread will be essential on this trip. Eclipse watching sunglasses will be provided for Eclipse Day. 


  • The town of San Pedro de Atacama (3 nights) — 7,900 feet   
  • Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons — 14,000 feet
  • Puritama Hotsprings — 11,400 feet
  • Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) laboratories — 9,514 feet
  • Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) antenna installation — 16,000 feet* (optional / pending final confirmation)
  • Las Campanas Observatory (LCO) — 8,200 feet
  • Gemini Observatory South — 8,900 feet 
  • Paranal Observatory — 8,645 feet

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. We recommend travelers consult their physician prior to taking this trip to ensure that they are healthy enough to travel to higher altitudes and very dry climates.

Weather: It will be winter in Chile so expect daytime temperatures in the upper 60’s during the day and very cold temperatures at night, sometimes dropping to the low 30s in the desert. The Atacama desert is one of the driest places on earth so participants should expect very low humidity and extra dry conditions. Bottled water will be provided throughout the trip. More on altitude, weather and what to pack will be explained in your pre-tour documents.

Optional visit:  A visit to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) antenna installation, located at 16,000 feet, may be available to our group. This visit requires additional permits and is pending final confirmation. Participants will travel from the ALMA base station laboratories (9, 514 feet) to the Chajnantor Plateau to see the antenna. All participants who partake in this optional visit will need to be in excellent health. A medical release form (signed by your physician) will be mandatory. Additional information regarding the status of this visit and the medical release form will be included in your pre-tour documents.  

Reading List
Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile (Modern Library (Paperback))
By: Sara Wheeler
Squeezed between a vast ocean and the longest mountain range on earth, Chile is 2,600 miles long and never more than 110 miles wide--not a country that lends itself to maps, as Sara Wheeler discovered when she traveled alone from the top to the bottom, from the driest desert in the world to the sepulchral wastes of Antarctica. Eloquent, astute, nimble with history and deftly amusing, Travels in a Thin Country established Sara Wheeler as one of the very best travel writers in the world.
Mask of the Sun: The Science, History and Forgotten Lore of Eclipses
By: John Dvorak
They have been thought of as harbingers of evil as well as a sign of the divine. Eclipses―one of the rarest and most stunning celestial events we can witness here on Earth―have shaped the course of human history and thought since humans first turned their eyes to the sky.What do Virginia Woolf, the rotation of hurricanes, Babylonian kings and Einstein’s General Theory Relativity all have in common? Eclipses. Always spectacular and, today, precisely predicable, eclipses have allowed us to know when the first Olympic games were played and, long before the first space probe, that the Moon was covered by dust.Eclipses have stunned, frightened, emboldened and mesmerized people for thousands of years. They were recorded on ancient turtle shells discovered in the Wastes of Yin in China, on clay tablets from Mesopotamia and on the Mayan “Dresden Codex." They are mentioned in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and at least eight times in the Bible. Columbus used them to trick people, while Renaissance painter Taddeo Gaddi was blinded by one. Sorcery was banished within the Catholic Church after astrologers used an eclipse to predict a pope’s death.In Mask of the Sun, acclaimed writer John Dvorak the importance of the number 177 and why the ancient Romans thought it was bad to have sexual intercourse during an eclipse (whereas other cultures thought it would be good luck). Even today, pregnant women in Mexico wear safety pins on their underwear during an eclipse. Eclipses are an amazing phenomena―unique to Earth―that have provided the key to much of what we now know and understand about the sun, our moon, gravity, and the workings of the universe.Both entertaining and authoritative, Mask of the Sun reveals the humanism behind the science of both lunar and solar eclipses. With insightful detail and vividly accessible prose, Dvorak provides explanations as to how and why eclipses occur―as well as insight into the forthcoming eclipse of 2017 that will be visible across North America. 8 pages of photographs
A Wildlife Guide to Chile: Continental Chile, Chilean Antarctica, Easter Island, Juan Fernández Archipelago
By: Sharon Chester
This is the first comprehensive English-language field guide to the wildlife of Chile and its territories--Chilean Antarctica, Easter Island, Juan Fernández, and San Félix y San Ambrosio. From bats to butterflies, lizards to llamas, and ferns to flamingos, A Wildlife Guide to Chile covers the country's common plants and animals. The color plates depict species in their natural environments with unmatched vividness and realism. The combination of detailed illustrations and engaging, succinct, and authoritative text make field identification quick, easy, and accurate. Maps, charts, and diagrams provide information about landforms, submarine topography, marine environment, climate, vegetation zones, and the best places to view wildlife. This is an essential guide to Chile's remarkable biodiversity. The only comprehensive English-language guide to Chile's common flora and fauna The first guide to cover Chile and its territories--Chilean Antarctica, Easter Island, Juan Fernández, and San Félix y San Ambrosio 120 full-color plates allow quick identification of more than 800 species Accompanying text describes species size, shape, color, habitat, and range Descriptions list size, distribution, and English, Spanish, and scientific names Information on the best spots to view wildlife, including major national parks Compact and lightweight--a perfect field guide
Insight Guides Chile & Easter Island
By: Insight Guides
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific, Chile is known for its varied landscape and the wealth of outdoor activities it offers, from skiiing and white-water rafting to climbing volcanoes. Be inspired to visit by Insight Guide Chile and Easter Island, a comprehensive full-colour guide to this fascinating country.Inside Insight Guide Chile and Easter Island:Stunning, specially-commissioned new photography that brings this breathtaking country and its people to life. Highlights of the country's top attractions, from national parks to historic buildings and vineyards to hot springs in our Best of Chile and Easter Island.Descriptive region-by-region accounts cover the whole country from the the bustling capital of Santiago to the picturesque Lake District and Tierra del Fuego. A designated chapter covers Easter Island, one of the world's most intriguing islands. Detailed, high-quality maps throughout will help you get around and travel tips give you all the essential information for planning a memorable trip.About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.'Insight Guides has spawned many imitators but is still the best of its type.' - Wanderlust Magazine
Chile - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
By: Caterina Perrone
Chile is a land of contrast and surprise, flanked by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Andes to the east, the forbidding salt basins of the Atacama Desert to the north—with a verdant Central Valley and Cape Horn at its southern extremity. The Chilean people, too, are surprising: on one hand reserved, family-oriented, Catholic, and conservative; and on the other fun-loving, entrepreneurial, neoliberal, and modern. Their geographical isolation from the rest of the world, their colonial past, and the near 20years of repression under the military dictatorship of General Pinochet have had a profound influence on their character. Today, traditional Chilean values are being questioned by the younger generation. In fact, the country’s position as the Latin American stronghold of Catholicism is being challenged by Chileans of all generations, and pressure has led to unprecedented changes in family and censorship law. Chile is also one of the fastest-growing economies in South America, and thanks to ambitious structural reforms, has sharply reduced its poverty rate in the past few years. Culture Smart! Chile provides vital information on what to expect and how to behave in this complex and dynamic society.
Tasting Chile: A Celebration of Authentic Chilean Foods and Wines by Daniel Joelson [Hippocrene Books, 2013] (Paperback) [Paperback]
By: DanielJoelson
Title: Tasting Chile( A Celebration of Authentic Chilean Foods and Wines) Binding: Paperback Author: DanielJoelson Publisher: HippocreneBooks
Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine.....
By: Hector Tobar
In excellent condition
The Voyage of the Beagle: Darwin's Extraordinary Adventure Aboard FitzRoy's Famous Survey Ship
By: James Taylor
The Beagle has become synonymous with Charles Darwin and his groundbreaking work, On the Origin of Species. But how did Darwin come to be onboard? Now reissued in paperback in a single volume, all the various strands of the Beagle story have been woven together, revealing the circumstances that set the expedition in motion and the characters who circumnavigated the world together. Enriched with firsthand commentary from personal letters and diaries and the official narrative of the voyage, as well as artwork, sketches, and charts produced by the shipboard artists and surveyors, James Taylor has produced a thoroughly engaging and informative account that will appeal to historians, scientists, art lovers, and anyone with a sense of adventure.
The Voyage of the Beagle
By: Charles Darwin
In 1831, Charles Darwin embarked on an expedition that, in his own words, determined my whole career. The Voyage of the Beagle chronicles his five-year journey around the world and especially the coastal waters of South America as a naturalist on the H.M.S. Beagle. While traveling through these unexplored countries collecting specimens, Darwin began to formulate the theories of evolution and natural selection realized in his master work, The Origin of Species. Travel memoir and scientific primer alike, The Voyage of the Beagle is a lively and accessible introduction to the mind of one of history's most influential thinkers.
Voyaging: Southward from the Strait of Magellan
By: Rockwell Kent
Rockwell Kent is one of America's most famous graphic artists. He was also an avid traveler. Kent was especially fascinated by remote Arctic lands and often stayed for extended periods of time to paint, write, and become acquainted with the local inhabitants. Between 1918 and 1935, he wrote and illustrated several popular books about his travels. Voyaging, originally published in 1924, is the engaging story of Kent's sailing voyage to Tierra del Fuego. Kent is a charming writer and keen observer of both the land and its people. The book is beautifully and generously illustrated with Kent's distinctive woodcuts.The first edition was published to great critical acclaim. New Republic wrote, "the land lives. A land where roses are as big as sun-flowers, where gales gnaw against bleak cliffs . . . At the end of the earth, there is the paradox of the dwarf and the giant." The Nation said, "Kent has caught the wild beauty of this ominous region -- iron crags ringed with the froth of blown surf, wind-tortured trees, distant peaks incrusted with dazzling snow; but out of the very heart of this bewildering beauty emanates a sense of unseen presences appallingly, implacably hostile to man."
Desert Memories: Journeys Through the Chilean North (Directions)
By: Ariel Dorfman
The Norte Grande of Chile, the world's driest desert, had ''engendered contemporary Chile, everything that was good about it, everything that was dreadful,'' writes Ariel Dorfman in his brilliant exploration of one of the least known and most exotic corners of the globe. For 10,000 years the desert had been mined for silver, iron, and copper, but it was the 19th-century discovery of nitrate that transformed the country into a modern state and forced the desert's colonization.The mines' riches generated mansions and oligarchs in Chile's more temperate region—and terrible inequalities throughout the country. The Norte Grande also gave birth to the first Chilean democratic and socialist movements, nurturing every major political figure of modern Chile from Salvador Allende to Augusto Pinochet. In this richly layered personal memoir, illustrated with the author's own photographs, Dorfman sets out to explore the origins of contemporary Chile—and, along the way, seek out his wife's European ancestors who came years ago to Chile as part of the nitrate rush. And, most poignantly, he looks for traces of his friend and fellow 1960s activist, Freddy Taberna, executed by a firing squad in a remote Pinochet death camp.
In Patagonia (Penguin Classics)
By: Bruce Chatwin
The masterpiece of travel writing that revolutionized the genre and made its author famous overnight An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far-off, unseen land, Bruce Chatwin’s exquisite account of his journey through Patagonia teems with evocative descriptions, remarkable bits of history, and unforgettable anecdotes. Fueled by an unmistakable lust for life and adventure and a singular gift for storytelling, Chatwin treks through “the uttermost part of the earth”—that stretch of land at the southern tip of South America, where bandits were once made welcome—in search of almost-forgotten legends, the descendants of Welsh immigrants, and the log cabin built by Butch Cassidy. An instant classic upon publication in 1977, In Patagonia is a masterpiece that has cast a long shadow upon the literary world.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Chile: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Traveler's Literary Companions)
By: Brand: Whereabouts Press
The twenty stories in Chile: A Traveler's Literary Companion — most of which are available here for the first time in English — reveal that the nation that gave birth to two poets who won Nobel prizes in literature is also the home of many world-class prose writers. This collection evokes the diversity of the country's landscape and the complexity of its recent history. Contributors include Luis Alberto Acuña, Marjorie Agosín, Roberto Ampuero, Marta Brunet, Francisco Coloane, Adolfo Couve, José Donoso, Ariel Dorfman, Jorge Edwards, Beatriz García-Huidobro, Pedro Lemebel, Patricio Manns, Tito Matamala, Pablo Neruda, Darío Oses, Hernán Rivera Letelier, Patricio Riveros Olavarría, Osvaldo Rodríguez Musso, Enrique Valdés, and José Miguel Varas.
Five Decades( Poems 1925-1970)[5 DECADES][Paperback]
By: PabloNeruda
The House of the Spirits: A Novel
By: Isabel Allende
The unforgettable first novel that established Isabel Allende as one of the world’s most gifted and imaginative storytellers.The House of the Spirits brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family. The patriarch Esteban is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife, Clara, a woman with a mystical connection to the spirit world. When their daughter Blanca embarks on a forbidden love affair in defiance of her implacable father, the result is an unexpected gift to Esteban: his adored granddaughter Alba, a beautiful and strong-willed child who will lead her family and her country into a revolutionary future. One of the most important novels of the twentieth century, The House of the Spirits is an enthralling epic that spans decades and lives, weaving the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and more than a million copies sold. The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.
Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets
By: Tyler Nordgren
With beautiful illustrations and a detailed map, Sun Moon Earth has everything you need to get ready for the next solar eclipse.On April 8, 2024, millions of Americans will experience an awe-inspiring phenomenon: a total eclipse of the sun. In Sun Moon Earth, astronomer Tyler Nordgren illustrates how this most seemingly unnatural of natural phenomena was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction. From the astrologers of ancient China and Babylon to the high priests of the Maya, Sun Moon Earth takes us around the world to show how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events. Greek philosophers discovered eclipses' cause and used them to measure their world and the cosmos beyond. Victorian-era scientists mounted eclipse expeditions during the age of globe-spanning empires. And modern-day physicists continue to use eclipses to confirm Einstein's theory of relativity.Beautifully illustrated and lyrically written, Sun Moon Earth is the ideal guide for all eclipse watchers and star gazers alike.
Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour
By: Neil Tyson, Michael Strauss, J. Gott
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWelcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today's leading astrophysicists. Inspired by the enormously popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott taught together at Princeton, this book covers it all―from planets, stars, and galaxies to black holes, wormholes, and time travel.Describing the latest discoveries in astrophysics, the informative and entertaining narrative propels you from our home solar system to the outermost frontiers of space. How do stars live and die? Why did Pluto lose its planetary status? What are the prospects of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? How did the universe begin? Why is it expanding and why is its expansion accelerating? Is our universe alone or part of an infinite multiverse? Answering these and many other questions, the authors open your eyes to the wonders of the cosmos, sharing their knowledge of how the universe works.Breathtaking in scope and stunningly illustrated throughout, Welcome to the Universe is for those who hunger for insights into our evolving universe that only world-class astrophysicists can provide.
By Mark R. Chartrand National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky (Audubon Society Field Guide Series) (First Edition)
By: Mark R. Chartrand
Totality: The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024
By: Mark Littmann, Fred Espenak
Totality: The Great American Eclipses is a complete guide to the most stunning of celestial sights, total eclipses of the Sun. It focuses on the eclipses of August 21, 2017 and April 8, 2024 that pass across the United States. The U.S. mainland has not experienced a total solar eclipse since 1979. This book provides information, photographs, and illustrations to help the public understand and safely enjoy all aspects of these eclipses including how to observe a total eclipse of the Sun, how to photograph and video record an eclipse, why solar eclipses happen, and more.
Total Solar Eclipse Countdown: Totals and Annulars Through 2024, Black and White Edition
By: Marc Nussbaum
BLACK AND WHITE INSIDE EDITIONNOTE: For the FULL COLOR EDITION, select "see all formats" above, and then click on triangle inside box on left of the word "Paperback."Are you ready to take the umbra less traveled?It seems like yesterday was August 21, 2017. The Great American Eclipse crossed the USA, and it was stupendous! A bright beacon in our lives--connecting us to the ancient ones, to our vast cosmos and to our fragile home world floating in the blackness of space. Today is August 22. Now what? In your hand is the most approachable, fun, and complete guide for exploring the next ten total and annular solar eclipses; all will hit our planet between now and the end of 2024, two of them will sweep through the US. Just think... an eclipse. What a great excuse to see South America, India, Greenland or Tahiti. Perhaps a relaxing cruise this time? This title is based on the best-selling book "Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Your Guide to the Next US Eclipse." We've added new diagrams, better explanations, larger maps and entire new chapters. It includes everything to plan a successful trip, with dozens of tips from veteran eclipse chasers: *What it's like to see totality, how an annular is different and why you want to see one. *Where on Earth to see them, including maps and best viewing locations. *Explanations for how it works; the corona, Baily's beads, the diamond ring and more.*Secrets explained--why the shadow moves east when the Sun and Moon set in the west.*What gear to take, choosing binoculars, getting the best pictures from your camera.*How to observe safely plus a step-by-step guide to making binocular and camera filters.Viewing a total solar eclipse is an emotional experience that should be on everyone's bucket list. Soon the universe will reveal itself in an epic show more astonishing than anything ever devised by the magic of Hollywood or Disney. Mother Nature's multi-gigaton, 24/7 nuclear inferno in the sky, is going to put on a show. Don't miss the performance.
Solar Eclipse: Journal
By: The World's Journal Co.
Blank journals... Beautiful covers... The. World's. Journal. Co.™Our premium paperback-bound journals are designed for nature, space, and travel lovers - and feature gorgeous covers with the world's most beautiful landmarks and locations. Faintly lined, open format lets you adapt the journal to your needs and can be used as a notebook, sketchbook, dairy, travel log, nature journal, gratitude journal, composition book, or however you would like to use a blank, beautifully-covered journal.All our journals contain:100 faintly lined pages, thick and elegant 60 lb. cream-colored paper durable paperback bindingmatte finish, gift-quality covercomposition notebook sized (7.4 x 9.7 in. | 18.9 x 24.6 cm)Browse all our journals for: U.S National Parks, space & nature images, travel & tourism, world wonders, hobbies, and more... and find the perfect journal for your next adventure.
The Great South American Eclipse Travel Guide for July 2, 2019: How to watch the Total Solar Eclipse in Chile, Argentina or the South Pacific in 2019 (WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com)
By: Jamie Carter
Brought to you by WhenIsTheNextEclipse.comA Total Solar Eclipse is coming to Chile, Argentina & the South Pacific on July 2, 2019! You want to see totality from near the giant astronomical telescopes of the Elqui Valley in Chile? How about from a ranch in The Pampas in Argentina, or from near Rosario or the capital city, Buenos Aires? Or perhaps a luxury cruise around the South Pacific? This ebook tracks the locations, the travel options, , the science and the eclipse-chasing tactics you need to know for this Total Solar Eclipse. Includes hundreds of links to organized and bookable tours, Google Maps, extensive research, and expert contributions from experts on both South America and eclipse-chasing. Where will you be for the Great South American Eclipse on July 2, 2019?
How to Photograph the Solar Eclipse: A Guide to Capturing the 2017 Total Eclipse of the Sun
By: Alan Dyer
Learn how to photograph the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, with a wide range of techniques and camera gear:- Simple point-and-shoot and mobile phone cameras- DSLR and Mirrorless still cameras- Video cameras- Wide-angle lenses and long telephotos- Telescopes, both tracking the sky and untrackedIn this 290-page ebook, you’ll learn:- What to expect to see and what to shoot.- How to shoot simple grab shots and eclipse “selfies.” - What types of cameras are best.- What tripod features are best.- What filters to use and when to remove them.- How to shoot wide-angle still images.- How to set up time-lapse sequences.- How to frame scenes for time-lapses and composites. - How to plan great shots above scenic landmarks. - How to shoot close-ups of totality.- What focal lengths are best for framing the Sun.- What types of telescopes and mounts are best.- How to align tracking mounts in the daytime.- How to focus and avoid image blurring from sky motion.- What the best exposures will be.- When to shoot on auto exposure vs. manual.- How to plan shoots with single or multiple cameras.- How to automate a camera.- Tips on last-minute moves to avoid clouds.- What can go wrong and how to avoid the common mistakes.- How to capture the eclipse and still see it!And finally … How to process your eclipse photos, from simple wide-angle scenes to complex multi-exposure stacks and compositesThe book contains:• Dozens of sky charts made specifically for the 2017 eclipse, and for both the eastern and western United States, to show how to frame the scene with a range of focal lengths, and for planning your shoot. • Active links to websites for equipment suppliers and for detailed eclipse maps and times for your site. • Step-by-step tutorials take you through processing, from basic developing of Raw files, to assembling time-lapse movies, and stacking images for composites, plus blending of multiple exposures with luminosity masks.
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  • All in-country airfare. Please note: In country flights are subject to availability. Airlines can increase negotiated rates at anytime.  Any increase in airfare will result in a surcharge to participants which will be included with your final invoice.

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For all international departures, passport information including the following, in accordance with the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Secure Flight program as well as by our international travel partners: your full name as it appears on your passport, date of birth, and gender (for further information, please visit www.tsa.gov). In the event, an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, or if you use a different passport than originally cited, you will be responsible for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue.

Deposit of $1,500 per person, per tour, payable by check to the tour operator or by major credit card, is required to reserve a space on a tour program. Deposits are applied to the payment of the program price.

Balance due upon invoicing at least 150 days prior to the program. For this special departure, final payments must be made by check or wire transfer to the tour operator, credit cards will not be accepted. If payment is not received by the final payment due date, your place cannot be guaranteed on the tour.

Late Registration
Any registration received within 150 days of departure is considered a “late registration” and must be subject to special confirmation. Payment in full must be made immediately by check or wire transfer (credit cards will not be accepted for final payment) and sent by overnight mail to the tour operator before confirmation is possible.

Once confirmed, cancellation penalties apply as set forth below. If confirmation is not possible, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Late registration confirmation procedures apply to any participant who is transferred from the wait list to the program within the designated late registration period for that program.

For additional information, please call 855-330-1542 to speak with a Cultural Travel Specialist, Mon-Fri 9 am - 7 pm; Sat 9 am – 4 pm (Eastern Time).  or visit www.SmithsonianJourneys.org/Contact.

A Note About Costs

Tour costs are based upon current airfares, tariffs, currency values, and on the basis of a minimum number of participants. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, they are subject to change. Should actual enrollments fall significantly below minimum numbers, a surcharge may be added. Due to fluctuations in oil prices, a fuel surcharge may be added to your tour fee (e.g. internal flights, cruises, etc.). Details and costs will be advised prior to departure. 

Wait List

If the tour of your choice is fully subscribed, you may choose to be placed on a waitlist by contacting a Reservation Specialist at 1-855-330-1542 Mon-Fri 9 am - 7 pm; Sat 9 am – 4 pm (Eastern Time), or SJReservations@si.edu. Individuals on the wait list will be contacted if space becomes available and can inquire about tour status by contacting a Reservation Specialist. If you choose to withdraw from a wait list, please notify us.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Per person cancellation fees are based on date of notice to Smithsonian Journeys.

  • Cancellations within 7 days of booking (if not within final payment date): full refund.
  • Cancellations after 7 days of booking: entire deposit retained.
  • Final payment due: 150 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations made less than 150 days prior to departure: no refund.
  • Cancellation by the Smithsonian: full refund.
  • No refund for unused portions of the tour, including but not limited to, missed meals, hotel nights, sightseeing, and/or for any weather conditions that limit or prohibit eclipse viewing.

Air Service

For tour packages that include round-trip international airfare, rates are based on economy class from designated departure cities as shown. Airfares from other cities are available upon request. Airline upgrades at additional cost may be available on request for the international portion of your flight. Since international and domestic air schedules are subject to change at any time, we recommend that if you choose to make your own airline reservations, you do not purchase nonrefundable tickets or those with high penalties for changes. Neither Smithsonian Journeys nor the tour operator has any liability for any loss resulting from tour cancellations or changes in international gateways, travel dates, or airline schedule changes. If an air schedule requires an overnight stay in a gateway city, the cost of the overnight will be at your expense. For tour packages that include round-trip international airfare, we will be happy to help with arrangements. Please note that seat assignment on your international flight is usually done at airport check-in. The tour operator is unable to guarantee any seat assignments.

When planning our tours that include international round-trip airfare, the tour operator contracts with those airlines that they feel provide the level of service, routings, and value necessary for your entire trip. While another airline may offer a more direct connection, it may be at a price unavailable at the lower group rates that enable us to offer you the best possible travel value. Please note that frequent flyer mileage credits are issued at the discretion of the airline(s) and may not be available for the flights on your tour. If you prefer to make your own airline reservations, “land only” pricing is available on most of our tours.

Individual Arrivals and Group Transfers
A designated group flight is not included on most tours. However, transportation from the arrival airport to the ship/hotel is included in your tour cost if you arrive in time to meet the scheduled group transfer. Your first tour bulletin will thoroughly explain the details of the options available for your individual flights.

Air Tickets Purchased Independently of the Tour
We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets since international departure times and flights can change. Tours also can be canceled due to low enrollments. Neither Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator accepts liability for cancellation penalties related to domestic or international airline tickets purchased independently in conjunction with a tour.

Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Smithsonian Journeys includes an on-tour Provided Insurance Plan, through Travel Guard, with the price of your tour. This travel insurance plan includes emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.

Travel Documents

For all international departures, a passport valid for at least six months after the completion of your tour, and with at least six blank visa pages, is required for U.S. citizens on all tours in this catalog. If your tour requires a visa or other entry documents, we will send you the appropriate information after you make a reservation. You are responsible for obtaining these documents. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please contact your embassy or consulate to ensure you obtain the proper documentation.

Physical and Medical Considerations

Please note that these tours require that participants be in good physical condition. You must be capable, without assistance, of walking a minimum of two miles over uneven terrain and of climbing stairs that may not have handrails. Participants should have sufficient stamina to keep pace with an active group of travelers on long days of touring. If you have any questions about your ability to participate in a tour, please call us at 855-330-1542. Some tours have additional notes regarding physical and medical considerations, which may be discussed with the Cultural Travel Specialist at 855-330-1542.

Itinerary or Program Modifications

Smithsonian strives to improve tour itineraries and their features. If improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. Every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned but alterations may still occur after the final itinerary is sent. Please note that weather conditions may force changes to the advertised sailing schedule on cruise programs. The ship’s captain has the authority to change the ship’s schedule.


Smithsonian chooses hotels based on a combination of their location, service, atmosphere, and price. On adventure tours and programs in out-of-the-way places, best-available hotels are used. In most cases, hotels have elevators and meeting rooms for Smithsonian lectures. Program prices are based on two persons sharing a room with a bath.

Singles and Roommates
Hotel rooms are always reserved for single travelers; however the number of single rooms available on a tour may be limited. Therefore we recommend that you register early. Please note that a single supplement will apply for a single room. If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room, we will do our best to find someone of the same gender and smoking preference to share with you. If you are matched with a non-smoking roommate, it is mutually agreed that you cannot smoke in your hotel room. When a roommate cannot be found, the single supplement will be charged.


All tours, except family programs, are designed for adults. Some may be suitable for older children. Regardless of age, children must pay full price unless otherwise noted, and a parent or guardian must accompany those under 18.

Special Travel Arrangements

Participants may wish to extend their stay in the group hotel. If you wish to extend your stay, the operator may be able to assist.

Photography and Video

Participants on tour may be photographed or recorded in audiovisual form for the educational and promotional purposes of the Smithsonian Institution. Photographs or videos may be printed in publications and posted on websites to promote Smithsonian Journeys without compensation to the participant. Travelers who prefer that their name, voice, and image not be used must advise the tour manager at the beginning of the tour.

Smoking Policy

For the comfort of all participants, we ask that there be no smoking during all group activities, including excursions and meals. On certain cruises, there is no smoking aboard the ship. Your pre-tour bulletins will provide further information.

Preparing for Your Journey

Prior to departure, you will receive Tour Bulletins containing both general and tour specific information to help you prepare for your travel experience. These bulletins will include:

  • Passport and visa instructions
  • Flight information
  • Weather, clothing, and packing suggestions
  • A suggested reading list
  • General information about the countries you will visit, e.g. the food, customs, medical precautions, and currency.
  • Information about your Smithsonian Journeys Expert and tour staff
  • Baggage tag(s) and name badge(s)
  • Final itinerary
  • Participant list  

Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer

Please read carefully: Smithsonian Journeys are managed by professional tour operators hired as independent contractors. The use of tour operators allows the Smithsonian to offer its members a wide array of educational travel opportunities. The tour operator acts only as an agent for the respective suppliers by making arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and other services. Neither the Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator shall be held liable for personal injury, death, property damage or accident, delay or irregularity arising out of any act or omission of these suppliers. The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of tour participants.

The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator also reserve the right, without penalty, to withdraw the tour announced, to decline to accept any person as a participant in a tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time, when such action is determined by tour staff to be in the best interests of the health, safety or general welfare of the tour group or the individual participant, subject only to the requirement that the recoverable portion of the total amount paid that corresponds to the cost of unused services and accommodations be refunded, if any. If your tour does not include airfare, your Tour Bulletins will provide information about when participants are recommended to purchase airline tickets. The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator accept no liability for the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets to/from the tour departure city if a tour is canceled or otherwise modified subsequent to the participant’s purchase of those tickets. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.

Dates, schedules, program details, and costs, although provided in good faith based on information available at the time of publication of the brochure or catalog, are subject to change and revision.

As a condition of acceptance of any application, each applicant must agree to the statement set forth below:

The undersigned has read carefully the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer set forth above, the schedule of activities for this tour, as well as the terms and conditions of application and participation as set forth in the tour brochure(s), and recognizes and accepts any risk associated with the tour and the conditions, including the refund policy, set forth in the tour brochure(s). The undersigned further acknowledges that there are many risks and uncertainties inherent in any travel tour, including but not limited to the hazards of various modes of transportation, forces of nature, eye injuries due to improper viewing of the eclipse, acts or omissions of foreign governments, terrorism, war or insurrection, theft, illness, and damage to person or property due to the negligent acts or omissions of tour staff or others. In consideration of, and as part payment for, the right to participate in the tour, the undersigned, on behalf of himself, his dependents, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, agrees to release the Smithsonian Institution, its Regents, officers, employees, representatives or agents, the United States, and the tour operator and its officers, employees and agents, from liability for personal injury, death, property damage or loss suffered by any person in connection with this tour, even if caused by the negligence (but not the reckless, willful, or fraudulent conduct) of tour staff or other related persons or entities. In addition, by registering for this tour, the applicant certifies that he or she is mentally and physically capable of full participation in this tour.

By registering for a Smithsonian Journey, the participant agrees to the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer and the Terms and Conditions herein.