Nothing eclipses Patagonia, so be there
After selling out our December 2020 total solar eclipse trip to Chile, we have been able to create a second trip to accommodate overflow demand. This second trip is Dec. 7-15, 2020 with an extension to Torres Del Paine National Park Dec. 18-22. It is already filling fast with just 25 spots available. If you’re interested it’s advisable to book sooner rather than later.
The eclipse occurs Dec. 14, 2020 and Astrophysicist Dr. Laurance Doyle will host the eclipse event for both Tusker groups that day even though the groups will be on separate tours. Tusker founder Eddie Frank has put together an array of outdoor active outings in Chile’s majestic mountains and lakes in the Puerto Varas/Mount Tronador watershed for both groups.
Why is this eclipse trip special?
Seeing a total eclipse anywhere can be a life altering experience, but to see one in Southern Chile is a once in a life time opportunity. Watching an eclipse on TV or from your own backyard is not the same as venturing afar to where the eclipse is most dramatic. The southern hemisphere is where eclipse 2020 will best be viewed. Dr. Doyle will establish an eclipse viewing area near the town of Gorbea on this eclipse’s umbral center line guaranteeing 100% umbral depth (weather permitting of course.)
In addition to being brilliant, Dr. Doyle doesn’t take himself too seriously so you will learn and laugh with him before, during, and after this 130 second moon/ sun interface.
Chilean smorgasbord: Astronomy to Gastronomy
Chile is amazingly diverse and you can explore its historic cities Santiago, La Serena and Coquimbo as well as Patagonia’s Andean countryside on Tusker’s eclipse itinerary. You will eat very well. The country’s rich central valley produces fine wine, its southern pampas puts scintillating lamb on your plate and its oceans and lakes overflow with flavorful fish. But you’re also going for the Magellanic skies and this is your chance to check off some of your bucket list constellations, galaxies and planets. And what better way to do that than with a NASA astrophysicist as your guide.
Crawling inside Tarantula Nebula’s den
Northern Chile’s dry air and unpolluted, dark skies allow for viewing the Tarantula Nebula as well as globular cluster 47 Tucanae. A good place to see them is at the Collowara Observatory, the newest Chilean observatory, 60 kilometers outside La Sirena atop Cerro Churqui at 4,265 feet. With its ultra-modern telescopes on three terraces you will get great looks at Jupiter’s multiple moons. English speaking guides there have a unique take on how Supernovas created minerals in the local mines. If the visit to Collowara doesn’t stoke you for Eclipse 2020 nothing will.
Not to be eclipsed
Any total solar eclipse is special, but when it’s umbral center line runs through Chile’s Lake District it doesn’t get any better. To experience a total eclipse in a country that has the Andes, the world’s most spectacular lakes and endemic temperate rainforests is a once in a lifetime opportunity with and without the sun.
And when it’s over, if it ain’t enough, you can fill your boots with an exploration of Torres del Paine in southern Patagonia.
You will kick yourself for millennia if you miss it.