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In 2020, Argentina will experience a total solar eclipse—the last over inhabited land for several years—and we will have a front row seat for this out-of-this-world (literally) phenomenon. Enhancing our eclipse escapade, we explore on foot and by boat the city of Buenos Aires, the mountains of Bariloche, and the drama of southern Patagonia.
Following on the July 2019 total solar eclipse in Argentina, excitement is high for this next solar event. But don’t just take our word for it. Hear it from our local team operations manager who was there:
"As seekers of transformational experiences, we feel grateful to have participated in such a surreal natural phenomenon. For those of us who were there, it was a profound experience that is impossible to describe. Time stopped in the two minutes, 46 seconds of totality. If you have never viewed a total eclipse of the sun, then we can only encourage you to come experience for yourselves."– Wendy Z., Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 2019
Arrival in Buenos Aires
Welcome to Buenos Aires!
Upon arrival in Argentina's capital, you'll be met by a Boundless Journeys representative at the airport and transferred to your elegant, downtown hotel in Buenos Aires' Palermo Hollywood neighborhood.
Founded by Spanish explorers in the 16th century, the capital — whose name translates to "City of our Lady Saint Mary of the Fair Winds" — was an important New World trading center for more than two centuries. In 1816, following what is known as the May Revolution and several years of conflict, Argentina earned its independence from Spain. Despite two later efforts by French and Anglo-French forces to blockade the city into submission, Buenos Aires maintained its independence, and its reputation as Argentina's most liberal, free-trading, and European-influenced city continues to this day.
This afternoon, you may have time to explore Buenos Aires and the revived Palermo neighborhood on your own. There are shopping opportunities at nearby artisan markets and antique stores, and also the chance to enjoy your first taste of Argentinean beef served on an open parrilla barbecue. This evening, we'll enjoy a welcome dinner with our guide before retiring for the evening.
Casa Sur PalermoBuenos Aires, Argentina
Conveniently located near art galleries, shops, and restaurants in Buenos Aires’ vibrant Palermo Hollywood neighborhood, this sophisticated property features 61 contemporary rooms, a pool, and sprawling rooftop terrace.
City Tour & Delta Navigation
After breakfast, we begin our adventure with an exploration of Buenos Aires' most important historical monuments and significant buildings, such as the Casa Rosada — an iconic pink stone building that houses the office of the Argentine President. Along the way, we learn about the Porteños' lifestyle, vibrant culture, and music ("Porteño" is the name those hailing from Buenos Aires — a port city — call themselves).
We also experience the city's European flair, strolling through eclectic neighborhoods, from the historic San Telmo, to the colorful, working-class La Boca, to chic Recoleta. Among Recoleta's well-known sites is its famous cemetery, where we find the graves of many of Argentina's emblematic figures.
This evening, we have a festive dinner aboard a traditional flatboat. The Paraná Delta, where the Paraná and Uruguay rivers meet and feed the Rio de la Plata, is formed by thousands of islands, many uninhabited. More than 100 species of birds and water plants make their home here. The flatboat we will explore on was originally used to transport barrels for a distillery. It is ideal for shallow rivers and streams due to its flat bottom, hence its Spanish name, chata palera (meaning flat-bottomed freight boat).
Bariloche & Llao-Llao Nature Park
Today, we take a short flight south to Bariloche. Once a little mountain village, San Carlos de Bariloche has developed into one of the most attractive small cities in Patagonia. We visit some of the key viewpoints in the city, appreciating the beauty of lakes Moreno and Nahuel Huapi and the peaks of Lopez and Capilla before stretching our legs on a walk through the impressive Llao-Llao Nature Park. To refresh ourselves after the hike, we visit a local microbrewery for a beer tasting and traditional Patagonian barbeque.
This afternoon, we are free to explore town before reconvening for dinner.
Llao Llao Hotel & ResortBariloche, Argentina
Originally built in 1940 in an area surrounded by the Cerro Lopez and Tronador mountain peaks and the Moreno and Nahuel Huapi lakes, this 5-star hotel offers historical charm and exclusive luxury. Amenities include an 18-hole golf course, marina, beach, solarium, heated indoor and outdoor infinity edge swimming-pools, spa with sauna, and fitness center.
We continue exploring the stunning nature in this region with a boat excursion in Tristeza Sound, navigating along the most remote and least-visited branch of the Nahuel Huapi Lake. If the weather conditions are good there are beautiful views of the Tronador Mountain.
Once we reach the shore, we enjoy a forested hike among beautiful coihue and larch trees. The trail climbs to a set of beautiful waterfalls descending from the Frey River.
We enjoy lunch aboard our boat as we return to the port. The remainder of the day is free to relax at the hotel or walk around town, and dinner tonight is on your own. Bariloche has a number of good restaurants to choose from, and our guide is happy to make recommendations.
Today, we make our way to the Valle Encantado, or Enchanted Valley, known for its fascinating landscape of rocky formations and vegetation that maintains its color year-round. After driving out of Bariloche, we cross the Limay River by boat and arrive in the valley. Walking among volcanic walls and caves, we enjoy the beautiful scenery of this secret corner of Patagonia.
After lunch at a local estancia, we head to the Eclipse Base Camp, ideally located in the Zone of Totality.
Dinner this evening is served at 7 p.m. We'll encourage an early bedtime so that if the skies are clear, you can wake around midnight to watch the peak of the Geminid meteor shower.
Santo Tomás Base CampArgentina
Enjoy the lively, communal atmosphere with other eclipse viewers on a private, remote estancia near the village of Santo Tomás, our camp site is situated right in the path of totality. Camping facilities include: dome tents, sleeping bags, air mattresses, lanterns, catered meals, communal dining tents, and chemical toilet facilities.
Today is the day we´ve been looking forward to! Breakfast is served early in order to have plenty of time to chose our personal spot on the field and set up our cameras. A mid-morning snack will be provided with fruit, croissants, and hot beverages before the eclipse begins.
As the sun moves into the moon's shadow, we will focus our attention skyward for a mesmerizing experience. Those who have seen it find it difficult to describe — day turns to night, and there is an unusual stillness. After the sun makes its way out of the shadows and daylight returns to earth, we enjoy lunch, and our group can choose how to spend the rest of the afternoon. A variety of hiking options are available right from our camp.
Dinner will be back in camp as we celebrate what we all witnessed today.
In the morning, we transfer to the Bariloche airport to board our flight to El Calafate in southern Patagonia.
El Calafate is on the shores of Lago Argentino in the dry and dramatic Patagonia Steppe. This area is the gateway to visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Upon arrival to the hotel, we can choose to relax or explore the areas around the town on a short hike to Laguna Nimez for a beautiful Patagonian sunset.
Designed to enjoy the best landscapes of El Calafate, this hotel offers an unparalleled view of Lake Argentino and the Cerro Calafate. An onsite orchard with outdoor firepits is just one of the lovely guest spaces on the property. Amenities include a spa, heated indoor/outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, and gourmet restaurant.
Los Glacieres National Park
Today's itinerary features a full day of exploration in Los Glaciares National Park. Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981, the park and its famous Perito Moreno Glacier offer some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in Argentina, and our journey takes in the very best of the region.
Our route begins with a 31-mile drive through Santa Cruz's vast farmland, dotted by estancias, and provides a glimpse into the rural heart of southern Patagonia. We drive to Roca Lake and on to Estancia Nibepo Aike, one of the region's sheep-ranching pioneers. There, we enjoy a short hike on the property before delving into a traditional Patagonian lunch comprised of family recipes and ingredients harvested from the gardens.
We continue to the nearby port, where a short boat ride brings us to the starting point for our walk along Playa de las Monedas, or Coins Beach. There, our short hike winds through a forest of beautiful Andean lengas trees, culminating with breathtaking views of the Perito Moreno Glacier.
We return to our boat and continue south to the Bajo de las Sombras port, where a brief bus ride brings us to a series of glacier catwalks inside the National Park, where our guide describes the various faces of ice we observe. As an active glacier, portions of the ice 'calve,' or break-off, frequently, providing visitors with the opportunity to witness this rare, natural phenomenon.
We return to our inviting hotel to freshen up before our dinner of Argentinean fare and local wines.
After breakfast, we depart for Estancia Cristina, located in a unique corner in Los Glaciares National Park. Founded in 1941, this stunning place maintains its essence, keeping the history of its founders alive, who with great effort and perseverance, made this lonely and inhospitable place a home. From here, we take a 4x4 excursion to get to Upsala Glacier Viewpoint, where we enjoy the best views of Lake Guillermo, the face of Upsala Glacier, and the Patagonian Ice Field.
We depart for our hike through the Fossil Canyon. At 170 million years old, this place has been so named for its incredible concentration of marine fossils — imprints of squid and jellyfish among them. Although over eight miles, the entire hike is downhill as we make our way on foot back to the estancia.
We return to El Calafate, and you are free to dine independently this evening.
We say goodbye today to the beauty of Patagonia and fly back to Buenos Aires. The remainder of the day is at your leisure before we gather for our farewell dinner to toast our celestial and terrestrial adventures!
This morning, we are transferred to the Buenos Aires airport in time for our flights home or continued travels.
Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary due to weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these or the order visited should the need arise.
Dec 9-19, 2020
$7,995 Per Person
$1,100 Per Person
Buenos Aires-Bariloche; Bariloche-El Calafate; El Calafate-Buenos Aires (subject to change)
First two reserved:$1,195
See single supplement policy below.
Accommodations (hotels, tents, cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability. If you reserve at least 120 days prior to departure, you may be eligible for a reduced or free single supplement.* This is generally limited to the first one or two solo travelers to reserve, and the reduction is outlined in the pricing for each trip. Please note, free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.
If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 120 days ahead and a roommate is not available, you will only be charged a “forced” single supplement in the amount of 50% of the standard single supplement* (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary). Single accommodations are limited so you are encouraged to reserve early!
*This may not apply to certain trips with unique accommodation arrangements. Please see specific trip information for more details.
Boundless Journeys' trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Argentina: Solar Eclipse Adventure is rated 2, easy to moderate, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). Walking and hiking is on well-maintained trails and city streets. Elevations range from sea-level in Buenos Aires to about 4,000' in Patagonia. Our walks and hikes range from 2 to 4 hours (up to about 8.5 miles, our longest is downhill), and several days will have less physical activity.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Ministro Pistarini International Airport, Buenos Aires, Argentina (airport code: EZE)
Argentina is a large country (nearly 2,300 miles long) and its climate varies greatly from region to region. Buenos Aires has a subtropical climate, and summers are generally hot and humid. The low/high temperatures range from 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit, with the potential for heat waves in the low 100s. The warmest months are January, February, and December.
In the mountains and lakes of Bariloche and the southern town of El Calafate, the weather can be summed up in one word — unpredictable — but strong, relentless winds are one constant of life in Patagonia. Light precipitation during the day is not uncommon. Temperatures are cool, ranging from 45 to low 70s degrees Fahrenheit in December.
Like the country itself, Argentinean cuisine is reflective of its melting pot of cultures. European traditions — primarily Spanish and Italian — are frequently combined with indigenous influences, both in cooking techniques and the use of local ingredients. Throughout Argentina, food is culturally important, and social gatherings typically occur around a meal, especially Sunday afternoon 'family dinners.'
If there is one universal feature of Argentinean cuisine, it's beef (or carne) — in fact, the country has the highest consumption of red meat in the world. Typically, in the north, cuts of steak and ribs are prepared on the traditional asado barbecue, while in Patagonia, lamb and goat are more common. Sometimes, an entire animal is cooked on an open fire in a technique known as asado a la estaca. In both cases, asado meats are typically served along with vegetable sides and a chimichurri sauce of fresh herbs, garlic, and vinegar.
On most menus, you are also likely to find milanesas, or thin cuts of breaded and fried meats, various sausages (like chorizo) and sweet breads, and empanada pastries filled with everything from beef to cheese and sweet corn. Italian transplants, such as pizza and pasta, are also common, while salads and vegetables such as squash, eggplant, tomatoes, lettuce, and onions are typically served as side dishes. For dessert, the nationally-beloved dulce de leche (a caramel-like spread made from heated, sweetened milk) is used to flavor cakes, toasted bread, ice cream, and more.
Please inform us of any specific dietary restrictions, and we will do our best to accommodate you. Please call our office with any questions or concerns about our ability to meet your needs.
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