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Solar Eclipse & Atacama 2019 +

12 day escorted tour 25 June 2019

From £5,990pp

Embark on a special journey for a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch the solar
eclipse over the stunning Chilean skies. The tour will travel throughout the beautiful
landscapes of the Atacama that make up this fascinating country.
 Watch the incredible solar eclipse
 Take a walk in moon valley
 Wonder at the salt flats
 Soak up the atmosphere inbuzzing Santiago
 See colourful Valparaiso

Eclipse & Atacama inclusions:
 Return international economy flights, taxes and current fuel surcharges
(unless a land only option is selected)
 All accommodation
 Meals as stated
 Touring with guides and entrance fees
 All transportation and transfers
 English speaking Local Guides
 Specialist advice from our experienced travel consultants
 Safe and secure with ABTA, ATOL and IATA
The only thing you may have to pay for are personal expenditure e.g. drinks, optional excursions or shows,
insurance of any kind, tipping, early check in or late checkout and other items not specified on the itinerary.

Go Beyond Tours:
Venture off the beaten track to explore fascinating destinations away from the tourist trail. You will discover the
local culture in depth and see sights rarely witnessed by other travellers. These tours take you away from the
comforts of home but will reward you with the experiences of a lifetime

Physical Level 3:
All our tours feature a physical rating to help you select the right holiday for you. To travel on any of our tours
requires unaided mobility and the ability to stroll around the sights. ‘Eclipse & Atacama’ is rated 3 on the physical
level scale. A good level of fitness is required as you need to be comfortable walking for 2-3 hours and covering
longer distances.
A number of destinations on this tour are at altitude. San Pedro de Atacama sits at 2,400 metres above
sea level - activity at these altitudes will be at an easy pace.
There will be several days of sightseeing on foot for a period of time and in some cases for an extended
period of time.
Of course, our Local Guides will always endeavour to provide the highest level of service and assistance;
however, they cannot be expected to cater for customers who are unfit to complete the itinerary.

Days 1-2: Fly to Santiago
Fly to Chile’s sophisticated capital Santiago, arriving the same or following day. You will be met at the airport
and transferred approximately 40 minutes to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Destination Information
Santiago - Santiago is a vibrant and cultural city set on the plains of the Andes and home to 40% of Chile’s
population. Split into 32 boroughs (comunas), each area has its own distinct character, yet all the streets are
alive with the energy of the city

Day 3: Santiago Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
This morning, embark on a city tour will allow you to experience its eclectic contrasts. Stroll around the Plaza
de Armas and the Cathedral to admire the colonial facades, before walking down Ahumada Boulevard, the
city’s main commercial street. Explore the bohemian Bellavista by road, and drive up San Cristobal Hill for
views over the city and the towering Andes Mountains. Finish the tour in the modern area of Santiago to
wander the chic neighbourhoods. Your afternoon is at leisure.

Day 4: Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Rise early and transfer approximately 2 hours to the airport to board your flight to Calama, the flight is 2 hours
and 10 minutes. On arrival, transfer 1 hour 50 minutes to your hotel in the desert oasis town of San Pedro de
Atacama. This afternoon, you’ll see some of San Pedro’s most famous landscapes with a drive out to Death and
Moon valleys, some of the direst spots on the planet.
Destination Information
San Pedro de Atacama - San Pedro de Atacama is a town sitting in the Andes mountains of North East Chile.
The dramatic surrounding landscape incorporates desert, salt flats, volcanoes, geysers and hot springs.
Moon Valley – The Moon Valley is a vast lunar backdrop of scattered hills in the Atacama Desert. The Valley
is at its most impressive at sunset and sunrise when the sunlight creates a magical series of colours from
orange to purple and pink.

Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Travel approximately 2 hours to the otherworldly Salar de
Atacama, the largest salt flat in Chile. Visit Chaxa lagoon,
part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve en route to to
reach Miscanti and Miniques lagoons, which sit on the
high plains at the base of two colossal volcanoes of the
same names. Travel to the village of Socaire. Here you will
see ancient agricultural terraces with irrigation channels.
After lunch, travel another peaceful village with typical
colonial architecture built in Liparita (volcanic stone),
Toconao. Explore the village before returning to your
Destination Information
Salar de Atacama – The largest salt flat in Chile is an intriguing natural phenomenon. The basin was formed
by evaporated water which flowed down from the Andes. There are numerous lakes within the basin, some
of which are home to frolicking flocks of flamingos.

Day 6: San Pedro de Atacama Meals included: Breakfast
Rise early and travel for around 2 hours deeper into the Atacama to visit El Tatio Geysers. Set within a ring of
volcanoes, there are about 80 lively geysers and fumaroles, which are at best at sunrise. Have a guided walk
amongst the mud craters and small bubbling geysers. Wander freely before travelling through the Andes
Mountain Range with impressive views of Putama Volcano and Tocorpuri Mountains. Visit the small desert
village Machuca to see the typical terrace farming system, mud houses with straw rooves, and its local fauna
such as llamas, alpacas and flamingoes. This afternoon, travel to an archaeological site where you can see
Petroglyphs, stone scultped figures with drawings of llama and shamans, among others. Then, visit the Rainbow
Valley. Keep an eye out for the wild vicunas as you journey to and from San Pedro.Today is a full day touring.
This day you will be reaching an altitude of 4320 metres above sea leve for a short period of time.
Destination Information
El Tatio - Set within a ring of volcanoes, El Tatio is the world’s third largest geyser field with about 80 lively
geysers and fumaroles. The spectacle is best observed at sunrise, when the geysers are at their most active.

Day 7: San Pedro de Atacama - Santiago Meals included: Breakfast
Transfer back to Calama and fly back to Santiago. On arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 8: Eclipse at La Serena Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Take a 1 hour flight north by private charter to the seaside
city of La Serena, one of the best place to witness the
solar eclipse. From the airport you’ll be transferred up to a
prime vantage point, where you can settle yourself
comfortably to enjoy the show. Return to the airport and
fly back to Santiago. Your evening will be at leisure.

Day 9: Santiago Meals included: Breakfast
Today is a free day to spend as you wish in Santiago. You may wish to take part in an optional half day vineyard
tour to sample some of Chile’s finest wines (payable locally).

Day 10: Santiago to Valparaiso Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel 3 hours to the coast, to visit the manicured seaside
resort of Vina del Mar and the bohemian port town of
Valparaiso. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site,
Valparaiso is a unique and delightful tangle, draped over
a series of hills. Funiculars connect the industrial seafront
with the cerros (hill) neighbourhoods, each a maze of
colourful, artfully-dilapidated mansions and enchanting
street art. Ride the funicular up into the hills to explore,
stopping for a visit to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s house.
Destination Information
Valparaíso – Overlooked by an imperious hillside and set on a wide bay, Valparaiso is considered to be the
most captivating and unique city in Chile. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, the colourful
houses are dotted across the hillside in a haphazard, disorganised fashion and the main method of getting
up and down through the city is on the city’s old funicular lifts.

Days 11-12: Depart Santiago Meals included: Breakfast
Transfer to the airport according to your international
flight time and fly to the UK, arriving home the following

UK passport holders currently do not require a visa to enter Chile. You will need a minimum of 12 months
validity from your return date on your passport to travel. Keep up to date with the latest visa requirements at

It is a condition of booking with us that you take out suitable travel insurance. You must provide us with the
name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number when you book with us or
as soon as possible thereafter. These details will be available to your local guides should they be required. Wendy
Wu Tours will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance
from the date of booking.

On this tour you will be spending several nights at altitude – in San Pedro de Atacama at 2,400 metres, on day 7
whilst visiting the El Tatio Geysers you will reach altitude of 4300 metres. At these sort of altitudes, Altitude
Sickness is a risk. Symptoms may include dizziness, fatigue, nausea and shortness of breath. It is recommended
that travellers utilize their first day in high-altitude destinations to acclimate. To help you acclimatise we have
designed our tours to be at a slower pace with more convenience stops and more free time, during the first few
days. Staying hydrated, eating light meals and following a very light schedule will all help. We recommend that
any symptoms that are unusual should be brought to the attention of your guide. Your guide will be extremely
well-trained in dealing with its effects – taking it easy and taking some time to acclimatise are the best ways to
prevent and combat it. Serious cases, meaning that you must descend immediately, are rare. We have adapted
the itinerary to make sure that your time at these heights is as relaxed and easy as possible.
There are no specific factors, such as age or fitness, that can cause you to suffer from. Altitude Sickness can
affect anyone at any time and symptoms may vary. In some instances, a short spell on Oxygen can help
enormously. Our guides are trained in this and in many hotels and coaches and restaurants oxygen is available.
There is medication - that can help treat and prevent symptoms. Consult a doctor before taking any of these
medications, before engaging in strenuous activity at high altitude and regarding any necessary vaccinations in
plenty of time before travelling.

Eating in Chile
The diversity of the landscape, provides Chile a tremendous amount of produce, meat and seafood, essentially
unparalleled in the rest of the world. The unique environments are well represented in Chilean cuisine, being
equally as varied. Typical dishes are hearty and filling, containing a combination of meat or seafood and
vegetables, often put into a crust. A great example of Chilean cuisine are empanadas, which are fried beef, onion
and olive dumplings, served all throughout the country. Others include a thick stew called cazuela de ave and an
indigenous recipe of corn, onions cooked in cornhusks called humitas. Because of its long coast, seafood is a
staple in many dishes, especially across the centre and south. Chile’s supply is funnelled into Spanish-influenced
dishes such as marinated shrimp and paella. Meals in Chile are culturally considered as a time for families to
gather at home, especially around lunchtime, which is the primary meal of the day.
Whilst we strongly recommend trying as many local dishes as possible, Chile also has a wide range of
international foods available.

Your accommodation is selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from business
hotels to rainforest lodges. Hotels are generally rated as local three to four-star standard, but please note that
there is no international classification system for hotels and differences in facilities and quality may exist
between the UK and South America. All group tour hotels have private bathroom facilities and air conditioning
where needed. If you experience any difficulty, please speak to your Local Guide. Rest assure that all hotels used
by Wendy Wu Tours are regularly inspected by our staff and our partners to ensure that standards meet your

On this tour, you will be travelling through various regions of Chile with quite diverse climates especially in the
Atacama Desert and in the Torres del Paine National Park where all four seasons can be experienced in one trip.
It is recommended to bring lots of layers including the following: T Shirts made of breathable materials, hiking
pants, with the option to turn into a short pant (rain pants optional), a fleece jacket for colder parts and the
evenings and a waterproof Jacket as shell layer or a light rain jacket, a scarf and hat, warm socks. Sensible walking
shoes and small back pack that fits into your main hand luggage to carry your daily essentials.

Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city short excursions to the countryside
and longer transfers between destinations. Roads in Chile have generally been improved over recent years, but
please be aware traffic and/or weather conditions may extend driving times. There may be sections of road
where the surface may be comparatively bumpy, but our drivers will do their utmost to lessen the impact.
Planes: Internal flights are based on economy class, with reputable airlines.

There are plenty of interesting bits and pieces to buy as souvenirs in Chile, such as indigenous textiles,
handicrafts and artworks. The most popular items to pick up are lapislazuli (blue stone) and copper
handicrafts. There will be some opportunities during your tour to pick up souvenirs.

Tipping while on holiday is common in most parts of the world and South America is no exception. We will
provide suggested tipping amounts with your final documents for your convenience, however tipping is entirely
at your own discretion.

Itinerary changes
It is our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, the order of events or sightseeing
may change as we look to improve our tours or as local conditions dictate; in these circumstances we will make
the best possible arrangements whilst maintaining the integrity of your trip.

This tour is operated by Wendy Wu Tours
For this tour Westoe Travel act as agents for Wendy Wu Tours ABTA no W7994
ATOL number 6639

Mobility We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns

We advise customers take travel insurance for all bookings

We strongly advise that you check the latest advice from the Foreign and commonwealth office about travelling abroad both before booking and before travelling

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