Carol McKee

McKee Travel

2020 Patagonia Solar Eclipse Journey

Dec 6, 2020 to Dec 16, 2020
Argentina



Patagonia Solar Eclipse Journey Itinerary



            December    Buenos Aires
                            Upon arrival in Buenos Aires Ezeiza international airport our group will be met and transferred to our hotel, the Hotel Intercontinental Buenos Aires,  for 2 nights.  Meal: Welcome Dinner



               December Buenos Aires 
              City tour of Buenos Aires.  At the end of the tour, you will visit Recoleta area, one of the city’s most glamorous spots. The heart of the neighborhood is Recoleta cemetery.   The cemetery is considered to be one of the most impressive monuments of Argentina. 30 min stop includes a visit of Eva Duarte`s grave, known as Eva Perón (Evita). Lunch will be included at Puerto Madero area. With its recycled docks is one of the best restaurants areas that Buenos Aires offers.  Explore on your own today. Options abound! Meals: Breakfast, Lunch



               December 8     Buenos Aires - Trelew  
              Transfer to your flight to Trelew. Upon arrival, continue to Punta Tombo, one of the most varied sea bird colonies in the world.   Hotel: Dazzler Puerto Madryn, 1 night Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch




              December 9     Trelew - El Calafate 
                              Transfer to your flight to El Calafate.  Upon arrival, you will be welcomed at the airport and taken to your hotel. Tonight, visibility permitting, gaze at the stars in Patagonia. Take 4x4                    vehicles through the Patagonian landscape, passing by canyons and mountains, until reaching incredible views over the steppe and the Patagonian sky. Here you will have your late                    evening dinner before you can observe the Patagonian sky. Hotel: Hotel Mirador del Lago, 3 nights Meals: Breakfast, Dinner




              December 10     El Calafate  
               A must for all visitors to Argentina is a visit to Glacier Perito Moreno at Los Glaciares National Park. One of the most interesting activities in the Glacier is the tour starting around 10:00h in      Bay “Bajo de las Sombras”, 8km before reaching the Glacier itself and 73km away from Calafate. There you board a boat to cross Brazo Rico, sailing for approximately 30min in front of the Glacier. Landing on the opposite coast, it takes a 30min walk to reach the Glacier.  Explore the Los Glaciares National Park visitor's center, walk the viewing platforms and be in awe of the Perito Moreno glacier. Optional experience includes a walk on the glacier, and is available at additional charge.  

              Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner




              December 11     El Calafate
              Travel to Punta Bandera Port, where, water conditions permitting, a comfortable boat is waiting to navigate the Argentino Lake towards the Upsala Glacier on a full day cruise, one of the largest among the continental ices.  After crossing “Boca del Diablo”, the lake´s narrowest area, the natural gateway to the Northern Canal, the route heads West. While the scenery turns into woods and high mountains with hanging glaciers, the boat finds itself surrounded by enormous icebergs, proof of Upsala Glacier´s regression process, until reaching the huge front. It is recommended to wear warm clothing, a waterproof jacket, gloves, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Meal(s): Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner




                December 12     El Calafate - San Carlos de Bariloche
                Transfer to your flight from El Calafate to San Carlos de Bariloche. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed at the airport and taken to your hotel.  San Carlos de Bariloche, located in the Andean foothills, can be compared to the Swiss Alps for its beauty.  Situated on the southern shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi, Bariloche is the most important town in the area and the best departure point to explore the lakes, forests and snow-capped mountains.  Bariloche is famous for its delicious chocolate production, local beer and smoked cold cuts delicacies as well as tasty dishes influenced by the European cuisine. Hotel: Hotel Carlos V or similar, 4 nights Meal: Breakfast



                December 13     San Carlos de Bariloche
                Today we hike in the striking native forest within Llao Llao Municipal Park. This place is ideal for viewing crystal-water lakes and unique panoramic views of Catedral, López, and Capilla mountain peaks, among others.   Comfortable hiking shoes recommended. Discover the world of chocolate in a journey through its history, its elaboration process, organic cocoa, and Bariloche as the chocolate capital in Argentina and an exclusive tasting that combines unique tastes and author recipes with regional products from Patagonia Argentina. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch box 




                December 14     San Carlos de Bariloche - Solar Eclipse Day
                Visibility permitting, enjoy once in a lifetime astronomical event, the total solar eclipse.  Enjoy a beautiful sightseeing drive from the Andes climate to the vast steppe lands in the east area of Nahuel Huapi National Park. Along the road, we’ll discover some landmarks of the region such as Limay River, Anfiteatro, Valle Encantado, Alicura, Collon Cura river and the perfect cone of Lanin Volcano in the west. You may also spot some animals: wild rabbits, foxes, deer, and condors call this place home. Arrive at the observatory eclipse camp located near the central axis of the eclipse path, where you may prefer to explore the area with easy hikes until the eclipse begins.  After the astronomical event, enjoy a picnic lunch. 
                Day pack, wind jacket, outdoor pants, hiking boots, fleece, hat, gloves, sunscreen, and rain gear recommended. Meal(s): Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner





                  December 15     San de Bariloche 
                  Day at leisure Enjoy a full day today to explore on your own or take part in one of the many optional activities offered. Meal: Breakfast


                  December 16     Depart Argentina 
                  Transfer to your flight to Aeroparque Jorge Newbury (AEP) domestic airport, where you are met and transferred to the international airport, EZE Ministro Pistarini. 
                  Please note to give at least 5 hours prior to your flights back home to meet your onward flight(s), not included. Meals: Breakfast

                  What's included in this trip:
                  • View the 2020 Solar Eclipse from the Argentina desert!
                  • Unwind into a hassle-free journey with VIP access, the right accommodations, and travel by luxury coach as well as all inter-country flights.
                  • Meet your expert Travel Director and locals with insider experiences and must-see sightseeing
                  • Taste the flavors of the destination: 21 total included meals! 10 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, and 5 Dinners


                  What's not included:

                  1. Travel insurance (please accept or decline below)
                  2. Airfare to Argentina
                  3. Meals other than specified
                  4. Expenses of personal nature and incidentals at the hotels
                  5. Transportation, sightseeing, and admissions other than specified
                  6. Tips and gratuities ($4-6 per day, per person suggested for Travel Director and Coach Driver and $2 per day, per person suggested for Local Experts)
                  7. This list is illustrative and not a complete list of every item not included 


                  Available Packages

                  Available until July 12, 2020

                  $5,538.00
                  Deposit: $500.00

                  Cost per person is $5,538.00 per person with a minimum of 12 required. If group is less than 15 travelers, final price will increase by $200 per person.

                  Extra Options

                  Single Supplement
                  Unavailable as of July 10, 2019

                  $731.00

                  Those that are traveling solo have to pay a little extra because the trip is priced at two people per room.