Chile Eclipse itinerary 7-16 Dec 2020
At the moment not all the accommodations are confirmed yet, slight changes might occur at the time of booking.
Slight itinerary modifications might occur due to weather and or road conditions, or force majeure.
Day 1: Monday, 07.12.20: Arrival in Temuco
Pick-up from Temuco airport and transfer to hotel. Visit of the Volcano Observatory.
Group dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 2: Tuesday, 08.12.20: Temuco – Transfer to Malalcahuello National Reserve
Transfer and short hike to Christmas Crater in Malalcehuello, part of the UNESCO Araucarias Biosphere Reserve.
Continue to visit Ecorial Lagoon with splendid views over 4 volcanoes. In the afternoon mate ceremony with a local Mapuche Pewenche family.
Night in tents
Day 3: Wednesday, 09.12.20: Coloradito Trail Hike - Kütralkura Geopark
Hike towards the Cerro Coloradito, a natural view point of 4 volcanoes: Lonquimay, Llaima, Sierra Nevada and Villarrica.
In the afternoon we are going to visit the nice viewpoint Pata Choique where we can see the volcanoes Llaima, Sierra Nevada, Lonquimay and Tolhuaca.
Day 4: Thursday, 10.12.20: Transfer to Conguillío National Park – visit impressive geosites
Explore Conguillío National Park, one of the most attractive and outstanding parks in the Lake & Volcano District offering great views of Llaima volcano, interesting geologic outcrops (historic lava flows, lahar deposits, parasitic cones etc).
Visit Conguillío Lake on the south side of the Sierra Nevada volcano and hike the beautiful Woodpecker's trail.
Day 5: Friday, 11.12.20: Sierra Nevada Trail Hike – Conguillío National Park
Excursions in the Kütralkura Geopark: Sierra Nevada trail, Arcoiris Lake (rainbow lake),Truful Truful River Canyon, study volcanic deposits of Llaima volcano.
Return to Pucon in the evening.
Day 6: Saturday, 12.12.20: climb Villarrica Volcano
(Optional) climb to Villarrica volcano's summit, where often a small lava lake is active in the inner crater.
Free evening & dinner
Day 7: Sunday, 13.12.20: Parasite Crater hike and Volcanic Caves
Day for Villarrica volcano and its surroundings (shorter excursions and hikes).
Day 8: Monday, 14.12.20: Solar Eclipse at Pucón
The big day... we'll see the total solar eclipse at 11:00 right in the centerline. Afterwards, enjoy a barbeque party!
Day 9: Sunday, 15.12.20: Lagos Andinos Trail Hike – Villarrica National Park
Easy hike in the nearby Andes, with great views to Lanin volcano. Opportunity to bath in a natural volcanic hot spring.
Day 10: Wednesday, 16.12.20: Transfer to Temuco Airport
End of the tour with transfer to Temuco airport or own extension.
The tour starts and ends in La Araucanía International Airport (Temuco airport, code ZCO) in Chile.
Important noteEarly booking is essential on this trip!
As flights to / from Chile will be difficult to find later on, we need to decide whether to run the trip by end of March
For the Total Solar Eclipse 2020, up to 1 million people are expected to visit Pucón. (During the high season in February, they normally get 250.000 people, which ends up in long traffic jams).
You must consider traffic jams and longer waiting hours at Restaurants and shops during these days. We are trying to avoid the most common roads and places, but still cannot guarantee a service as usual. On the Eclipse day we recommend only getting around by foot (or bikes).
The tour will be guided by an expert local guide fluent in English. A volcanologist / geologist from our team will also join the tour.