Sunday, December 6, 2020
Chile and Argentina
December 6-15, 2020
Witness one of the most rare and profound spectacles on the planet—a total solar eclipse—from one of the best vantage points in the Southern Hemisphere. Experience this incredible phenomenon on December 14, 2020 in Argentina's Patagonian Lakes District, a mythic land of glaciers, volcanoes, primeval forests, and gauchos. A cloudless sky is not guaranteed, but the odds of clear viewing are terrific from our private estancia on the arid Patagonian steppe.
Leading this once-in-a-lifetime-tour is astrophysicist and solar-eclipse chaser, Ray Jayawardhana, who was recently appointed Harold Tanner Dean of Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences. Ray's lectures about eclipses—their science, those particular to Chile and Argentina, and those occurring outside our solar system, will teach us much about our universe.
We'll begin this exploration of astronomy, culture, and awesome landscapes in cosmopolitan Santiago, Chile. View the southern sky at an observatory and visit La Chascona, the house museum of beloved Nobel Laureate poet Pablo Neruda. From there, fly to the fishing port of Puerto Montt and travel to idyllic nineteenth-century Puerto Varas to explore Osorno Volcano and the scenic countryside around Lake Llanquihue.
Via enclosed catamaran across three emerald lakes with stunning panoramic vistas of the Andes to San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, we'll take the famously scenic "Route of the Seven Lakes" to Villa La Angostura for a visit to Lanin National Park before settling in to view the eclipse.