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Experience the Solar Eclipse in Chile
Wednesday 11 July 2018, 2:36PM
By Beckie Wright

Viva Expeditions is pleased to launch its Solar Eclipse tour in Argentina. This tour departs on the 30th June 2019 for 13 days, visiting destinations along Argentina’s Northern Route 40. Witness the total eclipse on Argentina’s grasslands on 2nd July 2019.

The solar eclipse will last just a few minutes, but it is set in one of the most beautiful corners of the world. The Northern Route 40 packs a phenomenal punch of adventure, discovery and awe-inspiring beauty through some of South America’s most mesmerizing backcountry. This Lesser visited and little-known areas is – just between us – one of South America’s most hidden of jewels.

This tour combines the solar eclipse with experiences off Argentina’s beaten track.

•          Humahuaca indigenous village and the hill of Seven Colours - The fusion of Spanish colonial with ancient Inca architecture is inarguably one of the most enticing aspects of a tour of northwest Argentina. In the impossibly charming town of Humahuaca, Beautifully-preserved adobe houses stand beside gorgeous churches along distinctive cobblestone streets and the whole atmosphere of old and older is simply stunning. Framed by a stretch of colourful Andes known as the Quebrada de Humahuaca, the town offers a flurry of delights both in its historic centre and surrounding areas. A characteristic overnight stay is an absolute must.

•          Salinas Grandes, Salt Flats - A spectacular salt plain in a remote part of the puna. Heading high into the Andes following the tracks of the world famous “Train to the Clouds” to arrive at San Antonio de Los Cobres. Having reached the province of Jujuy, we arrive at Salinas Grandes (The Great Salt Flat), where your mind will boggle at the sheer immensity of the area. The contrast between a bright blue sky and the cracked salty crust is mesmerising.

•          Mendoza – Argentina’s premier wine region. Mendoza is a beautiful city in the foothills of the Andes to the east of Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere. Learn about Argentina’s winemaking practices in the Maipú valley. We recommend the Zuccardi Family winery, founded in 1963. Their wines are magnificent especially followed up by an amazing 9-course food/wine pairing meal.

•          Pucara di Tilcara ruins – A pre-Inca fortification just outside the small town of Tilcara. The town was originally built by the Omaguaca tribe who were experts in algaculture and were also renowned warriors. Although, in the late 15th century the Omaguaca were defeated by the Incas who used the fortification on their supply routes. It is definitely worth visiting just for the spectacular views.

•          Cafayate Wine Tour – An area famous for its red rock formations with vineyards dotted around. As you traverse the arid high landscapes you’ll notice a most defining change in views. Getting closer to Argentina’s second-largest wine-producing region, the splashes of verdant green, contrasting the terracotta reds, are out of this world. For more information on Latin American tours, Patagonia travels and tours to Chile please go to


About Viva Expeditions

Viva Expeditions is a Latin America travel specialist with over ten years’ experience of routes, destinations as well as the Central and South American people and their cultures. Each employee has travelled independently or worked as a tour leader and guide reaching the furthermost reaches of the continent. The company has driven over half a million kilometres in South America. 

Viva Expeditions creates and operates its own small group holidays and overland expeditions. The company’s trips include carefully designed small ship cruises, overland expeditions, tailor-made adventures and luxury escapes. Viva Expedition’s holiday collection consists of 190 tours to Antarctica, South and Central America.

As proud members of Rainforest Alliance, Viva Expeditions highly values responsible tourism as a dynamic way to create better experiences for travellers while benefiting the environment and local populations, so for more information on tours to Chile, Latin America tours and South America tours please go to .