South America total solar eclipse dates 2019 and 2020

If you were in the path of the last total solar eclipse that moved through the USA, you got quite a treat. If you were out of the direct path, however, you probably saw a whole lot of nothing.

You’ll still have other chances for a complete solar eclipse in your lifetime though, in 2020 if you’re in the right location.

You will have to get down to South America, however, since the next solar eclipse is near where the last one was: in the southern hemisphere. The 2020 one is in a small part of the continent too—in Chile and Argentina.

The Total Solar Eclipse You Missed: July 2, 2019

The July 2019 total eclipse of the sun took place in the late afternoon, with the band going across Chile and Argentina. It didn’t hit any urban areas, but was an easy drive north of Santiago in Chile or an easy drive south of Cordoba, Rosario, or Buenos Aires in Argentina.

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The San Juan Province is just 90 miles north of Mendoza, so that presented a great opportunity to combine a wine region tour with a rare total solar eclipse viewing. Some travelers with time to spare probably headed north to the Salta Province.

Going by what happened during this one though, eclipse chasers are probably already booking hotel rooms and apartment rentals for the next one. Plus you will have to take care of all the other arrangements along the way, so it can save a lot of time and hassle to connect with an expert running custom travel tours around the eclipse. A company like Lost World Adventures has the right lodging and local tour operator connections to make sure you get a booking and that everything goes smoothly during your bucket list experience.

The Next Total Eclipse of the Sun: December 14, 2020

Sure, it’s still a while off, but you can bet the “Umbraphiles” are already on the case for this 2020 eclipse, reserving their spots in the shadows. For the December 2020 event it’s going to be even more crucial to make arrangements in advance since the viewing band is going through a low population zone of gauchos and farmhouses on the northern edge of Patagonia. How do you feel about camping?

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There are some great lodges close to the 2020 eclipse path in Chile, in Pucon and Villarica—like andBeyond Vira Vira. In Argentina, however, the best bet would probably be to drive north from Bariloche region or, closer, from San Martin de los Andes. Otherwise you could road trip it to a remote area with few others around, but you might need to pack a tent and bring plenty of supplies. If that doesn’t sound like an ideal arrangement, let someone else take care of the details, a company that knows the region well.

After all, if you’re coming all this way to view a phenomenon that’s going to last two minutes or less, shouldn’t you combine it with an epic tour of Patagonia, wine regions, the Atacama Desert, or the capital cities? Get in touch with Lost World Adventures to set up your ideal luxury travel tour of the Southern Cone of South America.

If you do make it, be sure to bring good eclipse viewing glasses so you don’t damage your eyes.

Want to see what’s on offer in this spectacular part of the world? See our sections on luxury travel in Argentina and Chile.