Here you will find all the recommendations you shouldn’t ignore to have a unique view during the eclipse of 2019.
This July 2, there will be a solar eclipse that occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun. Its different phases show how the sun’s image gradually goes from partially to totally hidden. It is believed that the totally hidden image of the sun can only be observed in the Umbra strip between the Atacama and Coquimbo regions. This total solar eclipse (the sun will be 100% covered) lasts a maximum of 2 minutes and 34 seconds. This is how AURA, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, graphs it. (Ask for permission) Look over the solar eclipse sequence and its phases.
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Find out about the place you will visit, from its culture and heritage to its tourist attractions, available services and especially the best places to watch the 2019 solar eclipse that will take place in Chile. This way you can plan your trip in advance.
Take care of the environment during your visit, enjoying your natural surroundings without altering ecosystems or harming flora and fauna species. Throw away garbage at indicated spots and ask if it is possible to recycle and how. Make rational use of resources that could be scarce at the destination (water or energy).
Be respectful of the local community, its customs, traditions and established regulations. Take care and value the cultural heritage of the destination you visit. Do not damage it. Respect the rest hours rights of other tourists.
Comply with local laws and regulations, respect human rights and protect children from exploitation in any of its forms, find out how and where to receive medical assistance, about your destination’s weather and about the tourist information offices.
Choose locally crafted items and products made in the destination, treat local sellers and artisans with respect, buy tours in established and formal businesses and inquire about legal restrictions on products when leaving Chile.
Choose routes that have the least impact on the landscape, always choosing to travel on paths and existing roads. Prefer guided tours. Respect signs and indications. Do not take natural resources such as fossils, plants, etc. This helps maintain infrastructure in protected areas.
Before and after the eclipse there are many places you can go to enjoy a beautiful experience. Find out more about the activities that will be carried out before and after the natural phenomenon, especially those related to the observation of winter stars and constellations.
Organize your money and purchases well, as many people who travel to Atacama and Coquimbo will visit the ATMs and shops with online payment. Make your purchases early and check that your vehicle has gas.
Remember that the solar eclipse will end at 5:47 PM and then the sun will hide on the horizon. Many people will visit Atacama and Coquimbo to enjoy the total eclipse and then the sunset, so the roads and highways could experience traffic. Drive carefully, many drivers will also be new to the area, follow chilean police’s recommendations.
If you travel to Atacama or Coquimbo to enjoy the total solar eclipse, consider taking appropriate clothing, as the temperature drops a few degrees during the phenomenon. Once the eclipse is over, the sunset will take place. Remember that it is winter and we want you to take care of, and fully enjoy, yourself.