December in South America usually means warm summer days drenched in sunlight. This December, however, travelers in Chile and Argentina can experience a dark-as-night sky in the middle of the afternoon. On December 14, 2020, a total solar eclipse will cut across Chile’s Lake District and northern Patagonia in Argentina, where anyone within the 56-mile-wide path of totality can witness the moon pass fully between the sun and Earth. The phenomenon will reach Chile’s west coast at 1:00 PM and take about 20 minutes to cross over Argentina’s east coast.
A partial eclipse will be visible across much of the continent, but why travel all that way and miss out on totality? Especially considering it’s happening overhead some of South America’s most epic scenery. Here’s where to go in Chile and Argentina if you not only want to see the 2020 total solar eclipse but also turn it into one hell of a trip.