Update: Guest posts on this blog are welcome. If you're going to an eclipse and want to write about the experience and / or your travels to the eclipse get in touch. Sadly, the economy prevented me from going on this Journeys Worldwide tour.
For the 2010 Solar Eclipse, we will be, once again, travelling with Journeys Worldwide to Easter Island. We will be arriving from Zürich in Lima for two nights. We will spend one day sightseeing in Lima. We will then head to Cuzco for a four-night stay. From Cuzco we will visit Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and the Pisac markets. We will visit Puno and the shores of Lake Titicaca. From Puno we will then travel the Floating Islands and Copacabana, where we will spend one night. In Copacabana we will take a cruise on Lake Titicaca before travelling to La Paz for two nights. We will spend a day sightseeing in La Paz and the Moon Valley. After La Paz, we will head to Santiago and onto Easter Island. We will establish the exact vantage point to view the eclipse on Saturday 10th July. We will see the eclipse on Sunday 11th July. On the 12th we will head back to Santiago.
Our exact itinerary before joining Journeys Worldwide and after returning to Santiago have yet to be determined.
Given the location of this eclipse, i.e. the Pacific Ocean for the most part, the centre line mainly over islands and atolls. As a result, getting there by air on an international flight almost always involves a change onto a domestic flight for which you will need to leave some time. Similarly, accomodation, already in short supply, is finding itself in unusually high demand over the eclipse period. Reports that some places have sold out accomodation are not wide of the mark - especially as some tour firms started touting their wares during 2007.
I've received some information from tour operators about their intentions for 2010 - which i've published here.
2010 solar eclipse - Easter Island - Travel information on Easter Island
2010 eclipse tour operators - Tour operators providing tours to the eclipse in Easter Island, French Polynesia and the Cook Islands
2010 solar eclipse - Cook Islands - Travel information about the Cook Islands
2010 solar eclipse - Tahiti - Travel information about Tahiti (French Polynesia) and the 2010 eclipse
2010 solar eclipse tour from Journeys Worldwide - recommended - Details of the Journeys Worldwide journey to Easter Island for the 2010 total solar eclipse
2010 solar eclipse tour I - from A Classic Tour Collection - An 18-day tour to the 2010 solar eclipse in Easter Island from A Classic Tour Collection
2010 solar eclipse tour II - from A Classic Tour Collection - An 11-day tour to the 2010 solar eclipse in Easter Island from A Classic Tour Collection
2010 solar eclipse tour III - from A Classic Tour Collection - An 8-day tour to the 2010 solar eclipse in Easter Island from A Classic Tour Collection
2010 total solar eclipse path - Path of the 2010 total solar eclipse across the Pacific Ocean
Auckland - boats on the Hauraki Gulf - Boats sailing in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland in New Zealand
Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook