- Trip Includes
- Trip Outline
Our program includes:
- Transfer Airport / hotel / airport in Santiago and Hanga Roa
- 02 nights in Santiago
- 03 nights at the Eastern Island
- Meals: 05 breakfast + 01 lunch + 01 box lunch
- HD City Tour in Santiago
- FD Excursion to Valparaiso
- Program 04 days / 03 nights Easter Island
- Personal Assistance
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… / SantiagoUpon arrival we will have some time to relax before starting a city tour through Santiago Chile. This metropolis shows great contrasts between modern skyscrapers and old adobe buildings dating back from the early 18th century; the perfect backdrops as our first approach this lovely country. We will visit the old quarter where some of the most important buildings are located such as La Moneda and the presidential palace. Transfer to the selected hotel.
Valparaiso / CasablancaToday we will head over to the coast and explore one of the most fascinating cities in Chile; Valparaiso. With rolling hills and one of the most colorful layouts, Valparaiso reminds us of its importance during the colonial times as one of the most significant ports in South America. The architecture combined with a fantastic cultural atmosphere offers one of the best urban experiences in Chile. On the way back to Santiago we will briefly explore the Valley of Casablanca; the second biggest wine producing region of Chile. We will be able to stroll around a local vineyard, taste its fantastic products and have a great countryside lunch. Return to Santiago.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Santiago / Hanga RoaTransportation will take us to the airport. Upon your arrival at the Mataveri airport in Hanga Roa you will be welcomed with a traditional flower necklace. After a short transfer to the hotel you will have the rest of the day to spend as you please. A visit to the nearby church and village is recommended. There you will have the opportunity to observe both Catholic and indigenous symbols and statues (Sunday mass available if time permits). Next to the church you will find the local market and museum rich in Rapa Nui artifacts and culture.
Overnight: Easter Island
Moais of Easter IslandToday you will learn more about the fascinating history of Rapa Nui and begin the day heading south along the coast. As you travel along the road you will be able to observe the shoreline with black volcanic rocks and the amazing views of the vast Pacific Ocean. Your first stop will be a place known as Hanga Te’e where you will be able to view a variety of toppled Moai (statues) of Ahu Vaihu. From there you will continue on and arrive to Rano Raraku. This volcano is home to an ancient quarry that supplied stone from which about 95% of the island’s sculptures were carved. Here you will enjoy a box-lunch and explore your surroundings. Subsequently you will make your way to the next highlight, Ahu Tongariki. This is the largest restored Ahu on Easter Island and features 15 moai. Afterwards, you will drive towards the east coast and arrive to Te Pito o Te Henua. This location is considered the “bellybutton” of the world boasting the nearby Ahu Te Pito Kura. Last, but not least you will reach the beach of Anakena known for its beautiful white sand and coconut palm trees. After visiting the nearby restored Ahu Nau Nau you will have time for a little rest and refreshing swim in the warm Pacific Ocean.
Overnight: Easter Island
Meals: Breakfast and box lunch
Ceremonial Village Orongo & AkiviIn the morning, you will take a drive up the Rano Kau extinct volcano. Along the way you will be able to appreciate panoramic views of the entire island as well as make a brief stop at an outlook point that showcases a crater lake. From there you will head to the ceremonial village known as Orongo. There, you will learn about its past, culture and the history of the birdman cult. You will also be able to observe a variety of petroglyph images and be able to spot 3 islets situated opposite of the coastline. Afterwards you will drive down the volcano to the Ahu Vinapu that includes an ahu with interesting stonemasonry. Subsequently your last stop of the morning before heading back to the hotel, will be a cave where you will find interesting wall paintings. In the afternoon you will travel to Ahu Akivi which features seven re-erected moai situated inland. The legend claims that these statues represent the seven explorers who were sent to Rapa Nui by the late king Hotu Matua. From there you will continue on to Hanga Poukura; this is an extraordinary ahu site where a number of tumbled moai statues and scattered topknots are located. Next, you will visit the important quarry of Puna Pau that provided the sole source of the red scoria that the Rapa Nui villagers used to carve the Pukaos. For the last visit of the day you will head to the ceremonial site of Tahai boasting 3 ahus, restored statues, remains of boathouses and a boat ramp. This is a day is filled with history, culture and breathtaking sights!
Overnight: Easter Island
Hanga Roa / …You will transfer to the airport in time to board the flight to Santiago or Tahiti (B).