From the Atacama Desert to Easter Island

FROM THE ATACAMA DESERT TO EASTER ISLAND

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A trip to Easter Island is one of the planet’s true masterpieces where there is magical history and archaeology sittings. Located southeastern most point of the Polynesian Triangle in Oceania. Exploring Chile Travel invites you to discover this unique island from a different perspective, with its petroglyphs and imposing Moai statues, the island is like an outdoor museum that cannot be found anywhere else.

 

 
DAY 01            YOUR COUNTRY- SANTIAGO DE CHILE                                         
International Flight (not included in pricing)
 
DAY 02            WELCOME TO SANTIAGO                                                            

Upon arrival in Santiago Airport, private transfer to your hotel. Begin Santiago City tour in the Barrio (neighborhood) of El Golf, where you can see examples of the city’s avant-garde architecture. Afterwards head towards, Barrio Cívico, (downtown), which contains the historic government buildings, such as the presidential La Moneda and cultural centers like the Pre-Columbian Museum. From here, take a walk through the main streets of downtown’s main square, Plaza de Armas, where you can admire the majestic colonial buildings that surround the square: the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Santiago’s City Hall, and various museums.  We then take you to Barrio Bellavista, famous for its bohemia nightlife. Return to your hotel. Overnight in 3-star Hotel or similar category.

DAY 03            SANTIAGO - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer from your hotel to Santiago Airport. Flight to Calama (not included in pricing). Arrival in Calama, reception and transfer on shared basis (SIB) from airport to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. Archaeological capital of Chile with sites dating back 3,000 years ago. Its surrounding landscapes are nothing less than surreal. After checking into your hotel and a relaxing lunch (lunch not included), you’ll visit the desolated Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley) home of the Three Marias, three fragile rocky formations that almost appears to have been hand carved. Continue towards, Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), arriving at dusk, just in time for a spectacular sunset view from a gigantic hill top Dune. Return to your hotel in San Pedro. Overnight in 3-star Hotel or similar category. (B)
 
DAY 04            SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA                    
Breakfast at the hotel. Begin your full day to wander off at the largest salt flat in Chile, Atacama Salt Flats. Over 3,000 square kilometers of pure salt where the dry air is so clear that it is possible to see over 70 km away. The lake under this salty flat crust is an important source of lithium, a mineral used in high tech industries. Visit the magnificent mirror like lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques, and stop off at the village of Socaire. Our picnic today is set against the breath taking turquoise lakes surrounding the whitest salty sands. Before returning to San Pedro for the rest of the evening, a short stop off to walk around the quaint village of Toconao, a desert oasis that supplies enough water to allow the cultivation of fruit. Return to your hotel in San Pedro. Overnight in 3-star Hotel or similar category. (B, L)
 
DAY 05            SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - CALAMA - SANTIAGO         
Today is a very early morning departure from your hotel, 4:30am approx., for a half-day trip to see The Tatio Geysers, (4321m altitude). The geyser natural clocks are set to steam and bubble up around 6am to 7pm, right in time for your picnic breakfast on site. After breakfast, we then head to Machuca, a typical pueblo of the Atacama inhabitants. At midday, return to San Pedro where you can enjoy the afternoon at leisure on your own account. At pre-scheduled time, transfer to Calama Airport. Flight to Santiago (not included in pricing). Arrival to Santiago Airport and transfer to the Hotel located in front of the airport terminal (on foot). Accommodation in Hotel category 4 * or similar category. (B)
 
DAY 06            SANTIAGO - EASTER ISLAND                                                        
Breakfast at the hotel. On foot walk to airport terminal and take flight to Easter Island (not included in pricing).  Upon arrival to Easter Island Airport, be greeted and welcomed with leis flower, transfer in shared basis to the Hotel.  Rest of afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Bed & Breakfast Hotel. (B)
 
DAY 07            EASTER ISLAND                                                    
Breakfast at the hotel. Private excursion for the whole day. The first stop will be at an untouched Ahu, Vaihu, located in the Haga Te'e Bay on the south coast of the island (the Ahu are the platforms where the imposing Moai statues were placed). We will continue to the Ahuahu Akahanga region where a legend tells that famous King Hotu Matua is buried along a side of the Ahu. Later, we will go to some very important sites such as Rano Raraku, where some 900 statues were carved, of which 397 were grounded. We then will proceed to the Ahu Tongariki, restored in 1995, with its 15 Moai. Finalizing the tour in Anakena Beach where you will find two platforms, the Ahu Nau Nau and the Ahu Ature Huki, both of which will be restored. Here you can appreciate the Pacific warm clear waters and the rest on the beach under the shadow of palm trees or a quick swim. Overnight in Bed & Breakfast Hotel. (B, BL) 

DAY 08            EASTER ISLAND         
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning go up the slope of the extinct volcano of Rano Kau on shared basis, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view from one side over to the entire island and on the other side a beautiful crater lake that opens to the ocean. Afterwards take a short drive on the outer ridge of the island to the ceremonial village of Orongo, where the mysterious birdman cult held its annual competition and home to petroglyphs that depicted their ancient gods and myths. Enjoy views of the islands Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao. From here, dramatic cliffs shelter the almost-hidden Ana Kai Tangata cave, where red and white bird petroglyphs appear overhead on the cave’s dome. Drive back to hotel and have free time for lunch (lunch not included). In the afternoon, leave with the group towards the restored Tahai Ceremonial archaeological site. This imposing ceremonial centre has three Ahu, as well as buildings that use to be used as local houses. The tour then heads to the Ahu Akivi platform with its seven restored Moai. According to the legend, these seven statues represent the first explorers, sent by the king Hotu Matua who arrived first on Rapa Nui. The final stop is the Puna Pau building yard, where the red lava-stone “Pukao” hats of the great Moai were carved. Return to village. Overnight in Bed & Breakfast Hotel. (B)
 
DAY 09            EASTER ISLAND
Breakfast at the hotel. Full Day at leisure. Overnight in Bed & Breakfast Hotel. (B). Optional adventure tours: Rent a jeep to discover the rest of the island on your own.
 
DAY 10            EASTER ISLAND - SANTIAGO                                                  
Breakfast at the hotel.  Morning at leisure to stroll through the village of Hanga Roa. At pre-schedule time, transfer in shared basis from the hotel to Easter Island Airport. Flight to Santiago. (not included in pricing).  Arrival to Santiago Airport and transfer to the Hotel located in front of the airport terminal (on foot). Accommodation in Hotel category 4 * or similar category. (B)

DAY 11            SANTIAGO                                                
Breakfast at the hotel. Full Day at leisure. Overnight in Bed & Breakfast Hotel. (B)
 
Optional Tour to Valparaiso & Viña del Mar:
Private full-day excursion of Valparaiso & Viña del Mar. Explore a place that centuries of sailors have called “the Pearl of the Pacific,”. Ride the famous funiculars up the colorful hills of this port town, declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Wander down the narrow, curvy steep streets lined by sidewalks that turn into staircases. Breathe in its bohemian atmosphere where there are new surprises around every corner.  The tour ends with a walk through the beach town of Viña del Mar, known as the “Garden City.”  
 
DAY 12                SANTIAGO
Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer from Hotel to Santiago Airport. Flight to next destination (not included in pricing). 
END OF SERVICES
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Included in Price:
- Accommodation in Double basis with breakfast included
- Meals as listed in the program above. (B: Breakfast, BL: Box Lunch)
- Private Transfer from Santiago Airport to Hotel and v.v. with bilingual driver (Spanish-English)
- Group Transfers from Calama Airport to San Pedro de Atacama with driver only (Spanish)
- Group Tours in San Pedro de Atacama with bilingual guide (Spanish - English)
- Group Transfers in Easter Island with bilingual guide (Spanish - English)
- Group Tours in Easter Island with bilingual guide (Spanish - English)
- 24/7 Emergency telephone assistance in Spanish and English for the duration of your stay 

Not Included in the Price:
- International flight to/from Chile
- Round flight Santiago - Calama - Santiago (*upon request)
- Round flight Santiago - Easter Island - Santiago (*upon request)
- Meals not mentioned in the program
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks during meals in restaurants and hotels
- Personal equipment (sunglasses, walking boots etc.)
- Early check-in / late check-out
- Tips and other additional personal expenses
- Travel insurance (please read “Terms & Conditions” carefully)
- Bank charges for the transfer of money to our Chilean bank account
- Anything else not specified in the section: “Included in the Price”
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