(Santiago, Easter Island)
Epic isolation. Ancient legend. Otherworldly scenery..
Get away from it all, literally, and discover Easter Island, the world’s most isolated stretch of land. A speck in the mighty Pacific Ocean, the remote island is abundant in archaeological treasures. Take in the immensity and power of the moai, the enormous stone heads and torsos that dot the eerie yet beautiful landscape. Roam the ancient hills and valleys blanketed in an almost mythical quiet, and explore Rapa Nui’s megalithic past. At night, rest in luxurious accommodations that offer style and sophistication..
Before exploring ancient ruins, explore the Casa del Bosque boutique winery on the outskirts of Santiago, and select from their “Reserva” and “Grand Reserve” wines. Head for Easter Island and view Motu Tautara and the dramatic Las Dos Ventanas cave. Trek the Ara O Te Moai, the trail once used to transport the famous moai sculptures and view numerous overturned moai along the way. Climb the moai stone quarry, Rano Raraku, which offers spectacular views of the interior crater. Continue walking along the crater’s edge until you come to the dazzling natural rock pools at One Makihi..
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Private airport transfer in Santiago with a guide and driver.
Please note: Upon arrival by air, American and Canadian visitors to Chile are required to pay a reciprocity fee of US$131 for American and US$132 for Canadian. Other nationalities will vary. Upon payment, cash, credit card or travelers checks, a receipt will be stapled at the back of passport and is valid for the duration of the passport. Subject to change without notice. Please consult with the Chilean consulate for full details.
Against a panoramic backdrop of the snow-capped Andes, W Santiago reinvents style and sophistication in the city's most fashionabe and trendsetting enclave, a fascinating universe of urban innovation amid cobblestone streets and glitzy skyscrapers.
9:00 - Travel out of Santiago into the Casablanca Valley, the youngest Chilean viticulture area which boasts the perfect trilogy: climate, soil and vines. Drive through the valley, with a stop at Casas del Bosque, a family boutique winery exclusively oriented to produce high quality wines. Here you will have the chance to choose 2 wines “Reserva” and 1 “Grand Reserve wine”. Continue to Matetic Vineyards located in the San Antonio Valley. The visit begins in the winery, where you will be cordially received by a bilingual guide who will brief about the process of organic and biodynamic agriculture, key concepts in the making of wines. While enjoying panoramic views of the vineyards, visitors will be taken through the entire process of winemaking and organic agriculture. The tour will end with a wine tasting in the underground tasting room where wines and accessories can be purchased.
Optional: Lunch at the restaurant Equilibrio of Matetic winery (not included)
Fly directly from Santiago to Easter Island. Flights are subject to availability, ticket rates are subject to change. The flight duration is approximately 5.25 hours.
Enjoy a shuttle airport transfer with a professional driver from Explora Rapa Nui
The Explora Rapa Nui is a luxurious choice of accommodations on Easter Island. The hotel, which houses 30 rooms, is seated on a hill and 9.6 hectares of land facing the sea. Rooms are built with a rustic feel, while still using contemporary design techniques. All rooms include the required amenities of home. Dine at the hotel, which serves a range of international and local cuisine. The hotel has a refreshing swimming pool onsite. For those who like a little activity, plan a walk around the region and get to know the wonders of Easter Island.
Visitors to Explora EN RAPA NUI may participate in the diverse explorations that are organized according to group size and guest preference. Every day, Explora offers easy to more difficult walks that, one by one, unveil the secrets and beauty of the island. These walks are combined with picnics on rocky outcrops or along the shore, always in mesmerizing sites. Each day guests may choose between 5 or more different explorations that are selected according to climatic conditions, guests’ preferences, length and difficulty.
HANGA OTEODuration: 4.5 to 5.5 hours (half-day).Walking 4 to 5 hours.Length: 13.5 km.Itinerary: Travel from explora EN RAPA NUI to Te Peu by van (15 min). Walk along a trail that borders steep cliffs and offers spectacular views. Visit natural bathing pools, cross locally owned fields and view numerous archaeological sites. Arrival at Anakena Beach. Picnic on the beach. Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (20 min).Level: Medium.
Walk from the Te Peu ahu to Hanga RoaDuration: 2 to 3 hours (half-day).Walking 1.5 to 2.5 hours.Length: 6.5 km.Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Te Peu by van (15 min). Walk along a trail that borders steep cliffs and offers spectacular views. View Motu Tautara and the astonishing Las Dos Ventanas cave. Arrive at Hanga Roa, first passing Tahai and ending at Pea. Numerous archaeological sites along the way. Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (5 min).Level: Easy.
Ara O Te Moai, the moai routeDuration: 3 to 3.5 hours (half-day). Walking 2.5 to 3.5 hours.Length: 7 km.Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Hanga Tetenga by van (15 min). Walk along Ara O Te Moai, the trail once used to transport the moai sculptures; view numerous overturned .moai along the way. Climb to Rano Raraku, the moai stone quarry, with views of the interior of the crater. Walk along the volcano’s edge and arrive at the natural rock pools at One Makihi. Picnic lunch. Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (20 min).Level: Easy
Alturas del PoikeDuration: 4 to 4.5 hours (half-day). Walking 3 to 4 hours.Length: 8.5 km.Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Piko Mahore by van (30 min). Walk along an upward sloping trail (300 meters) that borders a steep cliff, and pass through Maunga Parehe and the Maunga Tea-Tea. View the Vai Aheva fountain. Climb to Puka Katike and then walk down to Tongariki to view 15 moais. Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (25 min).Level: Medium
Climb to TerevekaDuration: 3 to 4 hours (half-day). Walking 2 to 2.5 hours.Length: 6 km.Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Rano Aroi by van (20 min). The walk begins at Rano Aroi, then climbs from Maunga Kuma to Maunga Terevaka to appreciate spectacular views of the island from its highest point. The trail continues northeast toward Anakena along high coastal ridges that gradually descend to the beach, where guests may swim. Return to Casas Rapa Nui by van (25 min).Level: Medium
The Tangata Manu RouteDuration: 2 to 3 hours (half-day). Walking 2 to 3 hours.Length: 7 km.Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Vinapu by van (5 min). View Ahu Tahira. Walk along a trail that borders ascending steep cliffs (250 meters), arriving at the edge of the Rano Kau crater. Spectacular views of the ocean and the interior of the volcano. Walk along the crater to Orongo. Visit the significant ceremonial site of Tangata Manu (Bird Man) worship. Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (5 min).Level: Easy
Te Pito O Te Henua, the navel of the worldDuration: 3.5 to 4.5 hours (half-day). Walking 3 to 3.5 hours.Length: 9.5 kmItinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Ana Okeke by van (40 min). Walk along a descending trail that borders the northern coast of the island. View Ana Okeke, Maunga Parehe. Fishing cove “La Perousse,” local villagers and archaeological sites along the way. Arrive at the Ovahe beach. Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (25 min).Level: Easy
Walk to Te Miro OoneDuration: 2.5 to 3 hours (half-day). Walking 2 to 2.5 hours.Length: 6.5 km.Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Te Miro Oone by van (15 min). Walk along a trail that offers panoramic views of the southeast side of the island. Climb along Maunga Kahurea and continue along Ara o te Moai. Numerous moai along the trail, arrive at Hanga Te Tenga ahu. Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (15 min). Level: Easy.
To Te Miro Oone by bicycleDuration: 2 to 3 hours by bicycle (half-day).Length:18 km.Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Te Miro Oone on bicycle, along the principal route that crosses through pretty forested sections of the island. Descend toward the southern coast, with views of various motu and archaeological sites, following the coastal route until reaching Tahira. Return to Casas Rapa Nui from Vinapu.Level: Easy
Select from the daily optional explorations offered at Explora Rapa Nui selected according to climatic conditions, guests’ preferences, length and difficulty.
Fly direct from Easter Island to Santiago. Flights are subject to change based on availability, ticket rates are subject to change The flight duration is approximately 5 hours.
Enjoy a private full day excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Valparaiso and the pretty coastal town of Vina del Mar. Take in the great coastal views as you head along the Pacific coast and soak in the panoramic view of the port, before visiting the home of Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda, whose house is a true hideaway located on the upper part of town overlooking the port. The house is modeled on shipbuilding (Neruda's love for all things maritime is famous) and the gardens have many exotic plants, which make for a restful spot. Continue to the Prat Wharf before going to Vina del Mar where you can enjoy lunch facing the sea (lunch is on your own, not included). At day's end you will be brought back to your hotel in Santiago.
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and wanted to tell you we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing.
I can't tell you what was our favorite. The boys enjoyed exploring the mountains in El Chalten (they called it Mountain running) while Mohan and I relaxed in the beautiful hotel. I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! We had great weather for each activity (I know there is a bit of luck involved with that one).
Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out.
I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Thank you again,
Laura, Mohan, Ryan, and Nathan
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
Happy New Year!
GREAT trip! The brochure you sent to us the week before we set off was marvelous -- the pages are marked and worn with us referring to it so often! We were very pleased with every aspect that you set up for us including the airport pick-up and drop off and the tour of Quito and environs on Friday. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. The transfer to the Eclipse team was super easy and the flight to Guayaquil and trip to the boat went off without a hitch.
We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took, but I promise to send a few to you in the next week or so. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands. Gave them a 10 on their feedback form and would recommend Eclipse very highly.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
Scott Parks ,
November 05, 2013
Sandy and I are back from Peru and had a wonderful time. Kensington seems to have the best contacts in each country and Peru was no exception. I wanted to take the time to give you some specific feedback on each segment of out trip.
The “Hotel B” in Lima is fantastic. It’s an old house that has been turned into a small Hotel. The people are great and the location in Barranco is just what we like.
The Inkaterra Amazonica is probably the best place place to stay in the Amazon region. The rooms give a real feel of the sounds of the rain forest.
The hotels in both Cusco and Aquas Calientes were perfect with great locations. We added an additional day in Aquas Calientes which gave us three days in Machu Picchu. For us, this was well worth it and gave us the time we wanted to see all aspects of Machu Picchu. Pictures did not do justice to the site, although we got some great pictures.
The trip to see the Nasca Lines was, also, worth the time. Our guide added some side trips including lunch at a local winery which we really enjoyed. The Hotel Paracas was an unexpectedly high quality resort and a great way to end our trip.
Thanks for your help we look forward to next year
June Murray ,
August 20, 2013
"Buenas Noches Brandi-
I filled out the survey but I wanted to send you a note to say thank you. Our trip was the stuff lifelong memories are made of and I mean every part of it. From our time spent in Quito, to the Safari Camp and Isla Isabela. I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the staff at our accommodations and the expertise of all our guides (most especially Tanya Helmig at the Safari Camp). We hope to go back for an extended stay.
I have attached 2 photos for you of Bart and I. I think the joy is clearly evident- thank you for making it possible.
Barbara Mackey ,
July 22, 2013
"We just completed a family trip to Costa Rica, with three families traveling from different locations. All the coordination efforts were made easily and efficiently by our Kensington representative, Brandi Merchant, who was wonderful; an absolute delight to work with. All the accommodations were first class and the guides knowledgeable and very punctual. We will be using Kensington again!
Cindy Thoene ,
July 22, 2013
What an AMAZING trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously…the trip of a lifetime!
We returned late on Thursday and had out of town visitors through the weekend and we are just now unpacking and getting back to non-vacation reality.
I will share my feedback and get pictures sent to you soon.
Thanks for everything….truly a perfect trip!
July 24, 2013
Our trip was wonderful, we had a great time, wish we could have spent more time. In fact, I now know I would have spent more time in Cuzco and the Machu Picchu area.
Machu Picchu was fabulous.
Margot, our guide, and the driver, were absolutely wonderful, low key, very personable, very accommodating, really good. We didn't end up with enough time on the last morning in Cusco to finish the tour, but got a feel- of Sacsayhuman, Qengo, Koricancha. We saw Ollayantatambo, and went to Moray and Maras, and Wayra ranch which was also outstanding, on the next day, but did not do Pisac and the market. We got tired and ran out of time so cut a couple things. Louis the coordinator was good as well.
Would love to go back and learn more some time.
The coordinator in Lima was extremely nice too, and very helpful.
In fact, we loved the food, the people and everything. The Libertador Palacio , the Tambo del Inka and the Sanctuary were indeed outstanding hotels. LAN was all on time, great service.
Thank you again for all your help.
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