(Santiago, Easter Island)
Arrive in Santiago, the nation's capital, and be whisked away to your hotel by private vehicle and driver. Take a journey to one of National Geographic's top 20 places for 2013; Valparaiso for a full day tour including Vina del Mar. The next day fly to Easter Island also known as Rapa Nui, the farthest island from any populated land on the planet. Surrounded in mystery ever since its discovery the island is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a distance of 3,700km from the coast of South America. This tiny triangle of land measures just 166 square km, and it was the birthplace of the fascinating civilization that created the Moai – giant statues sculpted from rock – that pay silent witness to this history. Today visitors can share all the island has to offer, with the descendants of this culture, who for generations have maintained their ancestor’s traditions.
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.
Situated in the exclusive area of Las Condes, in Santiago, the Atton El Bosque is perfectly placed for those who want easy access to the city. Clean and well-maintained, the 240 rooms are decorated in neutral colors with modern effects. Each room includes air conditioning and heating systems, mini bar, and internet. Dine on authentic Chilean fare, and choose from a range of international dishes. Friendly service and hospitality are one of the highlights of this hotel. Visit the business center for internet use, and try out the gym and swimming pool for a bit of a workout.
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.
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.
Entrance Fee to Easter Island is to be paid locally, upon arrival. The cost is of US$63.00 per person. Subject to change.
A local representative will meet you at the airport for a shared transfer to your hotel in Easter Island.
Set on a property of 1.5 ha the hotel has a panoramic view of the shoreline on one of the world’s most unique destinations. Altiplanico Rapanui is designed in the style of the traditional Rapanui boathouse, with luxurious gardens, a beautiful swimming pool viewing the sea and large open spaces to relax after encountering the seductive mysteries of the island. The deep blue of the Pacific Ocean will permeate your stay as well as the warmth of the Rapanui culture, with its music, art, history and architecture.
Drive up the extinct volcano Rano Kau, appreciating on the way a view of the whole island and the village of Hanga Roa, with its distinct geological features. Then proceed to an outlook with a breathtaking view of the crater lake.
Afterwards drive to the ceremonial village of Orongo, where the birdman competition took place and you can see the spectacular petroglyphs related to this culture, see the 3 islets Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao opposite the coast.
Drive down again to Ahu Vinapu (not restored) and for some still proof of the influence of pre-inca arquitects in Easter Island culture. Last stop is Ana Kai Tangata cave with wall paintings. Back to hotel.
Drive to restored Ahu Akivi with 7 Moais, built in the middle of the island. The legend tells us that these statues are representing the 7 explorers who were sent to Rapa Nui by the king Hotu Matua. Proceed to the unrestored Ahu Hanga Poukura. Then visit the topknot-quarry Puna Pau with its red scoria stone, where all the Pukaos were made. We will also visit the ceremonial site of Tahai with 3 Ahus and restored statues, remains of boathouses, a boatramp and other features. Here we see the only statue with eyes. Back to hotel.
Drive to the southcoast and visit representative examples of not restored platforms, Ahus Vaihu in the bay of Hanga Te’e, and Akahanga, where supposedly the famous king Hotu Matua is buried.
Proceed to Rano Raraku, one of the most important sites visited. This is the quarry of almost 900 stone statues, 397 of them still lying or standing at the slopes of the extinct volcano with crater lake.
Then visit Ahu Tongariki most recent and biggest restauration on the island, with 15 re-erected statues standing on an almost 200 m long platform.
Drive to the eastcoast and visit not restored Ahu Te Pito Kura and the “Navel of the World”.
Last but not least visit the beautiful beach of Anakena with its restored Ahus Nau Nau and Ature Huke. There you will have the opportunity to enjoy the warm Pacific Ocean. An interesting day is coming to an end and we bring you back to your hotel.
Picnic lunch included and entrance included.
A local representative will meet you at hotel lobby in time to provide a shared transfer to the airport.
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.
Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Chille for the most up to date visa information.
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