(Santiago, Easter Island)
Easter’s Island’s distinctive ancient rock statues – called Moai – rise from the earth to salute time immemorial as you stroll among their long shadows on the slopes of an extinct volcano.
Here at Rano Rara, 397 of the imposing statues stand or lay where they fell in timeless testament to the ancient civilization that created them. You are free to explore this maze of monolithic stone on your hike up the slope towards the stunning crater lake at the volcano’s peak, and take a moment to ponder this time-locked land in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Elsewhere on the island, visit the ceremonial village of Orongo – birthplace of the birdman competition; view the ancient paintings that adorn the walls of Ana Kai Tangata cave; and dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean at beautiful Anakena beach. You’ll also experience mainland Santiago, where you’ll explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Valparaiso; relax in the pretty coastal town of Vina del Mar; and visit the home of Nobel laureate, Pablo Neruda.
Easter Island is renowned as the farthest island from any populated land on the planet, and its remote location has protected it from the influences of the modern world more than perhaps anywhere else on earth. Your team of private guides will expertly bring the island’s ancient history and rich eco-system to life as they lead you into sacred spots of jaw-dropping beauty. You’ll also enjoy a restful experience and warm hospitality at a premium beach-side island hotel, and in comfortable centrally-located accommodations on the mainland.
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Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Welcome to Chile!
Private airport transfer in Santiago with a guide and driver.
The Intercontinental Hotel is set in the wonderful city of Santiago, which is framed by a rich history and culture. The hotel itself is in walking distance of numerous restaurants and cafes for explorers. The 296 rooms are large and clean, with standard, executive club, and suite level options. All rooms use modern, subtle decor and neutral color schemes. Visit either of two hotel restaurants, which prepare classic Chilean-Italian specialties or simple continental dishes. Settings vary from live nightly music to a more toned-down environment. Make use of the health and fitness center, for a small fee, or relax with a cocktail while watching live shows at the restaurants.
Today enjoy by being a Chef for the day, Restaurant El Galeon presents a gastronomic tour that includes shopping, cooking and finally a chance to enjoy your prepared lunch. Start with a presentation of the group at a meeting point “Historic Franciscan Church” in La Recoleta District. You’ll be received by a guide and a chaperon of the restaurant that will be responsible for delivering the history of the places you will be visiting. Begin your grocery shopping in the market Vega Central where you’ll walk through the different posts in search of ingredients to prepare your lunch. Finalizing your shopping in the Vega, then you will continue to the Historic Central Market, where the majority of the local people are dedicated to the marketing of the products of the sea. Afterwards continue to the restaurant where you will be greeted by the chef & staff and you can enjoy a tasty Pisco Sour drink with your welcoming. After your class, you will begin to get ready for your lunch. Lunch Menu will be presented with the confirmation of each group and will consist of Appetizer, Main Course, and Dessert, accompanied with a glass of wine (red or white) and juice, accompanied with mineral water for member of the group. Coffee or after-dinner drinks. At the end of lunch, each member of the group will receive a diploma and a cap of Chef to commemorate your visit to the gastronomic Tour.
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 park 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 that the airfare quoted in your itinerary is being quoted based on LANTAM South American Pass rates. These rates are only offered when international airfare is booked on one of the following airlines: LANTAM Airlines (LA/4M/4C/LP/XL/JJ), American Airlines (AA), United Airlines (UA), Air Canada (AC), Iberia Air (IB) Delta (DL).
You will need to provide your international ticket numbers in order for us to issue the domestic flights at the special rates. Without international ticket numbers on above mentioned airlines, special rates do not apply. If you purchase your international ticket on one of the above mentioned airlines with points or mileage the special fare in this itinerary will not be applicable.
Please note that rates are always subject to change until purchased.
Christina Adams ,
April 21, 2014
"I know it's silly to give all 10's, obviously every trip has it's ups and downs, but if it hadn't been for our Kensington Tours planning, guides and drivers we would have been lost! It was wonderful to be out in a strange new environment yet know we had a safety net and a friendly face. The places we visited were awesome but I think we'll remember most the people that we met. Thank you and I'll send photos soon! Sincerely, Christina Adams"
Thomas Peyla ,
April 21, 2014
"I rated the quality of the accommodations an 8, but that is only because I chose to have more budget type accommodations. I was very happy with the hotels. The tours and guides were outstanding."
Susan Pope ,
April 21, 2014
"The arrangements all worked out very well, especially the drivers picking us up from airports and hotels. The hotels, although all in different categories, were mostly excellent. Eliza's Manor in Christchurch was especially good. My other favorites were the Novatel in Queenstown, the Grace in Sydney, and the Regent of Rotorua. My least favorite was the Quadrant in Auckland which was not located in a very convenient area. Provided breakfasts and boxed lunches were excellent too. We were unable to take three of the side trips....separate email coming. One suggestion would be that two very long days back to back should be avoided if possible, and travelers' ages taken into account. The trip to Milford Sound was an extremely long day and the Routeburn Trail hike was scheduled for the next day when it could have been on the following day which was free. We were happy to see so many different areas of New Zealand and experience everything from glow worm caves to fjords to a Maori hangi and geothermals."
Vivian Jennings ,
April 21, 2014
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Daniel More ,
April 21, 2014
"All was great. Guides were knowledgeable, personable, friendly... that's what really made the trip."
Marlin Barad ,
April 21, 2014
"Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad"
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
"We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and 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 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! 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.
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
"GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that Brandi set up for us including the tour of Quito and environs. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands.
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.
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