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Santiago and Easter Island

Santiago and Easter Island

Purpose: Culture, Archeology, History, Ecotourism, Gastronomy
No. of days: 7 days - 6 nights
First & Last Cities: Santiago de Chile
Other cities: Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, Rapa Nui
Starting cost: $1,135
 
Santiago
Santiago, Chile’s capital, is a sophisticated modern city that still conserves its colonial charm found on the central square and surrounding streets. The city was founded in 1541 by Spanish Conquistadors led by Pizarro. Today the city caters to all kinds of travelers. Offering a great selection of historic sites, excellent restaurants, museums and art galleries, having the imposing Andes Mountains as a backdrop.
Easter Island
Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, as the locals call it, is a remote volcanic island in Polynesia. It’s famous for an abundance of archaeological sites, including nearly 900 monumental statues called moai, created by inhabitants during the 13th–16th centuries. The moai are carved human figures with oversize heads, often resting on massive stone pedestals called ahu.
 
Day 1: Santiago
Welcome to Santiago.
Upon arrival your guide will transfer to the selected hotel.
 
Day 2: Santiago
This afternoon enjoy a panoramic tour of Santiago. Your tour starts with a visit to the Santa Lucia Hill, where the city of Santiago was founded in 1541. Continue to Plaza de Armas, surrounded by the catholic Cathedral, the City Hall, the Post Office Building and the National Historic Museum. Your next stop will be at Cerro San Cristobal, where at 2400 feet high, you will have a breathtaking view of the whole city. The experience continues with a scenic ride through the elegant Providencia neighborhood and finally, along the Costanera Highway until reaching the fashionable Vitacura district, before heading back to your hotel. [B].
 
Day 3:   Santiago (Viña del Mar & Valparaíso)
Depart from our hotel in Santiago to the Pacific coast, crossing the coastal. Your first stop will be in Viña del Mar, known as the Garden City due to the great amount of parks and nice gardens scattered throughout the city. Stop at the Quinta Vergara: the park features three major landmarks: the Palacio Vergara, the Quinta Vergara Amphitheater and a beautiful garden. Continue along the bay and get to know the city’s famous flower clock. Next, drive to Valparaíso. Located just 5 miles from from Vina, Valparaiso is a World Heritage Site, Chilean’s main commercial port, and has been the headquarters for the Chilean National Congress since 1990. Valparaiso is home to multi-colored houses, parks, diverse historic monuments, and traditional bars and restaurants. Savor lunch at a typical seafood restaurant (not included) and get to know the Plaza Sotomayor, the most important civic square of the city. Then sail across the bay, and appreciate the best views of Valparaíso.  At the end of the day you go back to Santiago. [B]
 
Day 4: Santiago, Easter Island
At agreed time transfer to the airport to board your flight to Easter Island. Welcome to Ester Island!  Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.  Remainder of the day at leisure to explore the island at your pace [B]
 
Day 5: Easter Island (Moai Route and Anakena Beach) 
Departure from our hotel to the east of the island to visit the Ahu Vaihu and Ahu Akahanga, temples formed by platforms or stone altars where Moais and Pukaos are assembled together. Your next stop is at Rano Raraku, one of the most important landmarks of the Island, in this volcanic crater you will find an overwhelming assortment of Moai in various stages of completion. Make sure to look for the giant head carved on the mountain. Within a short distance is at the amazing Ahu Tongariki. With 15 giant moais, Ahu Tongariki, not only is this the largest monument on the island, it's also the largest monument constructed in the Polynesian Empire.  You will finish your day relaxing at the white sands and warm waters of Anakena beach. Besides its natural beauty, what makes this place unique is a row of Moais whose backs are turned to the sea. [B/L]
 
Day 6: Easter Island (Orongo & Ahu Akivi)
In the morning leave your hotel and head to Ana Kai Tangata Cave. The cave has a superb location to see the waves breaking on the cliffs, both from above and from within.  Inside you will find paintings depicting birds. The site is believed to be used as part of the birdman cult celebrated at Orongo ceremonial village. Later visit the Vinapu sector, an archaeological site which highlight is the impressive masonry of the ahu, quite similar to the Cuzco Inca constructions. Continue to Rano Kau, a huge volcanic crater, filled with water and vegetation. The landscape offers breathtaking views! Next to it you find the Orongo ceremonial village where the ritual of the Bird Man competition was performed. The winner was appointed by the king to be the spiritual and political leader during a period of one year. Back to the hotel, you have free time before your afternoon tour. This afternoon’s tour includes Ahu Akivi, one of the few platforms where the Moais face the ocean. The legend tells that these structures represent the seven explorers sent by King Hotu Matu’a before his colonization voyage. Following visit the Puna Pau. The red rock from Puna Pau was used by the native Rapa Nui to carve the Pukao, or top knots, that were placed on the heads of certain moai to designate a high social status. Finally, visit Ahu Uri Aurenga, the site is very important to the Rapa Nui people. It displays a single statue placed in line with the winter solstice, representing a sacred season to the island’s natives, regulating fishing and other activities on the island.
 
Day 7: Easter Island, Santiago
Day at Leisure. At agreed time transfer to the airport to board your flight to Santiago with connections [B].
 
[B] = Breakfast | [B/L] = Breakfast and Box Lunch


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Tour includes
  • Round trip transfers and tours are on shared basis provided by local English Speaking guides
  • Accommodation for 6 nights in standard rooms:
    • Santiago - 3 nights
    • Easter Island - 3 nights
  • Meals
    • Daily breakfast
    • 1 lunch
  • Panoramic tour of Santiago
  • Excursion to Viña del Mar and Valparaiso
  • Excursion to Moai Route and Anakena Beach
  • Excursion to Orongo & Ahu Akivi
  • Tours are on shared basis provided by local English Speaking guides
  • All hotel taxes
Not included in tour
  • International or domestic air tickets
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
  • Services and food not listed in the itinerary
  • Beverages during the meals
  • Hotel extras, and personal expenses.
  • Tips for guides, drivers, and in restaurants

Hotels in your Tour

Category Hotel Name Tripadvisor
Tourist Class
Santiago Hotel Eurotel Providencia 4.9
Easter Island Hotel Taha Tai 4
First Class
Santiago Novotel Santiago Los Condes 4.5
Easter Island Hotel Altiplanico 4
Deluxe
Santiago Hotel Ritz Carlton 4.5
Easter Island Hotel Hanga Roa 4.5

All hotels are subject to confirmation at the time of booking


Tour Pricing

Season From
Tourist Class $1,135
First Class $1,459
Deluxe $2,889
Rates are minimum per person sharing a room and may change without notice.
Rates may change depending on the date of travel.
Prices for single room or for 3 passengers sharing a room are available on request
Valid through December 20th 2020. Not valid for Holidays and big Conventions.
Other blackout dates may apply.
 
 
Tour Code: CL03SCL20ADS