On this week-long experience, explore Chile from its massive central metropolis and bohemian coastal cities, to the far-reaching, remote, and mystical Easter Island. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Valparaiso’s historic port and the Moái rock statues. Explore Santiago’s vibrant streets, go wine-tasting in Casablanca Valley, experience the Rapa Nui island culture, and more!
On this week-long experience, explore Chile from Santiago to Easter Island and experience its massive central metropolis and bohemian coastal cities, to the far-reaching, remote, and mystical Easter Island.
Take a tour through Santiago’s historic, arts, and political districts and take a cable car to the top of San Cristobal Hill for an unbeatable view of the city.Visit Valparaiso’s port district and UNESCO World Heritage Site, and go wine tasting in the Casablanca Valley.
Then, fly from Santiago to Easter Island for a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with a natural and culture heritage like nowhere else on Earth. Hike volcanoes, relax on pristine beaches, and experience the mystic, mysterious, and UNESCO World Heritage recognized Moái rock sculptures.
Day 1: Explore Santiago
Your Santiago to Easter Island Tour begins upon your arrival to the Santiago airport. A van will be waiting to take you to your hotel. Here, you’ll have time to relax before a 14:00 pm private tour of the city, where you’ll discover important heritage sites, fascinating history, picturesque arts and culture districts, and more. Stop by bustling Central and Vega Markets and ride a cable car to the top of San Cristobal Hill for an unbeatable view of the city.
In the evening, enjoy dinner (included) in a bohemian Bellavista restaurant before relaxing at your hotel or enjoying the city’s vibrant night life. (D)
Day 2: Discover Central Chile’s Highlights
Today, you’ll be picked up from your hotel at around 9:00 am and begin your journey toward Valparaiso — about a 2-hour drive away. On the way, you’ll make a stop in the world-renowned Casablanca Wine Country, where you’ll take a tasting tour at Emiliana Organic Vineyard.
After enjoying a tour of the winery, and a few outstanding reds, you’ll continue onward to the eclectic, bohemian city of Valparaiso famous for its amazing street art, historic port, and colorful hillsides overlooking the bay. Upon your arrival, you’ll explore the UNESCO World Heritage port district on foot, and stop at local historic “hot spots” including Plazas Sotomayor and Anibal Pinto, as well as Alegre and Concepcion Hills. You’ll also get the chance to experience highly unique local public transport system — outdoor funicular elevators and the trolleybus, both national historic monuments dating back to the 19th century.
After visiting various streets, viewpoints, and churches, you’ll have free time to enjoy lunch in the city before retuning to Santiago. You’ll arrive back at the hotel at around 18:00 pm. (B)
Day 3: Hike in Maipo Valley
After an early breakfast at the hotel, you’ll leave Santiago at around 7:30 am for your journey to the Maipo Valley — a spectacular canyon in the Andes less than an hour from the city. You’ll enjoy stunning landscapes and abundant native flora and fauna, and your guide will explain the history of the valley and fascinating geology of the outstanding landscape.
From Maipo Valley, you’ll continue to the Yeso Dam, known for its turquoise waters and as an important fresh-water reserve for the central Chile. Here, you’ll enjoy a short hike, admire the views, and take a few photos. When you reach the reservoir, you’ll stop for a picnic lunch. After your meal, you will begin your return journey, making one last stop to sample some tasty, local empanadas. (B/L)
Day 4: Travel from Santiago to Easter Island
Today, you’ll leave Santiago behind and catch a flight to Easter Island. Once there, a tour guide will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Hanga Roa. After check-in, you’ll have the afternoon to relax, explore the town, stop by handicraft markets, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B)
Day 5: Explore Natural and Cultural Landmarks
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, your guide will pick you up at approximately 9:00 am for your full day excursion to the island’s natural and historic attractions.You’ll begin the day at the Ahu Te Pito Kura archaeological site, where you can see a fallen Moái rock exactly where it fell nearly 200 years ago and is a testament to the archaeological and technical prowess of the Rapa Nui people. This massive Moái statue stands over 35 feet (~10 meters) and is estimated to weigh over 80 tons.
Later, you’ll travel to Rano Raraku Volcano and rock quarry, where the island’s Moái and other statues were originally made.After exploring the volcano, you’ll enjoy a refreshing snack at Ahu Tongariki, considered the largest ceremonial structure on the island, and home to 15 Moái, displayed in a row. Explore an ancient ceremonial platform called Ahu Akahang, and end the day relaxing at Anakena beach. (B/L)
Day 6: Connect with the Island’s Legends and Deities
After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will pick you up at about 9:00 am to travel to the ancient site of the ceremonial “birdman” competitions. Each year in the spring, on the slopes of the Rano Kau volcano, the Rapa Nui held a competition in honor of the Makemake god and 8 other birdman deities. Here, you’ll learn about this physical feat, explore the ceremonial village, and encounter cave-paintings from the island’s ancient inhabitants.
In the evening, you will enjoy a tour of 3 of the island’s archaeological sites and learn about how you can see and learn about how ancient islanders connected celestial events with spiritual life on the island. You’ll explore the underground cave of Ana Te Pahu, the Ahu Akivi platform, and the Puna a Pau quarry and crater. (B)
Day 7: Say Goodbye to Easter Island
It’s your last day on the island. Depending on your flight, you may have time to enjoy the day and explore the island on your own. At an agreed-upon time, a driver will take you to the airport for your return flight and your Santiago to Easter Island Tour will come to an end. (B)
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