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An unusual trip across Chile to unravel the mysteries of its ancestral culture. What secrets do the moais in Easter Island hold? Can you imagine walking on the moon? Have you ever seen a clean sky full of stars?

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An unusual trip across Chile to unravel the mysteries of its ancestral culture. What secrets do the moais in Easter Island hold? Can you imagine walking on the moon? Have you ever seen a clean sky full of stars?

This itinerary was made to make you experience the cultural and natural treasures of Easter Island, Atacama Desert, Andes Range, Valparaíso and Santiago de Chile. All the activities require easy physical effort and a bit of relax and leisure is included too.

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  • 1
    Half Day Santiago City Tour
    Day 1 Transfer by car
    Half Day Santiago City Tour

    In the morning your guide will be waiting at the arrival gate to  welcome you to Chile and transfer you to your hotel where you can leave your luggage and go out for lunch on your own.

    Check in will be at 15:00 hrs, and the guide will be waiting at 16:00 hrs in the hall to begin 4 hrs. city tour of Santiago.

    This Santiago half day city tour will show you how Santiago was founded and what is like to live in this city.

    You will visit downtown, Santa Lucia hill, La Moneda government palace, La Constitución square, Main Square, the Cathedral, Central Market and the old Congress. After that you will go to Bellavista, Providencia and Las Condes neighbourhoods, as well as the El Golf area (Sanhattan) where you can learn more about the modern Santiago.

    ​Drop off at the hotel or in a selected restaurant.

    Lodging at Santiago hotel.

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  • 2
    Flight to Easter Island
    Day 2 Transfer by airplane
    Flight to Easter Island

    Transfer you to Santiago Airport for the flight to Easter Island, where you'll be welcomed by our representative and transferred to the hotel.

    Overnight in the Easter Island.

    Hotels in:
    Vai Moana Hotel - Standard
    Tahatai Hotel - Superior
    Hare NOI Hotel - Deluxe

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  • 3
    Full Day Historic Pathways Tour & Polynesic Dinner Show
    Day 3 Transfer by car
    Full Day Historic Pathways Tour & Polynesic Dinner Show

    Around 10:00 your local guide will pick up you for your Historic Pathways Tour, to discover some of the gems of Easter Island´s fascinating past with stops at several significant sites of interest. First head to Puna Pau, the small crater that acted as the scoria quarry for the moai's famous topknots, before continuing to the intricate stone work at Ahu Tahira in Vinapu. Marvel at the breathtaking views at the cauldron of Rano Kau, the largest volcano crater on the island.

    Reach the  clifftop at the village of Orongo, and learn more about the Birdman Cult. End the day with a visit to Ahu Akivi, the world famous seven inland moai gazing oceanwards, and explore the cave system of Ana Te Pahu.

    Lunch is not included in the tour, but there is an opportunity to have lunch at a small restaurant in Hanga Roa.

    Duration: 7 hours approx.

    In the evening the guide will pick you up between 19:45 - 20:00 approx to go to a dinner show with typical food, dance & music of the island.

    Meals included: dinner.

    Lodging at Easter Island Hotel.

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  • 4
    Moai Monuments Tour
    Day 4 Transfer by car
    Moai Monuments Tour

    At 10:00 the local guide will pick up you for your Moai Monuments Tour, during which you'll unveil the secrets of Easter Island by piecing together the many clues given by the gigantic megaliths. Begin by visiting the Ahu platforms at Tahai, the visit the ruins of the fallen moai at Ahu Akahanga, contemplate the restored site of Ahu Tongariki, where fifteen stone giants watch over the land as silent sentinels.

    Spend much of the afternoon admiring the moai half emerged from the soil, Rano Raraku, visit Ahu Te Pito Kura, the site of the largest moai and see the legendary magnetic stone that according to local tradition was brought here from Hiva, Polynesia, by the first king, Hotu Matuʻa. Top off the day among coconut palms, turquoise water and white sand at Anakena Beach, gazing upon the post-modernist moai of Ahu Nau Nau.

    Lunch is not included in the tour, but there is an opportunity to buy refreshments from the café at Rano Raraku.

    Duration: 7 hours approx.

    Rest of the day free.

    ​Lodging at Easter Island Hotel.

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  • 5
    Flight to Santiago
    Day 5 Transfer by airplane
    Flight to Santiago

    Depending on your flight your local guide will pick you up to go to Mataveri Airport and back to Santiago. At Santiago Airport your driver will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free to enjoy Santiago by yourself or stay in the hotel.

    ​Lodging at Santiago Hotel.

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  • 6
    Valparaíso & Viña del Mar (Optional visit to Neruda Museum La Sebastiana on request)
    Day 6 Transfer by car
    Valparaíso & Viña del Mar (Optional visit to Neruda Museum La Sebastiana on request)

    In the morning your guide will be in your hotel. The first stop will be in Casablanca Valley famous for its wine production, especially for its white wines.

    You will visit Emiliana Vineyards, one of the most important biodynamic organic vineyards in the country, and enjoy some wine tasting,

    Continue to Valparaíso City. Valparaiso is one of the most culturally rich cities in Chile, declared as a World Heritage in 2003 by the UNESCO. The city was a melting pot with people from France, England, Germany, Yugoslavia, Holland and Chile. It will impress you with its architecture spread on 41 colorful hills.

    North of Valparaiso you can find the "Garden City", called Viña del Mar.  You will visit the “Concepción” and “Happy” hills, Sotomayor square, Valparaiso harbor, Flower Clock, Municipal Casino and Ecuador walk. Enjoy the best seafood on the harbor by visiting one of the local restaurants, where you can have lunch with a view of the ocean.

    Included: Elevator fees, Wine Tour and Premium Tasting.

    Not included: Lunch

    Duration: 8-9 hours approx.

    Lodging at Santiago Hotel.

     

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  • 7
    Cajón del Maipo
    Day 7 Transfer by car
    Cajón del Maipo

    Today the guide will be at your hotel at 09:00. You will travel south towards San Ramón mountain range to enter the heart of the Andean mountain range following the Maipo river. Maipo Valley eventually gives way to Cajon del Maipo. After one hour driving we will make our first stop in San Jose de Maipo where we will learn a little bit about the history of area and visit the square and church meeting local people buying typical products that we will later taste in a privileged landscape.

    We will continue towards the interior reaching Yeso Reservoir. We will cross a variety of landscapes including waterfalls, canyons, lava formations, a hanging glacier ("Mesón Alto") before reaching the largest artificial water reserve of Santiago de Chile.

    El Yeso reservoir at 2500 meters of altitude, with 8 square kilometers, was opened in 1964.

    Here we will enjoy a tasting of typical Maipo products (subject to good weather, otherwise we'll stop elsewhere on the route). On our way back to Santiago, we will stop at the Casa Bosque restaurant to admire its architecture and decoration as well as try its rich cuisine.

    Included: cocktail.

    Not included: Lunch.

    Duration: 8-9 hours approx.

    ​Lodging at Santiago Hotel.

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  • 8
    San Pedro de Atacama and Astronomic Tour
    Day 8 Transfer by airplane
     San Pedro de Atacama and Astronomic Tour

    Depending your flight, the guide will be waiting at your hotel for the transfer Santiago airport and your flight to Atacama Desert.

    Approx. at 14:00, you will be picked up at Calama airport and transferred to your hotel and have lunch (included).

    In the evening you will be picked up at 20:30 approx for an Astronomic Tour (regular shared service). San Pedro de Atacama is in fact an exceptional place to observe the stars. You will be transferred to the observatory, and the tour will start with an explanation of the stars that can be observed all through the year. The tour ends with hot chocolate, cookies, wine, and snacks.

    Return to San Pedro.

    Included: Wine, snacks, hot chocolate, tea or coffee.

    Duration: 3 hrs approx.

    ​Lodging at San Pedro de Atacama Hotel.

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  • 9
    Atacama desert and lagoon tour
    Day 9 Transfer by car
    Atacama desert and lagoon tour

    At 08:00 am, your local guide will pick you up to visit one of the most typical lanscapes of Atacama desert.

    In this expedition, you will visit Toconao, which enchants for its simplicity, special climate, beautiful architecture and craftsmanship, Quebrada de Jerez that stands out for its agricultural activities and the border of Salar de Atacama known as Laguna Chaxa located in Sector Soncor Flamenco National Reserve.

    Included: Breakfast, Entrances Fees.

    Recommendations: Warm Clothing, Comfortable Footwear, Cap, Sunglasses, Sunblock and Water.

    Duration: 05:30 hours approx.

    You will dropped off in the town where you will have lunch (not included).

    At 15:00 you will take the Cejar Lagoon Experience.

    The Atacama Saltflat is the largest salt deposit in Chile hosting Laguna Cejar, beautiful and mystical with its turquoise color. Its great salt content causes a surreal floating effect which makes for a relaxing bath and a fun experience.

    After Cejar Lagoon visit Ojos de Salar: water coming from underground lagoons with small reeds and seaweed growing on its banks. Finally, in Laguna Tebenquinche you will enjoy the great whiteness of salt. End the day with an aperitif while contemplating the reflection of the Andes Range in the waters.

    Included: Snacks, entrance fees.

    Duration: 05:30 Approx.

    Recommendations: Comfortable clothing, windbreaker, swimsuit, towel, jockey, sunglasses, sunscreen and water.

    ​Lodging at San Pedro de Atacama Hotel.

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  • 10
    Tatio Geysers Tour and Puritama Hotsprings
    Day 10 Transfer by car
    Tatio Geysers Tour and Puritama Hotsprings

    At 05:00 am your local guide will pick you up for to visit the Tatio Geysers.

    The Tatio is one of the highest Geyser field in the world. The maximum expression of these fumaroles begins between 06:00 and 07:00 hrs.  approx. with temperatures reaching 85 ° C. On our return it is possible to observe fauna like vicuñas, llamas, ñandúes, vizcachas, etc. In addition, we will visit the small ancestral village of Machuca.

    Nearby is the Salada Lagoon where families of flamingos, ducks and seagulls reside. We will end our excursion in Puritama Hotsprings, located in a large stone ravine.

    Included: Entrance fees, breakfast, lunch, cocktail.

    Duration: 14:30 Approx.

    Recommendations: Warm clothing, comfortable footwear, cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, swimsuit, towel, flop-flops and water.

    Restrictions:

    • Pregnant

    • Minimum age of 12 years

    • People with Hypertension (Medical authorization only)

     

    You will be dropped off at your hotel. Lodging at San Pedro de Atacama Hotel.

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  • 11
    Rainbow Valley Tour & Moon Valley Tour
    Day 11 Transfer by car
    Rainbow Valley Tour & Moon Valley Tour

    After breakfast, you’ll head towards Yerbas Buenas petroglyphs and visit the archeological site. Then, drive to The Rainbow Valley, where you’ll see hills of amazing colors and full of  minerals. You’ll visit Santiago del Río Grande town where people still grow typical products.

    Included: Entrance fees, breakfast, lunch, cocktail.

    Duration: 05:30 Approx.

    Recommendations:

    Warm clothing, comfortable footwear, cap, sunglasses, sunscreen and water.

    You will be dropped off downtown for lunch waiting for the following tour at 15:00 hrs, the Moon Valley Tour.

    Moon Valley is a desert landscape and a geomorphological wonder, resembling a fragment of the lunar landscape to which it owes its name. In 1982 it was declared a Nature Sanctuary and is part of the Flamingos National Reserve. Here you will see Ckari ravine, salt caverns, the famous natural formation known as The Three Watchers today called the three Marias, Dune Major and viewpoints such as Honda ravine and Coyote stone.

    Recommendations: Wear pullover or windproof, sunscreen, water, sunglasses and closed shoes.

    Duration: 4,5 hrs approx.

    You can be dropped off in the hotel or downtown where you can have dinner and return to the hotel on your own.

    ​Lodging at San Pedro de Atacama Hotel.

     

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  • 12
    Flight to Santiago
    Day 12 Transfer by airplane
    Flight to Santiago

    Your local guide will pick you up to go to Calama Airport for the flight back to Santiago. At Santiago Airport your driver will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free to enjoy Santiago.

    ​Lodging at Santiago Hotel.

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  • 13
    San Cristobal hill & shopping tour – Dinner Show at night
    Day 13 Transfer by car
    San Cristobal hill & shopping tour – Dinner Show at night

    Today you will have the opportunity to buy souvenirs. You will visit Los Dominicos handcraft village, where you can see the locals working their products, Costanera Center shopping mall where you can climb to the tallest building in Santiago fora panoramic view of the city (optional), San Cristoball hill, to see the top with the virgin that watches over Santiago and find other traditional Chilean products.

    Finally you can choose to visit Blue Stone (optional) to buy typical Chilean jewels: this place is famous for handicraft in lapis lazuli stones.

    Included: San Cristobal fees.

    Not Included: Costanera fees.

    Dinner Show: Tonight you will enjoy a nice dinner in a restaurant of Santiago with typical music and dance. You can choose between differents menú with Chilean or international cusine.

    Meals included: Dinner.

    ​Lodging at Santiago Hotel.

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  • 14
    End of tour
    Day 14 Transfer by car
    End of tour

    Depending on your flight your guide will be waiting at your hotel to go to Santiago Airport.

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  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes

    • Accommodation in selected hotels.
    • All tours in private services, except the regular services mentioned in the program.
    • Local English speaking guides.
    • Private Transfers In / Out in Santiago de Chile.
    • Shared Transfers In / Out in Easter Island and Atacama Desert.
    • Lunch and dinner mentioned as included in the programs.
    • Cocktails & Snacks mentioned as included in the program
    • Entrances to National Parks (except in Easter Island).

     

    Price does not include

    • International or domestic flights
    • Accident Insurance (you must have your own insurance)
    • Lunch, dinner, beverages & cocktails not included on the program
    • SGL Supplement
    • Tour Leader.
    • Tips for drivers and guides.