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EASTER ISLAND TO ATACAMA: CULTURE & NATURE

From USD 4,780 / 12 days

Highlights

  • Enjoy a twelve-day tour exploring some of Chile’s most beautiful natural places
  • Our smartly-planned schedule and itinerary avoids crowds and crowded places
  • Explore the highlights of Easter Island (Rapa Nui), including Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki, Anakena beach, Rano Kau & Orongo village
  • Venture from subterranean caves to the volcanic summits of this Pacific Island
  • Become a true “Santiaguino” exploring the capital city’s foodie destinations and historic sites
  • Discover the port city of Valparaiso and sample Chile’s renowned wines
  • In the Atacama, visit stunning high-altitude lagoons at Los Flamencos National Reserve
  • Be astonished by the geysers and fumaroles at the world’s highest geyser field, Tatio Geysers
  • Watch a sunrise you’ll never forget in the lunar-esque Moon Valley

Overview

From the ancient archaeological wonders of Easter Island to the Martian landscapes of a watercolor-painted desert, our “Easter Island to Atacama: Off The Beaten Path” tour will immerse you in the natural wonders and cultural diversity of one of the most unique countries in the world.

Starting from the capital city of Santiago, we’ll head to Easter Island, a tiny, remote speck of land in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Full of unique cultural traditions, rare archaeological artifacts, and unparalleled tropical vistas, Easter Island has been home to the Rapa Nui people for thousands of years, who most famously crafted the giant rock “Moai” statues that dot the island’s landscapes. We’ll explore ancient archaeological sites, learn about Rapa Nui culture and traditions, climb volcanoes, descend into seaside caves, and connect with locals to discover the treasures of this Polynesian gem.

Returning to the mainland, we’ll then explore two of Chile’s most exciting cities, Santiago and the port town of Valparaiso. In Santiago, we’ll visit some of the city’s key historic monuments, as well as taste traditional foods and dishes, and in Valparaiso, we’ll marvel at the wonderful street art, colorful houses, and beautiful ocean views of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Heading back to Santiago, we’ll also stop in the Casablanca Valley, one of Chile’s best wine regions, for wine-tastings.

The trip ends in the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world. Staying in the traditional town of San Pedro de Atacama, we’ll branch out to explore the wonders of this desert, including steaming-hot geysers, shimmering salt flats, timeless lunar valleys, lagoons that serve as homes to local fauna like flamingos, hazy mountains and volcanoes, and some of the most spectacular night skies on the planet.

Best of all, this new tour incorporates safety, health, and distancing regulations to ensure that your travels are as safe and enjoyable as possible. An incredible journey, filled with culture and amazing landscapes, is waiting for you!

DAY PLACE HIGHLIGHTS HOTEL OPTIONS
1 Santiago de Chile Arrival to Santiago de Chile – Day at Leisure

Bidasoa Eco Boutique Hotel

2 Santiago de Chile - Easter Island Arrival to Easter Island – Rano Kau & Orongo Village

Easter Island Ecolodge

3 Easter Island Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki, Anakena BEach & Hike on the cave

Easter Island Ecolodge

4 Easter Island Hike to Poike & Terevaka hills

Easter Island Ecolodge

5 Easter Island - Santiago de Chile Return from Rapa Nui to Santiago de Chile

Bidasoa Eco Boutique Hotel

6 Santiago de Chile Santiago city tour

Bidasoa Eco Boutique Hotel

7 Santiago de Chile - Valparaiso Discover the port-city of Valparaiso & Casablanca wine valley

Bidasoa Eco Boutique Hotel

8 Santiago de Chile - San Pedro de Atacama From Santiago flight to Calama and drive to San Pedro de Atacama

Desertica Hotel

9 San Pedro de Atacama High Plateau Lagoons & Salt Flat of Atacama

Desertica Hotel

10 San Pedro de Atacama Tatio Geysers, Machuca Village

Desertica Hotel

11 San Pedro de Atacama - Santiago de Chile Moon Valley - Return to Calama, flight to Santiago de Chile

Bidasoa Eco Boutique Hotel

12 Santiago de Chile Departure from Santiago

Itinerary Details

DAY 1
ARRIVAL TO SANTIAGO DE CHILE

You will be picked up at Santiago’s International Airport and drive to your Hotel in Santiago.

According to your flight, you will have spare time during the day to choose an activity and visit some of the best point of interest from Santiago. Below we list some ideas.

1. Hike up to Cerro Santa Lucia

2. Cableway to the summit of Cerro San Cristobal

3. Visit local museums:

  • Museum of Memory and Human Rights
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • Chilean museum of Pre-columbian Arts
  • Museum of Visual Arts & Archaeological Museum of Santiago

4. Visit Pablo Neruda’s home museum

5. Visit the Arts & Crafts village at Pueblito los Dominicos

6. Visit the top restaurants in Santiago

Hotel Options

Bidasoa Eco Boutique Hotel Santiago de Chile

ROOM Double - Twin
MEALS -
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Boutique
DAY 2
SANTIAGO DE CHILE - EASTER ISLAND

In the morning, you’ll be taken from your hotel to Santiago’s airport for your flight to Easter Island.

At Easter Island’s Hanga Roa Airport you’ll be picked up by our guide, who will take you to your hotel.

In the afternoon, you will visit the largest volcano Rano Kau and Orongo Village. At an agreed time, your guide will lead you on an easy hike to the top, which will allows you to get a stunning viewpoint that looks out over the volcano’s crater, the Island and Pacific Ocean. The trail winds around the rim of the crater, which you’ll follow to reach the ancient historical site, Orongo Village. This collection of sod-covered stone buildings was once an important ceremonial center for the Rapa Nui people. Your guide will tell you everything about the history, culture and important traditions. Then you’ll be taken back to your hotel and have a free evening to explore and dinner at your own.

Hotel Options

Easter Island Ecolodge Hanga Roa

ROOM Double - Twin
MEALS Breakfast
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Boutique
DAY 3
RANO RARAKU, AHU TONGARIKI, ANAKENA BEACH & HIKE ON THE CAVES

After your breakfast, you will head to Rano Raraku volcano, the site of one of the most amazing archaeological treasures on the island. A quarry is located here, and it was from this quarry that all the island’s famous Moai’s were carved.

Afterwards, we’ll head to Ahu Tongariki, the largest stone platform (an ahu), where 15 Moai’s stand looking out over the Island. Then we’ll continue to Anakena Beach to visit its Ahu Nau Nau, as well as enjoy a delicious lunch from one of the local food stands and even take a refreshing dip in the serene turquoise waters of Anakena.

After lunch, we’ll visit a volcanic cave system known as the “Roiho” or “Te Ana” circuit. Rapa Nui’s used these caves as hide-outs during clashes between different tribes and raids. You will explore different caves, including Ana Te Pahu, Ana Te Pora, and Ana Kakenga.

After exploring the caves, we’ll return to your hotel where you’ll have the rest of the evening free.

Please note: Activities may change due to bad weather or unsafe road conditions. However, if a cancellation take place, an alternate activity will be arranged. 

Hotel Options

Easter Island Ecolodge Hanga Roa

ROOM Double - Twin
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Boutique
DAY 4
SUNRISE AT POIKE AND HIKE TO MAUNGA TEREVAKA

Today, we’ll head out before dawn to watch the sunrise from a very special location: Poike Hill, the first place on the island that receives rays of the rising sun. It’s very few people who come to this little-visited place, so you’ll have a peaceful time to watch the sunrise. Here we’ll hike up the slopes of Rapa Nui’s oldest volcano and explore other treasures as the Vai a Heva, a human-faced rock that was used to collect rainwater, and Ana o Keke, where it’s believed women were sent to prepare for fertility rites. Afterwards we’ll return to Hanga Roa to have lunch.

In the afternoon, we’ll head to the island’s highest summit (511 mt./1,677 ft. above sea level), Maunga Terevaka, by hiking or on a horseback ride. From the top, you’ll have a complete panoramic view of the island. During the way back, we’ll also pause at Ahu Akivi, a beautiful Ahu site. Then we’ll return to the hotel.

This tour is not recommended for travelers with mobility issues. 

Hotel Options

Easter Island Ecolodge Hanga Roa

ROOM Double - Twin
MEALS Breakfast
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Boutique
DAY 5
EASTER ISLAND - SANTIAGO DE CHILE

At and agreed time, your transfer will pick you up at your hotel in Hanga Roa and drive you to Mataveri International airport to catch your flight back to Santiago (flight not included).

At your arrival at Santiago’s airport, your driver will pick you up and drive you to your hotel in Santiago.

Hotel Options

Bidasoa Eco Boutique Hotel Santiago de Chile

ROOM Double - Twin
MEALS Breakfast
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Boutique
DAY 6
SANTIAGO DE CHILE

This city tour takes you inside local life as a “Santiaguino”! Hop onto local transit and discover the best places to eat and visit as a local. Taste traditional Chilean dishes and learn how they are prepared. Wander through local markets and get the chance to chat with vendors and shoppers. Get the best view of Santiago with a trip up the iconic cable car before you return to your hotel.

Hotel Options

Bidasoa Eco Boutique Hotel Santiago de Chile

ROOM Double - Twin
MEALS Breakfast - Snacks
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Boutique
DAY 7
SANTIAGO DE CHILE - VALPARAISO

Today, begin the scenic drive through the outskirts of Santiago, including Casablanca Valley and Valparaíso. Visit the port, Cerro Alegre by using local transportation and on foot. We can look at the amazing street art, architecture and learn about one of the most important city-ports that took place in world history. During our tour we will visit a local restaurant. After lunch, in our returning we will visit the organic vineyard, the Emiliana Winery. Despite its late start in wine production, Casablanca Valley has gained recognition worldwide for the production of white and red wines. Take the opportunity to taste different wines produced here, accompanied by a local cheese or chocolate. Finally, return to the minivan and begin your journey back to Santiago.

Hotel Options

Bidasoa Eco Boutique Hotel

ROOM Double - Twin
MEALS Breakfast
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Boutique
DAY 8
SANTIAGO DE CHILE - CALAMA - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

In the morning, you’ll be taken from your hotel to Santiago’s airport for your flight to Atacama Desert. At Calama’s Airport you’ll be picked up by our guide, who will drive you to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

Upon our arrival in San Pedro, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel and have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore at your leisure, San Pedro is a great town to discover on foot, walking down cobblestoned streets lined with adobe buildings full of local restaurants and stores.

At night, you’ll have the option to take part in a stargazing tour. (Activity not included)

Hotel Options

Casa de Don Tomas Hotel

ROOM Double - Twin
MEALS Breakfast
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Boutique
DAY 9
HIGH PLATEAU LAGOONS & SOCAIRE

Today, we’ll drive to the high-altitude plateau to discover the remarkable landscapes of this desert. Along the drive, you may have the chance to see local wildlife. After roughly an hour of driving up from the valley floor toward the clouds, we’ll arrive at the Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons, which sit over 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) above sea level. We’ll then drive to Socaire, a traditional adobe village of just 360 inhabitants.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll visit some of the village’s weavers, where we’ll learn about and observe their knitting. After this class, we’ll return to San Pedro for a free evening.

Hotel Options

Casa de Don Tomas Hotel

ROOM Double - Twin
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Boutique
DAY 10
TATIO GEYSERS & MACHUCA VILLAGE

This tour is not recommended for those with high-blood pressure or who are sensitive to high altitude. If so, please inform in order to provide a different excursion. 

Today, we’ll visit the famous Tatio Geysers, which at 14,173 feet (4,320 meters) above sea level are the highest in the world! Normally, people visit the geysers very early in the morning to observe the steam in the cold dawn hours but to avoid the crowds and offer a more unique experience, we’ll be visiting when nearly everyone else has gone. At around 6:30 am, we’ll drive first to the village of Machuca on the way to the geysers, where you can be charmed by the traditional buildings and church, as well as interact with the locals who have lived here for generations raising llamas and farming. We’ll likely have the place all to ourselves before the crowds of tourists coming back from the geysers descend on the town.

We’ll then continue on to the Putana wetlands next to the Putana Volcano, where we’ll pause to observe the local birdlife and dazzling colours of the wetlands; if we’re lucky, we may also see other wildlife like guanacos, lamas and suri!

Then, a short drive further on, we’ll arrive at the geysers, which we’ll have nearly all to ourselves as the early-morning tours will have departed. We’ll walk along marked paths through the geysers, watching them erupt. You also have the option of taking a quick soak in the river next to the geysers! After exploring the area, we’ll return to San Pedro (around roughly 2:00 pm) and you’ll have the rest of the day to relax or explore.

Hotel Options

Casa de Don Tomas Hotel

ROOM Double - Twin
MEALS Breakfast
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Boutique
DAY 11
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - CALAMA - SANTIAGO

We’ll depart early in the morning to visit one of the most famous places in Atacama, the Valle de la Luna (The Moon Valley), where after arriving, we’ll enjoy breakfast while the rising sun reveals the full grandeur of this lunar landscape. Then we’ll have the opportunity to visit an “Ayllu”, an ancient community-dwelling of the Atacameños or Lickan-Antay tribe. Then we’ll return to San Pedro around 11:30 am, and, at a pre-arranged hour, your driver will pick you up from your hotel to take you to Calama’s Airport for your return flight to Santiago.

At your arrival at Santiago airport, your driver will be waiting for you to drive you to your hotel. The rest of the day will be yours to enjoy at your leisure.

 

Hotel Options

Bidasoa Eco Boutique Hotel

ROOM Double - Twin
MEALS Breakfast - Snack
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Boutique
DAY 12
LAST DAY IN SANTIAGO DE CHILE

After incredible days exploring Chile is time to say farewell!

Your driver will pick you up at your hotel at an agreed time and drive you to the Santiago International airport for your flight back home with great memories to share.

HIGH SEASON RATES
Sept 13, 2020 – December 31, 2020

  • Price based on Double Occupancy – From USD$ 4,780 /Per person

LOW SEASON RATES
April 1, 2020 – Sept 12, 2020

  • Price based on Double Occupancy – From USD$ 4,690 /Per person

SOLO TRAVELER RATES

  • High Season – From USD$ 8,110 /Per person
  • Low Season – From USD$ 7,930/Per person

This listed price is based on two people sharing a double room. The price may vary due to the time of year you travel, the size of your group, accommodation availability and not counting special dates.  ** Solo travellers or guests staying in single rooms must pay a single supplement. Otherwise, the rates would be readjusted upon request. *** The single supplement is based on Regular tours, availability of which must be confirmed prior to reservation of the trip. **** If the mentioned hotels are not available, alternative hotels will be provided of a similar standard *****

Price Includes

  • Accommodation as mentioned on the itinerary (11 nights)
  • Ground transportation as mentioned on the itinerary
  • Semi-private & private excursions, as mentioned on the itinerary, with bilingual guide (Max. 10 passengers)
  • Entrance fee to Los Flamencos National Reserve (Miscanti & Meñiques Lagoons, Tatio Geysers & Moon Valley)
  • Entrance fee to Rapa Nui National Park

Exclusions

  • International & domestic flights (In case you’d like to add the tickets, please let us know)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuities

 

Meals as mentioned on the Itinerary:

  • Day 1:  —
  • Day 2: Breakfast
  • Day 3: Breakfast, lunch
  • Day 4: Breakfast
  • Day 5: Breakfast
  • Day 6: Breakfast, food samples
  • Day 7: Breakfast
  • Day 8: Breakfast
  • Day 9: Breakfast, lunch
  • Day 10: Breakfast on site
  • Day 11: Breakfast on site, snack at a local village
  • Day 12: Breakfast

 

Hotel Options

To provide you with the best experience possible, we’ve handpicked the best hotel options for you to choose from. Most of the hotels we partner with are boutique, offering more personalized service and top-notch amenities, with bedrooms available on a double/twin or single basis. 

Santiago

  • Bidasoa Eco Boutique Hotel (Top recommended option)
  • Cumbres Hotel
  • Ismael Hotel
  • Altiplanico Bellas Artes Hotel

Easter Island

  • Easter Island Ecolodge (Top recommended option)
  • Vai Moana Hotel
  • Altiplanico Rapa Nui Hotel
  • Hare Uta Hotel

San Pedro de Atacama

  • Desértica Hotel (Top recommended option)
  • Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama Hotel
  • NOI Casa Atacama Hotel
  • Altiplánico San Pedro de Atacama 

 

Why is this trip sustainable?

  • The food provided is locally prepared with most-products from the region
  • You will travel Plastic-Free throughout your trip | We use reusable or glass bottles and recyclable containers
  • Our top recommended Hotels count with a plan of sustainability
  • During this 12-days tour, we work in collaboration with communities in Rapa Nui, Socaire, Machuca and Coyo
  • We make sure our tour groups are small, both to improve the experience for you and to reduce the impact on the places we visit.
  • We respect and value the lifestyles, beliefs, and traditions of the local communities we visit.

EASTER ISLAND TO ATACAMA: CULTURE & NATURE

Duration: 12 days

Price: From USD 4,780 / person

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