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EASTER ISLAND TO ATACAMA: CULTURE & NATURE

From USD 4,300 / 12 days

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: Arrival in Santiago
  • Day 2: Rano Kau & Orongo
  • Day 3: Rapa Nui History
  • Day 4: Poike & Terevaka Hill
  • Day 5: Rapa Nui to Santiago
  • Day 6: A Bite of Santiago
  • Day 7: Valparaíso and Wines
  • Day 8: San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 9: Altiplanic Lagoons
  • Day 10: Tatio Geysers
  • Day 11: Moon Valley
  • Day 12: Santiago

Overview

From the ancient archaeological wonders of Easter Island to the Martian landscapes of a sky-scraping desert, our “Easter Island to Atacama: Culture and Nature” tour will immerse you in the natural wonders and cultural diversity of our unique country. We’ll start our journey on Easter Island, this island has been home to the Rapa Nui people for thousands of years, who crafted the giant rock “Moai” statues that dot the island’s landscapes. We’ll explore those ancient archaeological sites, learn about local culture and traditions, and discover the treasures of this Polynesian gem. Returning to the mainland, we’ll then explore the highlights of Central Chile, like the capital city of Santiago, the colorful port of Valparaiso, and the idyllic wine valleys. The trip ends in the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world, where we’ll discover otherworldly landscapes like steaming-hot geyser fields, timeless lunar valleys, highland lagoons, hazy mountains and volcanoes, and some of the most spectacular night skies on the planet.


Itinerary Details

DAY 1
SANTIAGO DE CHILE

Private Transfer

Welcome to Chile! A representative from our company will be waiting for you at the Santiago Airport to welcome you and take you to your hotel in the city. Along the way, we’ll go over your upcoming itinerary, as well as answer any questions you may have.

Depending on when your flight arrives, you will have free time during the day and evening to rest or explore the city a bit on your own. If you choose to go out and explore, here are some of our suggestions for points of interest.

Meals: None

Overnight: Eco Boutique Bidasoa Hotel

DAY 2
SANTIAGO – EASTER ISLAND

Private Transfer

In the morning, you’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Airport for your flight to Easter Island. Upon arrival, another EcoChile representative will fetch you from the airport in Hanga Roa and take you to your hotel, where you’ll have a short break to rest and refresh yourself before heading out.

Private Half Day Tour: Ranu Kau and Orongo Village 

In the afternoon, you will visit Rano Kau, the largest volcano on Easter Island, and Orongo Village. After being picked up by your guide and driven to the base of the volcano, there’s an easy hike to the summit, where there are stunning views looking out over the volcano’s crater and the Pacific Ocean. Your guide will tell you everything about the history, culture, and important traditions that took place here as you explore the site. Then you’ll be taken back to your hotel and will have the evening free to explore and enjoy dinner at your own leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Easter Island Eco Lodge

DAY 3
EASTER ISLAND - RAPA NUI

Private Full Day Tour: Rapa Nui in History 

After breakfast, we’ll depart the hotel for 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 were carved. We’ll explore the site and learn more about the geography of the island. Afterwards, we’ll head to Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island’s largest traditional stone platform. Then we’ll continue on to Anakena Beach to visit Ahu Nau Nau, enjoy a delicious lunch from one of the local food stands, and even take a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters.

After lunch, we’ll visit a volcanic cave system known as the “Roiho” or “Te Ana.” The Rapa Nui people 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 which we’ll return to your hotel where you’ll have the rest of the evening free.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight: Easter Island Eco Lodge

DAY 4
EASTER ISLAND - RAPA NUI

Private Full Day Tour: Poike Hill and 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 the rays of the rising sun. Very few people come to this little-visited place, so you’ll have a peaceful time watching the sunrise. Then we’ll hike up the slopes of Rapa Nui’s oldest volcano to visit other important sites like the Vai a Heva, a human-faced rock that was used to collect rainwater, and the 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, Maunga Terevaka, with the option to ascend the mountain either on foot (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 pause at Ahu Akivi, a beautiful Ahu site.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight: Easter Island Eco Lodge

DAY 5
EASTER ISLAND - SANTIAGO

Private Transfer

At a pre-arranged time (depending on your flight), you’ll be fetched from your Easter Island hotel by one of our representatives and transferred to Hanga Roa airport for your five-hour flight back to the mainland. After arriving in Santiago, you’ll be taken to your hotel and will have the remainder of the day free.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Eco Boutique Hotel Bidasoa

DAY 6
SANTIAGO

Private Half Day Tour: A Bite of Santiago City Tour

Today, you’ll get to discover Santiago on this insider city tour. We’ll visit the historic city center, where you’ll learn about the history of the city and Chile, be introduced to Chilean cuisine by visiting the local markets to try traditional dishes and learn about how they’re prepared, visit popular attractions around town, connect with locals, and much more. By the end of the tour, you’ll be an honorary “Santiaguino”! After the tour, you’ll have the rest of the day free to explore more or rest at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast and food samples

Overnight: Eco Boutique Hotel Bidasoa

DAY 7
SANTIAGO - VALPARAISO

Private Full Day Tour: Valparaíso and Casablanca Wine Valley

Today, we head out of Santiago to visit central Chile’s scenic wine valleys and the bohemian port city of Valparaiso. We’ll start in Valparaiso, which is located on the Pacific Coast roughly an hour and a half from Santiago. This city is renowned for its counterculture atmosphere, colorful houses, unique regional architecture, vibrant street art, and hill-scaling funicular elevators, all of which we’ll discover on a walking tour. We’ll also stop at a local restaurant to enjoy some of the city’s incredibly fresh and delicious offerings. Then, we’ll drive back toward Santiago, stopping in the luscious Casablanca wine valley, which is renowned world-wide for its red and white wines. We’ll visit one of the valley’s most preeminent wineries, Emiliana, which specializes in organic, biodynamic wines. We’ll go on a tour of the vineyard and winery and have a tasting of their wines accompanied by local cheese or chocolate. We’ll then return to Santiago for the evening.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Eco Boutique Hotel Bidasoa

DAY 8
SANTIAGO - CALAMA - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Private Transfer

At a pre-arranged time, you’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to Calama in the Atacama Desert. Upon arrival, one of our representatives will pick you up from the airport for the drive to San Pedro. Along the way, you’ll pass spectacular desert scenery like endless plains and high-altitude mountains streaked with colorful stones and sand. When we arrive in San Pedro, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel to get settled and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

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

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Casa de Don Tomas Hotel

DAY 9
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Shared Full Day Tour: Altiplanic Lagoons 

Today, we’ll drive up to the high-altitude plateau to discover some of the remarkable landscapes that this desert is famous for. After roughly an hour, we’ll arrive at the enchanting Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons. We’ll then drive to Socaire, a traditional adobe village. After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll visit some of the village’s weavers, where we’ll get to learn about and observe their knitting. After this class, we’ll return to San Pedro for a free evening.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight: Casa de Don Tomas Hotel

DAY 10
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Shared Full Day Tour: Tatio Geysers and Machuca Village

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!

At around 6:30 am, we’ll drive to the village of Machuca on the way to the geysers, where we’ll pause to explore the ancient adobe dwellings and historic church. Most visitors stop here after coming back from the geysers, so we’ll have the place all to ourselves. We’ll then continue on to the Putana wetlands, located next to the Putana Volcano. After a photo up there, we’ll head to the geyser field, which we will explore walking along the marked paths that weave through the geysers, watching them erupt and fill the air with steam. After exploring the area, we’ll return to San Pedro around 2:00 pm and you’ll have the rest of the day to relax or explore.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Casa de Don Tomas Hotel

DAY 11
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - SANTIAGO

Shared Half Day Tour: Moon Valley

We’ll depart early in the morning to visit one of the most famous places in the Atacama, the Valle de la Luna (The Moon Valley). 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 that was created by 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.

When you arrive in Santiago, a representative will be waiting to drive you to your hotel. The rest of the day will be yours to enjoy at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Eco Boutique Hotel Bidasoa

DAY 12
SANTIAGO

Private Transfer

On your final day, after your breakfast, at a pre-arranged time depending on your flight, you’ll be fetched from your hotel and taken privately to the airport in Santiago for your departure flight. Safe travels!

Meals: Breakfast


Land Portion Pricing

All year round:

Price per person >> USD 4,300 (Rates based on double occupancy)

* Please note that international and domestic flights are not included in this price.


Why is this trip sustainable?

  • The food provided is locally prepared with regional products.
  • You will travel Plastic-Free throughout your trip! We use reusable or glass bottles, and recyclable containers.
  • Our top recommended hotels include sustainability policies as part of their mission and operations.
  • We work in collaboration with local suppliers and communities in each location.
  • 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.

Our Health and Safety Promise:

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that travelers, while eager to get back out there and explore the world, also want to be careful and only travel where and when it’s safe to do so. Just as you take your health and safety seriously, as well as the health and safety of the overall group and the communities we visit, so do we. That’s why, in compliance with national and international health and safety regulations and recommendations, we’ve optimized our operations and tour itineraries to provide you with the safest itinerary possible in a post-pandemic world.

This tour was specifically designed with social distancing in mind, avoiding overly crowded places without sacrificing the experience of discovering the destination. We only partner with hotels and tour operators that are similarly committed to putting their clients’ health first, with the use of cleaning and sanitizing services and only offering tours and excursions when it’s fully safe to do so. All this and more are just some of the ways we’re innovating travel itineraries for the healthier future.

EASTER ISLAND TO ATACAMA: CULTURE & NATURE

Duration: 12 days

Price: From USD 4,300 / person

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