HIGH SEASON RATES: October – March 2018/2019
- Price based on Double Occupancy – From USD$ 3,540 /Per person
- Price with Single Supplement included – From USD$ 4,103 / Per person
- Solo Traveler – From USD$ 6,010
From the central zone to the north of the country, you will explore a well-known island sitting in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, get to know Chile’s capital, and visit the world’s driest desert – making this 12-day experience an adventure spanning the country!
The journey will begin with an incredible stay on Easter Island, where you’ll enjoy its great natural heritage and learn about Rapa Nui and Polynesian ancestral culture. Then, you will visit the cities of Santiago and Valparaíso, declared a World Heritage Site. Finally, you’ll continue your journey towards the northern end of the country, San Pedro de Atacama; a destination right in the desert where you’ll enjoy amazing scenery, food, and local produce, and take in Atacama culture.
With our programme, you will visit some of the most remote and spectacular spots in Chile.
Your journey will begin with a night’s stay in Santiago. Once you arrive at the airport, a rep from our agency will be waiting for you with a driver, ready to take you to Hotel Ismael 312 in the city. After check-in, you’ll have the afternoon free to rest or go for a walk around the Lastarria neighborhood around the hotel – one of the Santiago’s most historic areas.
After breakfast at the hotel, an Ecochile Travel rep will come and pick you up to head to Santiago airport, where you will catch your flight to Easter Island. Once you’ve arrived, a local guide – who you’ll be able to spot from their sign with your full name on – will take you to the Altiplánico Hotel. After checking in, you will have the afternoon free to explore the island by yourself. You can visit the craft market, have lunch and dinner in local eateries, and get ready for the following day.
FULL DAY TOUR: THE ARRIVAL OF THE HOTU MATU’A
After having breakfast in your hotel, your Full Day Tour will begin and get to know the island’s attractions in more detail. The day starts at the archaeological site Ahu Te Pito Kura, where you can see the only fallen Moái that has stayed in that position over time. Then, you will head for the Rano Raraku volcano, where all the island’s Moái and other statues were made. After that, you will enjoy a delicious snack at Ahu Tongariki, which is considered to be the biggest built ceremonial structure on the island. It has fifteen Moái, displayed in a row. After looking around, you will go to an ancient ceremonial platform called Ahu Akahang, and round the day off at the beautiful Anakena beach.
PART 1: ORONGO – “THE LEGEND OF THE BIRD-MAN
After having breakfast in your hotel, you will go to the place where the Bird-man competitions were held in ancient times. This celebration took place annually in Spring, on the hillside of the Rano Kau volcano and in the ceremonial village of Orongo. Here, you will see this volcano, which is considered to be the biggest on the island, as well as the ceremonial village, which is highly valuable both culturally and spiritually, and a cave by the sea known as Ana Kai Tangata. Inside this cave, you can find cave paintings done by the ancient inhabitants of the island.
PART 2: AHU AKIVI- “GAZING AT THE STARS”
On this tour, you can see and learn about how ancient islanders connected with celestial and astronomical events occurring above the island. You will explore three archaeological sites while on a hike: the underground cave of Ana Te Pahu, the Ahu Akivi platform with seven restored statues, and the Puna a Pau quarry, which is a crater formed by an ancient volcano.
Your last day on the island. Depending on your flight time, you may have time to explore the area of your own accord. A van will pick you up from the hotel at an agreed time and take you to the airport where you’ll catch your flight back to Santiago. Once you arrive, an agency rep and driver will take you back to the hotel Ismael 312 in the city. After checking in, you’ll have the afternoon off and can roam the streets of Santiago. We recommend going out to eat in the Lastarria area and visiting the market or Santa Lucía hill near to the hotel.
Once you have enjoyed breakfast at your hotel, we will pick you up at around 9 am to begin your Private Tour around Santiago’s city center. On it, you will see some of the city’s main heritage sites, such as government house and its fascinating history, the multicultural Plaza de Armas, the picturesque Central and Vega Market, we will visit the San Cristobal Hill and some of the historic neighborhoods, such as Lastarria, Bellas Artes, and Santiago Centro. Then we are going to have lunch (Included) in one of the typical restaurants of the bohemian Bellavista neighborhoods. Finally, we will be returning to our hotel.
Our driver will pick us up between 9 and 9:30 am to head to the port town of Valparaíso. On the way, we’ll stop in Casablanca Valley to explore and sample some wines from the Emiliana vineyard. Then we’ll continue on towards Valparaíso, where we’ll explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site on foot. We will visit the port, the Plaza Sotomayor, the Cerro Alegre, Concepcion and Florida hill, using local transport such as the Trolebús and elevators, both heritage elements. We can look at the amazing street art there and learn about the history, architecture, and legacy of the early 20th, late 19th century immigrants who made this city so multicultural and cosmopolitan.
Once we’ve finished our tour, we will have lunch at a local restaurant (not included) and around 4 pm, we will head back to the capital to get ready for the following day.
Day 8’s adventure will start with you heading towards the Atacama Desert. Sometime in the morning, an agency rep and driver will pick you up from the hotel and take you to Santiago airport, where you will catch your flight towards the city of Calama. When you arrive in the north of the country, a local guide and driver will be waiting to continue your journey towards the town of San Pedro de Atacama, chosen for its great historical and cultural value. On the way, you will drive across part of the Atacama Desert and see salt sculptures created by the wind, hills that change color depending on the time of the day, and mountain chains such as the Andes and the Domeyko mountains. Once you are in the town itself, your driver will drop you off at the Noi Casa Atacama Hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to have lunch and explore the beautiful town.
Please Note: Itinerary may vary according to weather and road conditions, however, we will endeavor to make your guided tour as comfortable and timely as possible.
After breakfast, our journey begins heading towards the Chaxa lagoon, which is in the middle of the Atacama Salar in the National Reserve “Los Flamencos”. Here you can see the small and big Parina, and Chilean Flamenco whose pink color contrasts with the bright-white of the salt crystals and deep blue color of the water. Afterward a stop for lunch in Socaire, a humble hillside village famous for their simple homes without windows or terraces. After lunch, the tour will continue towards the Altiplano lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques at 4,200m/13,779ft. elevation. Surrounded by towering volcanoes you can observe a variety of Altiplano birds, flamencos, foxes, vicunas.
Finally, we’ll visit the town of Toconao, an oasis with ideal climatic conditions for the cultivation of native fruits and vegetables, visit the church declared a national monument and shop the local handicraft.
PART 1: TATIO GEYSERS AND MACHUCA VILLAGE
This day we will visit the famous Tatio Geysers, considered the highest in the world at 4,320m/14,173ft. Please Note: Pick-up at the hotel will be at 04:30 AM as the early morning hours afford the best opportunity to view the geysers in full glory and to best appreciate the unique early morning desert light. Breakfast will be provided on-site to take full advantage of this natural wonder. Optionally, you can take a relaxing bath in a rustic pool of warm water in this completely natural environment. On our return to San Pedro, we will stop in the village of Machuca, where people have bred llamas and collect Llareta (flowering plant, family Apiaceae) for generations.
PART 2: VALLEY OF THE MOON
After lunch, we will travel 13km East to the Valley of the Moon, a natural sanctuary whose landscape resembles the Moon with a variety of craters and wind-sculptured rock formations. This Valley is of haunting beauty which will make you wonder if you are still on planet Earth. After witnessing one of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet with a tasting cheese & wine, we return to the hotel.
Your last day in Atacama. Depending on your flight time, you will have a little time to look around San Pedro, where history buffs can visit the Le Paige Archaeological Museum and where you can see the beautiful local church and the Casa Inca (the oldest building in the town) or trek in the dunes on the outskirts. At an agreed time, a van will collect you from the hotel and take you to Calama airport, from where you’ll fly back into Santiago. Once in the capital, a rep driver from our agency will be waiting for you ready to take you to Hotel Ismael 312 in Lastarria neighborhood to spend the last night of the program.
LOW SEASON RATES: May – September 2018
HIGH SEASON RATES: October – March 2018/2019
*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 travelers 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
Duration: 12 days
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