Easter Island, the Center of the World

9 Days

  • 9 days
  • Available: Year-round
  • Destinations: Santiago, Viña, Valparaiso, Easter island
  • Trip Type: Customizable
  • Trip Highlights

    • Explore trendy Santiago.
    • Marvel at the colorful town of Valparaiso.
    • Enjoy the sea sights of Viña del Mar.
    • Get amazed by the charm of the paradisiacal Anakena beach.
    • Visit the ceremonial village of Orongo.
    • Explore the platforms where the massive Moais are buried.

    Itinerary Day by Day

    Transfer from the airport to the hotel.

    Overnight in Santiago.

    CITY TOUR WITH SANTA LUCIA HILL

    Santiago de Chile, today a modern and bustling city with 6 million of inhabitants, was founded by the Spaniards 470 years ago. The tour starts driving downtown along Parque Forestal, a French style park that runs along Mapocho River. Drive up Santa Lucia hill where Santiago was founded, today a public park located aside of the National Library. Leave the hill and drive through the heart of downtown to Plaza de Armas (Main Square) the spot from where the city has grown throughout the centuries. Some important buildings such as the Cathedral, the City Hall, the Central Post Office and the National Historical Museum surround it. Drive to the Civic area to see La Moneda Presidential Palace, current seat of the government. Continue around the streets that were elegant at the beginning of the XIX Century, passing by Dieciocho Street that grants the status of Typical Zone, the Cousiño Palace built around 1870 and the Basilica de los Sacramentinos, a free imitation of the Sacred Heart Church of Montmartre in Paris. Reach Alameda Bernardo O'Higgins Avenue, the city's main street, to conclude the tour visiting the San Francisco Church, erected between 1586 and 1628 by the Franciscan Order, and its Colonial Museum and Monastery, with a peaceful garden in the in middle of the city and with an important religious art collection from the 17th and 18th centuries.

    Overnight at selected hotel.

    Included: Breakfast.

    VALPARAISO & VIÑA DEL MAR

    The tour departs from Santiago to the coast, crossing the valleys of “Curacaví” and “Casablanca”, we will see on the road beautiful vineyards, “fruit tree farms” dairy farms and forest reserves. Valparaiso is a port city founded in the sixteenth century and declared world heritage by UNESCO, Valparaíso is the “cultural capital of Chile”, commercial port and the Chilean navy operation center, bohemian and college town, charming, historic and picturesque harbor with interesting architecture and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.

    The tour includes an overlooking to the national congress, O’Higgins park and park Italia, Plaza de la Victoria, Plaza Sotomayor and “Prat dock”, located inside the port area. Later we will visit the museum of the famous Chilean writer and poet Pablo Neruda called “la Sebastiana”. Then we will start our walking tour by the wonderful viewpoints and promenades, “Gervasoni” and “Atkinson” located in the most important hills of Valparaíso, “Alegre” and “Concepción” and will also use the ancient and picturesque city funiculars.

    Then and through a beautiful oceanfront path, reach the city of Viña del Mar, known as the "Garden city", elegant, sophisticated and inspired by the French riviera we will drive by the scenic " flower clock “, will travel Peru avenue alongside the traditional "casino", the first of Chile founded 1930, and his elegant " hotel del mar”. Finally, we can observe and photograph a real “Moai” from Easter island located outside the major museum of paleontology and anthropology. Lunch is optional; we recommend sample the varied cuisine of the Chilean coast, fresh fish and seafood.

    Return to Santiago.

    Overnight at selected hotel.

    Included: Breakfast.

    Transfer to the airport

    Flight to Eastern Island

    Upon arrival, reception and transfer to your hotel.

    Overnight in Easter island.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

    ANAKENA AND THE LOST CULTURE OF RAPA NUI

    We invite you to follow the steps of the first King of the Island, the Ariki Hotu Matúa. It is said that the destination was determined by a dream which took him to Easter Island to begin the period of colonization. On our tour we will visit five archaeological sites, during the morning we will have the honor of visiting Akahanga, Rano Raraku and Ahu Tongariki, important places for the Rapa Nui culture located on the south coast, which from the first times and until today invite us to be part of the history of a culture full of archaeological riches. At the end of our first tour, we invite you to lunch at Rapa Nui family house, the company in this place will be the garden with its typical trees of the area that invite us to live the experience of sharing and knowing the benefits of our cuisine. Once ready to start our second tour, our guide will take us to Te Pito Kura, through the internal road of the island, this archaeological site known as the navel of the world, consists of a platform that until today has remained intact with his Moai. This Moai is the largest sculpture that has been transported from the Rano Raraku quarry and raised on its ahu. Our last steps are reserved for Anakena one of the most important beaches in the history of Easter Island, since according to tradition, it was here that the first king of the island, the Ariki Hotu Matu'a landed with his men and established the first town that gave rise to the Rapa Nui culture. In this same place we will find two ahus and their respective Moai. A unique landscape that cannot be missed. For those who want to spend time to contemplate, rest and enjoy the white sand, its crystal-clear waters, is the ideal place to do it.

    Overnight at Rapa Nui Hotel.

    Included: Breakfast.

    ORONGO CEREMONIAL VILLAGE

    You will be taken to the extinct volcano Rano Kau appreciating a view over the whole island and with its distinct geological features. On top of the volcano we proceed to a breathtaking view of the crater lake. Afterwards you will go to the ceremonial village of Orongo, where the birdman competition took place, and you can see the spectacular petroglyphs related to this culture and the 3 islands situated opposite the coast. Then you will go to Ahu Vinapu (not restored) and the Ana Kai Tangata cave with its paintings. Afterwards, return to the hotel.

    Overnight at Rapa Nui Hotel.

    Included: Breakfast.

    Transfer from the hotel to the airport.

    Flight to Santiago.

    Transfer from the airport to the hotel.

    Overnight at selected hotel.

    Included: Breakfast.

    Free day to rest.

    Overnight at selected hotel.

    Included: Breakfast.

    Transfer from the hotel to the airport.

    Included: Breakfast.

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