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Santiago & the Treasures of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) tour

Santiago & the Treasures of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
8 days
From: $ 2,919 $ 365 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy a tour through Santiago, Chile's capital city!
  • Fly out to a tiny island off the coast, where giant statues erupt from the earth and a volcanic crater houses ancient villages: Easter Island!
  • Explore the ruins in the Rano Ranaku crater and snap photos next to 12-foot-tall stone heads!
  • Walk along the shores of Anakena Beach, which boasts white sand beaches, warm waters, and stone statues of its own.
  • Learn about the Tangata Manu, or Birdman Competition, that was once an annual ceremony to choose the spiritual and political leader for the island.

Short Description

Take 7 incredible nights to explore both the capital of Chile, and the remote island of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island. Allow your guide to lead you through bustling city streets and winding dirt roads alike. Explore the amazing paths lined with massive heads carved with stone, walk white sand beaches with warm waters, and discover the history and culture of an ancient people.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Chile
End City Chile

Trip Includes

  • Roundtrip economy class airfare to Santiago (SCL)
  • All airport transfers
  • 3 nights in Santiago at the Hotel Torremayor Lyon, or similar
  • Santiago Historical Downtown City Tour
  • One-way, economy class flight from Santiago (SCL) to Hanga Roa (IPC)
  • 3 nights on Easter Island at the Taha Tai Hotel Rapa Nui, or similar
  • Full-day excursion through the Moais Route & Anakena Beach, with boxed lunch
  • Visit to the Rano Kao Volcano & the Orongo Ceremonial Center, including admission fee to Rapa Nui National Park
  • Visit to Ahu Akivi
  • One-way, economy class flight from Hanga Roa (IPC) to Santiago (SCL)
  • 1 night in Santiago at the Hotel Torremayor Lyon, or similar
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Chile!

Accommodation: Hotel Torremayor Lyon

Welcome to the beautiful capital of Chile, Santiago! Enjoy the view form this valley as coastal mountains capped with snow look over the entire city.

Transfer to hotel

Day 2: Santiago

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before embarking on a tour through the historic streets of Santiago. Make your way through with a guide to show you the highlights and help you orientate yourself and pick out a few choice places to revisit.

Santiago Historical Downtown City Tour

Explore Santiago, Chile's capital, which is nestled in the central valley, right below the majestic Andes. Feel the legacy of the "Mapuche" natives, who inhabited this land during the Pre-Colombian era, as well as the modernity of a thriving, booming city. Stroll along beautiful streets, visit interesting museums, admire amazing architecture, and learn all about the city's fascinating history.

Depart from your hotel and get ready to explore! Journey towards the city center, where you will see all of the main attractions. You will visit the Plaza de Armas, where you'll see the Cathedral of Santiago, the Municipality, the Post Office Building, the National History Museum, and more! Stand in awe of the gorgeous Government Palace, where you'll have the opportunity to walk through some of the most traditional streets and neighborhoods in Chile.

The fun's not over yet! Head uptown along the Costanera Highway until you reach the elegant Vitacura neighborhood and the Alonso de Cordova Avenue. Check out the FABA handicraft shop, which specializes in lapis lazuli jewelry, a semi-precious stone found only in Chile and Afghanistan. To conclude a fabulous tour, enjoy a traditional pisco sour while appreciating the beautiful spectacle of colorful jewelry.

Day 3: Santiago

Make sure you snag some breakfast as you make your way out into the city for a day spent at your leisure. You could visit any of the amazing attractions you saw before for a closer look, or you could investigate new and exciting places, like the Metropolitan Cathedral, any of the delectable wineries throughout the city, shop through the central market, or indulge your mind on a trip through the National Museum of Fine Arts.

Day 4: Santiago - Hanga Roa

Accommodation: Taha Tai Hotel

Make sure your bags are packed and you've had something to eat before setting out on a day of travel. Take your flight to the tiny island of Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island. Check into your hotel and make sure your camera is ready, you won't want to miss a single thing.

Transfer to Santiago Airport (SCL)

Fly to Hanga Roa!

Transfer to Easter Island Hotel

Day 5: Hanga Roa

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before joining a tour along the winding route leading you through a path marked by dozens of giant Moais statues. The heads of Easter Island are iconic, and you'll be strolling right among them. Continue on all the way to Anakena Beach, where more ancient statues of a bygone era still stand along the shore.

Full Day Excursion through the Moais Route and Anakena Beach

Follow the winding path along Rapa Nui as you make your way through thousands of moais, the giant heads that Easter Island is known for. You can also see one of the best preserved villages on the island, and all of this is on the slopes of the mighty Rano Raraku Volcano Crater. Enjoy picking out the petroglyphs etched into the back of some of the moais, and learn about the ancient people who put all of these otherworldly statues there.

Follow the path along time and legend carved into stone until you make your way to Anakena Beach, where you will see the unique coastal moais facing the water, and long white sand beaches.

Day 6: Hanga Roa

Today you get to see the Moais statues again, this time on the slopes of the giant Rano Karaku Volcano crater. See the abandoned villages, some excavated to see how these mysterious people lived, as you continue on to the Orongo Ceremonial Center for a taste of the culture.

Next is a tour among the only statues on the island that face the ocean. They are the Ahu Akivi, and among them are other statues that stand out with little differences from the giant volcanic stone heads we associate with the island.

Rano Raraku Volcano and Orongo Ceremonial Center Tour

Explore the amazing Rano Raraku Crater today, dotted with ancient villages and massive stone moais, which have sunk into the earth up to their chins, giving them the reputation of being the heads of Easter Island. Visit beautiful temples like Ahu Vaihu, which is a well-worked stone platform with 8 moais nearby, and a scattering of pukaos, or stone topknots carved for other moais heads. You can also find Ahu Akahanga here, with even more platforms and statues, but the gem here is Orongo, located right at the edge of the crater.

Walk among the mystery of this ancient ceremonial center where birds have been drawn along the walls in beautiful stylized detail in honor of the once annual birdman competition, an ancient practice that would appoint a spiritual and political leader for the island

Continue on to the Vinapu sector, where large basalt slabs rest in an archaeological site, and Rano Kau, a lake with a small island of reed and lush greenery. Micro fauna calls this beautiful place home. Be ready with your camera, all of your stops on this tour are memories and scenes you will never want to forget.

Ahu Akivi Tour

Unlike the massive Moais statues dotting the island, the Ahu Akivi statues are the only ones to face the ocean, and some also have the addition of stone topknots placed upon their heads.

Learn about the history and theories of these unqiue and interesting sculptures as you make your way toward Puna Pau, a small but important scoria crater where the stone topknots were made.

Continue on to Ahu Uri Aurenga, a single statue placed preciously along the orientation line of the winter solstice. Discover more about the ancient people and their culture as you move about the island.

Day 7: Hanga Roa – Santiago

Accommodation: Hotel Torremayor Lyon

Make sure you've got all your photos and souvenirs before returning to Santiago for one last night.

Transfer to Hanga Roa Airport (IPC)

Fly to Santiago!

Transfer to Hotel

Day 8: Depart Chile

Today you'll head out for the airport once more, this time for your flight home.

Transfer to Santiago Airport (SCL)

Fly Home!

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