Chile Easter Island Community Trip
Chile is a nation of immense natural beauty, but it is the Easter Island which is the nation’s most unique attraction. Starting in Santiago, you will take in the diverse, cosmopolitan capital through a variety of unique and exciting activities. Following this, you will travel to the spectacular Easter Island. Explore this mysterious wonder and take in its natural beauty.
Welcome to Santiago! After arriving, you are met at the airport and taken to your selected hotel.
Santiago City Tour
For your first day, you are invited to discover Santiago, a cosmopolitan city which has become one of South America’s most modern hubs.
Described by the international media as a surprising destination, Santiago stands out for being a cosmopolitan and modern city that perfectly combines its traditions with a modern outlook. The tour will take you to visit the heart of the city and its emblematic sites such as the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, Santiago’s Central Postal Office and its Municipality. You will also visit the Moneda Palace, which is the government’s headquarters as well as the traditional neighbourhoods of the historic city centre. The tour also includes a visit to the Santa Lucia Hill or San Cristobal Hill. After knowing Santiago, you will arrive to Barrio Lastarria, famous by it cultural, inherited and gastronomical offer. Then, end the day and head back to the hotel.
The next day, you will enjoy rafting in some beautiful scenery.
Rafting at Cascada de las Animas
Take part in the Rafting excursion and enjoy an exciting and entertaining day outdoors in the Cajon del Maipo. A day full of adrenaline and entertainment in the Cajon del Maipo!
The Rafting excursion is one of the most popular tours. Cascada de las Animas operates the longest rafting section of the Maipo River and no other area can offer you more for a wonderful rafting experience. Enjoy a full day of adventure, including a delicious lunch in the restaurant and the use of the pool.
After enjoying rafting, you will be taken back to your hotel.
The next day, Viña del Mar and Valparaíso are the destinations for you.
Viña del Mar y Valparaíso and Veramonte Vineyard
Known as ‘Garden City’ for being originally surrounded by large green areas and preserving beautiful and extensive gardens in its urban area, Viña del Mar is undoubtedly one of Chile’s must-see destinations, with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. It highlights the beauty of its architecture, its imposing palaces and its famous Flower Clock, photographed by hundreds of visitors from all over the world.
During the excursion, you will have lunch at a restaurant in the city, where you can find varied options with delicious seafood products. You will travel along the coastal edge, where you can see stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, until you reach Valparaíso, the country’s main port. Its colourful beauty and its unique location between hills, like a true natural amphitheatre facing the sea, earned it the declaration of World Heritage by Unesco. You will visit Cerro Alegre, where you will appreciate the magic of this city, with its picturesque elevators, multicoloured neighbourhoods and unforgettable sea views. Then it will be the turn of the Sotomayor Square, where lies the Monument to the Heroes of Iquique. Once in the port, you will have the option of navigating the bay of Valparaíso, appreciating its hills and colours from another perspective.
Starting Day 4, a private transfer will pick you up to take you from the Hotel to Santiago Airport. A shared transfer will pick you up to take you from Easter Island Airport to your selected Hotel.
Akivi and Orongo
The following day, you will begin to explore the wonders of Easter Island.
A shared transfer will pick you up to take you to explore a new side of the Island. This circuit consists of a visit to the TAHAI ceremonial site with 3 platforms, the AHU, with its restored statues. On this site there is also the only Moai with eyes. You can also find remains of a boat house, a stone chicken coop and a jetty completely built with stones.
Then you will continue with your visit to the AHU AKIVI, a platform with 7 restored Moais. According to legend, these 7 statues represent the first explorers who arrived at Rapa Nui, sent by King Hotu Matua. Subsequently, the PUNA PAU quarry is visited where the PUKAOs were carved or ‘headdresses’ of the Moai. Following this, you will return back to your hotel until the afternoon.
In the afternoon, a shared transfer will pick you up to take you to Orongo. During this excursion you will climb the extinct volcano, RANO KAU, where you are presented with a view of the entire island with its coasts and volcanoes and the town of HANGA ROA.
The second viewpoint you visit allows you to appreciate the crater of RANO KAU with its lagoon and then you arrive at the ceremonial village ORONGO, where the ceremony and competition of the Bird Man – TANGATA MANU was held.
Then you visit the AHU VINAPU with its architecture that reminds many of the constructions of the pre-Inca villages. At the end of this excursion you will visit the ANA KAI TANGATA cave where it is possible to appreciate cave paintings. Finally, you will return back to the hotel for the night.
Day 6 sees you spend the full day in Anakena and also sees you enjoy a complimentary lunch.
The first stop takes you to an un-restored Ahu called VAIHU, located in the bay of HANGA TE’E on the south coast of the island, witnessing a phase of destruction a few centuries ago. You then continue to the region of AHU AKAHANGA, whose legend tells us that the tomb of the famous king HOTU MATUA is next to the Ahu.
Then you arrive at one of the most important sites of the Rapa Nui culture, the RANO RARAKU quarry, where approx. 900 statues, 397 of them still lying or standing at different times of their construction and transport. You follow the AHU TONGARIKI, restored in 1995, with its 15 standing statues.The penultimate site you will visit is the ‘Navel of the World’, along with the AHU TE PITO KURA.
Finally you arrive at the beach of ANAKENA where you will find 2 platforms, the AHU NAU NAU and the AHU ATURE HUKI, both restored. You can also appreciate the warm waters of the Pacific, rest on the beach with pink sand under palm trees. Then you return to the hotel.
Today, you will return to Santiago ready to return home the following day.
A shared transfer will pick you up to take you from the Hotel to Easter Island Airport. Following a flight, a private transfer will pick you up to take you from Santiago Airport to your hotel.
Please coordinate with the front desk 1 hour prior to your departure for them to be ready and take you back to the airport. You will then take your departure flight and return home.