Sunrise at Ahu Tongariki
Sunrise at Ahu Tongariki

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NEW for 2019 'Lite'

Chile 'Lite': Easter Island

Explore archaeological treasures from Chile and the Americas at the Pre-Columbian Museum in Santiago before flying to Easter Island for four days of exploration. An island word-famous for over 600 Moai that are 800 years old - it is certainly the place to discover the history of Chile and one for the bucket list! Encounter the archaeological mysteries of Papa Nui and hear about the myths, cults and power play of the Rapa Nui.

This is the perfect extension to Peru: Lost Cities of the Incas

What's included?

  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Local Guide / Tour Manager
  •  Entries & tips
  •  Local transport & private transfer to/from airport and group hotel
  •  Accommodation

Today's Price

Deposit: $750 Single supplement: $680

Tour highlights:

  • Take in Chilean archaeological artifacts and art at Santiago’s museums
  • Come face to face with enigmatic monolithic human figures, ‘Moai’, faces of deified ancestors.
  • Watch the sunset at Tahai, one of the oldest ceremonial complexes on Easter Island
  • Visit Ahu Tongariki, one of the most visually stunning sites on the island and the largest reconstructed temple in all of Polynesia
  • View hundreds of petroglyphs carved with birdman images at Mata Ngrau.

Tour details

Dates September 8 2019 - September 14 2019
Duration 7 days
Today's Price
Deposit: $750 Single supplement: $680 Balance due by June 16 2019
Activity Level
Tour code A19EIX

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September 8 2019: Itinerary

We arrive at Santiago International Airport and transfer to our hotel. Tonight, we enjoy dinner together as a group.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Cumbres Lastarria, Santiago

This morning, we transfer to Santiago's Arturo Merino Benitez airport where we depart on our flight to Easter Island. Upon arrival on Easter island (also known as Rapa Nui), we transfer to our hotel. This afternoon, we venture out on our first encounter with the Moai statues- the monolithic human figures at Tahai on the western coast of the island. This ceremonial complex is one of the oldest sites on the island, dating back to the 6th century, and is one of the best locations on the island from which to watch the sunset.

Meals include: Breakfast

Hotel: Taha Tai Resort, Hanga Roa

Experience a day of touring while tracing the past of Easter Island. Your local expert guide will introduce you to the island´s intertwined past with colonization as well as the history of the first Polynesian navigators. We will also have the chance to visit Anakena Beach, Ahu Te Pito Kura, Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki, and Ahu Akahanga.  At Rano Raraku, a quarry where we find 396 Moai statues, we also see the largest Moai ever carved called Te Tokanga or El Gigante (‘the giant one’ in Spanish).

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Taha Tai Resort, Hanga Roa

Today, we will learn all about the last period of the moai era, one of the most significant time periods of Rapa Nui´s culture, when descendants of the Polynesian navigators turned their eyes toward the sky. We visit three restored sites including Ahu Akivi, Ana Te Pahu, and Puna a Pau.

We then visit the only Anthropological Museum on the island in order to view its collection of more than 20,000 artifacts.

Meals include: Breakfast

Hotel: Taha Tai Resort, Hanga Roa

Today, we step back in time to learn about Rapa Nui´s pre-history. We visit the sites of the annual ceremonies and see where an unrivaled competition of physical dexterity and strength gave rise to new power on the island. Sites today include: Ana Kai Tangata, a cave where you will see beautiful pictograms of the Manutara bird painted on the rocks, and Rano Kau, one of three main volcanoes on the island. We then explore Orongo and make our way to Mata Ngrau, the central focus of the birdman cult, where petroglyphs depict the cult’s cultural ceremonies. Next, we explore some the most complex altars of the Polynesian culture, and visit three magnificent sites: Vinapu, Hanga Poukura, and Hanga Te`e.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Taha Tai Resort, Hanga Roa

After a morning at leisure, we take our return flight to Santiago.

Meals include: Breakfast

Hotel: Hotel Cumbres Lastarria, Santiago

We begin with a tour of the Pre-Columbian Museum in Santiago. Next, we visit the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art in the historic city center. This museum features over 700 exhibits of pre-Hispanic artwork and relics from diverse cultures such as the Mayans, the Aztecs, and the Mapuches from the south of Chile.

This evening, we transfer to Santiago's International airport for our flights home or for onward travel.

Meals include: Breakfast

September 8 2019: Additional Info

September 8 2019: Accommodation

Featuring an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Hotel Cumbres Lastarria offers accommodations with free WiFi access in Santiago. Universidad Catolica metro station is 350 yards away.

Each room here features air conditioning and a private bathroom. Extras include a safety deposit box and bed linen. A daily buffet breakfast is offered.

At Hotel Cumbres Lastarria guests will find a fitness center. Other facilities offered at the property include meeting facilities, luggage storage and laundry facilities.

The hotel has a privileged location surrounded by commercial and gastronomical options. It's located 200 yards from the Bellas Artes Museum and 12.4 miles from Santiago International Airport. 

An outdoor swimming pool and bungalows surrounded by gardens can be enjoyed in Hanga Roa only a 5-minute drive from Mataveri International Airport. Wi-Fi is free in public areas and breakfast is included.

Taha Tai has plenty of common outdoor areas to enjoy nature and is only 550 yards from downtown Hanga Roa.

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