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TOUR: ARCHAEOLOGICAL CHILE
Santiago, Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, San Pedro de Atacama and
|Duration||:||12 days / 11 nights|
|Type / activities||:||Historical, cultural, adventure and nature|
|Reservation||:||Two months before planned departure|
|Tour Season||:||Dayli Departures|
|Places Visited||:||Santiago de Chile, Viña and Valparaiso, San Pedro de Atacama, Easter Island|
DAY 01: INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL
Arrival, reception at airport and transfer to the hotel of your choice.
Afternoon free, depending on arrival time of your flight.
DAY 02: SANTIAGO: City Tour
Breakfast. In the morning a city tour of Santiago de Chile. The first place visited is the Cerro Santa Lucia Hill, an important architectural complex, which constitutes an attractive and notable element in the image of the city.
We will continue on to the centre of the city, where the Main Square - Plaza de Armas with the Cathedral, the Royal Tribune - Real Audiencia, the Main Post Office - Correo Central, which used to be the residence of the Conquistador, and the Municipality of Santiago is situated. A few blocks away from the Plaza we will see the so called Coin Palace - La Moneda, which used to be the place where the Spaniards minted their coins, but today is the presidential palace and residence ever since the declaration of Chile's independence from the Spanish Crown.
DAY 03: SANTIAGO - VIÑA DEL MAR AND VALPARAISO - SANTIAGO
Breakfast. In the morning we will start out on our visit to the city of Valparaiso, picturesque city, rich in native architecture, inspiration of artists and poets, which has been declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It is located at 120 kilometres (almost 75 miles) from Santiago.
During the trip you will be able to appreciate the imposing view of the valleys of Curacavi and Casablanca with their famous vineyards. Once in Valparaiso, we will see the picturesque houses and the cable cars. We will make a stop over at the outlook viewpoint of the Mirador 21 de Mayo, one of the many in the city and which allows for a magnificent view over the bay of Valparaiso.
We will continue on to the neighbouring city of Viña del Mar, the Garden City, which with its paradisiacal beaches is the most important beach resort in Chile, and one of the principal ones of South America. The sea and vegetation seems to be the perfect combination for this jewel of the Pacific, also known as the Garden City. It is located 9 kilometres (about 6 miles) northwest of Valparaiso and offers all types of comfort for its visitors.
Free time for lunch. Return to Santiago and your hotel.
DAY 04: SANTIAGO - CALAMA - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
Breakfast and transfer to the Santiago International Airport to board your flight to the city of Calama.
Arrival, reception and transfer from the Calama airport to San Pedro de Atacama. In the afternoon we will visit the Valley of the Moon - Valle de la Luna, a spectacular geological moon like landscape, with small hills but with very pointed crests and a landscape with characteristics that make it look like the moon.
Overnight at the selected hotel.
DAY 05: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA: Visit to the Salt Lake
In the afternoon visit to the Salar de Atacama Salt Lake. It is the largest salt deposit in Chile and the second largest in South America after Uyuni (Bolivia).
The salt deposit at 2,305 m.a.s.l. (Approximately 7000 feet) is an interminable white uneven blanket, speckled with the dust of the desert, beneath which there is great lake, which emerges to the surface as small lagoons, in which one will find interesting wildlife, of which we can mention the beautiful rose flamingos, one of the three species of these birds that make their habitat in the high mountains.
We will also visit the town of Toconao, a traditional town built out of volcanic stone.
Return to San Pedro de Atacama.
DAY 06: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA: Visit to the Tatio Geysers
Breakfast. Full day excursion to the Tatio Geysers, a spectacular geothermal area at 4,320 m.a.s.l. (Approximately 13000 feet) with fissures that expel thick columns of vapour, at temperatures that reach 85 °C. (185 F) At dawn, when temperatures drop below the freezing point, the landscape becomes even more eerie and the jets reach as high as 7 metres above the surface. This phenomenon takes place due to the contact of the ice-cold waters of the underground river with the hot magma of the Tatio volcano.
Then we will visit the Community of Machuca, located 50 kilometres Northeast of San Pedro de Atacama and at a 4000 metre height. Its houses as well as its church have been refurbishe. This Town of Atacama bases its economy on agriculture and livestock.
Return to San Pedro de Atacama.
DAY 07: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - SANTIAGO
Breakfast. Transfer to the Calama airport in time to board your flight to the city of Santiago de Chile. Arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel of your choice. Rest of the day free.
DAY 08: SANTIAGO - EASTER ISLAND
Breakfast. At an appropriate time transfer to the Santiago airport to board your flight to Easter Island. Arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel of your choice. Free day according to the time of arrival of flight.
DAY 09: EASTER ISLAND: Rano Raraku Excursion
Breakfast. Full day tour visiting Vaihu, Akahanga, Rano Raraku, volcano situated northwest of Hanga Roa, is one of the major and most valuable archaeological sites on the island, because here one can find the open quarry where the moais were carved. Box Lunch
We will also pay a visit to Ahu Tongariki, Te Pito Kura, two archaeological monuments with their own characteristics, Heki'i is the biggest site with plazas and platforms and Te Pito Kura (the navel of the world) has a perfectly rounded stone and the biggest moai transported and set up in an ahu on the island.
In the afternoon we will visit Nau, and we will enjoy a picnic lunch on Anakena Beach, a place for relaxation and swimming characterised for its warm very crystalline water, the luminosity of the surrounding atmosphere and the sea bottom with its coral reef sands.
DAY 10: EASTER ISLAND: Orongo y Ahu Akivi
Breakfast. In the morning a half day tour visiting Rano Kau, the place where the most important ceremony of the second period of the island used to take place. Also the city and ceremonial temple of Orongo.
We will also visit Vinapu, an archaeological area with two Ahus in ruins, one of which is of particular significance since the stonework of its walls bears a great resemblance to those to be found in Machu Picchu.
In the afternoon another half day tour visiting Ahu Akivi, archaeological centre in the area of Roihi, was the first to be restored in a scientific manner in the sixties, and it is of particular interest, not only because of its location in the centre spot of the island, but also because of the legends that surround it and its seven moai, which represent the first seven explorers that were sent out to explore the island by the king Hotu Matua.
The caverns of Ana Tepahu and the quarry of Puna Pau, located to the east of Hanga Roa, in a small red crater, which supplied the pukaos, which crown the moais. On the drag way we can still find some, unfinished and abandoned.
DAY 11: EASTER ISLAND - SANTIAGO
Breakfast. At the appropriate hour transfer to the Easter Island airport to board your plane back to Santiago. Arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel of your choice in Santiago.
DAY 12: INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE
Breakfast. Free day depending on the departure time of your flight. Transfer to airport in time to board your international flight.
|Hotels Selected for the Tour|
The temperatures of San Pedro de Atacama present characteristics proper to a high altitude desert. In the summer, December through March, temperature reaches an average of 27° C (80 F); sometimes reaching highs of up to 30° C (86 F), while at night temperatures will drop to 16°C (61 F).
Easter Island has a subtropical climate, influenced by the prevailing winds and sea currents, with an annual average temperature of 20° C. (68 F)
In the island of the Rapa Nui -also another name given to Easter Island - there is no pronounced rainy season, sporadic and short showers occur throughout the year, with May being the month with most rain.
WHAT TO PACK
We recommend packing light cotton clothing, t-shirts, shorts, bathing suits, sunglasses, sunscreen and blockers as well as sun hats for the very hottest hours; and, jackets, sweaters, gloves, and thick socks and other warm clothing for the chilly nights.
On Easter Island we recommend bringing light clothing, raincoats and windbreakers, a pair of sneakers or trekking boots; as well as sunglasses and sunscreen and blockers. You should also bring camping equipment, i.e. sleeping bag and water canteen.
Tap water is safe to drink in most places but we recommend you to stick to bottled water to avoid unpleasantries.
Chile has an important network of hospitals, clinics and medical posts all along its territory. Most of these offer emergency services. In the larger cities, the hospitals can treat complex cases, while in the smaller rural villages the attention is of a more basic nature.
The Chilean cuisine is very varied, we can mention a few typical dishes such as: Empanada de Pino (fried dough pastries filled with onions, meat, raisins and olives), Pastel de Choclo (corn pie prepared with sweet corn, meat, eggs and olives), Porotos Granados (tender beans cooked with squash and sweet corn), Cazuela de Ave or Vacuno (chicken or beef broth with cooked vegetables), apart from the typical regional local dishes.
Lastly, you must try the exquisite Mote con Huesillos, a dessert made out of cooked fruit and sweet corn.
Restaurants in Santiago
Restaurants in San Pedro de Atacama
Restaurants in Easter Island
IMPORTANT: Turismo Enjoy Chile reserves the right to, without previous notice, make changes in the order of the excursions and trips, due to climate, river levels, arrival and departure times of aircraft or buses or any other relevant reason that may affect the best enjoyment or safety of your trip.