Viña del Mar, Valparaiso and Easter Island
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TOUR: EASTER ISLAND - THE ENIGMA OF RAPA NUI
Santiago, Viña del Mar, Valparaiso and Easter Island Tour
|| 8 days / 7 nights
|Type / activities
|| Historical, cultural, adventure and nature
||At least two months before departure
||The whole year
||Santiago de Chile, Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, Easter Island
DAY 01: INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALEnd of our services
Arrival, reception at the international airport Arturo Merino Benites 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. At an altitude of 628 m.a.s.l. (Approximately 2000 feet) it is the place of the original foundation of the city. Buildings such as the San Francisco Church with its convent surround it. Its XVIth and XVIIth century architecture present elements that have survived in traditional Chilean architecture.
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 Y 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 (not included in tour). Return to Santiago and your hotel.
DAY 04: SANTIAGO - EASTER ISLAND
Breakfast. At an appropriate time transfer to the Santiago airport to board your flight to Easter Island. Arrival at Easter Island, reception and transfer to the hotel of your choice. Free day according to the time of arrival of flight.
DAY 05: EASTER ISLAND: Tour Rano Raraku
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 06: EASTER ISLAND: Tour Orongo y AHu Akivi
Breakfast. In the morning a half day tour visiting Orongo, ancient ceremonial village near to the crater of the Rano Kau volcano .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 07: 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 08: 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|
- 4 nights accommodations in Santiago de Chile with breakfast
- 3 nights accommodations on Easter Island with breakfast
- Full Day excursion to Viña del Mar and Valparaiso
- Santiago de Chile city tour
- Full Day tour Rano Raraku, box lunch
- Half Day tour Ahu Akivi
- Half Day tour Orongo, entrance to national park
- All transfers indicated in programme on shared service
- Excursions in shared service with bilingual English / Spanish guide.
- International or domestic local airplane tickets
- Airport or port taxes or similar
- Extra meals not contemplated in programme
- Optional tours
- Others not specified in Tour Itinerary
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 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.
HEALTH AND EMERGENCY SERVICES
There are various hospitals on the island but we recommend the Hospital Hanga Roa, which has a fully equipped surgery station and has a 24-hour emergency service. It also has a dentist's office and a pharmacy.
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 Easter Island
Restaurants in Santiago
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.
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