DAY 01: ARRIVAL SANTIAGO
Reception at the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport and transfer to your hotel.
DAY 02: SANTIAGO: Visit to the city
Breakfast. We start the tour across the colonial sector, where the O’Higgins Park and the Racetrack stand out, trough Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins Avenue we will reach the Presidential Palace of La Moneda; the Palace of Justice is nearby, along with the Plaza de Armas, the old building of the Post Office and the Mapocho River, the Cultural Center of Mapocho Station and the Palace of the Museum of Fine Arts beside Forestal Park. We will leave the city’s civic center behind visiting the Cerro Santa Lucia, foundation place of Santiago and the picturesque neighborhoods of Paris and Londres, to access the modern business center of the neighborhoods of Providencia and El Bosque and the elegant residential and commercial neighborhoods of Vitacura and Las Condes.
DAY 03: SANTIAGO : Tour Valparaiso and Viña del Mar
Breakfast. In the morning we will begin our visit to the City of Valparaiso, a picturesque city rich from an autochthonous architecture, inspiration to artists and poets, it was declared Cultural Patrimony of Mankind by UNESCO; this city is located at 120 km from Santiago beside the Pacific Ocean.
During the trip you will be able to appreciate the impacting view of the wine producing Valleys of Curacavi and Casablanca. The tour around the City of Valparaiso begins at the Prat Pier, where the port’s ceaseless activity can be seen, along with the steep hills with narrow streets and funiculars climbing up. The tour continues visiting the most important plazas of the city, the Senate Building and lastly a stop at the Vantage Point 21 de Mayo, where we can appreciate the city and the Valparaiso Bay.
Right after we visit the neighboring City of Viña del Mar, called the “Garden City”; on the tour through this traditional beach resort, we will be able to watch the beautiful residential neighborhoods from the early XX century, the monumental clock of flowers, the Presidential Palace and the Quinta Vergara with its beautiful gardens and amphitheater where the popular Festival de la Cancion de Viña del Mar takes place. Continuing alongside the coast we will get up to the modern beach resort of Reñaca and the rather traditional Con Con. We stop on the way for lunch. Then return to Santiago
Lodging in Santiago.
DAY 04: SANTIAGO – EASTER ISLAND
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to take a flight bound for Easter Island. Arrival in Mataveri Airport on Easter Island, reception and transfer to your hotel of choice in Hanga Roa.
DAY 05: EASTER ISLAND: Full day tour Rano Raraku Volcano
Breakfast. On this day we will tour the island after the mystery behind the construction of the Moai. The first stop after your departure from the hotel takes us to an Ahu yet to be restored, the Vaihu Ahu, located in Hanga Tee Bay on the island’s south coast, and witness of the destruction phase that took place centuries ago. We continue to the region of the Akahanga Ahu, whose legend tells us that the tomb of renowned King Hotu Matua is located at the side of the Ahu. We continue towards one of the most important places of the Rapa Nui Culture, the Rano Raraku Quarry, located on the slope of the volcano with the same name, where approximately 900 statues in total were carved, 397 of which are still lying or standing on different stages of their construction and transportation. We will proceed towards the Tongariki Ahu, restored in 1995, with its 15 standing statues. Then we will visit the archaeological remains called "Navel of the World". Finally we will reach Anakena Beach, where we will find the Nau Nau Ahu and the Ature Huki Ahu, both of them restored. We can also appreciate the warm waters of the Pacific, or rest on a beach of pink sand under palm trees. Return to the hotel.
DAY 06: EASTER ISLAND: Tour Orongo and Ahu Akivi
Breakfast. On this day we will climb the extinct Rano Kau Volcano, where we encounter a view of the island with its coasts and volcanoes and the Town of Hanga Roa. We will reach a vantage point from where the crater of the Rano Kau can be seen, with its lagoon stretching more than one mile in diameter, and in close proximity the ceremonial Village of Orongo, where the ceremony and competition of the Birdman – Tangata Manu – took place. We continue towards the Vinapu Ahu, with its architecture reminding us of the constructions of pre-Inca peoples. By the end of the tour we visit the Ana Kai Tangata Cave, where it is possible to appreciate rock paintings depicting seabirds. Return to your hotel.
In the afternoon we visit the Akivi Ahu, archaeological center of the Roihi Sector, it was the first one scientifically restored in the 1960s; it is a particularly interesting ceremonial place not only because of its location (in the middle of the island) but also because of the legends surrounding its seven Moai, which represent the seven first explorers sent to scout the island by King Hotu Matua. We continue towards the Ana Tepahu Caves and the Puna Pau Quarry, located east of Hanga Roa, a small crater of red rock where the pukao or head adornments crowning the Moai were extracted from. Some unfinished and abandoned Moai can be seen along its ancient exiting tracks.
DAY 07: EASTER ISLAND - SANTIAGO
Breakfast. In due time transfer to the airport on Easter Island to take your flight back to Santiago. Reception at the airport in Santiago and transfer to your hotel.
DAY 08: SANTIAGO: Returning flight
Breakfast. Time off according to your flight and in due time transfer to the airport for your departure.
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