DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN SANTIAGO
Reception at the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, transfer to hotel of your choice.
DAY 02: SANTIAGO: Visit to the city
Breakfast. We start our tour in the city’s colonial sector, where O’Higgins Park and the Horse Racetrack stand out; going across Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins Ave. we will reach the Presidential Palace of La Moneda, nearby we find the Palace of Justice, the Plaza de Armas or Main Square, the old Post Office building and the Cultural Center on the banks of the Mapocho River with the Palace Museum of Fine Arts beside the Forest Park. We will leave the city’s civic center behind and visit Cerro Santa Lucia, the founding place of Santiago and the picturesque barrios (neighborhoods) called Paris and Londres, to then access the modern business centers of the barrios Providencia and El Bosque and the elegant residential and commercial barrios of Vitacura and Las Condes.
DAY 03: SANTIAGO- VIÑA DEL MAR AND VALPARAISO - SANTIAGO
Breakfast. In the morning we will begin our visit to the City of Valparaiso, a picturesque city rich in autochthonous architecture, inspiration to artists and poets, which has been declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO; this city is located 120 km away from Santiago and faces the Pacific Ocean.
You will be able to appreciate the outstanding view of the wine producing valleys of Curacavi and Casablanca during the journey. The tour across the City of Valparaiso begins at the Prat Pier, where you can watch the ceaseless port activity along with the steep hills through which the narrow streets and funiculars climb. The tour continues visiting the most important plazas in the city, the Senate building, and lastly, a stop at the Mirador 21 de Mayo, a vantage point that offers a magnificent view of the city and bay of Valparaiso.
Later we will visit the neighboring City of Viña del Mar, called The Garden City; during our tour across this traditional beach resort we will be able to see the beautiful residential barrios from the early XX century, the monumental Flower Clock, the Presidential Palace and the Quinta Vergara with its gorgeous gardens and amphitheater, where the popular song festival of Viña del Mar takes place. Continuing through the coastal front we will reach the modern beach resort of Reñaca and the rather traditional Con Con. We will stop on the way for lunch.
Then we will return to Santiago.
Lodging in Santiago.
DAY 04: SANTIAGO - CALAMA - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA: Visit to the Valle de la Luna.
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to take a flight to Calama.
Arrival in Calama, reception and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, a small town located 98 Km away from Calama, at the foot of the Andean Cordillera and next to the great salt deposit of Atacama.
In the afternoon we will visit the mythical Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), a landscape of curious geological formations dyed in white due to the salt, which gives them a moonlike look. On the way we will stop to take pictures of the Salt Cordillera. We will hike through different sectors in the Valle de la Luna, we will visit the salt statues called “Las Tres Marias”, the mine and salt caverns, ending on the great central dune, from where we will see the sunset and a panoramic view of the valley and cordilleras surrounding San Pedro. Return to your hotel.
DAY 05: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA: Archaeological Tour and Salt Deposit of Atacama
Breakfast. In the morning we will visit the archaeological ruins located in the surroundings of San Pedro through which you can appreciate the genesis and development of the Atacama Culture. We will Pukara de Quitor, a fortress built in the XII century AD, where the local culture faced the Spanish conquest. We will continue toward the ruins of the settlement of Catarpe, Incan administrative center built for collecting taxes in the valley. Then we will visit the ruins of the Village of Tulor, more than 2.800 years old and first cultural remains in the zone. Return to San Pedro by the Ayllu de Sequitor.
In the afternoon we will visit the Salt Deposit of Atacama, which is the largest in Chile and the second largest in South America, after that of Uyuni (Bolivia).
On the way we will stop in the Town of Toconao, a traditional town built with liparite rock of volcanic origins. We can see typical handicrafts typical of the zone of Atacama on its streets (llama and alpaca wool, cactus wood and volcanic rock), besides the Torre de San Lucas (National Monument and town symbol). Then we will visit the quarries of liparite rock and the Valley of Jerez.
We continue toward the salt deposit at 2,305 meters above sea level, which is an endless mantle of white and rough salt, stained with desert dust under which there is a great lake that emerges in the shape of small lagoons that contains interesting wildlife, with the beautiful pink flamingoes, one of the three species of flamingo that have their habitat in the highlands, standing out. We will watch the sunset at the Chaxa Lagoon to then return to San Pedro de Atacama.
DAY 06: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA: Visit to the Geysers of Tatio
At dawn (04:00 AM) we will set off toward the Tatio Geysers, a spectacular geothermic field located at 4,320 meters above sea level, with cracks that expel thick columns of steam with temperatures reaching 85° C. At dawn, when temperatures drop below zero, the landscape is amazing and the gushes can soar up to 7 meters high. This phenomenon is produced by the cold water of a subterranean river getting in contact with the magma of the Tatio Volcano. Breakfast in the place and the chance to take a bath in a pool of thermal waters. Then we will visit the Community of Machuca, located approx. 50 kilometers northeast of San Pedro de Atacama and at a height of 4.000 meters. Its traditional adobe houses have been refurbished, along with its church. This town in Atacama bases its economy in pasturing and traditional agriculture. Return to San Pedro de Atacama at noon.
Afternoon off for optional excursions.
DAY 07: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - SANTIAGO
Breakfast. In due time transfer to the Airport of Calama to take a flight to the City of Santiago. Reception at the airport in Santiago and transfer to your hotel.
DAY 08: SANTIAGO – EASTER ISLAND
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to take a flight destined to Easter Island. Arrival, reception and transfer to your hotel of choice.
DAY 09: EASTER ISLAND: Full day tour Rano Raraku Volcano
Breakfast. On this day we will tour the island on a search after the mystery involving the construction of the Moai. The first stop after leaving your hotel will take us to a non restored Ahu, the Vaihu Ahu, located on Hanga Tee Bay, on the southern coast of the island, witness to a time of destruction a few centuries ago. We will continue to the region of the Akahanga Ahu, whose legend goes that the tomb of the famous King Hotu Matua is located next to the Ahu. We then continue toward one of the most important places in Rapa Nui culture, the quarry of Rano Raraku, located on the slopes of the homonymous volcano, where a total of approximately 900 statues were carved, 397 of which are still lying or standing on different phases of their construction and transportation process. We will then go and visit the Tongariki Ahu, restored in 1995, with its 15 statues still standing. After that we will visit the archaeological remains known as The Navel of the World. Finally we will arrive in Anakena Beach, where we will find the Nau Nau Ahu and the Ature Huki Ahu, both restored. We will also be able to appreciate the warm waters of the Pacific and rest on a beach of pink sand under palm trees.
Return to the hotel.
DAY 10: EASTER ISLAND: Tour Orongo and Akivi Ahu
Breakfast. On this day we will ascend the extinct Rano Kau Volcano, from where we will enjoy a view of the island with its coastlines and volcanoes and the Town of Hanga Roa. We will reach a vantage point from which the Rano Kau crater and its one mile-diameter lagoon can be appreciated, and at its shores the ceremonial Village of Orongo, where the ceremony and competition of the Bird-Man Tangata Manu used to take place. We will continue toward the Vinapu Ahu, with its architecture reminder of pre-Incan constructions. Towards the end of this excursion we will visit the Ana Kai Tangata Cave, where it is possible to appreciate cave paintings with seabird motifs. Return to your hotel.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a half-day tour visiting the Akivi Ahu, an archeological center in the Roihi Sector; it was the first restored scientifically in the 1960s. It is a particularly interesting ceremonial place not only because of its location (middle of the island), but also because of the legends regarding its seven Moai, which represent the first seven scouts sent by King Hotu Matua to explore the island.
We will continue to the caverns of Ana Tepahu and the quarry of Puna Pau, a place located east of Hanga Roa, a small crater of red stones, from where the pukao or headwear crowning the Moai were taken. There are some unfinished and abandoned Moai along its ancient trails of removal.
DAY 11: EASTER ISLAND - SANTIAGO
Breakfast. Transfer to Easter Island’s airport in due time. Reception at the airport in Santiago and transfer to your hotel.
DAY 12: SANTIAGO - PUERTO MONTT - PUERTO VARAS
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport in Santiago to take a flight bound for Puerto Montt in due time. Arrival, reception and transfer to the selected hotel in the neighboring City of Puerto Varas.
Lodging in Puerto Varas
DAY 13: PUERTO VARAS: Tour Petrohué, Todos los Santos Lake and Peulla
You can leave the Lakes Region without navigating first in the wonderful Todos los Santos Lake, visiting the world renowned Petrohué Falls and knowing Peulla, a small ecological village of 150 inhabitants, which is part of the famous tourist circuit Crossing of the Lakes. Once we have visited the Petrohué Falls we will get onboard the Lagos Andinos Catamaran to sail for almost two hours across Todos los Santos Lake, watching the Osorno, Puntiagudo and Tronador Volcanoes. Arrival in Peulla at noon, time off for lunch and tour the village and its surroundings. Return.
Lodging in Puerto Varas
DAY 14: PUERTO VARAS: Tour Chiloé Island, Dalcahue and Castro
We will set off on a vehicle from Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas toward the Chacao Canal, which we will cross onboard a ferry enjoying nature. From Chacao we will go straight to Dalcahue by road. Then we will appreciate the typical handicraft from Chiloé, the houses standing on piles (palafitos), and we will go to the Church of Dalcahue, which has been declared Historical Patrimony of Humanity. From there we will go to Castro, where we will have lunch in a palafito if you wish to, to later tour the port sector, the crafts market, the Plaza with the Church of San Francisco, the Castro Museum and the vantage points. Return in the afternoon.
Lodging in Puerto Varas.
DAY 15: PUERTO VARAS - SANTIAGO
Breakfast. Morning off to tour Puerto Varas or rest. Transfer to the airport in Puerto Montt to take a flight back to Santiago. Reception in Santiago and transfer to your hotel.
DAY 16: SANTIAGO: Returning flight
Breakfast. Time off according to your flight and transfer to the airport in due time for your departure.
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