Description

Travel to the end of the world, and then go even further! The southernmost tip of the South American continent, Patagonia is one of the remote spots on earth – wild and rugged with breathtaking landscapes. About the size of France, it has fewer people per square mile than the Western Sahara. Come explore massive glaciers and natural wonders that will surely take your breath away. Yet, even more remote is Easter Island, halfway between Chile and Tahiti. Known for centuries as the navel of the world, it boasts the world’s most enigmatic archaeological mysteries. Here you will delve into the mysterious ancient culture of the island and see firsthand the monolithic Moai statues carved from volcanic rock. Mystical and magnetic, this is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure awaiting you!


Itinerary

Day 1 - PUERTO NATALES

Flight to Punta Arenas, transfer to the bus station on arrival, for bus transport through the Pampa to the city of Puerto Natales, gateway to the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, where you will spend the night.

Day 2 - FULL DAY TOUR TO BALMACEDA & SERRANO GLACIERS’ NAVIGATION

Morning pick-up from hotel and transfer to pier to board your ship. See Guanocos Island slip by, and the Fjord of the Last Hope, before arriving at noon at Balmaceda Glacier. Balmaceda’s untamed beauty is dazzling, and you may spot cormorants and sea lions amid it’s rocky outcrops. Later, we visit the Serrano Glacier, with its sheer walls of ancient blue ice and massive ice bergs. Here, we’ll hike through a lush forest and follow a path to the foot of the glacier. After the walk, we’ll chow down on a hearty lunch and do a bit more exploring before sailing back to port. (B,L)

Day 3 - FULL DAY TOUR TO TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

Our first visit today is the Milodon Cave Natural Monument. In the largest cave we find a replica of the Milodon, a giant herbivore that went extinct around the late Pleistocene era. Next up is the National Park Torres del Paine, one of the most beautiful natural places on earth, with towering glacial peaks and granite monoliths, lakes, rivers and ancient beech forests. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it was recently voted one of the 8 New Wonders of the World. Here, we’ll explore star attractions such as Amarga Lagoon overlooking the 7800-foot high Horns of Paine, the 5-foot Salto Grande waterfall and glacially-fed Grey Lake. At noon we’ll break for lunch at one of the fine park restaurants in the park, and at the end of our journey we’ll return to our hotel in Puerto Natales. (B,L)

Day 4 - PATAGONIA I SANTIAGO

At agreed time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Santiago. (B)

Day 5 - SANTIAGO I EASTER ISLAND

Board your flight to Easter Island. Arrival and transfer to selected hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 6 - FULL DAY ANAKENA AND THE LOST CULTURE OF RAPA NUI

Today we visit the fabled Ahu Vaihu and Akahanga temples. These were stone platforms that served as altars where the massive Moai (huge monolithic figures carved from volcanic stone) and Pukaos (the hats placed on top of some Moai statues) were assembled together. Our next stop is at the Rano Raraku, a volcanic crater, once the main quarry, where we find 397 impressive Moai in various states of production strewn about its slopes. Its interior contains one of the island's three freshwater crater lakes. We then visit the Ahu Tongariki, a ceremonial platform with 15 huge Moai, and the Te Pito Kura, with the largest transported Moai, the Moai Paro, 30 feet long and 85 tons. We finish our tour at Anakena, the island’s best beach, with white coral sand, lapis lazuli water and a row of Moai with their backs mysteriously turned to the sea. (B)

Day 7 - HALF DAY ORONGO, TANGATA MANU CEREMONIAL

We begin with a morning visit to the Ana Kai Tangata, an eerie cave hidden amid sea cliffs with an elaborate series of birds etched into the black rock. Afterwards we visit Vinapu, an ahu exhibiting very advanced stonemasonry, with precisely fitted large basalt slabs that continue to perplex archaeologists. At the Rano Kau Volcano, we are rewarded with a lake dotted with small islands of reed, lush vegetation and micro fauna. We finish at the ruined ceremonial village of Orongo, where the sacred Birdman ceremony was performed. This was a race in which each tribal chief chose a representative to bring back the first egg laid by the sooty tern from an islet across from Orongo. (B)

Day 8 - HALF DAY AHI AKIVI, THE SEVEN MOAIS

Today’s visits begin with Ahu Akivi, one of the few sacred places in Easter Island where the Moai actually face the sea. Legend has it that they represent the seven explorers who were sent by King Hotu Matu’a before his colonization voyage. After this visit we continue through the Ana Te Pahu caverns, lava tubes that provided housing to the inhabitants and refuge from 19th century slave drivers. This is followed by Puna Pau, a quarry inside the crater of an extinct volcano where the red stone Pukao crowns were made between 1250 and 1500 AD. Finished with unraveling the mysteries of Easter Island, we return to our hotel. (B)

Day 9 - EASTER ISLAND I SANTIAGO TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)

Transfer to the airport to embark to your next destination. (B)

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Includes

  • Hotel accommodation for 8 nights
  • Daily buffet breakfast & 2 lunches
  • All Transfers, touring and sightseeing via shared services
  • Full day tour to Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers’ Navigation
  • Full day tour to Torres Del Paine National Park
  • Full day tour Anakena and the Lost Culture of Rapa Nui
  • Half day tour Orongo, Tangata Manu Ceremonial
  • Half day tour Ahi Akivi, The Seven Moais
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Additional features for Travel in Luxury program: All transfers and tours are by private car with a private local guide in Easter Island. Las Torres Lodge all-inclusive option: accommodation, meals, open bar, and an array of daily excursions to choose from.

     

Hotels

Easter Island

Altiplanico| hotels in Easter Island Chile

Altiplanico

4 Nights / Style
A World Heritage site, Easter Island is not only a place of surreal natural beauty but also a guardian of the mysteries ...

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Hanga Roa| hotels in Easter Island Chile

Hanga Roa

4 Nights / Luxury
Taha Tai’ has plenty of common outdoor areas to enjoy nature and is only 500 metres from downtown Hanga Roa....

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Patagonia

HOTEL LAS TORRES| hotels in  Patagonia Chile

HOTEL LAS TORRES

3 Nights / Luxury
Founder Antonio Kusanovic Senkovic was the son of Croatian immigrants and became a successful cattle farmer in the Magal...

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Puerto Natales

Costaustralis| hotels in Puerto Natales Chile

Costaustralis

3 Nights / Style
The chateau-style designer Hotel Costaustralis in is Puerto Natales, offering a panoramic view of the Patagonian Andes. ...

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Santiago

Torremayor| hotels in Santiago Chile

Torremayor

1 Nights / Style
Torremayor Hotel opened in July 1994, built with a Mediterranean architectural style in one of the most emblematic and b...

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Hotel Plaza San Francisco| hotels in Santiago Chile

Hotel Plaza San Francisco

1 Nights / Luxury
A five-star hotel in the European tradition, the architecture and furnishings of the Hotel Plaza San Francisco combine c...

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Notes

    All rates are per person, based on double occupancy. Extra nights and triple occupancy available upon request. Rates are not valid during Certain Holidays and blackout periods.
    Please call for special international airfares and domestic flights in Economy or Business Class. 
    Local Departure taxes, local airport taxes, beverages, personal expenses and other items not mentioned above are not included.

Departures & Rates

DAILY ARRIVALS

Travel in Style

Double Single
$2699 $4299

Travel in Luxury

Double Single
$4169 $6219

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