Description

Travel to the end of the world, then go even further to the navel of the world. The southernmost tip of the South American continent, PATAGONIA is one of the remotest 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. 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. Mystical and magnetic, these are once-in-a-lifetime – maybe more! – adventures.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Delve into the natural wonders of Patagonia and mystique of Easter Island’s enchanting Moai
  • Sail to explore Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
  • Discover the glacial peaks and granite monoliths of Torres Del Paine National Park
  • See firsthand where the monolithic Moai figures carved from volcanic stone were assembled
  • Explore Anakena beach with its row of Moai with their backs to the sea
  • Journey to Orongo Village where the sacred Birdman Ceremony was performed
  • Take-in the majestic view of The Seven Moais at Ahi Akivi facing the sea


Itinerary

Day 1 - PUERTO NATALES

Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to the bus station 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 transfer to pier to board your ship. As you sail along, see Guanocos Island and the Fjord of the Last Hope before arriving at Balmaceda Glacier. Here you may spot cormorants and sea lions amid its rocky outcrops. Later, we visit the Serrano Glacier, with its sheer walls of ancient blue ice and massive icebergs. Hike through the lush forest to the foot of the glacier, then have lunch and explore some more before sailing back to port. (B,L)

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

Our first visit today is to Milodon Cave Natural Monument. In the largest cave see a replica of the Milodon, a giant herbivore that went extinct around the late Pleistocene era. Visit National Park Torres del Paine with its glacial peaks and granite monoliths. Explore Amarga Lagoon overlooking the 7800-foot high Horns of Paine, the 5-foot Salto Grande waterfall, and glacially-fed Grey Lake. After lunch we return to 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. Enjoy the 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 – stone platforms where the massive Moai (monolithic figures carved from volcanic stone) and Pukaos (the hats on some Moai statues) were assembled. Next it’s on to Rano Raraku, home to 397 Moai in various states of production. Then see Ahu Tongariki, a ceremonial platform with 15 huge Moai, and the largest transported Moai – 30 feet long and 85 tons. Then visit Anakena, the island’s best beach with 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, featuring precisely fitted large basalt slabs that continue to perplex archaeologists. Discover the Rano Kau Volcano then see the remains of Orongo, the village where the sacred Birdman ceremony was performed. (B)

Day 8 - HALF DAY AHI AKIVI, THE SEVEN MOAIS

Delve into Ahu Akivi, one of the few sacred places in Easter Island where the Moai actually face the sea. Legend says they represent the seven explorers who were sent by King Hotu Matu’a before his colonization voyage. Continue on through the Ana Te Pahu caverns, lava tubes that provided housing to the inhabitants and refuge from 19th century slave drivers. Then see Puna Pau, a quarry inside the crater where the red stone Pukao crowns were made between 1250 and 1500 AD. (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
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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
VALID THRU APRIL 2019

Travel in Style

Double Single
$2429 $3679

Travel in Luxury

Double Single
$4269 $6569

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