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ATACAMA AND EASTER ISLANDS

Easter Islands is a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean, known for it's huge moai statues. The island is often called to be the most remote place in the world

Atacama Easter Islands

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Chile is a land of incredible contrasts, from the dry Atacama desert in the north, the ice, snow and glacial lakes of the south. It is the longest and thinnest country in the world, measuring over 4300km (2700 miles) from north to south and only 240km (150 miles) from east to west. 

Easter Island, home of the most advanced culture in all of Polynesia, is often considered to be the world's largest open air archaeological museum in the south-eastern Pacific Ocean, at the south easternmost point of the Polynesian triangle. The island is a special territory of Chile. Easter Island is famous for its monumental statues, called moai , created by the Rapanui people. It is a world heritage site with much of the island protected within the Rapa Nui National Park. The visit of Anakena beach of this tour focuses on the archaeological and historical aspect of this area.

The Atacama Desert is the driest nonpolar desert in the world, as well as the only true desert to receive less precipitation than the polar deserts and the largest fog desert in the world. Both regions have been used as experimentation sites on Earth for Mars expedition simulations.

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AT A GLANCE
  • 8 day tour 
  • Artisan market and the local museum
  • Fascinating history of Rapa Nui
  • Crater Lake of Orongo
  • Anakena and Hanga Roa
  • Atacama desert
  • San Pedro and the Moonvalley
  • El Tatio Geysers at an altitude of 4.300m

Easter Islands Atacama Overview

Day-1: Hanga roa 
Day-2: Anakena 
Day-3: Ceremonial Village Orongo 
Day-4: Santiago 
Day-5: Santiago to Calama - San Pedro and the Moonvalley 
Day-6: San Pedro, Toconao and the Atacama Salt Lake 
Day-7: El Tatio and Machuca 
Day-8: San Pedro - Calama 

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PATAGONIA NATURE ITINERARY

Day-1: Hanga roa 

After your arrival at Mataveri airport you will experience a traditional reception with flower necklaces. A short transfer takes you to your hotel. We recommend you to use the remainder of the day to visit the church of the village; among the various statues there you will find traditional Roman Catholic symbols together with indigenous ones. On Sunday morning you are welcome to attend mass. The artisan market and the local museum are located next to the church. In the museum you can marvel at the Rapa Nui artifacts; two originals were removed from the island and replaced by reproductions, but the remainder of items in the museum and the other two Rongorongo carvings are original artifacts.    

Day-2: Anakena 

Today you will learn more about the fascinating history of Rapa Nui. After leaving Hanga Roa, we will drive to the south along the coastal road. You will have views of the Poike Peninsula and the whole coastline consisting of black volcanic rock. We will make our first stop in Vaihu to visit archaeological sites. On the road to the next stop we will pass several Moai, lying along the street indicating the "Camino de los Moai", the "Trail of the Moai" on which they were maneuvered to their destinations. At Ranu Raraku - the quarry where a lots of Moai were sculpted - we will have a picnic lunch, and afterwards we will start walking up the Ranu Raraku volcano. You certainly will be impressed by our next highlight - the restored giant Ahu Tongariki and its 15 moai, which are the largest worship site on the island.      

Day-3: Ceremonial Village Orongo

From Hanga Roa it is a 30 minute drive to the volcano Rano Kau with the ceremonial village Orongo. You will be surprised by the perfect round shape of the Crater Lake  Orongo is the ceremonial center of the cult to the bird-man "Hombre Pajaro", which started after the further building of Moai had stopped. Your guide will explain this "new" culture of the island and show you the petroglyph images of Tangata Manu (bird man), Make Make (the god who created him) and Komari (a fertility symbol). This site commands a view of three small islets in the Pacific: Motu Nui, Motu Kao Kao and Motu Iti. You will have the rest of the day for your leisure and relaxation. (B)      

Day-4: Santiago

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Santiago. (Flight not included) Transfer to your hotel. (B)    

Day-5: Santiago to Calama - San Pedro and the Moonvalley

Transfer to airport in time to board the flight to Calama (not included) (B)                                            

Arrival at the airport of Calama and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. San Pedro is an unusual colorful village located 2.440 m / 8.000 ft above sea level in the middle of a green oasis. In the afternoon you will be taken into the mystifying Valle de la Luna, the famous Moon Valley. At sunset you can see how the light intensifies the impression of a moonscape. We will climb a sand dune to watch this spectacle and then return to the hotel. Overnight in San Pedro

Day-6: San Pedro, Toconao and the Atacama Salt Lake

After breakfast you will visit San Pedro de Atacama - the centre of a Paleolithic civilization that built impressive rock fortresses on the mountains encircling the green valley. The colonial church was constructed in 1577 and is the largest and most beautiful church in the region. The extraordinary archaeological museum (closed on Mondays) of Padre Gustavo Le Paige shows, among its many archaeological pre-Hispanic artifacts, several amazingly well preserved mummies, including one known as "Miss Chile." After this visit you drive 4 km / 2,5 mi to reach the pre- Columbian village Tulor with an approx. age of 3000 years. The archaeological remains are the oldest evidence of human settlement in the valley. In the early afternoon you will start your tour to Toconao, a village where locals dedicate themselves to the manufacture of white volcanic stone sculptures. You continue to the huge Atacama Salt Lake, an inland sea formed millions of years ago. You will be overwhelmed by the vast emptiness with the white salt crusts stretched out in front of you as far as your eyes can see.     

Day-7: El Tatio and Machuca 

In the morning you will depart early at 4:00 am to reach the El Tatio Geysers at an altitude of 4.300 m / 14.108 ft before sunrise. It is the highest geothermal field in the world in a remote setting and has spectacular scenery. Make sure to bring warm clothes because it is very cold in the morning at this altitude. At dawn, powerful spurts of steam shoot out from various blowholes. The steaming ponds are encrusted with brilliant salt crystals reflecting the metal-blue sky at dawn. You will have enough time to enjoy this beautiful natural wonder before we return and drive to the village Machuca where the ancient llama caravans used to rest from their travels on the "Inca Highway". Today only few people live here. Afterwards, we will return to San Pedro de Atacama. Leisure time in the afternoon. Overnight in San Pedro. (B)            

Day-8: San Pedro - Calama

After breakfast, a transfer takes you to the airport to board your departure flight. (B)                                            

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Chile Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time of year to go to Chile?

This really depends on what you want to see in Chile. 

September to November and April brings the blazing colours of fall foliage in the south. Wine country has grape harvests and wine festivals in March. 

Patagonia is at its best from December to February and the beaches throng with crowds from late December through January. 

Viña del Mar and Valparaíso are great spots in February. 

September to April is the best time to hike the central regions. 

The Spring (September, October, November) and Autumn (March, April, May) shoulder seasons see fewer crowds and relatively mild temperatures. As a general rule however, the seasons run as follows: Summer (December to February), Autumn (March to May), Winter (June to August) and Spring (September to November).

What language is spoken in Chile?

The official language of Chile is Chilean Spanish. English is spoken by some locals in tourist areas. It is a good idea to learn basic Spanish phrases before your trip."

What currency do they use in Chile?

The country is on the Chilean Peso. US dollars are accepted in most places throughout the country. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in major cities and tourist areas but cash is still preferred and recommended for local markets. ATMs are common in the country and can be found easily.

Do we need travel insurance?

Yes you do. We do not recommend travelling without it and require it for our tours. Accidents, medical emergencies, travel delays or other problems can occur in any country and the resulting costs can be significant. Here is  a link if you do not already have your own preferred provider. 


What plug converters do I need in Chile?

In Chile the power plugs and sockets are of type C and L. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. 

 The power plugs and sockets are of type C and L. . 

  • Type C: also known as the standard "Euro" plug. This socket also works with plug E and plug F. 
  • Type L: This type is of Italian origin. This socket also works with plug C. 
Is the water safe to drink?

The tap water is generally not safe to drink in Chile. Bottled water is readily available at tourist sites, hotels, and restaurants. Don't forget to use bottled water when brushing your teeth as well! Ice is not always made with boiled/ bottled water. Order your beverages without ice.

What are the current entry requirements for Chile given COVID?
  • There are several requirements. As of 22 March 2022

    1-Negative PCR taken 72 hours before boarding. In flights with stopovers, the last boarding point is considered. In case of entering by land, it cannot be older than 72 hours from the taking of the sample. This requirement is for every person over the age of 2.

    2-Have health insurance with a minimum coverage of USD 30,000 that includes coverage for any expenses arising from Covid-19.

    3-Complete the “Traveler’s Affidavit” form online up to 48 hours before boarding, where you will provide contact, health, and travel information. This form will provide a QR code as a means of verification and is available at www.c19.cl 

    4-To have completed a vaccination program (2 doses), which must be validated at mevacuno.gob.cl for travelers from 6 years of age before entering Chile. The vaccination approval period will be informed to the traveler at the time of making the request, procedure that may take up to 30 calendar days. Non-resident foreigners who comply with one or more of the special requirements in Decree 102 of the Ministry of the Interior may enter without a complete vaccination program. They must undergo a PCR test and a mandatory 7-day quarantine, even if the PCR result is negative.

    All information is subject to change so please check the current ruling on https://www.bcn.cl/portal/."