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Best of Chile from Atacama to Patagonia with Easter Island 2021

13 days with Insight Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
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Day 1 Arrive in Santiago.
Welcome to Santiago. A picturesque city back dropped by the spectacular, snow-capped Andes, it offers a metropolitan world of museums, top restaurants and historic finds. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel, the glitzy Singular. In the evening meet your Travel Director and fellow guests at the hotel and enjoy a private Welcome Dinner.(Dinner with Wine)

Day 2 Valparaiso and the Casablanca Wine Country.
Begin your day with a visit to Valparaiso. Explore the UNESCO protected site with a Local Expert. After lunch, visit the Kingston Family Vineyard for a private tasting in the Casablanca Valley. Recognised as one of the best wineries in Chile, its produce has been featured on the wine lists of top restaurants including Aureole in New York. The evening is yours at leisure.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)

Day 3 On to Atacama.
Take a transfer to the airport for your flight to Calama, a city based in the Atacama Desert. On arrival head to San Pedro. From there you’ll be driven to the Moon Valley for a guided visit. A nod to its name, this moon-like area is made up of dunes, caves and caverns. Learn more about its history and the land formations from a Local Expert. Head back to Atacama for a stargazing experience up in the Andes Highlands (weather permitting).(Breakfast)

Day 4 Explore Atacama.
In the morning, take a guided visit to the Atacama Geysers, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Located in the Andes Mountains you’ll be 14,170 ft (4320 metres) above sea level. Spend the afternoon at leisure in Atacama. Ask your Travel Director for local recommendations or perhaps make the most of your hotel and its spa facilities. A serene space, the venue offers breathtaking views of the Andes mountain range and nearby volcanoes. Enjoy dinner before heading for your second evening of stargazing in the desert. The region is known for having the best dark skies on the planet.(Breakfast / Dinner)

Day 5 Atacama Salt Flats.
A short drive from San Pedro, explore the Atacama Salt Flats, the largest in Chile. One of the driest parts of the world, the area stretches for over 40,000 square miles. Later, visit the Altiplanic lagoons, part of Los Flamencos National Reserve. Explore the geology of the region with Local Experts and see huge sand dunes, natural amphitheatres, volcanoes and cloudless skies.(Breakfast / Lunch)

Day 6 Atacama to Santiago.
Wake up for your transfer and flight back to Santiago. On arrival, take a tour of the city with a Local Expert. Discover its Neoclassical landmarks including the 18th century Metropolitan Cathedral. Take in the city’s architecture, leafy parks and pretty cafes, before heading back to your hotel for leisure time. Later, enjoy lunch with wine near El Mercado Central. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Your hotel is walking distance from the parks, museums, restaurants, and bars of the historical Lastarria neighborhood.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)

Day 7 On to Puerto Natales.
Fly to Punta Arenas then drive to Puerto Natales, a port city and the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. It is also a starting point for explorers in search of the Patagonian fjords. You’ll have leisure time in the day to rest and rejuvenate. Famous for spiced meat and seafood dishes, tonight's dinner will have you savouring typical Patagonian dishes.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

Day 8 Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Excursion.
Wake for a scenic breakfast before starting your day. Torres del Paine National Park boasts jaw-dropping landscapes filled with turquoise lagoons, glaciers, and towering granite horns. Head out on a Balmaceda & Serrano Glacier Cruise to view these majestic ice formations. On return, the rest of your day is at leisure.(Breakfast / Lunch)

Day 9 Sightseeing in Torres del Paine.
Today you’ll spend the day sightseeing. Keep a look out for the park’s guanacos, a rare creature similar to the llama, as well as Andean condors. Witness the sharp peaks of Cuernos del Paine and see the emerald waters of the park’s lakes. These include Dickson Lake, Lake Pehoé, Sarmiento Lake, Del Toro Lake and Nordenskjöld Lake. After a day exploring, join your Travel Director and new friends as you toast to your travels at a Celebration Dinner with wine.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

Day 10 Back to Santiago.
It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your trip comes to an end. Head to Punta Arenas and fly to Santiago International Airport. Stay the night in Santiago before heading on to your Easter Island extension tomorrow.(Breakfast)

Day 11 Arrive on Easter Island.
Arrive on Easter Island, the cradle of an enigmatic culture that persists to this day. The language, music and many traditions remain alive among the island’s inhabitants, while the enormous carved stone Moai tell of a more remote past. Once you land in Hanga Roa, you'll be received by your local expert and transfer to your hotel. After checking in, enjoy an excursion. Drive up to Rano Kau, an extinct volcano with stunning views of Easter Island and see its distinct geological features, as well as Crater Lake. Then continue to Orongo, located on the island’s southwestern tip. At the stone ceremonial village, uncover the Birdman culture’s mysteries as you see the ancient petroglyphs. At the Ahu Vinapu archeological complex, learn about ancient carving and construction techniques that may have been influenced by the Inca culture. End your tour at the Ana Kai Tangata cave and observe the rock paintings and listen to stories about the island's past.(Breakfast)

Day 12 Easter Island Exploration.
Drive to the south end of the island to explore and uncover Easter Island’s mysteries. Start your journey in the bay of Hanga Te’e, at the unrestored site Ahu Vaihu, where the toppled moai are surrounded by spectacular views. Your next stop is at Akahanga, an important site where the famous king Hotu Matua was buried. Then, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Rano Raraku, a volcanic crater where almost 900 “moais” remain: some standing, laying, or buried. Continue your explorations at Ahu Tongariki. See its impressive fifteen moai that stand tall overlooking the land, as well as Ahu Te Pito Kura, where the largest carved “moai” ever erected stands 33 feet (10 metres) tall. End your day at Anakena Beach to enjoy the sun and the warm Pacific Ocean.(Breakfast)

Day 13 Bid Farewell to Rapa Nui.
Drive inland to see the restored site Ahu Akivi, where seven identical moai were built in the center of the island. According to legend, they represent the seven explorers who were sent to the island by King Hotu Matua. Afterwards, at Ahu Hanga Poukura, appreciate the impressive masonry skills at the unrestored, tumbled moai. Pay a visit to Puna Pau volcano quarry, where the pukao were carved; these are the large red cylinders, or topknots, placed on the moai’s heads. From here, they were transported across the island to all the other sites. End your adventure at Tahai, a ceremonial site where you can see several restored statues, boathouse remains, boat ramps, and more. This is the only site on Easter Island where eyes were re-inserted into a statue. As you get your last glimpse of the deep blue of the Pacific, transfer to the airport for your flight home.(Breakfast)

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All This Included
It is no surprise that Chile is known as the “country of poets”. From Santiago’s vibrant culture, to the great wilderness of the Atacama Desert, vast landscapes of Patagonia and glaciers of the south, you’ll find inspiration at every turn. Along the way indulge on delicious regional dishes and local beverages, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Casablanca Wine Country. Stay in an all-inclusive, eco-friendly property in Torres Del Paine National Park and enjoy a glacier excursion inside the national park.

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Included in the price

  • Easter Extension
  • Intra Surcharge Best of Chile
  • Intra Trip Air Best of Chile

 

Highlights

Authentic Dining

  • Santiago: Later, enjoy lunch with wine near El Mercado Central.
  • Puerto Natales: Famous for spiced meat and seafood dishes, tonight's dinner will have you savouring typical Patagonian dishes.
  • Santiago: In the evening meet your Travel Director and fellow guests at the hotel and enjoy a private Welcome Dinner.
  • Casablanca: After lunch, visit the Kingston Family Vineyard for a private tasting in the Casablanca Valley. Recognised as one of the best wineries in Chile, its produce has been featured on the wine lists of top restaurants including Aureole in New York.
  • Atacama: Enjoy dinner before heading for your second evening of stargazing in the desert.
  • Torres del Paine:Torres del Paine: After a day exploring, join your Travel Director and new friends as you toast to your travels at a Celebration Dinner with wine.
  • Dining Summary: 13 Breakfasts (B), 4 Lunches (L), 2 Lunches with wine (LW), and 5 Dinners with wine (DW).

Insight Experiences

  • Torres del Paine: This afternoon, join a Patagonian Ranch Cultural Experience and learn about the baqueano (cowboy) way of life. During your time with these local cowboys — the descendants of horsemen who came to work ranches in this remote region more than a century ago, you will learn about their special clothing, saddles and other horse tack. You'll also be shown how to properly saddle a horse, nail a horseshoe and of course how to ride. Enjoy a Yerba mate tea with them while chatting about Patagonian culture.
  • Torres del Paine: Completely immerse yourself in its beauty on a trekking adventure, the best way to explore the UNESCO Reserve.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Valparaiso: Begin your day with a visit to Valparaiso. Explore the UNESCO protected site with a Local Expert.
  • Moon Valley: From there you’ll be driven to the Moon Valley for a guided visit. A nod to its name, this moon-like area is made up of dunes, caves and caverns. Learn more about its history and the land formations from a Local Expert.
  • Andes Highlands: Afterwards, go for a guided stargazing experience up in the Andes Highlands (weather permitting).
  • Atacama: In the morning, take a guided visit to the Atacama Geysers, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Located in the Andes Mountains you’ll be 14,170 ft (4320 metres) above sea level.
  • Atacama Explore the geology of the region with Local Experts and see huge sand dunes, natural amphitheatres, volcanoes and cloudless skies.
  • Santiago: On arrival, take a tour of the city with a Local Expert. Discover its Neoclassical landmarks including the 18th century Metropolitan Cathedral.
  • Torres del Paine: Take a scenic drive to Torres del Paine National Park. There will be plenty of scenic photo stops along the way. The park is situated in Chile’s Patagonia region and is famous for its glaciers, grasslands, imposing mountains and the three granite towers it is named after. It is part of UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserve System and is known for its rare wildlife.

 

Accommodations
Santiago: The Singular Santiago, Lastarria Hotel
Atacama: Hotel Cumbres in San Pedro de Atacama
Puerto Natales: Hotel Remota, Puerto Natales
Patagonia: Hotel Las Torres Patagonia
Easter Island: Hotel Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa
Notes
  • Full passport and flight details (if air not booked with Insight) are required at time of booking and at the very latest upon final payment.
  • NOTE: This trip falls under LEVEL 1
  • Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1.
  • Please contact the consulate/embassy and family doctor for further details on medical vaccinations that may be required for specific countries.
  • This locally hosted extension is operated with experienced and knowledgeable local guides and/or hosts. As a result, the Travel Director from your guided vacation does not accompany guests on extensions.
  • Easter Island sightseeing will begin in the afternoon of day 2 after checking into the hotel. Approximate time of arrival to Easter Island is between 12:00 and 1:00 pm local time depending on flight schedule and is subject to change.
  • Linking Air from your main program is not included with the Easter Island extension. Contact Insight or your Travel agent to inquire about purchasing the flight arrangements to and from Easter Island.
  • Linking Air (Not Included) flight information to and from Easter Island is required for guest transfers and is due to Insight by final payment if air is purchased independently.
  • Due to Easter Island flight schedules, a complimentary overnight is included at the Holiday Inn Airport Santiago, before continuing to Easter Island.
  • Airport arrival will be at 12pm on the last day of your guided vacation, please be aware when booking your onward flights.
  • A valid passport with at least six months validity after your return date from Peru is required to enter the country.
  • The Business Class legroom that is provided on motorcoaches in other regions is not provided on this itinerary due to regional limitations with vehicles.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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