8 - Days Unique experience in San Pedro de Atacama & Easter Island

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This is a unique experience in which you will get to know the "musts" of these two incredible destinations in Chile, San Pedro de Atacama and Easter Island. This tour has the assistance of the best local guides, to know in depth not only the landscapes, but also the culture and secrets of the destinations.
ItineraryDay 1: Calama Airport - San Pedro de Atacama - Moon ValleyStop At: Valle De La Luna, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta RegionReception at Calama Airport and transfer to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. In the afternoon, departure from the hotel to the Moon Valley (04:00pm Subject to confirmation). 19 km from San Pedro, in the Salt Mountain Range, is the Moon Valley located, declared a Nature Sanctuary and Monument and protected by the uniqueness of its beauty. It consists of a depression surrounded by small hills with impressively sharp peaks. The tour is an imaginary trip to landscapes that does not belong to our world, but to other planets. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Mars Valley or Death Valley, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta RegionWe will see the Dinosaur Valley and Death Valley, where there is a spectacular panoramic view of the area. We continue to the Moon Valley, where we will find geological formations that are the result of successive foldings of the earth's crust. In the valley is possible to appreciate the salt sculptures known as Las Tres Marias, formed by wind erosion. Continuing with the tour we will walk through the interior of the caves that remain from the old deposits, to get closer to valley where is the Big Dune. After a break, we will climb this dune, which impresses with its size and is used for extreme sports as snowboarding At sunset, a bold palette of golds and reds appear, touching the soul and sensibilities of the visitor.Duration: 2 hoursPass By: La Casa de Don TomásOvernightNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Casa Don TomasDay 2: San Pedro de Atacama - Puritama Hot Spring Stop At: Termas Banos de Puritama, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta RegionBreakfast. Morning is at leisureDeparture at 04:30pm heading northeast from San Pedro de Atacama, 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) away, we will find the Puritama river. Thanks to the sector’s volcanic activity, the temperature of the waters that flow from the mountain range rises, turning this place into one of the most sought out tourism sites in the sector. In addition, the place has all the necessary services for a comfortable visit and, thus, nature gives us the possibility of enjoying this landscape, with a delightful bath in its 33°C (91.4°F) waters rich in minerals that have medicinal properties. In this canyon, where the Puritama river flows, we find one of the richest places in terms of plants and wildlife of the sector that surrounds the town of San Pedro de Atacama. Pampas grasses create a border between the water and the rest of the landscape. At the salt bushes, several bird species, such as the Grey-hooded Sierra-finch, the Scale-throated Earthcreeper, and the Grassland Yellow-finch, among others, provide us with the ideal scenery to fully enjoy nature.Duration: 4 hoursPass By: La Casa de Don TomásOvernightMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Box lunch Accommodation included: Casa Don TomasDay 3: San Pedro de Atacama - Altiplanic Lagoons - Atacama Salt Flat - San Pedro de AtacamaStop At: Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta RegionBreakfast. Departure at 08:30am. In this excursion, we we will go through the path to the Altiplano in order to visit the Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons, located more than 4,200 meter above the sea level and surrounded by great and imposing volcanoes from the Andes Mountain Range and flora and fauna in their natural environment.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Laguna Chaxa, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta RegionWe will continue to Chaxa Lagoon, scenery and beautiful landscape, divided into several water mirrors where a great number of flamingoes and other birds such as Andean Flamingoes. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Volcan Licancabur, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta RegionFinally, before we return, while the landscape features marvelous views of the Licancabur and Lascar Volcanoes, we will visit Toconao with a typical colonial architecture, San Lucas Church, the first National Monument. Duration: 1 hourPass By: La Casa de Don TomásOvernightMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Lunch with local productsAccommodation included: Casa Don TomasDay 4: San Pedro de Atacama - Tatio Geysers - San Pedro de Atacama - Calama Airport - Santiago Stop At: Geyser del Tatio, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta RegionDeparture at 5:00am from the hotel. Subject to confirmation. We leave at dawn from San Pedro de Atacama Hotel to go to the Tatio Geysers, a geothermal center with geysers that can only be seen very early in the morning. After seeing this spectacular sight in a magnificent natural setting, we eat breakfast. On the way back, we see the majestic Andes Mountain Range, whose peaks seem close enough to touch. We then arrive at Machuca, a small llama herder settlement. The village is filled with adobe houses with thatched roofs. Green wetlands lend a special charm. Return to the hotel. In due time, transfer to Calama Airport to board your flight destination to Santiago. (we recommend to book flight after 4:00pm)Accommodation at new LQ HOTEL by LA QUINTA SANTIAGO Aeropuerto, located about (10 miles) from the heart of Santiago and just minutes from Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. (arrival and departure complimentary transfers offered by the hotel)Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Machuca, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta RegionWe then arrive at Machuca, a small llama herder settlement. The village is filled with adobe houses with thatched roofs. Green wetlands lend a special charm. Return to the hotel. Duration: 1 hourPass By: Avis CalamaIn due time, transfer to Calama Airport to board your flight destination to Santiago. (we recommend to book a flight after 4:00 pm)Pass By: LQ Hotel By La Quinta Santiago AeropuertoAccommodation at new LQ HOTEL by LA QUINTA SANTIAGO Aeropuerto, located about (10 miles) from the heart of Santiago and just minutes from Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. (arrival and departure complimentary transfers offered by the hotel)Meals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast on spot Accommodation included: LQ HOTEL by LA QUINTA SANTIAGO Day 5: Santiago - Easter Island - Mataveri Airport - ArrivalPass By: Airport MataveriArrival in the Easter Island Airport. Reception in the Airport with a flower necklace and transfer to your selected hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.AccommodationPass By: Hotel Puku VaiOvernightMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Hotel PUKU VAIDay 6: Easter IslandStop At: Ahu Vaihu, Hanga Roa, Easter IslandDeparting from HangaRoa's town at about 9:30 am, going to the southeastern and northeastern coast of the Island visiting the AhuVaihu temple, which is located 10 km from HangaRoa. It consists of a stone platform with 8Moai statues and 8 pukao dispersed in the proximities.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ahu AkahangaThen, we will go to AhuAkahanga, so- called the "Platform of the king". The legend tells that HotuMatua'a's tomb is near this place. There, we will find 4 platforms, 12 Moai statues, 8 Pukao and towards the interior of this Ahu; it is possible to see the best-preserved village of the island.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ahu TongarikiLater, we will go to AhuTongariki, with 15 Moai being the largest Ahu of the island.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Ahu Te Pito Kura Easter IslandAfter that, we will meet AhuTePito Kura, which possesses the highest statue of the island raised in an Ahu, the MoaiParo (10 meters of height and 85 tons with a Pukao of 11,5 tons). Near this ceremonial temple is the great spherical stone that is identified as the Center of the World (TePito o TeHenua), as the legend tells, it was brought to the island by HotuMatua'a in his craft.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Ahu Nau Nau, Easter IslandAfter that, we will arrive in Ahu Nau Nau, temple of a complex construction due to its different levels where we will find 5 Moai statues with Pukao. There, we will see petroglyphs in the backs of the statues.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Rano RarakuWe will continue our excursion to the RanoRaraku volcano and quarry, where there was carved most of the Moai of the island, using the volcanic rock of its hillsides. There are an estimated number of 400 Moai in several stages of carved.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Anakena Beach, Easter IslandFinishing our adventure, we will go to Anakena Beach. It is a beach of white sands chosen for the arrival of the ArikiHotuMatua'a and his sister Avareipua. Anakena is the name of a small cave in an adjacent gully. Return to the town of Hanga Roa. Duration: 45 minutesPass By: Hotel Puku VaiOvernightMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Box lunchAccommodation included: Hotel PUKU VAIDay 7: Easter Island Stop At: Ana Kai Tangata, Hanga Roa, Easter IslandToday, we will visit the Ana Kai Tangata natural cave where it is possible to appreciate some rupestrian art representing birds such as the manutara, and where it is possible to watch waves breaking upon the cliff.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Rano KauWe will continue our tour by visiting the Rano Kau volcano where we will be able to see the largest crater on the Island and one of the largest sweet water reservation of the area. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Orongo, Easter IslandFinally, we will visit the Orongo Ceremonial Village, old and magnificent ceremonial city located in the western side of the RanoKau volcano. It features 53 elliptical houses made of sandstone and a small square window looking to the sea. In this place, the most important ceremony of the second period of Easter Island was carried out: the election of the Tangata Manu (Bird-Man), this ceremony stopped being performed 150 years ago, due to the arrival of the first Christian missioners. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ahu VinapúA place that was used by the Islanders in the year 1.200 A.C. including 3 Ahu. The first one has 6Moai statues demolished and painted in red. The second one has a supposedly feminine Moai which had two heads. Finally, the third Moai, the oldest one, features only removed stones.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Puna Pau, Hanga Roa, Easter IslandWe will continue our way to the quarry of Puna Pau, an archaeological site in the eastern side of Hanga Roa. It is a small crater of red slag, from where the Pukao or hats of the Moai statues were obtained. Along with its old exit, there are some incomplete and abandoned Moai. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ahu AkiviWe will head to AhuAkivi, the first Ahu restored by the science in the island in the year 1960. The platform with 7Moai is characterized by being one of the few ones located in the center of the island, with its statues facing the rising sun. According the legend, these 7Moai would represent 7 young explorers sent before HotuMatua'a's arrival to investigate the island.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ana Te PahuOur adventure leads us to the cavern of TePahu, a place used as housing and temporary refuge in war times. Then, we will return to Hanga Roa.Duration: 1 hourPass By: Hotel Puku VaiOvernightMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Hotel PUKU VAIDay 8: Easter Island - Mataveri Airport - DeparturePass By: Airport MataveriTransfer to the airport and typical farewell. Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 7x Breakfast
  • 3x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 7 nights
  • All transfers by shared service with Spanish driver only
  • Entrance fee to archeological sites in San Pedro de Atacama
  • Premium Snack in San Pedro de Atacama
  • Entry/Admission - Valle De La Luna
  • Entry/Admission - Mars Valley or Death Valley
  • Entry/Admission - Termas Banos de Puritama
  • Entry/Admission - Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques
  • Entry/Admission - Laguna Chaxa
  • Entry/Admission - Volcan Licancabur
  • Entry/Admission - Geyser del Tatio
  • Entry/Admission - Machuca
  • Entry/Admission - Ahu Vaihu
  • Entry/Admission - Ahu Akahanga
  • Entry/Admission - Ahu Tongariki
  • Entry/Admission - Ahu Te Pito Kura Easter Island
  • Entry/Admission - Ahu Nau Nau
  • Entry/Admission - Rano Raraku
  • Entry/Admission - Anakena Beach
  • Entry/Admission - Ana Kai Tangata
  • Entry/Admission - Rano Kau
  • Entry/Admission - Orongo
  • Entry/Admission - Ahu Vinapú
  • Entry/Admission - Puna Pau
  • Entry/Admission - Ahu Akivi
  • Entry/Admission - Ana Te Pahu

What’s not included

  • Air tickets and Airport taxes
  • Entrance fee to Rapa Nui National Park (Ref price USD 80)
  • Any meals & extras
  • Gratuities

Itinerary

Day 1: Calama Airport - San Pedro de Atacama - Moon Valley Stop At: Valle De La Luna, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region Reception at Calama Airport and transfer to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. In the afternoon, departure from the hotel to the Moon Valley (04:00pm Subject to confirmation). 19 km from San Pedro, in the Salt Mountain Range, is the Moon Valley located, declared a Nature Sanctuary and Monument and protected by the uniqueness of its beauty. It consists of a depression surrounded by small hills with impressively sharp peaks. The tour is an imaginary trip to landscapes that does not belong to our world, but to other planets. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Mars Valley or Death Valley, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region We will see the Dinosaur Valley and Death Valley, where there is a spectacular panoramic view of the area. We continue to the Moon Valley, where we will find geological formations that are the result of successive foldings of the earth's crust. In the valley is possible to appreciate the salt sculptures known as Las Tres Marias, formed by wind erosion. Continuing with the tour we will walk through the interior of the caves that remain from the old deposits, to get closer to valley where is the Big Dune. After a break, we will climb this dune, which impresses with its size and is used for extreme sports as snowboarding At sunset, a bold palette of golds and reds appear, touching the soul and sensibilities of the visitor. Duration: 2 hours Pass By: La Casa de Don Tomás Overnight No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Casa Don Tomas
Day 2: San Pedro de Atacama - Puritama Hot Spring Stop At: Termas Banos de Puritama, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region Breakfast. Morning is at leisure Departure at 04:30pm heading northeast from San Pedro de Atacama, 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) away, we will find the Puritama river. Thanks to the sector’s volcanic activity, the temperature of the waters that flow from the mountain range rises, turning this place into one of the most sought out tourism sites in the sector. In addition, the place has all the necessary services for a comfortable visit and, thus, nature gives us the possibility of enjoying this landscape, with a delightful bath in its 33°C (91.4°F) waters rich in minerals that have medicinal properties. In this canyon, where the Puritama river flows, we find one of the richest places in terms of plants and wildlife of the sector that surrounds the town of San Pedro de Atacama. Pampas grasses create a border between the water and the rest of the landscape. At the salt bushes, several bird species, such as the Grey-hooded Sierra-finch, the Scale-throated Earthcreeper, and the Grassland Yellow-finch, among others, provide us with the ideal scenery to fully enjoy nature. Duration: 4 hours Pass By: La Casa de Don Tomás Overnight Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Box lunch Accommodation included: Casa Don Tomas
Day 3: San Pedro de Atacama - Altiplanic Lagoons - Atacama Salt Flat - San Pedro de Atacama Stop At: Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region Breakfast. Departure at 08:30am. In this excursion, we we will go through the path to the Altiplano in order to visit the Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons, located more than 4,200 meter above the sea level and surrounded by great and imposing volcanoes from the Andes Mountain Range and flora and fauna in their natural environment. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Laguna Chaxa, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region We will continue to Chaxa Lagoon, scenery and beautiful landscape, divided into several water mirrors where a great number of flamingoes and other birds such as Andean Flamingoes. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Volcan Licancabur, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region Finally, before we return, while the landscape features marvelous views of the Licancabur and Lascar Volcanoes, we will visit Toconao with a typical colonial architecture, San Lucas Church, the first National Monument. Duration: 1 hour Pass By: La Casa de Don Tomás Overnight Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Lunch with local products Accommodation included: Casa Don Tomas
Day 4: San Pedro de Atacama - Tatio Geysers - San Pedro de Atacama - Calama Airport - Santiago Stop At: Geyser del Tatio, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region Departure at 5:00am from the hotel. Subject to confirmation. We leave at dawn from San Pedro de Atacama Hotel to go to the Tatio Geysers, a geothermal center with geysers that can only be seen very early in the morning. After seeing this spectacular sight in a magnificent natural setting, we eat breakfast. On the way back, we see the majestic Andes Mountain Range, whose peaks seem close enough to touch. We then arrive at Machuca, a small llama herder settlement. The village is filled with adobe houses with thatched roofs. Green wetlands lend a special charm. Return to the hotel. In due time, transfer to Calama Airport to board your flight destination to Santiago. (we recommend to book flight after 4:00pm) Accommodation at new LQ HOTEL by LA QUINTA SANTIAGO Aeropuerto, located about (10 miles) from the heart of Santiago and just minutes from Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. (arrival and departure complimentary transfers offered by the hotel) Duration: 8 hours Stop At: Machuca, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region We then arrive at Machuca, a small llama herder settlement. The village is filled with adobe houses with thatched roofs. Green wetlands lend a special charm. Return to the hotel. Duration: 1 hour Pass By: Avis Calama In due time, transfer to Calama Airport to board your flight destination to Santiago. (we recommend to book a flight after 4:00 pm) Pass By: LQ Hotel By La Quinta Santiago Aeropuerto Accommodation at new LQ HOTEL by LA QUINTA SANTIAGO Aeropuerto, located about (10 miles) from the heart of Santiago and just minutes from Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. (arrival and departure complimentary transfers offered by the hotel) Meals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast on spot Accommodation included: LQ HOTEL by LA QUINTA SANTIAGO
Day 5: Santiago - Easter Island - Mataveri Airport - Arrival Pass By: Airport Mataveri Arrival in the Easter Island Airport. Reception in the Airport with a flower necklace and transfer to your selected hotel. The afternoon is at leisure. Accommodation Pass By: Hotel Puku Vai Overnight Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Hotel PUKU VAI
Day 6: Easter Island Stop At: Ahu Vaihu, Hanga Roa, Easter Island Departing from HangaRoa's town at about 9:30 am, going to the southeastern and northeastern coast of the Island visiting the AhuVaihu temple, which is located 10 km from HangaRoa. It consists of a stone platform with 8Moai statues and 8 pukao dispersed in the proximities. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Ahu Akahanga Then, we will go to AhuAkahanga, so- called the "Platform of the king". The legend tells that HotuMatua'a's tomb is near this place. There, we will find 4 platforms, 12 Moai statues, 8 Pukao and towards the interior of this Ahu; it is possible to see the best-preserved village of the island. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Ahu Tongariki Later, we will go to AhuTongariki, with 15 Moai being the largest Ahu of the island. Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Ahu Te Pito Kura Easter Island After that, we will meet AhuTePito Kura, which possesses the highest statue of the island raised in an Ahu, the MoaiParo (10 meters of height and 85 tons with a Pukao of 11,5 tons). Near this ceremonial temple is the great spherical stone that is identified as the Center of the World (TePito o TeHenua), as the legend tells, it was brought to the island by HotuMatua'a in his craft. Duration: 45 minutes Stop At: Ahu Nau Nau, Easter Island After that, we will arrive in Ahu Nau Nau, temple of a complex construction due to its different levels where we will find 5 Moai statues with Pukao. There, we will see petroglyphs in the backs of the statues. Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Rano Raraku We will continue our excursion to the RanoRaraku volcano and quarry, where there was carved most of the Moai of the island, using the volcanic rock of its hillsides. There are an estimated number of 400 Moai in several stages of carved. Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Anakena Beach, Easter Island Finishing our adventure, we will go to Anakena Beach. It is a beach of white sands chosen for the arrival of the ArikiHotuMatua'a and his sister Avareipua. Anakena is the name of a small cave in an adjacent gully. Return to the town of Hanga Roa. Duration: 45 minutes Pass By: Hotel Puku Vai Overnight Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Box lunch Accommodation included: Hotel PUKU VAI
Day 7: Easter Island Stop At: Ana Kai Tangata, Hanga Roa, Easter Island Today, we will visit the Ana Kai Tangata natural cave where it is possible to appreciate some rupestrian art representing birds such as the manutara, and where it is possible to watch waves breaking upon the cliff. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Rano Kau We will continue our tour by visiting the Rano Kau volcano where we will be able to see the largest crater on the Island and one of the largest sweet water reservation of the area. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Orongo, Easter Island Finally, we will visit the Orongo Ceremonial Village, old and magnificent ceremonial city located in the western side of the RanoKau volcano. It features 53 elliptical houses made of sandstone and a small square window looking to the sea. In this place, the most important ceremony of the second period of Easter Island was carried out: the election of the Tangata Manu (Bird-Man), this ceremony stopped being performed 150 years ago, due to the arrival of the first Christian missioners. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Ahu Vinapú A place that was used by the Islanders in the year 1.200 A.C. including 3 Ahu. The first one has 6Moai statues demolished and painted in red. The second one has a supposedly feminine Moai which had two heads. Finally, the third Moai, the oldest one, features only removed stones. Duration: 45 minutes Stop At: Puna Pau, Hanga Roa, Easter Island We will continue our way to the quarry of Puna Pau, an archaeological site in the eastern side of Hanga Roa. It is a small crater of red slag, from where the Pukao or hats of the Moai statues were obtained. Along with its old exit, there are some incomplete and abandoned Moai. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Ahu Akivi We will head to AhuAkivi, the first Ahu restored by the science in the island in the year 1960. The platform with 7Moai is characterized by being one of the few ones located in the center of the island, with its statues facing the rising sun. According the legend, these 7Moai would represent 7 young explorers sent before HotuMatua'a's arrival to investigate the island. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Ana Te Pahu Our adventure leads us to the cavern of TePahu, a place used as housing and temporary refuge in war times. Then, we will return to Hanga Roa. Duration: 1 hour Pass By: Hotel Puku Vai Overnight Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Hotel PUKU VAI
Day 8: Easter Island - Mataveri Airport - Departure Pass By: Airport Mataveri Transfer to the airport and typical farewell. Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
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