GTCT-555 – CHILE

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SANTIAGO & EASTER ISLAND
Seven days / Six nights

Valid for travel thru December 30, 2017

ITINERARY:

DAY 1: Arrival Santiago

Meeting, assistance and transfer from airport to hotel. Rest of day at leisure.
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel.

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DAY 2: Santiago (B)

Santiago Panoramic City Tour
Departure from your hotel. The tour begins with a visit to the historic city center, with the central plaza as a highlight (Plaza de Armas), kilometer zero and crucial center of the capital, where the construction of Santiago began during the colonial era, with old buildings, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, a beautiful building that combines Bavarian and neoclassical styles of that time. In this context, a tour through the civic district, with the ministerial building surrounding the government’s house, the Palacio de la Moneda, a silent witness of the most relevant event in our republican history.

To conclude the historical area, a tour by the old and stately neighborhoods of the old “high society”, a place full of an exquisite architectonic variety brought by immigrants, mainly European, in a time of great mining exploitation and high-born families. Later, a magnificent panoramic view from one of our hills in the city (Cerro Santa Lucía or Parque Metropolitano), where it is possible to appreciate a part of the mountain-chain slopes that surround the city to, afterwards, go to the western area to see the great architectonic contrast. A thriving and contemporary city that proves its best with impressive buildings of daring architectonic styles that represent a seal of modernity to this big city
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel.

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DAY 3: Viña del Mar & Valparaiso (B)

Full day tour to Viña del Mar & Valparaiso
Departure from your hotel. Valparaíso, main port in Chile, considered World Heritage Site by its rare architecture and narrow-street display, passages, and stairs that go up to the top of the hills. Viña del Mar, the most visited tourist seaside resort in our country, also known as the Ciudad Jardín (Garden City), because of all the green areas that surround it, wide sidewalks, beautiful plazas, and bloomed gardens. They are the gates to the Pacific ocean. Discover the contrast of both cities next to the sea, located only at 120 km from Santiago
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel.

DAY 4: Santiago / Easter Island (B)

Assistance and transfer from hotel to airport for your flight to Easter Island. Upon arrival there transfer to hotel. Rest of day at leisure.
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel.

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DAY 5: Easter Island (B/L)

Ahu Tongariki, Rano Raraku, Akahanga, Te Pito Kura & Anakena
Breakfast served at the hotel. Starting the tour from your hotel in Hanga Roa. This guided excursion lasts between 6 hours and 30 minute and is designed to follow the footsteps of Rapa Nui´s first King, Ariki Hotu Matu’a. during the colonization period. A total of five archaeological sites are visited three in the morning and two in the afternoon. In the morning guests will visit Ahu Tongariki, Rano Raraku, Akahanga. Guests are then taken back to the main town where lunch is served in Hotel Taha Tai. After lunch the tour continues towards the northern coast visiting Te Pito Kura which is known as the navel of the world. The last and final destination is Anakena whereby tourists will be able to see two restored ceremonial centers and many archaeological artifacts (moai statues, petroglyphs, ancient houses, etc.)
Afterwords a brief moment is taken in order to relax and enjoy the White Sandy beach and the crystalline waters of Anakena.
Archaeological Sites:
Ahu Tongariki is internationally recognized due to its immense ceremonial altar which is adorned with 15 majestic moai statues.

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Tongariki is a testament to the island´s incredible megalithic culture as it is the largest ceremonial altar in all of Polynesia, and the largest archaeological site that has been reconstructed on the island. This site was reconstructed in the 1980´s after the devastating damage produced by a tsunami in 1960, whereby moai statues weighing approximately 80 tons were moved off their platform about 1,500 feet inland.
Rano Raraku is an inactive volcano and fresh-water crater located in the southeastern portion of the island. Rano Raraku is without a doubt one of the most archaeologically important sites in the world, as it is where the legendary moai statues were carved.

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A trail leads along the base of the volcano (light to medium trekking) providing a direct view of the many remaining moai statues that remain positioned within the quarry bedrock while others are standing upright. One will also be able to appreciate a spectacular view of the largest moai statue which has been carved, called Ko Te Tokanga ( The Giant). This structure measures 66 feet long and its estimated weigh is 220 tons.
Akahanga is a once-inhabited ceremonial site, containing a variety of ancient structures including upright and fallen moai statues ceremonial altars, earth ovens (umu pae), ancient houses (hare paenga), caves, and outdoor agricultural areas (manavai), In total this site contains thirteen moai statues and eight pukao headdresses.

Ahu Te Pito Kura is an archaeological site that contains the largest statue wich has been carved and placed on to a ceremonial platform, measuring 30 feet high and weighing approximately 90 tons. This moai statue also has its topknot or hair-dress, which has been estimated to weigh 11.5 tons. This site is located along the northeast coast and also contains a sacred stone believed to have been brought by the island´s first King: Ariki Hotu Matu’a, from his native land of Hiva.

As the final and last stop on the full day tour, time is given in order to visit two ceremonial altars adorned with moai statues (Ahu Nau Nau and Ahu Ature Huki) and to enjoy the palm trees and crystal clear waters of Anakena beach. Also at Anakena beach, one will be able to eat locally prepared dishes, and visit many local handicraft kioskos that contain authentic Rapa Nui souvenirs.
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel

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DAY 6: Easter Island (B)

Half day tour to Orongo, Rano Kau volcano
Continental breakfast served at the hotel restaurant. H/D Orongo, Visit of Rano Kau volcano, (1,6 km in diameter), the ceremonial village of Orongo with its largest concentration of petroglyphs with images of Tangata Manu, the birdman, god Make Make and Komari, the fertility symbol and Vinapu.. & H/D Ahu Akivi, Sightseeing of Ahu Akivi, site of the seven moais overlooking the sea, Caves of Ana Tepahu, among the largest on the island and Pun-a-Pau quarries on the slopes of a volcano and where the reddish topknots were sculpted.
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel

DAY 7: Depart Easter Island

Breakfast served at the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

RATES PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

DELUXE/FIRST CATEGORY HOTELS

SANTIAGO & EASTER ISLAND
DELUXE/FIRST   CATEGORY HOTELS
SANTIAGO EASTER ISLAND
GRAND HYATT (Gran Deluxe Room) HANGAROA (STD)
DOUBLE SINGLE TRIPLE
May 1 – September 30, 2017
$ 2,019 $ 3,224 N/A
March 1 – April 30 & October 1 – December 30, 2017
$ 2,447 $ 4,043 N/A
FIRST CLASS   CATEGORY HOTELS
ATTON EL BOSQUE (Standard Room) ALTIPLANICO RAPA NUI (STD)
May 1 – September 30, 2017
$ 1,259 $ 2,291 $ 1,161
March 1 – April 30 & October 1 – December 30, 2017
$ 1,399 $ 2,525 $ 1,283
TOURIST SUPERIOR HOTELS
DIEGO DE VELAZQUEZ (STD) TAHA TAI (STD)
May 1 – September 30, 2017
$ 993 $ 1,918 $ 915
March 1 – April 30 & October 1 – December 30, 2017
$ 1,032 $ 1,985 $ 949

A SAVINGS OF $100 – $200PER PERSON

PLEASE CHECK WITH US FOR INTERNATIONAL AIR FARES
FROM USA TO CHILE ON OUR AIR PARTNERS:
AMERICAN AIRLINES, LATAM AND AVIANCA

TOUR RATE INCLUDES:

Three night accommodations in Santiago at selected hotels with daily breakfast.
Three night accommodations in Easter Island at selected hotels with daily breakfast.
Tours in Santiago: Santiago panoramic & full day tour of Viña del Mar & Valparaiso
Tours in Easter Island: Full day tour -Ahu Tongariki, Rano Raraku, Akahanga, Te Pito Kura & Anakena. Half day tour to Orongo, Rano Kau volcano.
Round trip transfers between airport and selected hotels.

NOT INCLUDED:

International air between USA and Santiago. Local round trip air between Santiago and Easter Island. Land services, tours and meals not indicated in itinerary. Tips and gratuities to tour guides and drivers. Travel insurance (highly recommended).

 

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