The best of Chile: Santiago, Easter Island and Torres del Paine

11 days (10 nights) from £2,815 per person

If you want to discover the best the country has to offer this itinerary is perfect as it will take you to the mystical Easter Island and one of Latin America’s most beautiful and celebrated national parks.

As one of the world’s most remote places, Easter Island is not easy to reach but it is an unmissable destination for that once in your life experience. Combining it with Torres del Paine makes for a truly unforgettable holiday, a journey through the mysteries of a lost culture and awe inspiring natural landscapes.

Day 1 - Arrive in Santiago

Welcome to Santiago in Chile! Santiago is a fast-growing city located in the central valley of Chile between the Andes mountains range to the east and the Cordillera of the Coast to the west. Santiago has been cataloged as surprising, cosmopolitan, energetic, sophisticated and worldly, a city of cultural currents, expansive museums and top-flight restaurants. It is a wonderful place for strolling, and each neighborhood has its unique flavor and tone. A private transfer will pick you up to take you from Santiago’s Airport to your selected Hotel. Please be aware of the sign with your name on it.

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Day 2 - Half day city tour (shared)

Described by the international media as a surprising destination, Santiago stands out for being a cosmopolitan and modern city that perfectly combines its traditions with a modern outlook. The tour will take you to visit the heart of the city and its emblematic sites such as the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, Santiago’s Central Postal Office and its Municipality. We will also visit the Moneda Palace, which is the government’s headquarters as well as the traditional neighborhoods of the historic city centre. The tour also includes a visit to the Santa Lucia hill, named Huelén by the natives. It is a real urban oasis in the center of the city. There we will learn more about Chile’s history and enjoy some of the best views in the city. After knowing Santiago, we will arrive to Barrio Lastarria, famous by it cultural, inherited and gastronomical offer. The second part of the tour will take you to the eastern side of the city, to the financial heart of Santiago, known for its modern buildings, impressive glass skyscrapers and its impressive sculptures designed by prominent national architects. There, you will see exactly why this area is known as “Sanhattan” among the locals.

Day 3 - Fly to Rapa Nui

After breakfast, get ready to leave Santiago. A transfer will take you to the Airport for you to fly to Easter Island. Upon your arrival to Easter Island Airport, a transfer will pick you up to take you to your hotel.

The Rapa Nui people are polynesians, such as Hawaiians, Tahitians and the Maori of New Zealand. The native languages of these islands are very similar. Music, dance and art has always been a central part of Rapa Nui culture. The island is today part of Chile, and strong South American influences threaten the existence of the fragile Rapa Nui culture which a mere 3000 people are part of.

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Day 4 - Half day tour to Ahu Akivi (shared)

Drive to restored Ahu Akivi with 7 Moais, built in the middle of the island. The legend tells us that these statues are representing the 7 explorers who were sent to Rapa Nui by the king Hotu Matua. Proceed to the unrestored Ahu Hanga Poukura. Then visit the topknot-quarry Puna Pau with its red scoria stone, where all the Pukaos were made. We will also visit the ceremonial site of Tahai with 3 Ahus and restored statues, remains of boathouses, a boatramp and other features. Here we see the only statue with eyes. Back to hotel.

Day 5 - Half day Orongo and dinner show (shared)

Drive up the extinct volcano Rano Kau, appreciate on the way a view over the whole island and see its distinct geological features, proceed to an outlook at the crater lake. Afterwards drive to the ceremonial village of Orongo, where the birdman competition took place and you can see the spectacular petroglyphs related to this culture, enjoy the breathtaking view towards the 3 islets Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao opposite the coast. Drive down again to Ahu Vinapu (not restored) and for some still proof of the influence of pre-inca arquitects in Easter Island culture. Last stop is Ana Kai Tangata cave with paintings. Back to hotel.

Tonight, you must try something different and new! We will take you to a typical place to have dinner and enjoy a show. After the dinner, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 6 - Full day Anakena beach

Drive to the southcoast coast and visit representative examples of not restored platforms, Ahus Vaihu in the bay of Hanga Te’e, and Akahanga, where supposedly the famous king Hotu Matua was buried. Proceed to Rano Raraku, quarry of almost 900 stone statues, 397 of them still lying or standing at the slopes of the extinct volcano with crater lake. Then visit Ahu Tongariki (restored with 15 Moais), most recent and biggest restauration on the island. 

Drive to the eastcoast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the “Navel of the World”. Last but not least visit the beach of Anakena with its restored Ahus Nau Nau and Ature Huke. There you will have the opportunity to enjoy the warm Pacific Ocean. Back to hotel.

Day 7 - Fly to Santiago

Today you will be picked up on time to catch your flight back to Santiago.

Please follow the instructions you will be given upon booking to reach your hotel and do not forget to coordinate your transfer back for the next day. The transportation service is included and courtesy of your hotel.

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Day 8 - Flight to Punta Arenas

Upon your arrival to Punta Arenas Airport, a guide will assist you to explain where the bus will stop. Get ready for a scenery trip of 3 hours! 

A rancher feel and an ever growing adventure activity scene are mixed in this city, which is the gateway to the famous Torres del Paine National Park. Upon your arrival to Puerto Natales bus station, a private transfer will pick you up to take you to your hotel.

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Day 9 - Full day to Torres del Paine (shared)

Departure from your hotel to the Milodon Cave located 24 kilometers north of Puerto Natales. Before reaching the cave, the access path passes by the “Silla del Diablo” (Devil’s Chair), a name that comes from the popular imagination given to a rocky structure that looks like an armchair and which is said to have been the “seat” of the Mylodon and which legend has transformed into the “devil”. 

At the end of the visit, we will continue along the new access road to Torres del Paine National Park, where we will be able to observe lagoons and mountain ranges along the way. Then, it is possible to admire the beautiful landscape around us from the Lago Grey viewpoint (view of the Grey Glacier, the Paine Massif and Lago del Toro). A couple of kilometers ahead, it is possible to observe the Cuernos del Paine, reaching the fork that leads to the Lake Grey area. In this sector we will be able to make a pleasant walk along the shore of Grey Lake and if the conditions help us, it is possible to access the viewpoint of Grey Peninsula. 

At the end of this refreshing break, we started the second stage of our visit to Torres del Paine National Park heading for the Salto Grande sector. We will visit the Nordenskjold Lake Viewpoint and continue to enjoy various views on our undulating route that gradually brings us closer to the Laguna Amarga sector. After admiring this pleasing spectacle we will return to the city of Puerto Natales passing by the Mirador del Lago Sarmiento, arriving in the late afternoon and bringing with us an unforgettable experience.

Day 10 - Full day Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers (shared)

Today don’t forget your camera and get ready for a full day tour. A round trip transfer service is included for you to go and return from the hotel. You can not miss this amazing trip if you are in town. We invite you to know the incredible world of the fjords. On the way you can observe native wildlife, visit the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers and enjoy a delicious Whiskey with millennial ice.

Day 11 - Departure

After breakfast, we will pick you up on time for you to take the public bus, back to Punta Arenas Airport. Remember to mention that you will get off at the airport. From here, you will have time to connect with a flight to Santiago and home.

INCLUDED:

  • Prices start from £2,815 per person
  • 11 nights in 3* and 3*+ hotels B&B basis
  • Private and shared transfers
  • All domestic flights within Chile in Economy
  • All tours on a shared basis including the service of an English speaking guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Some lunches on excursions and one dinner
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered

 

All prices correct at the time of writing.  Give us a call or email us at valeria@fleewinter.com to discuss your requirements and get a confirmed price.

Please remember this is a sample itinerary and we are happy to modify it to suit your plans.  We can add or remove days and look at different places to stay.