Easter Island Odyssey
After checking in at the Castillo Rojo Hotel, your Chilean adventure begins with a tour of Santiago. You can see both the historical and modern side of the city on a three-hour optional walking tour. Visit impressive monuments and a range of colonial buildings including the Plaza de Armas, Santiago’s central square where the City Hall and cathedral are found. You’ll learn about the country’s military coup with a visit to La Moneda, the seat of the President of the Republic of Chile. There is also time for a wander around the commercial city center, fish market and bohemian Bellavista neighborhood.
The next day it’s off to the port city of Valparaiso and the Hotel Zero, where you can join an optional walking tour. Starting at Prat Pier, you’ll pass Sotomayor Square, visit the Heroes of Iquique monument and take the El Peral elevator to the Yugoslavo walk on Cerro Concepcion, where you’ll see quaint houses and jaunty architecture tucked in Valparaiso’s steep hills and staircases.
The next day you’ll head to Isla Negra where the landscape of dark sands and pine trees charmed the poet Pablo Neruda, winner of the Nobel Prize of Literature in 1971. He built a house here and it remains open to the public and now serves as a museum. Check out his sculptures, paintings, and books all relating to the sea, before taking a tour of the gardens. Afterward, it’s on to the Algarrobo beach and the surrounding coastline for gorgeous seascapes, before heading to the Casablanca Valley to visit one of its vineyards. Spend your time here learning about the winemaking process and sampling some of the best blends.
PLACES TO STAY
The facade of Hotel Palacio Astoreca, Valparaíso
This boutique hotel in the heart of Valparaíso features a piano bar, outdoor terrace, and spa.
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THINGS TO DO
Valparaíso city tour
Valparaíso city tour
Uncover a patchwork of brightly colored homes on this vivid tour of Valparaíso.
Activity and Adventure
Once you arrive on Chiloé Island, take some time to settle in at the Hotel Palafito 1326 and relax. The next day you’ll head off on a full-day trek across Chiloé National Park. Start at the village Huillinco and head to the Huillinco and Cucao Lakes and Rahue Beach. Trek through the national park and soak up the mystical atmosphere of Chiloé, passing colorful wooden churches, before tucking into a tasty lunch. Afterward, visit the town of Chonchi and the UNESCO World Heritage Site church.
The next morning, take a ferry across to Quinchao Island. The village and towns here are perfect for cycling and give way to stunning panoramic viewing points. In the town of Curacao de Velez be sure to check out the 20th-century wooden houses and in Achao lookout for the oldest church in the archipelago, built-in 1730.
In the morning visit Amigos de la Iglesias de Chiloé, a foundation in charge of maintaining the Chiloé wooden churches. Next up visit a local seafood market before transferring to Puerto Montt airport for your flight to Santiago.
It’s time to head to Easter Island, one of the most remote places in the world, where you'll stay at the Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa. After a five-hour flight to this intriguing volcanic island, you can choose to attend an optional Rapa Nui Dinner Show. Here you’ll be able to sample some typical island food, which is centered around fish and other seafood. Tuck into a three-course meal before heading on to the Kari Kari Cultural Centre to enjoy a show from the Rapa Nui culture. Each dance segment represents a facet of life, from love to war.
The next day you’ll learn more about the island and begin to see the hundreds of the famous stone heads known as moai that are found all over this mystical island, with a trip out to Ahu Vaihu and Akahanga. From here it’s on to Rano Raraku, a volcanic crater, and lagoon formed of consolidated ash. After visiting a ceremonial platform, it’s on to Ahu Tongariki for more statues and then Anakena for its white-sand beach.
Wake up ready to delve into the mysteries of Easter Island on a half-day tour along the southwestern coast. Over several hours you’ll visit a series of sculptures at the Tahai ceremonial complex and admire advanced stone masonry in the traditional Orongo village and venture into the depths of darkened caves to marvel at ancient murals. Afterward catch the beauty of the crater lake at the colossal Rang Kau volcano, while gaining further insight into the fascinating Rapa Nui culture.
You’ll finish up where it all began, in the charming city of Santiago, this time staying at the Holiday Inn. Spend your remaining time here as you please.