Dawn at Ahu Tahai, Easter Island
Easter Island Odyssey
Your Chilean adventure starts in Santiago with plenty of options to choose from, including a tour of the city to learn more about the history and culture of the country. Then you can choose to go to Valparaiso for a walking tour of the steep port city, before heading off on a day trip to Isla Negra. Visit Algarrobo beach, then sample some of the finest wine in the Casablanca Valley. Next head to the evergreen Chiloé National Park for a full day of trekking before taking the ferry to Quinchao Island where you’ll find the oldest church in the archipelago. Then spend a few days exploring the awesome Easter Island with its fascinating stone sculptures and captivating natural wonders.
Tour the city of Santiago, ascending the ‘island hills’ for the best views
Visit the old home of poet Pablo Neruda on Isla Negra
Taste some of Chile’s best wine in the Casablanca Valley
Hike across the island of Chiloé, dotted with colorful houses on stilts
Visit the oldest church in the archipelago on Quinchao Island
Spend several spellbinding days exploring Easter Island
This exciting trip to Chile includes international flights, a private car and driver, excursions, accommodation, breakfasts and some lunches and dinners.
From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip. All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.
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 centre, fish market and bohemian Bellavista neighbourhood.
Places to Stay
Things to do
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. Afterwards, 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
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 colourful wooden churches, before tucking into a tasty lunch. Afterwards, 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 Curaco de Velez be sure to check out the 20th-century wooden houses and in Achao look out for the oldest church in the archipelago, built in 1730.
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 centred 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. Afterwards catch the beauty of the crater lake at the colossal Rang Kau volcano, while gaining further insight into the fascinating Rapa Nui culture.