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An example of a 16 day trip to Chile that starts in Santiago and the harbour of Valparaíso. You will then reach Arica to begin the visit of the Chilean Altiplano, on the Bolivian border. You will continue your journey through the desert of Atacama to Iquique, city of the saltpetre, located on the Pacific side. Follow your journey in the north with San Pedro de Atacama, a small city capital of Atacaman culture, from where amazing excursions starts. To finish, this journey will take you to the most isolated island in the world, more than 4000 km to the west of Chile: Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island.

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Santiago (Ch) - Valparaíso- Arica- Iquique - San Pedro de Atacama - Easter Island (Ch)

Day 1: Santiago – Chile

Arrival in Santiago. Welcome to the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Discovery of the capital. Visit of the city market with its various fish displays. Visit of the historic center of the capital, Plaza de Armas and its historic buildings: La Moneda (presidential palace), Casa Colorada (colonial house), San Francisco Church (the oldest building in Santiago). Visit of Santa Lucia park, located on the hill where the city was founded. Night in Santiago.

Day 2 – Valparaiso (Chile)

Departure for the famous port of Valparaíso, classified World Heritage of Humanity in 2003. Discover the old districts by taking the elevators that pace the hill, classified national monuments. Discover the Bellavista district and its open-air museum. Visit of Sebastiana, Pablo Neruda’s favourite residence in Isla Negra. You will discover the whole universe of the poet with unusual collections and fetish objects. Night in Valparaiso.

Day 3 – Arica (Chile)

Transfer to the airport. Flight Santiago / Arica (3h30). Transfer to the hotel. Discover the city and its harbour. Night in Arica.

Day 4 – National Park Lauca – Putre (Chile)

In the morning, discovery of the exceptional archaeological museum of San Miguel de Azapa to see the Chinchorros, the oldest mummies in the world. Departure early afternoon for Lauca National Park. On the road, discover geoglyphs, ruins of pre-Inca villages and fortresses. Arrival in the Park, over 4000 meters above sea level, part of the World Biosphere (UNESCO) and home to more than 150 bird species (condor, flamingo…). Night in Putre.

Day 5 – Lauca National Park – Putre (Chile)

Departure to Lake Chungarà, one of the wonders of the region, located in front of the active volcano Guallatiri. Visit of Parinacota village, classified Historic Monument and located into the Park. Night in Putre.

Day 6 – Salar de Surire (Chile)

Departure in the morning to Salar de Surire, on a 120 km trail through the Vicuña National Park (240 km round trip from Putre). Salar de Surire is a wonder of nature. Located 4200 meters above sea level, this natural monument extends over 11,300 hectares and is composed of immense stretches of boron oxide and fumaroles surrounding the central lake, rising from the volcanic ground. Many species living in the Park are protected, such as ñandus, vicuñas, flamingos, viscaches, alpaca and llamas. Departure for Polloquere therms. Night in Colchane.

Day 7 – Iquique (Chile)

Departure to Iquique, a town stuck between dunes and ocean. Visit of the city (Baquedano Avenue, one of the most beautiful of Chile, Pratt square…) and its harbour. Iquique is one of the major paragliding spots in South America where you can enjoy a two-seater flight, depending on the weather. On your way, discovery of The Giant of Atacama: a huge geoglyph built in the stone of the mountain, whose meaning is still unknown. Visit of the inhabited village of Humberstone, which traces the glorious Victorian era of the saltpetre mines. Night in Iquique.

Day 8 – Pica / Matilla – San Pedro de Atacama (Chile)

A five-hour road to cross the arid desert and the national reserve of Pampa del Tamarugal, with its noteworthy sinuous trunk trees. Discovery of Pintados Geoglyphs, named National Monument, a site with more than 350 pre-Columbian figures that cover the slopes of the hills. Visit of the oasis of Pica and Matilla, known for their tropical fruit orchards. Arrival in San Pedro de Atacama, archaeological capital of Chile and oasis located at the foot of the Andes Mountains. Night excursion to discover the starry sky. Night in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 9 – San Pedro de Atacama (Chile)

Discovery of this typical Atacaman village with its 18th century church (one of the most beautiful of Chile with its roof made of cactus wood), its central square and its beautiful surroundings Archaeological tour with the visit of Le Paige museum and Pukará de Quitor, a 12th century Inca fortress. Discovery of Death Valley and Moon Valley, with its natural statues made from geological formations of salt and sand. Climb of the sand dunes to observe the amazing colours of sunset over the Andes and the Licáncabur and Lascar volcanos. Night in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 10 – San Pedro de Atacama (Chile)

Departure for Salar de Atacama, the largest in Chile. Stop at the Chaxa lagoon, housing a colony of flamingos. Crossing and stop in the heart of the Salar. Visit of Socaire, pre-Hispanic village known for its terraces irrigations. Arrival at Laguna Miscanti and Laguna Miñiques, two lakes nestled at an altitude of more than 4300m in the national reserve “Los Flamencos”. Visit of Toconao village, built from volcanic white stone, and the Jerez canyon, an oasis of fruit trees and small streams at the bottom of a natural fissure. Night in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 11 – San Pedro de Atacama (Chile)

Early departure (05 am) for Geysers del Tatio located at 4300 meters of altitude (bring warm clothes) that let their strange fumaroles of sulfur water vapor. Breakfast on site. Possibility of swimming in the natural thermal pool of the site. During the trip, discover the wild fauna: Vizcachas (a marsupial between rabbit and squirrel), vicuñas, guanacos and llamas (all three of the camelid family), wild donkeys, Ñandus (wild ostrich), Zorros (grey fox). Visit of the old village of Caspana with its stone houses and roofs made of straw and mud, located in a fertile valley, a real earth fault at 3305 meters of altitude. Lunch in the typical village of Chiu Chiu, former hub of Atacaman commercial traffic. Discover Rio Lao valley to Pukará de Lasana, a fortified 12th century village placed on a promontory. Flight Calama / Santiago (two-hour’ flight). Transfer to the airport. Night in Santiago.

Day 12 – Easter Island (Chile)

Transfer to the airport. Flight Santiago / Easter Island (five-hour flight). Welcome at Mataveri airport and transfer to the hotel. Discover the small village and its harbour. Night in Hanga Roa.

Day 13 – Easter Island (Chile)

Excursion to the edge of Rano Kau volcano crater, from where you will discover the fantastic landscape of the small green lakes of the island. On the way, visit the Orongo ceremonial center with its many petroglyphs and where the cult of the bird man was practiced, and the temple of Vinapu, built by a powerful tribe of the island. Visit of Akivi temple, Te Pahu caves and the quarry of Puna Pau in a verdant setting where the red rock was extracted to build the statues’ hats. Night in Hanga Roa.

Day 14 – Easter Island (Chile)

Day trip to visit the other side of the island. Discover Rano Raraku site which was used as a quarry to build the statues. A few hundred statues are standing on the slope of the volcano. On the road bordering the island, many stops are necessary to admire the statues (Vaihue, Akahanga, Tongariki, Nuanau…). Night in Hanga Roa.

Day 15 – Easter Island (Chile)

Transfer to Mataveri Airport. Flight Easter Island / Santiago (five-hour flight). Transfer to the hotel. Night in Santiago.

Day 16 – Santiago (Chile)

Transfer to the airport. International Flight.