Offering five-star luxury in the prestigious Las Condes district, this hotel occupies an enviable location equidistant from Santiago’s beaches and ski resorts. Here, the array of Chile’s offerings is reflected in the details, from a perfectly crafted Pisco sour to an awe-inspiring view of the majestic Andes Mountains.
See the La Moneda presidential palace; Plaza de Armas; and the Museum of Pre- Columbian Art, which houses over 700 exhibits. After exploring the serene Lastarria neighborhood on foot, proceed to San Cristobal Hill’s funicular railway for a panoramic view of the city and the towering Andes Mountains. Then, visit the Pueblo de Los Dominicos Handicrafts Market.
Dinner reservations at the city’s best seafood restaurant known worldwide. (Dinner not included)
Depart Santiago for Easter Island
Easter Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated 2,300 miles from the nearest populated point, the 64-square-mile island exudes a Polynesian feel. Considered the world’s largest “open-air museum,” it is known for its Moai, or human-like stone statues, which remain mysterious even to archaeologists.
Hangaroa, a unique hotel, both for the environment, for its designs, materials, and history. Its identity is a magical appeal.
After dinner at your hotel, let the festival begin. Head to Hanga Vare Vare to see the first of the Tapati Rapa Nui activities, which feature verbal and visual performances. (Tapati Festival Week only)
Private tour and Visit to Ahu Vinapu, its incredible stone walls reminiscent of those built by the Incas. Ascend the Rano Kau volcano to the ceremonial village of Orongo, the center of the Birdman Cult. Here, a ceremony was held to elect the island’s religious leader, Tangata Manu. See the village’s meticulously restored, soft stone houses and the petroglyph-adorned cliff. Witness the Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao-Kao, and take in the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean.
Tour Anakena Beach to see the partially restored Ahu Nau Nau and the Ahu Ature Huki, the first to be placed back on its ahu (ceremonial place) after it was toppled. Drive along the southeastern coast of the island, stopping at the Rano Raraku volcano, where most Moai were carved.
Private ½ day tour to Explore the Ahu Akivi, seeing its seven Moai. Proceed to Puna Pau, the crater where the Rapa Nui carved red scoria to make the pukao (topknot) that was used to put heads on some of the Moai.
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