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Chile

Chile is a land of great contrast and dramatic landscapes. Discover the best of the Colchagua Wine Valley, the Atacama Desert and the Easter Island.

10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS

Wanderlust Chile

Chile is known for dramatic, contrasting landscapes that vary from the starkness of the Atacama Desert, and the Patagonian ice fields to fertile valleys, forests as old as time, temperamental volcanoes and pristine beaches. This tour includes the Valle de la Luna, the immense Atacama Desert and its rust-colored surroundings, the remarkable Atacama, the thriving Colchagua wine region, and enigmatic Easter Island.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHT

Rating:

*****

Activities:

Culture - Walking - MultiSport - SpecialInterest

PRICE PER PERSON

10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS

  • Visit the driest place on Earth and the largest salt flat in Chile
  • Travel to the most enigmatic and remote inhabited island on earth
  • Learn all about the 'moai' and the islands' past
  • Blend and create your own wine at MontGras
  • Wine tour and wine tasting at Viña Santa Rita, Viña Casa Silva and Viña Montes

Day by Day

DAY

1

Fundación Origen & Viña Santa Rita

We will visit the Agro-Ecological School of Pirque, a sustainable educational project that assists in rehabilitating vulnerable teens. After a brief introduction, we will engage in various workshops, from apiculture and ceramics to woodcrafts and organic vegetable garden, making it a very hands-on experience and a great opportunity for cultural immersion. After lunch, we will then drive to nearby Santa Rita winery for a wine tour and wine tasting session. The soil is of volcanic origin of granite rocks from geological formations such as glaciers, volcanic eruptions and local chemical reactions. This, in addition to their careful production process makes extraordinary red varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Carménère.

DAY

2

La Ruta del Carbón & Viña Casa Silva

Near San Fernando we will hike along the route known as La Ruta del Carbon, aptly named after the adobe kilns, still used by the local people in their attempts to produce charcoal. During our walk, we will pass by some of the most beautiful vineyards and estates in the area, and afterwards drive to Casa Silva winery. It recently refurbished to offer all comfort and history of this centennial building and winery. We will take a special tour through the winery, at the end of which we will have the opportunity to taste some of their best wines.

DAY

3

Hike Canal Route & Make Your Own Wine

The ‘Canal Route’ offers incredible views of the Andes, the valley below and beyond to the MontGras, Bisquertt, and Siegel wineries. Afterwards, we will go to MontGras Winery for a short tour with the opportunity to taste some of their best wines. MontGras winery is one of the most modern wine making facilities in the world. It is at MontGras that we will have the chance to create our own blend with up to 3 red varieties, bottled, corking and labeling it to take it home with us. The best souvenir will always be the one you created yourself!

DAY

4

Hike & Wine at Viña Montes

We will go on a unique and unforgettable tour as we hike in the area of Viña Montes. Additionally we will visit a new winery in Apalta, which boasts highly sophisticated winemaking technologies. Inside the “bodega” of this winery, we will observe the gravitational system used to move the wines, while outside provides us with superb views of the steep hillsides of the vineyards with an incline of over 45-degrees. Here is where the magic happens, as this property produces the best grapes for popular wines such as Montes Alpha M, Montes Folly and Purple Angel.

DAY

5

Atacama Desert & Valley of the Moon

Today, we will take a flight and travel to San Pedro de Atacama. It holds some of northern Chile's most spectacular scenery. In the afternoon, we will head to the Valley of the Moon where we will find sand and stones carved by water. Its name comes from its extraordinary resemblance to the surface of the moon. The Valley of the Moon has dry lakes where its salt composition leaves a beautiful white mantle and escarpments of green, blue, red and yellow colors during different times of the day. We will visit the salt statues "Las Tres Marías", salt caverns and, in the evening, enjoy the sunset from a large sand dune.

DAY

6

Salar de Atacama & Toconao

We will start the day off by visiting Pukara de Quitor, a 12th century fortress built by the natives to defend themselves from other South American groups. Then, we will see ruins of Tulor, the oldest excavated village in the region. On our way back, we will stop by Ayllu Sequitor remains. In the afternoon, we will visit the largest salt flat in Chile, Salar de Atacama, which is the result of saturated groundwater upwelling (salt and minerals). Afterwards, we will take a stroll through the town of Toconao, visit Liparita stone quarry of the Jerez Valley and enjoy the scenery and flamingos at Lake Chaxa. We will wait to appreciate a unique sunset.

DAY

7

Fly from Calama to Easter Island

Today, we will fly to Santiago in order to take our connecting flight to Mataveri Airport in Hanga-Roa city, capital of Easter Island province, the easternmost Polynesian Island and considered the most remote inhabited island in the world.

DAY

8

Rano Kau, Orongo Vlg. & Ana Kai Tangata

Ee will start by exploring the town of Hanga Roa, encountering spectacular ‘moais’ at every turn; famous human figures carved on rock between the years 1250 and 1500. Then, we will hike to the shocking 3000ft. crater of Rano Kao, which has a lagoon in its interior. Following a short Orongo Village visit, our expedition continues to the cave Ana Kai Tangata, famous for its ancient representations of Manutara (terns) and the painted walls.

DAY

9

Rano Raraku & Calypso Anakena Beach

Today, our expedition begins at the Vinapu ceremonial center, where the Ahu Tahira, a large stone platform was built with perfection similar to that of Machu Picchu. We will learn about the moais’ construction process and transportation. We will then visit the impressive Rano Raraku quarry, where the Rapa Nui people carved the giant statues. Here, we will also appreciate various unfinished ‘moais’. We will then drive to Calypso Anakena beach. On the way, we will see more petroglyphs, moais that were left under construction or in transit, caves and many shrines of the Rapa Nui culture. Anakena is the most important beach of Eastern Island with its white sand and clear turquoise water.

DAY

10

Terevaka, Ana Kekenga Cave & Ahu Te Peu

Today, we will explore the west coast of the Island, going to the Ana Kakenga Cave; on the way here we will find caves, petroglyphs, ‘ahus’ (shrines) where ‘moais’ stand and also different types of ‘vaka’ or Polynesian houseboats. The cave is known as the Cave of the Two Windows because there are two natural made windows made of stone. Later, we visit the ancestral village of Ahu Te Peu, where people built houses shaped like boats. We will continue towards Puna Pau quarry, where reddish Pukaos – hat-like structures carved from scoria (red volcanic rock), were produced and placed on top of the ‘moais.’ We will end the day at the lava tunnels and caves, used by ancient Rapa Nui, to guard in time of war.

DAY

11

Fly back to Santiago

According to flight departure time, morning will be free to explore the island at leisure. We will then transfer to Mataveri Airport to return to Santiago.

Hotels

Noi Blend Colchagua

Located 150 kilometers south of Santiago in the heart of Chile’s wine region, Noi Blend Colchagua offers a peaceful retreat surrounded by breathtaking scenery and world-class vineyards. Our boutique hotel lets you enjoy the comforts of the city while immersed in the tranquil beauty of the Colchagua countryside.

http://www.noihotels.com/hotel/noi-blend/default-en.html

Hotel Casa Origen, Villa Virginia

Hotel Casa Origen was originally a patrimonial mansion built in 1883 and later acquired by Fundación Origen as part of their sustainability strategy. It offers charming, warm and traditional lodging. Fundación Origen produces organic vegetables, honey and its derivatives, a great variety of goat cheeses, natural jams, homemade milk-based delicacies, blue eggs of Araucanian hens as well as baking and pastry products.

http://fundacionorigenchile.org/esp/villa-virginia/

Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama

Tucked away on a gentle stretch of land in the outskirts of San Pedro de Atacama, surrounded by the quiet presence of the Andes, Altiplanico San Pedro faces the impressive Licancabur Volcano, with a unique design inspired in the style of an Altiplano village. Enjoy the famous Atacama sunsets and relax under their private terraces and beautiful swimming pool, after a day exploring the driest desert in the world.

http://www.altiplanico.cl/en/altiplanico-san-pedro-de-atacama/

Altiplanico Easter Island Hotel

It was designed in the style of the traditional Easter Island boathouse and offers guests a panoramic view of the shoreline in addition to luxurious gardens, a beautiful swimming pool viewing the sea and large open spaces to relax after encountering the enigmas of the island. The deep blue of the Pacific Ocean will permeate your stay as well as the warmth of the Easter Island culture, with its music, art, history and architecture.

http://www.altiplanico.cl/en/altiplanico-easter-island/

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