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The Atacama Desert and Easter Island: Different Worlds

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Program #3892RJ
20 Days | 19 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
On the way to San Pedro de Atacama (8,00ft), there is a pass 9,000 ft, .

Equipment Requirements
Appropriated walking shoes and walking sticks if needed Hat, sun screen, sun glasses.

Itinerary for Feb 22 — Mar 13, 2013

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Day One: Friday, February 22 - Departure
Depart From: Depart US on an overnight flight to Chile

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Very well located near shops and transport.

Contact info:
Av. Ricardo Lyon 322, Providencia, Santiago
Santiago, . Chile
phone: +(562) 234-2000
web: www.hoteltorremayor.cl

Room amenities: Cable tv, frigo bar

Facility amenities: Big lounge, dining room, meeting room, free internet, wi fi available

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approx. USD$50. per person
Call the Road Scholar Program Department at 1-866-359-5966.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, February 23 - Welcome and Program Orientation, Santiago city e...
Welcome and Program Orientation, Santiago city excursion, Welcome drink & dinner at Hotel

Note: This day includes a Santiago city excursion duiring the afternoon by private bus with some stops that will require getting on and off the bus and walking of short distances on even terrain to explore city highlights.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel will be offered if rooms are not ready at the time of arrival

Morning: Airport transfers for scheduled passengers from Santiago's International Airport (SCL) to the Hotel. Check in at Hotel and time to rest until lunch. If rooms are not yet available at the time of arrival, complimentary free breakfast will be offered. Big and comfortable lounge to rest available at hotel. (Standard Check in time is at 02:00 pm-Check out at 12:00 pm))

Lunch: Fixed lunch with bottled water included in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: An after lunch complete program introduction will be given to program participants that includes a welcome folder with written material that will be part of their experience in Chile (money issues, safety, detailed program itineraries, domestic travel, etc) which is reviewed item by item. A Santaigo city excursion will be the next activity that will give participants a first site impression of a dynamic South American capital and a city of contrasts.

Dinner: Fixed dinner with bottled water and a glass of wine per person

Lodging: Hotel Torremayor

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Very well located near shops and transport.

Contact info:
Av. Ricardo Lyon 322, Providencia, Santiago
Santiago, . Chile
phone: +(562) 234-2000
web: www.hoteltorremayor.cl

Room amenities: Cable tv, frigo bar

Facility amenities: Big lounge, dining room, meeting room, free internet, wi fi available

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approx. USD$50. per person
Call the Road Scholar Program Department at 1-866-359-5966.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, February 24 - Day trip excursion from Santiago to Valparaiso ha...
Day trip excursion from Santiago to Valparaiso harbor and Viña del Mar city by the Pacific Ocean crossing Casablanca wine valley on the way. Lecture: Introduction to Chile

Note: Day trip will be done on a bus with some stop overs that will require getting on and off the bus. The day also includes a short boat ride around Valparaiso harbor and bay that could be done in or out of the boat cabin. Walking of short distances is also part of the overall experience.

Breakfast: Buffet style breakfast at hotel

Morning: Day trip to Valparaíso city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, crossing the coastal mountain range from Santiago to Valparaiso through the Casablanca wine valley. Experience a 30 minute boat ride to see Valparaiso harbor and hills from the ocean. Learn of the pioneer history of Valparaiso city and explore some of its hills.

Lunch: Fixed Menu with bottled water and a glass of Chilean wine served at a local restaurant located on top of one of the most traditional hills of Valparaiso which is accessed by a traditional funicular..

Afternoon: Excursion continues after lunch with a bus ride along the coast road from Valparaiso to neighbouring Viña del Mar city with some stop overs on the way before heading back to Santiago (ride to Santiago takes abaout 2 hours) Upon arrival in Santiago, you will have some time to rest before the next activity: a lecture that will introduce Chile and its different aspects that include geography, economy, politics, education among other topics.

Dinner: Fixed dinner at hotel with bottled water and a glass of Chilean wine included.

Lodging: Hotel Torremayor

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Well located, near down town, open spaces, meeting room, bar, dining room

Contact info:
Toconao 460
San Pedro de Atacama, . Chile
phone: +(565) 585-1011
Room amenities: private bathroom, hot water, telephone, Cable TV and frigobar

Facility amenities: Cable tv, swimming pool, exercise machine

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Monday, February 25 - Learn and venture into the environment of the dri...
Learn and venture into the environment of the driest desert of the world during the transfer from Calama airport to San Pedro de Atacama town. Guided walking excursion around San Pedro de Atacama town.

Note: Walking excursion around San Pedro de Atacama village (dirt road) on even flat terrain, no climbing or hikes. 50 minute walk app. to get familiar with the town.

Breakfast: Buffet style breakfast at hotel

Morning: Introduction to site. Check out from Santiago Hotel, Transfer to airport, Domestic flight to Calama (2 hour flight). Transfer by private coach to San Pedro de Atacama (1h50m ride) with stop over to admire the landscape and photo options. Highest point on the road 9,700 ft.(Domeyko mountain range) to rapidly descend to 7,700 ft.average altitude in San Pedro village.

Lunch: Fixed menu with bottled water included at hotel or local restaurant

Afternoon: Time to rest from trip and to get used to altitude. Guided walking excursion around town to get used to the area

Dinner: Fixed dinner with bottled water at local restaurant that introduces local products and traditional recipes in a fusion cuisine of appealing tastes and flavours.

Lodging: Hosteria San Pedro de Atacama

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Well located, near down town, open spaces, meeting room, bar, dining room

Contact info:
Toconao 460
San Pedro de Atacama, . Chile
phone: +(565) 585-1011
Room amenities: private bathroom, hot water, telephone, Cable TV and frigobar

Facility amenities: Cable tv, swimming pool, exercise machine

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Tuesday, February 26 - Embrace the Atacameño culture, resources and long...
Embrace the Atacameño culture, resources and long history in a visit to the Archeological Museum of San Pedro (Chile's archeological capital) Explore unbelievable geological land formations at the Salt Mountain range and eyewitness an unforgettable sunset in the magical moon valley

Note: Walking from Hotel to Museum (10 mins app). Hike sand dune (656 ft long) to eye witness the marvellous scenery of the moon valley and Andes (walking sticks if desire but not a must) Sun glasses, hats and sun screen lotion highly recommended. Water will be distributed on all field trips.

Breakfast: Buffet style at hotel includes scrambled eggs, milk, coffee, tea, yougurt, cereals, loaf bread, regular bread, fruits, cereals, cheese, butter, jam, juice among other items

Morning: Lecture: Anthropological development of the Atacameño people & Visit to archeological museum Father Le Paige led by archeologist from Chile North University.

Lunch: Fixed lunch with bottled water at local restaurant that introduces local products and traditional recipes in a fusion cuisine of appealing tastes and flavours.

Afternoon: Half Day excursion to visit the Moon Valley and geological formations located in the salt mountain range nearby San Pedro de Atacama town (40 Mins). Hiking of a sand dune to experience the sunset and light reflection over the Andes range and salt mountain range. Return to hotel after sunset.

Dinner: Fixed dinner with bottled water at local restaurant that introduces local products and traditional recipes in a fusion cuisine of appealing tastes and flavours.

Lodging: Hosteria San Pedro de Atacama

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Well located, near down town, open spaces, meeting room, bar, dining room

Contact info:
Toconao 460
San Pedro de Atacama, . Chile
phone: +(565) 585-1011
Room amenities: private bathroom, hot water, telephone, Cable TV and frigobar

Facility amenities: Cable tv, swimming pool, exercise machine

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Wednesday, February 27 - Explore the Pre Inca Fortress Pukara de Quitor bu...
Explore the Pre Inca Fortress Pukara de Quitor built in the XII century See the oldest archeological village of Northern Chile, Tulor Village. Buried in the sand for centuries is dated between 800 BC-100 AC

Note: Hiking and climbing of the Quitor Pukara has two options. First, going up the hill using a road built with ramps, easy. Second, going through the fortified buildings that is built on the side of a steepy hill. For the last one, hiking shoes or shoes without flat soles are recommended, walking stick(if necessary). In both cases a hat, sun screen, sun lotion and sun glasses are recommended. Water will be available.

Breakfast: Buffet style at hotel includes scrambled eggs, milk, coffee, tea, yougurt, cereals, loaf bread, regular bread, fruits, cereals, cheese, butter, jam, juice among other items

Morning: Lecture: Atacameño culture, Religion and Family life. After lecture, field trip to Pre Inca Fortress Pukara de Quitor. Hiking and climbing to explore this defensive laberynth set on the side of a hill by the Atacameños. Return to hotel

Lunch: Fixed lunch with bottled water at local restaurant that introduces local products and traditional recipes in a fusion cuisine of appealing tastes and flavours.

Afternoon: Field trip to El Tulor Village, one of the oldest settlements in Northern Chile dated between 800BC-100AC. Buried in the sand, it was discovered in 1958 by the founder of San Pedro de Atacama archeological museum, father Le Paige.

Dinner: Fixed dinner and bottled water at local restaurant that introduces local products and traditional recipes in a fusion cuisine of appealing tastes and flavours.

Lodging: Hosteria San Pedro de Atacama

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Well located, near down town, open spaces, meeting room, bar, dining room

Contact info:
Toconao 460
San Pedro de Atacama, . Chile
phone: +(565) 585-1011
Room amenities: private bathroom, hot water, telephone, Cable TV and frigobar

Facility amenities: Cable tv, swimming pool, exercise machine

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Thursday, February 28 - Experience the vastness and beauty of the Atacama...
Experience the vastness and beauty of the Atacama Salt Flat while you learn of the Flora and Fauna from the area. See three species of Flamingoes in the colonies located in Chaxa lagoon, heart of Atacama Salt Flat. Learn of local people and traditional agriculture in the Toconao Village on the way to the Atacama Salt Flat.

Note: Walk on the Atacama Salt Flat on even terrain to experience salt crust formations and admire flamingo colonies and other bird species. Walking is done on marked pathways and may take an hour app. Binoculars and comfortable walking close shoes are suggested. A hat, sun screen, sun lotion and sun glasses are recommended. Water will be available.

Breakfast: Buffet style at hotel includes scrambled eggs, milk, coffee, tea, yougurt, cereals, loaf bread, regular bread, fruits, cereals, cheese, butter, jam, juice among other items

Morning: Lecture: Flora & Fauna of the Atacama region Free time for optional suggested activities by group leader, such as, death valley walking excursion, biking or car ride to the the devil's gorge, etc.

Lunch: Fixed lunch with bottled water at local restaurant that introduces local products and traditional recipes in a fusion cuisine of appealing tastes and flavours.

Afternoon: Trip to Chaxa Lagoon in the heart of the Atacama Salt Flat to observe flora and fauna, flamingo colonies and other birds. Stopover in Toconao village to learn from local people of the agricultural work and use of water resources, visit to local house and craft maker.

Dinner: Fixed dinner with bottled water at local restaurant that introduces local products and traditional recipes in a fusion cuisine of appealing tastes and flavours.

Lodging: Hosteria San Pedro de Atacama

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful location close to ocean. Modern facilities and comfortable spacious rooms with complimentary Wi Fi connection and business center to stay connected. Swimming pool, close to thematic park along the beach, Gym, Air conditioned public and common areas.

Contact info:
1690 Arturo Prat Avenue
Iquique, Chile
phone: +5657433300
web: www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/es/iquique/iqqex/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Cable TV, Desk with lamp, electrical adapters available, Telephone, Box messages, Free local calls, Hair Dryer, Private bathroom, Coffee maker, Double windows, Ironing board and iron machine, air condition with individual control, closet. Wi Fi connection

Facility amenities: Business center Wi Fi Continental and Buffet breakfast Lounge Meeting room Gym (fitness center) Swimming pool (indoors and outdoors) Laundry Daily room cleaning Safe box Ice maker machine Store

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Friday, March 01 - Transfer to Iquique
Breakfast: Buffet style at hotel includes scrambled eggs, milk, coffee, tea, yougurt, cereals, loaf bread, regular bread, fruits, cereals, cheese, butter, jam, juice among other items

Morning: Transfer by private coach to Antofagasta city airport to take flight to Iquique with stop over in Calama city for lunch. (1.45 mins from San Pedro to Calama) (Lunch time 1h30 m break & rest) (resume from Calama to Antofagasta 3 hours). A flight from Calama city airport to Iquique might be available but not guaranteed depending on airline schedules, if so, it will be first option, if not transfer is done as described above.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant in Calama city with bottled water and fixed menu.

Afternoon: Arrival in Iquique city. Site orientation. Time to rest or to explore city on your own.

Dinner: Fixed menu with bottled water per person at a restaurant or hotel

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express Hotel Iquique or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful location close to ocean. Modern facilities and comfortable spacious rooms with complimentary Wi Fi connection and business center to stay connected. Swimming pool, close to thematic park along the beach, Gym, Air conditioned public and common areas.

Contact info:
1690 Arturo Prat Avenue
Iquique, Chile
phone: +5657433300
web: www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/es/iquique/iqqex/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Cable TV, Desk with lamp, electrical adapters available, Telephone, Box messages, Free local calls, Hair Dryer, Private bathroom, Coffee maker, Double windows, Ironing board and iron machine, air condition with individual control, closet. Wi Fi connection

Facility amenities: Business center Wi Fi Continental and Buffet breakfast Lounge Meeting room Gym (fitness center) Swimming pool (indoors and outdoors) Laundry Daily room cleaning Safe box Ice maker machine Store

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Saturday, March 02 - Explore Iquique's history and importance in Chile...
Explore Iquique's history and importance in Chile's economy during the XIX and early XX centuries. City excursion to Iquique city. Learn about the religious festival of La Tirana Virgin and town.

Note: Bus ride around Iquique city that includes getting on and off the bus plus walking and standing during visits.

Breakfast: Buffet at hotel

Morning: City exploration by coach and on foot with stopover at local museums, theater, etc. to discover Iquique's history and people.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant with bottled water and fixed menu.

Afternoon: Lecture on Iquique's history to discover its impact on Chile's political and social development. Introduction to Religious festival of La Tirana Virgin with hands on experience with locals.

Dinner: Fixed menu with bottled water per person at hotel or local restaurant

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express Hotel Iquique or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful location close to ocean. Modern facilities and comfortable spacious rooms with complimentary Wi Fi connection and business center to stay connected. Swimming pool, close to thematic park along the beach, Gym, Air conditioned public and common areas.

Contact info:
1690 Arturo Prat Avenue
Iquique, Chile
phone: +5657433300
web: www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/es/iquique/iqqex/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Cable TV, Desk with lamp, electrical adapters available, Telephone, Box messages, Free local calls, Hair Dryer, Private bathroom, Coffee maker, Double windows, Ironing board and iron machine, air condition with individual control, closet. Wi Fi connection

Facility amenities: Business center Wi Fi Continental and Buffet breakfast Lounge Meeting room Gym (fitness center) Swimming pool (indoors and outdoors) Laundry Daily room cleaning Safe box Ice maker machine Store

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Sunday, March 03 - See the old abandoned Nitrate ghost towns in the ...
See the old abandoned Nitrate ghost towns in the middle of the Pampa. Learn of the cosmovision of the Aymara ethnic group.

Note: Bus ride to the pampa salitrera (nitrate plains) to walk around the nitrate towns. Walking on even terrain that resquest standing in some parts of the excursion. Hat, sun screen and sun glasses are necessary.

Breakfast: Buffet at hotel

Morning: Guided trip to abandonded nitrate mines to discover life and mineral extraction process in the old days. Exploration of Santa Laura and Humberstone (World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO) mining towns.

Lunch: After returning from nitrate mine, lunch at local restaurant or hotel with fixed menu and bottled water.

Afternoon: Embrace the Aymara Culture of northern Chile and its shared widely spread cosmovision in neighbor countries such as Peru, Bolivia and Argentine Lecture: Aymara Culture of Chile Free time

Dinner: Dinner out at local restaurant with fixed menu bottled water included

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express Hotel Iquique or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful location close to ocean. Modern facilities and comfortable spacious rooms with complimentary Wi Fi connection and business center to stay connected. Swimming pool, close to thematic park along the beach, Gym, Air conditioned public and common areas.

Contact info:
1690 Arturo Prat Avenue
Iquique, Chile
phone: +5657433300
web: www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/es/iquique/iqqex/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Cable TV, Desk with lamp, electrical adapters available, Telephone, Box messages, Free local calls, Hair Dryer, Private bathroom, Coffee maker, Double windows, Ironing board and iron machine, air condition with individual control, closet. Wi Fi connection

Facility amenities: Business center Wi Fi Continental and Buffet breakfast Lounge Meeting room Gym (fitness center) Swimming pool (indoors and outdoors) Laundry Daily room cleaning Safe box Ice maker machine Store

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Monday, March 04 - Encounter the Pintados geoglyphs displays with mo...
Encounter the Pintados geoglyphs displays with more than 300 earth and stone drawings. Explore the Oasis towns of Matlla and Pica at the foot of the Andes

Note: Walking on even terrain duirng visit to Pica town and Matilla. Paved streets and some dirt paths. Walking on even and uneven flat terrain to eye witness the geoglyphs panels that extend for 2,5 miles at Pintados site.Hat, sun screen and sun glasses are necessary.

Breakfast: Buffet at hotel

Morning: Day trip to explore Pintados hills (59 miles from Iquique) covered by more than 300 geoglyphs that were made between the year 500 to 1450 AC. After exploration of this impressive site, it is time to cross the Pampa (plains) towards the oasis towns of Matilla and Pica located on the foot of the Andes.

Lunch: Traditional Lunch with fixed menu at Local restaurant in Pica Town. Bottled water included or local fruit juice.

Afternoon: After lunch explore the orchards of Pica with its Mango trees and limes, try the traditional mango cakes or simply walk to the Cochas, spring water pools. On the way back, a stop in Matilla town to visit the local church with the impressive real size religious images and the old wine industry from the XVII century. Final stop will be La Tirana town, place that hosts the most important religious festival in the country.

Dinner: Fixed menu with bottled water at hotel or local restaurant

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express Hotel Iquique or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Very well located near shops and transport.

Contact info:
Av. Ricardo Lyon 322, Providencia, Santiago
Santiago, . Chile
phone: +(562) 234-2000
web: www.hoteltorremayor.cl

Room amenities: Cable tv, frigo bar

Facility amenities: Big lounge, dining room, meeting room, free internet, wi fi available

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approx. USD$50. per person
Call the Road Scholar Program Department at 1-866-359-5966.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day Twelve: Tuesday, March 05 - Transfer from Iquique to Santiago. Introduction ...
Note: Flight from Iquique to Santiago takes app. 2hours 30 mins.

Breakfast: Buffet at hotel

Morning: Lecture to introduce Easter Island: from the Continent to Rapa Nui Transfer to Iquique airport Flight to Santiago

Lunch: Lunch during flight

Afternoon: Free time

Dinner: Fixed menu with bottled water and a glass of wine at Local restaurant or Hotel in Santiago

Lodging: Hotel Torremayor

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Well located hotel close to down town, post office, church and shops

Contact info:
Te Pito Te Henua s/n
Hanga Roa, . Chile
phone: +(563) 210-0250
Room amenities: The rooms have a pleasant garden setting and each has a private fully equipped bathroom. The rooms are equipped with TV and Direct Dial Telephone

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, internet access, dining room,

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Wednesday, March 06 - Flight to Easter Island
Note: Non stop flight from Santiago to Easter Island (app 5 hours) Local time time in Easter Island is two hours back from main land Chile.

Depart From: Santiago, Chile on an early morning flight to Easter Island.

Morning: Arrive Rapa Nui at approximately 12 pm and transfer to the hotel

Lunch: At the hotel

Afternoon: Free afternoon to rest or explore Hanga Roa town on your own.

Dinner: At the hotel

Lodging: Hotel Otai

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Well located hotel close to down town, post office, church and shops

Contact info:
Te Pito Te Henua s/n
Hanga Roa, . Chile
phone: +(563) 210-0250
Room amenities: The rooms have a pleasant garden setting and each has a private fully equipped bathroom. The rooms are equipped with TV and Direct Dial Telephone

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, internet access, dining room,

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fourteen: Thursday, March 07 - Padre Sebastian Englert Archaeological Museum/ Ah...
Padre Sebastian Englert Archaeological Museum/ Ahu Tahai exploration/Music and Dance Performance by local cultural group

Note: Walking and standing during study trip to ahu Tahai, uneven terrain. Hat, sun screen and/or umbrella suggested.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Class on the Settlement of Polynesia & Rapa Nui Human History followed by a guided visit of the Padre Sebastian Englert Archaeological Museum.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel, fixed menu with water.

Afternoon: Field Study of Tahai for an introduction to the famous monoliths of Rapa Nui. The three ahu (platforms) with moai (statues) that you will see facing inland, are part of one ceremonial compound which was restored in the 1960s by the late archaeologist, William Mulloy. Return to the hotel. Dinner. Evening Performance by cultural group of the island (music and dance)

Dinner: Dinner at hotel, fixed menu with water and a glass of wine.

Lodging: Hotel Otai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Well located hotel close to down town, post office, church and shops

Contact info:
Te Pito Te Henua s/n
Hanga Roa, . Chile
phone: +(563) 210-0250
Room amenities: The rooms have a pleasant garden setting and each has a private fully equipped bathroom. The rooms are equipped with TV and Direct Dial Telephone

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, internet access, dining room,

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fifteen: Friday, March 08 - Optional Walk to Village & Field Study to Ahu Va...
Optional Walk to Village & Field Study to Ahu Vaihu & Tongariki/Rano Raraku

Note: Walking up and down the quarry of the moais. Tracks and stairs while climbing. Climbing shoes, no flat soles, are recommended. Walking sticks in case you need extra support.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Take an Optional Escorted Walking Excursion of Hanga Roa Village or explore the village on your own. Depart on bus for full day Field Trip of archaeological sites. Field Studies at Ahu Vaihu which is constructed of finely crafted stones and Tongariki the largest ahu (temple platform) on the island.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch in the National Park

Afternoon: Field Study at Rano Raraku, the quarry of the moai. View the quarry from which the massive moai were carved out of the hard basalt. Moai in all stages of production cover its southern flank - unfinished giants still imprisoned in stone. Those who wish can hike to the rim of the volcano’s crater to see the caldera’s lake, the totora reeds from which rafts or boats were created, additional moai located on the crater’s interior walls, part of the prehistoric engineering works used to slide the moai down the slopes, and for a breathtaking view of the island. Return to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel, fixed menu with water and a glass of wine.

Lodging: Hotel Otai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Well located hotel close to down town, post office, church and shops

Contact info:
Te Pito Te Henua s/n
Hanga Roa, . Chile
phone: +(563) 210-0250
Room amenities: The rooms have a pleasant garden setting and each has a private fully equipped bathroom. The rooms are equipped with TV and Direct Dial Telephone

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, internet access, dining room,

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Sixteen: Saturday, March 09 - Parque Nacional Rapa Nui & Orongo Ceremonial Vill...
Parque Nacional Rapa Nui & Orongo Ceremonial Village/Rapanui Family Exchange

Note: Excursion to Ana kai Tangata cave requires climbing even and uneven stone steps to reach and exit cave. Afternoon field trip to Orongo demands some walking on even and uneven terrain, also climbing few steps and standing during explanations. Light wind breaker recommended.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Attend Class on The People of Old - Rapa Nui Ancient Culture. Followed by Free Time to go to town and explore before Lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Depart for a Field Trip to the Parque Nacional Rapa Nui to study Rano Kao crater and Orongo Ceremonial Village. Rano Kao's huge crater-lake contains a bog filled with native totora reeds and is the fresh water reservoir for the island. The ceremonial village, Orongo, is on Rano Kao’s seaward edge. Then, head to Ana Kai Tangata, which can be translated as place-men-eat,which could mean a place where men took shelter for meals.The cave is known for its ancient paintings of sooty terns flying across the roof. Return to the hotel for Free Time before dinner.

Dinner: Depart for a Home-Hosted Dinner with a local family.

Evening: Meet and get to know a local family. A great opportunity to learn about life in Rapa Nui!

Lodging: Hotel Otai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Well located hotel close to down town, post office, church and shops

Contact info:
Te Pito Te Henua s/n
Hanga Roa, . Chile
phone: +(563) 210-0250
Room amenities: The rooms have a pleasant garden setting and each has a private fully equipped bathroom. The rooms are equipped with TV and Direct Dial Telephone

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, internet access, dining room,

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seventeen: Sunday, March 10 - Optional Church/Ahu Vinapu/Ahu Nau Nau & Poike Di...
Note: Optional swimming at Anakena beach during lunch break. Study field trip demands some walking and standing to appreciate stone structures. hat, sun screen and/or umbrella suggested.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Class on the History of Christianity in Rapa Nui. Opportunity to attend a Church Service at Historic Rapa Nui Roman Catholic Church or enjoy Free Time before departing on a Field Trip. Field Study at Ahu Vinapu, an archaeological site that has raised many questions over the years because of its similarity in appearance and construction to the pre-Columbian structures found in Cusco, Peru.

Lunch: Barbecue lunch at Anakena, a beautiful, sheltered, white sand beach surrounded by swaying palm trees; optional swimming available. This beach is the largest in Rapa Nui.

Afternoon: Field Study at Ahu Nau Nau, a very complex archaeological site located on the hill overlooking the beach. This site includes seven finely carved moai with elaborately decorated backs and at least four levels of ahu construction. Field Study at Poike Ditch and then return to the hotel via a drive along the South Coast.

Dinner: Farewell Umu (Earth Oven) Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Otai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Very well located near shops and transport.

Contact info:
Av. Ricardo Lyon 322, Providencia, Santiago
Santiago, . Chile
phone: +(562) 234-2000
web: www.hoteltorremayor.cl

Room amenities: Cable tv, frigo bar

Facility amenities: Big lounge, dining room, meeting room, free internet, wi fi available

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approx. USD$50. per person
Call the Road Scholar Program Department at 1-866-359-5966.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day Eighteen: Monday, March 11 - Depart Rapa Nui - Flight to Santiago
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at hotel in Easter Island

Morning: Free morning to prepare for departure and transfer to airport. Flight to Santiago.

Lunch: Lunch during flight

Afternoon: Arrival in Santiago, Transfer to hotel, check in,

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Lodging: Hotel Torremayor

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nineteen: Tuesday, March 12 - Program summary/ Excursion to Craftmaker Artisan...
Note: Excursion to craftmaket demands some walking on even terrain available seats to rest at the site.

Breakfast: Buffet style at hotel

Morning: Program summary, suggested optional activities, check out

Lunch: Farewell lunch at hotel with Chilean dishes, bottled water, pisco sour and a glass of wine per person included.

Afternoon: Transfer to airport with stopover at Los Dominicos fine craftmakers artisan village on the way to airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Twenty: Wednesday, March 13 - Arrive in the US
Arrive To: Arrive in the US after an overnight flight.


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