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ARGENTINA / BRAZIL / PERU / CHILE / EASTER ISLAND (RAPA NUI)

The Best of South America: Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Machu Picchu and Easter Island

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Program #21567RJ
18 Days | 17 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
Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred valley are all above 12,000 feet.

Itinerary for Oct 21 — Nov 7, 2014

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Day One: Tuesday, October 21 - Departure from the U.S.
Depart From: Depart from the US on an overnight flight

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The 87-room Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, five minutes far from Urubamba , one-hour drive from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco and close to Machu Picchu. The Sonesta Posada Yucay is a former 18th century colonial-style monastery and is surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Contact info:
Plaza Manco || 123 Yucay
Urubamba
Cusco, Peru
phone: +5184201107
web: www.sonesta.com/sacredvalley

Room amenities: Guests enjoy Sonesta’s signature service and the comfort of in-room amenities that include: •Television •Heater •Direct-dial telephone for domestic and international calls •Hair dryer upon request •Bath with bathtub •Safe •Equipment for disabled guests, upon request •220-Volt power supply

Facility amenities: Room Service; Laundry Service; Luggage Storage; Medical Assistance; Private Parking; Assistance with tours and travel including flight, train and transfer confirmation; Currency Exchange; Business Center with Internet access.

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

Additional nights before:
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Day Two: Wednesday, October 22 - Arrival Cuzco and Transfer to the Sacred Valley /...
Arrival Cuzco and Transfer to the Sacred Valley / Orientation and Welcome Dinner

Morning: From the Cuzco airport take a scenic coach bus ride to Peru's Sacred Valley or Urumbamba.

Lunch: Light lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Check in to the hotel in Urumbamba and enjoy some time to rest and unpack. Later, we will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Presentation "Introduction to Peru": this presentation will provide a foundation for your journey through the beautiful and culturally rich country of Peru - a land where ancient and modern cultures blend seamlessly together.

Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Sonesta Posada del Inca - Sacred Valley - Yucay Hotel

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

Description: The 87-room Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, five minutes far from Urubamba , one-hour drive from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco and close to Machu Picchu. The Sonesta Posada Yucay is a former 18th century colonial-style monastery and is surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Contact info:
Plaza Manco || 123 Yucay
Urubamba
Cusco, Peru
phone: +5184201107
web: www.sonesta.com/sacredvalley

Room amenities: Guests enjoy Sonesta’s signature service and the comfort of in-room amenities that include: •Television •Heater •Direct-dial telephone for domestic and international calls •Hair dryer upon request •Bath with bathtub •Safe •Equipment for disabled guests, upon request •220-Volt power supply

Facility amenities: Room Service; Laundry Service; Luggage Storage; Medical Assistance; Private Parking; Assistance with tours and travel including flight, train and transfer confirmation; Currency Exchange; Business Center with Internet access.

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

Additional nights before:
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Day Three: Thursday, October 23 - Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo / Presentation
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Presentation “The Rise and Fall of the Inca's ”: Your program lecturer, Jean Jacques Decoster, will detail the history of the Incan society.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Ollantaytambo.

Afternoon: Field Trip "Ollantaytambo Ruins and Town": Led by your Peruvian Study Leader explore Ollantaytambo fortress and town. Ollantaytambo is an archaeological park to which different functions had been attributed. It is considered a military construction strategically located to protect Cuzco from possible invasions. The town of Ollantaytambo is one of the few cities that still maintain the Inca system of urban planning.

Dinner: Enjoy a dinner in a Private Hacienda (Private home restaurant).

Lodging: Sonesta Posada del Inca - Sacred Valley - Yucay Hotel

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

Description: The 87-room Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, five minutes far from Urubamba , one-hour drive from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco and close to Machu Picchu. The Sonesta Posada Yucay is a former 18th century colonial-style monastery and is surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Contact info:
Plaza Manco || 123 Yucay
Urubamba
Cusco, Peru
phone: +5184201107
web: www.sonesta.com/sacredvalley

Room amenities: Guests enjoy Sonesta’s signature service and the comfort of in-room amenities that include: •Television •Heater •Direct-dial telephone for domestic and international calls •Hair dryer upon request •Bath with bathtub •Safe •Equipment for disabled guests, upon request •220-Volt power supply

Facility amenities: Room Service; Laundry Service; Luggage Storage; Medical Assistance; Private Parking; Assistance with tours and travel including flight, train and transfer confirmation; Currency Exchange; Business Center with Internet access.

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

Additional nights before:
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Day Four: Friday, October 24 - Exploring the Sacred Valley / Andean Countryside ...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip "Cuyuni Village Cultural Discovery": Arrive to Cuyuni and explore how local life unfolds in the peaceful Andean Highlands. Drink in the culture during a walk along the ancient farming paths that pass through this primarily agricultural community. At various stops throughout the day, learn about the local agriculture, religious ceremonies, and textile production in this region.

Lunch: Typical Andean lunch at the restaurant run by the local community.

Afternoon: This afternoon continue exploring the Andean Community of Cuyuni and return to the hotel to rest and pack.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Sonesta Posada del Inca - Sacred Valley - Yucay Hotel

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

Description: Take a respite under terra cotta tiled Pueblo roofs crafted by local artisans, amongst lush gardens, artfully landscaped for serenity and solitude. Every hotel casita offers you a privileged space for retreat and repose at the foot of Machu Picchu, with: •Thick alpaca blankets & handmade wool coverlets •Crackling fireplaces •Comfortable spaces for sitting, dining •Spa-style bathrooms Stay in an authentic Andean ambience of barefoot luxury. Accommodations and reservations range from the opulent Villas Inkaterra, with private terraces and plunge pools, plus round-the-clock butler service; to more intimate lodges that provide a perfect sanctuary for simple relaxation.

Contact info:
Andalucía 174
Sacred Valley, Peru
phone: +5116100400
web: www.inkaterra.com/inkaterra/inkaterra-machu-picchu-pueblo-hotel/

Facility amenities: •Daily tea time •Nature center guided walks and adventure •Unu spa sensual, spiritual, soothing •Andean sauna eucalyptus, bamboo, candlelight •Inkaterra gallery gift shop •Free satellite internet access

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


Day Five: Saturday, October 25 - Train to Machu Picchu Peubla (Aguas Calientes) / ...
Train to Machu Picchu Peubla (Aguas Calientes) / Presentation on the History of Machu Picchu

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip "Sacred Valley Girls Dormatory Project": In Ollantaytambo, learn about this educational initiative to provide secondary schooling opportunities to girls from mountainous communities surrounding the Sacred Valley. Visit with the dorm mother and director of the project.

Lunch: At the Sacred Valley Project.

Afternoon: After lunch, take a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu. "Presentation "Intro to Machu Picchu": Your Study Leader will detail the history of the community and ruins of Machu Picchu. Before the presentation, take a brief walking tour of the small community of Aguas Calientes which sits below Machu Picchu and is known for its picturesque countryside, birds and the Mandoor gardens.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Inkaterri Mapi Pueblo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Perfectly convenient: under the colonial arcades of stately Plaza Regocijo & around the corner from Cusco’s beautiful Plaza de Armas. Guests of this hotel can’t get much closer to the restaurants, bars, and shops that mark the Plaza de Armas of Cusco. The hotel is a 10-minute taxi ride from the Cusco airport and 5-minute taxi from Cusco’s train & bus stations.

Contact info:
Portal E Spinar 142
Cusco, Peru
phone: +51 84 23 1733
web: www.casa-andina.com/peru/hotels/cusco-hotels/classic-cusco-plaza/hotel.php

Room amenities: In room safe, cable TV, Free high speed wi-fi internet access, direct dial telephone, hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant, oxygen available upon request at the reception desk, free high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access throughout hotel,small Internet Centers with free high-speed Internet access, ATM machine, laundry service, foreign currency exchange,

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Sunday, October 26 - Machu Picchu / Train to Cuzco
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning we beat the crowds and visit Machu Picchu, the most iconic site of the Inca world, and a renowned UNESCO world heritage site. Explore the agricultural and urban sides of Machu Picchu and learn the history of the Incan abandonment of the city and its construction during Spanish conquest in the sixteenth centure.

Lunch: At Machu Picchu.

Afternoon: We wrap up our visit of Machu Picchu and take an afternoon train from Machu Picchu to Cuzco. Upon arrival in Cuzco, we check in to our hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Casa Andina Classic-Cusco Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Perfectly convenient: under the colonial arcades of stately Plaza Regocijo & around the corner from Cusco’s beautiful Plaza de Armas. Guests of this hotel can’t get much closer to the restaurants, bars, and shops that mark the Plaza de Armas of Cusco. The hotel is a 10-minute taxi ride from the Cusco airport and 5-minute taxi from Cusco’s train & bus stations.

Contact info:
Portal E Spinar 142
Cusco, Peru
phone: +51 84 23 1733
web: www.casa-andina.com/peru/hotels/cusco-hotels/classic-cusco-plaza/hotel.php

Room amenities: In room safe, cable TV, Free high speed wi-fi internet access, direct dial telephone, hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant, oxygen available upon request at the reception desk, free high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access throughout hotel,small Internet Centers with free high-speed Internet access, ATM machine, laundry service, foreign currency exchange,

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Monday, October 27 - Cuzco in Depth
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip "In Depth Discovery of Cuzco": Explore Cuzco with a local expert. Start the morning at the Almudena Cemetery. Later discover the iconic Cathedral. Its construction started in 1560 and finished in 1664. It contains the best manifestations of colonial goldsmith and wood carving, as well as a valuable collection of canvases from the Escuela Cusqueña (Academy of Cusco). Next, take a trip to the Korikancha Palace, which was the most important temple in the Inca Empire. The Korikancha Palace was dedicated to Inti, the Sun God. The walls and floors were once covered in sheets of solid gold.

Lunch: In Cuzco with our historian.

Afternoon: This afternoon you have a choice to enjoy some down time and relax in Cuzco on the square, do some shopping or some people watching, or make your own way back to the hotel. Alternatively, you can join your Study Leader to enjoy an optional continuation of the morning theme in more depth. This optional exploration will last about 2.5 hours and will involve further walking of up to 2 miles. Discover La Compania church, a Baroque church built in the 17th century. The sacristy holds its most precious treasure: an impressive, 50 pound, 4 foot high monstrance, encrusted with gold and jewels, and crowned with one large mermaid shaped pearl. This monstrance is considered to be the second largest in the world. San Blas: Duing Inca times, San Blas was a settlement for "Mitimaes" (ancient craftsmen of the Inca period) with a special command: yachay, Quechua for "teach and learn." Master craftsmen from all around the Inca Empire shared their knowledge.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Casa Andina Classic-Cusco Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Slaviero hotel in Foz do Iguaçu has large suites, great location - downtown with easy access to the city main sights – besides an unforgettable panoramic view.

Contact info:
Rua Rui Barbosa, 394
Foz de Iguacu, Brazil
phone: +4530261800
web: www.slavierohoteis.com.br/en/foz-do-iguacu/slaviero-suites-foz-do-iguacu_39_hoteis.aspx

Room amenities: All room have a small kitchenette with refrigerator, cable TV and internet.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Tuesday, October 28 - Depart Cuzco and Fly to Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Note: Please note that today is a long travel day. The flight from Cuzco to Lima departs at 8:00AM and the flight into Iguassu arrives at 6:10PM. Please note that airline schedules are beyond the control of Road Scholar.

Breakfast: You will receive a boxed breakfast at the hotel which includes a breakfast sandwich, a juice box, fruit, yogurt, and cake.

Morning: Early morning transfer to the airport in Cuzco for the flight to Lima, and connection to Iguassu, Brazil.

Lunch: On your own during the layover at the airport in Lima, Peru.

Afternoon: Embark on your flight to Iguazu, Brazil.

Dinner: Late dinner at the hotel in Iguazu Falls.

Lodging: Slaviero Suites Foz do Iguacu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Slaviero hotel in Foz do Iguaçu has large suites, great location - downtown with easy access to the city main sights – besides an unforgettable panoramic view.

Contact info:
Rua Rui Barbosa, 394
Foz de Iguacu, Brazil
phone: +4530261800
web: www.slavierohoteis.com.br/en/foz-do-iguacu/slaviero-suites-foz-do-iguacu_39_hoteis.aspx

Room amenities: All room have a small kitchenette with refrigerator, cable TV and internet.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Wednesday, October 29 - Iguazu Falls Argentinean Side
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Field Trip "Exploring the Argentine Side of the Falls". The experience of seeing the falls from the Argentine side is completely different than from the Brazilian side and is well worth the experience. Led by a local expert discover the top of the falls.

Lunch: In the park at one of the local restaurants.

Afternoon: Field Trip Continues: The paths on the Argentine side are much longer than those on the Brazilian side as the Argentine falls represent 75% of the falls. Later we explore a local Indigenous community to learn about the original local inhabitants.

Dinner: At the hotel

Lodging: Slaviero Suites Foz do Iguacu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Slaviero hotel in Foz do Iguaçu has large suites, great location - downtown with easy access to the city main sights – besides an unforgettable panoramic view.

Contact info:
Rua Rui Barbosa, 394
Foz de Iguacu, Brazil
phone: +4530261800
web: www.slavierohoteis.com.br/en/foz-do-iguacu/slaviero-suites-foz-do-iguacu_39_hoteis.aspx

Room amenities: All room have a small kitchenette with refrigerator, cable TV and internet.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Thursday, October 30 - Iguazu Falls Brazilian Side
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Presentation "The Atlantic Rain Forest and the Iguazu Biosphere": Led by a local naturalist, learn about the biodiversity and complexity of the Atlantic Rainforest in the Iguazu Basin. Later we leave the hotel for a morning visit to the Brazilian Falls. Led by a local expert, we walk the 1.5 mile paved path along the river bank to view the falls. The walk culminates with a spectacular 360 degree fall view. Be prepared to be wowed and to get wet- bring a plastic poncho.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Field Trip "Exploring the Bird Park": Featuring over 150 species of tropical Brazilian birds, the park is an ideal place to continue to learn about the biodervisty of the region.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Slaviero Suites Foz do Iguacu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: A hotel designed to enjoy the city through its most representative aspects; gastronomy, the expressiveness of its art, its events and lifestyle. A look that represents the union of the past and future of the city, reflected in the furniture and decor of the hotel, in the combination of colors and materials that present the beauty and memory of the place.

Contact info:
Avenida Callao 1764 Recoleta - C1024AAQ
Buenos Aires, NA Argentina
phone: +51 (11) 5533-4000
web: www.intersurrecoleta.com.ar/

Room amenities: Cable television, air conditioning, heating, safe deposit box, Wi-Fi internet connection, mini-bar, hair dryer, clock radio, 110 V and 220 V electricity supply, and music.

Facility amenities: Cable television, air conditioning, heating, safe deposit box, Wi-Fi internet connection, mini-bar, hair dryer, clock radio, 110V and 220V electricity supply, and music.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Friday, October 31 - Flights to Buenos Aires / Discovering Recoleta
Breakfast: Early morning breakfast at the hotel in Iguazu.

Morning: Take a morning flight from Iguazu (Argentinian Side) to Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel.

Lunch: On your own at the airport.

Afternoon: This afternoon discover the architecturally rich neighborhood of Recoleta by bus.

Dinner: Near the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Intersur Recoleta

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: A hotel designed to enjoy the city through its most representative aspects; gastronomy, the expressiveness of its art, its events and lifestyle. A look that represents the union of the past and future of the city, reflected in the furniture and decor of the hotel, in the combination of colors and materials that present the beauty and memory of the place.

Contact info:
Avenida Callao 1764 Recoleta - C1024AAQ
Buenos Aires, NA Argentina
phone: +51 (11) 5533-4000
web: www.intersurrecoleta.com.ar/

Room amenities: Cable television, air conditioning, heating, safe deposit box, Wi-Fi internet connection, mini-bar, hair dryer, clock radio, 110 V and 220 V electricity supply, and music.

Facility amenities: Cable television, air conditioning, heating, safe deposit box, Wi-Fi internet connection, mini-bar, hair dryer, clock radio, 110V and 220V electricity supply, and music.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Saturday, November 01 - Buenos Aires Discovery
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning we set off with our coach and local expert to explore the San Telmo and La Boca neighborhoods of Buenos Aires.

Lunch: For lunch today we are joined by local residents who will share what life is like in this beautiful city.

Afternoon: This afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the city or to make your way to the famous Recoleta market, located walking distance from the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant. Participate in a tango lesson then enjoy a performance by the pros!

Lodging: Hotel Intersur Recoleta

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Destined to be one of the city’s most popular “hot spots,” the Hotel Atton Vitacura has taken Santiago by storm since opening its doors in August 2012. Sophisticated and modern, this 20-story masterpiece is a true testament that the finer things in life can come at an affordable rate which is sure to please any traveler. Located walking distance from business distric in Las Condes, and in front of Los Leones Golf Club and with a view of the breathtaking Bicentenario Park, the Atton Vitacura is the only option when it comes to having direct access to all of the wonders of Santiago.

Contact info:
Vitacura 3201
Vitacura
Santiago, NA Chile
phone: +011 56 2944 7800
web: vitacura.atton.com/default-en.html

Room amenities: Spacious and Quiet Guest Rooms, View of the Los Leones Golf Course, Personal Desk, King or Queen-size Bed, Studio Rooms Available Upon Request, Free Wi-Fi Internet, Cable TV, Minibar, Climate Control, Heater and A/C, Safe Deposit Box, Telephone, Hair Dryer, Smoking and Interconnected Rooms Available Upon Request, Handicapped Facilities Available.

Facility amenities: Complimentary Breakfast Buffet, Citadino Restaurant and Bar, Coffee Bar and Cafeteria, Free Wi-Fi, 24-Hour Business Center, 24-Hour Gym Facility, Laundry Service, Sparkling Outside Swimming Pool, Seven Spacious Meeting Rooms, Free Underground Parking, International Security Standards, Gift Shop, Transfer and airport pick up Available Upon Request (Extra cost will apply)

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Sunday, November 02 - Fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago / Discovering S...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning transfer to the airport to fly to Santiago, Chile.

Lunch: Late lunch in Santiago.

Afternoon: Led by a local expert discover the highlights of Santiago, the capital of Chile.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: After dinner meet with an expert on Rapa Nui Culture to learn about the culture of this remote Island.

Lodging: Atton Hotel Vitacura

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

Description: Located just in Hanga, Cabanas y Hotel Tea Nui is close to Ahu Vai Uri, Ahu Kote Riku, and Museo Antropologico Sebastian Englert. Also nearby are Puna Pau and Vinapu. PLEASE NOTE: Hotels in Easter Island are basic by North American Standards, they are clean, safe and well kept but all materials must be brought from the mainland by air or by monthly supply ship. Please set your expectations appropriatly.

Contact info:
Avenida Pont s/n
Hanga Roa, Chile
phone: +56322551990
web: www.teanui.cl/?lang=en

Room amenities: Rooms open to balconies. The 12 guestrooms at Cabanas y Hotel Tea Nui include ceiling fans. All units feature minibars and coffee/tea makers. In addition, amenities available on request include hair dryers and irons/ironing boards.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a coffee shop/café. A complimentary breakfast is served each morning. Complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access is available in public areas. The staff can arrange tour/ticket assistance and tour assistance. Additional amenities include multilingual staff, a garden, and secure parking. For a surcharge, guests have access to a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request). Onsite parking is complimentary.

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

Additional nights after: Please contact the hotel
We are not able to make additional night reservation for participants.


Day Fourteen: Monday, November 03 - Morning lecture / Arrive Easter Island and an Int...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for flight to Easter Island.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Hanga Roa.

Afternoon: Afternoon arrival in Easter Island. Check in to the hotel before heading out on your first exploration of this mysterious island. Depart on bus for Field Study of Tahai for an introduction to the famous monoliths of Rapa Nui. Our first stop will be at Ahu Vai Ure, which is topped by 5 moai; Ahu Tahai (AD680); and Ahu Ko te Riku (12th century AD), a 15.5 ft. high 20 ton moai which is topped by a pukao (red scoria top knot). These three ahu, all facing inland, are part of one ceremonial compound which was restored in the 1960’s by the late archaeologist, William Mulloy. Located near Hangaroa at the edge of the ocean, the area also has excellent examples of hare paenga (boat-shaped house foundations), hare moa (chicken houses), umu (earth ovens), occupation caves and a boat ramp. The road along this coast is rough, but there are many ahu in this section of the island. At Hanga Kio`e, a small bay just past town, there are two more ahu restored by Mulloy. Ahu #1, is surmounted by a small moai, and Ahu #2 has a fragment of a statue. They were part of a larger site that includes Ahu Akapu with its solitary moai. The wall of Ahu Akapu originally reached to Ahu #2. Dr. Mulloy’s gravesite is also located at Tahai.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Tea Nui

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

Description: Located just in Hanga, Cabanas y Hotel Tea Nui is close to Ahu Vai Uri, Ahu Kote Riku, and Museo Antropologico Sebastian Englert. Also nearby are Puna Pau and Vinapu. PLEASE NOTE: Hotels in Easter Island are basic by North American Standards, they are clean, safe and well kept but all materials must be brought from the mainland by air or by monthly supply ship. Please set your expectations appropriatly.

Contact info:
Avenida Pont s/n
Hanga Roa, Chile
phone: +56322551990
web: www.teanui.cl/?lang=en

Room amenities: Rooms open to balconies. The 12 guestrooms at Cabanas y Hotel Tea Nui include ceiling fans. All units feature minibars and coffee/tea makers. In addition, amenities available on request include hair dryers and irons/ironing boards.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a coffee shop/café. A complimentary breakfast is served each morning. Complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access is available in public areas. The staff can arrange tour/ticket assistance and tour assistance. Additional amenities include multilingual staff, a garden, and secure parking. For a surcharge, guests have access to a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request). Onsite parking is complimentary.

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

Additional nights after: Please contact the hotel
We are not able to make additional night reservation for participants.


Day Fifteen: Tuesday, November 04 - Orongo and the History of the Birdman Cult
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Arrive and visit Ahu Vinapu. Vinapu is an archaeological site that has raised many questions over the years, because of the similarity in appearance and construction to the pre- Columbian structures found in Cusco, Peru. Located here are the ruins of three notable temples, one of which has unusually finely shaped and fitted walls, constructed of huge stones. This wall is the finest example of stone construction on Rapa Nui. This ahu was also once used as a living site. There is evidence that ancient Rapanui men made use of the shelter created when the moai toppled. The second ahu has an embankment which surrounds the ceremonial area similar to those found in Tahiti, the Cook Islands, and Hawai`i. Mulloy repositioned one of the few known female figures (made of red scoria) in front of the ahu. It is thought to have originally had two heads. Field Study - Ahu Akahanga, with its four ahu, twelve moai of various sizes and shapes, and eight pukao, some carved with petroglyphs, is known as the platform of the king. On the front of the main ahu is red scoria facia carved with petroglyphs. In the rear is the head of an old moai incorporated amongst the stones. This site exhibits at least eight phases of construction over a very long period of time, including an ancient village site with the foundations of boat shaped houses and earth ovens. Field Study at Rano Raraku: As we climb the mountain, we 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, including the largest one ever attempted at 70 feet long! More than 394 moai were in the process of being carved when the work on them mysteriously ceased. The upright moai around the quarry slopes have been partially buried by hundreds of years of silt and erosion. They were placed in the upright position so that the carving of their backs could be completed.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch in the National Park Picnic Area at Rano Raraku

Afternoon: Field Study at Tongariki: We drive down the South Coast along the wind and wave carved shoreline, past many collapsed ahu, toppled moai, and fallen stone fences built by the sheep company. Our goal is Tongariki, the largest ahu (temple platform) on the island. Demolished in 1960 by the tremendous force of a Pacific tsunami (tidal wave) generated by an earthquake in Valdivia (southern Chile), Tongariki has recently been restored by Chilean archaeologist Claudio Cristino & Sergio Rapu, with the help of Japanese archaeologists and the Rapa Nui people, so it once again supports its 15 moai. There is evidence that through the years more than thirty statues stood on the ahu (not all at once). Also located here are spectacular petroglyphs of a turtle, a tuna fish, a birdman, faces of the god Makemake, and designs similar to those found on rongo rongo boards. Arrive at Anakena, a beautiful, sheltered, white sand beach surrounded by swaying palm trees; optional swimming available. This beach, the largest in Rapa Nui, is where Hotu Matu`a is said to have beached his canoe and lived in one of several caves while waiting for his boat-shaped house to be completed. While the foundations of an unusually large oval house (82 feet long) are visible nearby, it contained no traces of very early habitation. Legend also indicates that this is the area where the kings and their royal families lived. 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.

Dinner: Walk to dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Tea Nui

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

Description: Located just in Hanga, Cabanas y Hotel Tea Nui is close to Ahu Vai Uri, Ahu Kote Riku, and Museo Antropologico Sebastian Englert. Also nearby are Puna Pau and Vinapu. PLEASE NOTE: Hotels in Easter Island are basic by North American Standards, they are clean, safe and well kept but all materials must be brought from the mainland by air or by monthly supply ship. Please set your expectations appropriatly.

Contact info:
Avenida Pont s/n
Hanga Roa, Chile
phone: +56322551990
web: www.teanui.cl/?lang=en

Room amenities: Rooms open to balconies. The 12 guestrooms at Cabanas y Hotel Tea Nui include ceiling fans. All units feature minibars and coffee/tea makers. In addition, amenities available on request include hair dryers and irons/ironing boards.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a coffee shop/café. A complimentary breakfast is served each morning. Complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access is available in public areas. The staff can arrange tour/ticket assistance and tour assistance. Additional amenities include multilingual staff, a garden, and secure parking. For a surcharge, guests have access to a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request). Onsite parking is complimentary.

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

Additional nights after: Please contact the hotel
We are not able to make additional night reservation for participants.


Day Sixteen: Wednesday, November 05 - Ranu Raraku Crater / Ahu Tongariki / Anakena Beac...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: At the narrowest section of the crater rim is Mata Ngarahu, the sacred area reserved only for priests. They lived here and chanted the rongo rongo during the birdman cult ceremonies. Every rock surrounding the doors to their homes has been carved with sacred signs and symbols – 1,785 in all. The most prevalent petroglyphs are 375 birdmen; 195 komari (vulva signs) carved near or on top of birdman signs; and 140 faces of Makemake, the creator god of the island. (NOTE: This area has been closed off indefinitely due to some boulders with petroglyphs eroding and falling into the ocean. Stabilization plans are in process. We will get as close as safely possible to see what petroglyphs we can.) The next site in Orongo is an ancient ahu, fronted by stones containing circular depressions whose use is unknown. Past thought was that they represented a solstice timing device, but it does not function appropriately that way. From the national park, we head to Ana Kai Tangata, which can be translated as “place-eat-men” or an equally valid translation is “place- men-eat,” which could mean a place where men took shelter for meals. Many stones in the area are carved with petroglyphs, including a makemake near the ahu. Legend says that the cave was the site of cannibal feasts during the birdman cult rituals, but no signs, such as remnants of human bone, have ever been found. The cave is known for its ancient paintings of sooty terns flying across the roof. Unfortunately the shale rock on which these were painted is falling in thin slabs, and evidence of the painting will soon no longer exist. Along the path to the cave are manavai (enclosed gardens).

Morning: Depart on bus for Field Study to the Parque Nacional Rapa Nui to study Rano Kao crater and Orongo Ceremonial Village, two of the truly great sights of Rapa Nui.. The park, which is on the south western point of the triangle, provides spectacular views of the whole island. The ceremonial village, Orongo, is on the seaward edge of the crater of Rano Kao. Rano Kao houses a huge crater lake, a bog filled with native totora reeds floating on fresh water. Until 1853, the Birdman Festival was held at Orongo in the spring of each thousand foot cliff to watch their representatives scramble down and swim almost a mile, through the turbulent shark-infested waters to Motu Nui Islet, one of three small islands located off the point (Of the other two, Moto Iti was a place where obsidian was found and Motu Kao Kao was a desolate rock). Once there, the competitors hid in caves awaiting the return of migrating sooty terns that nested there. The first competitor to find a newly laid egg, swim back, and carry it unbroken up the precipitous cliff, won the race. He, or the man he represented, then became the Birdman, the position of highest status, for the next year. At the edge of this sacred site, hundreds of intricate petroglyphs are carved into massive boulders. In 1974, Dr. William Mulloy reconstructed more than 40 of the Orongo village houses, which were built into the crater rim on a magnificent site where the Rano Kau falls 1,000 feet into the sea. The houses, which all face south, are oval in shape and have thick walls of horizontally overlapping stone slabs, made from a local stone called keho. The wall construction continued into an arched stone roof which was covered with earth. The central slab of the roof was decorated with paintings, some of which still exist today. The doorways were low narrow tunnels. The ceremonial village of Orongo was inhabited only during the birdman ceremonies.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch you have a free afternoon . You may wish to: -- Walk to Padre Sebastian Englert Archaeological Museum for a self-guided tour of this museum and its artifacts, including the only intact white coral moai eye, as well as displays of local geology, flora and fauna -- Shop at the local craft markets such as the Mercado Artesenal near the church or other shops along the main street of Hanga Roa town -- Stop at the local post office and get a stamp in your passport with a unique moai statues stamp. The stamp doesn't have any legal effect - it's just for fun! -- Return to the hotel on your own and pack, relax and prepare for tomorrow's departure.

Dinner: Rapa Nui Farewell Dinner - Te Ra'ai, a dinner and show which includes dinner cooked in an umu (traditional Rapa Nui earth oven), face-painting Rapa Nui-style, and a traditional Rapa Nui dance show.

Lodging: Hotel Tea Nui

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seventeen: Thursday, November 06 - Flight from Easter Island to Santiago / Free time...
Flight from Easter Island to Santiago / Free time in Santiago / Overnight departures to the US.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning is at leisure in Rapa Nui. Pack your bags, or take a stroll through Hanga Roa to explore your favorite part of the small town one last time.

Lunch: Light packed lunch.

Afternoon: Early afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Dinner: Dinner on your flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Eighteen: Friday, November 07 - Arrival in the US
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Morning: Arrival in the US from overnight flight.


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