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EASTER ISLAND (RAPA NUI), CHILE

Easter Island: The Majesty and Mystery of Rapa Nui

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Program #16342RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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.

Itinerary for Sep 16 — Sep 25, 2013

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Day One: Monday, September 16 - Departures
Evening: Depart on overnight flights from the U.S.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the center of Santiago’s business and financial district, the Hotel Plaza San Francisco is within walking distance of museums, the opera house, the subway and shops. The hotel completed a renovation in 2007 and is reputed as Santiago’s premier hotel. Its Bristol Restaurant has received a variety of national and international culinary distinctions.

Contact info:
Alameda 816
Santiago, Chile
phone: +56 2 360 4444
web: www.plazasanfrancisco.cl

Room amenities: The rooms in Hotel Plaza San Francisco include minibars and safes. Televisions are equipped with satellite channels. All accommodations provide desks, complimentary newspapers, and multi-line phones with voice mail. Bathrooms offer shower/tub combinations with handheld showerheads, bathrobes, makeup/shaving mirrors, and hair dryers. All units feature refrigerators and coffee/tea makers. Additional amenities include windows that open and complimentary toiletries.

Facility amenities: Hotel Plaza San Francisco has a full-service spa, an indoor pool, laundry service, fitness center, a sauna, restaurant, and bar/lounge. Wireless Internet access is complimentary in public areas. Business amenities include a business center, small meeting rooms, and a meeting/conference room. The property has designated areas for smoking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, September 17 - Arrival in Historic Santiago
Morning: Arrivals. Rooms are guaranteed for early check-in.

Lunch: Bristol Restaurant, lobby level

Afternoon: Explore historic Santiago and surrounding neighborhoods on a guided visit with stops at the city's historic center, Plaza de Armas, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Pre-Columbian Art Museum and the Presidential Palace. Continue to Saint Christopher Hill, with its iconic, 46-feet-high statue of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception for great views of Santiago (weather and smog permitting). Drive through the neighborhoods of Providencia, Las Condes, and Vitacura, then stop at Pueblito Los Dominicos, a charming local handicraft market (time permitting).

Dinner: Bristol Restaurant, lobby level

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Plaza San Francisco

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Otai means "In the Coast" in Rapa Nui language. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Hotel Otai is a simple, quaint hotel located in the center of Hanga Roa and just a short walk to the coastline.

Contact info:
Te Pito o Te Henua s/n
Hanga Roa
Rapa Nui-Easter Island, Chile
phone: +(563) 210-0250
web: www.hotelotai.com

Room amenities: Phone, hairdryer (to be requested at the reception desk), A/C, min bar, in room safe.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool, laundry service, television room and Internet access.

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

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Three: Wednesday, September 18 - Fly to Easter Island
Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast at leisure – Bristol Restaurant

Morning: Check out of hotel; depart for Arturo Benitez Airport.

Lunch: At the airport

Afternoon: Lan Chile flight departs Santiago for Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Food typically served on flight. Late afternoon: Arrive Easter Island, transfer to hotel and check in

Dinner: Hotel Otai

Lodging: Hotel Otai

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

Description: Otai means "In the Coast" in Rapa Nui language. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Hotel Otai is a simple, quaint hotel located in the center of Hanga Roa and just a short walk to the coastline.

Contact info:
Te Pito o Te Henua s/n
Hanga Roa
Rapa Nui-Easter Island, Chile
phone: +(563) 210-0250
web: www.hotelotai.com

Room amenities: Phone, hairdryer (to be requested at the reception desk), A/C, min bar, in room safe.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool, laundry service, television room and Internet access.

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

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Four: Thursday, September 19 - An Introduction to Rapa Nui
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast - Hotel Otai

Morning: Begin with a welcome and overview class of Rapa Nui. Discover the Padre Sebastian Englert Archaeological Museum on a guided visit of museum and its artifacts, including the only intact white coral moai eye, as well as displays of local geology, flora and fauna; maps; illustrations of house types; and many other elements of Rapa Nui culture. Padre Sebastian Englert was a missionary priest who lived on the island nearly 35 years and studied the people, the culture and the carvings. White numbers are still visible on some of the moai and pukao that are part of the system he developed while inventorying the islands artifacts. The new museum and associated facilities were built with a grant in aid from Japan.

Lunch: Hotel Otai

Afternoon: Head to Tahai for an introduction to the famous monoliths of Rapa Nui: Ahu Vai Ure topped by five moai; Ahu Tahai (A.D. 680); and Ahu Ko te Riku (A.D. 12th century, a 15½-feet-high, 20-ton moai that is topped by a pukao (red scoria top knot). At Hanga Kio`e, a small bay just past town, view two more ahu restored by Dr. William Mulloy, part of a larger site that includes Ahu Akapu with its solitary moai and Dr. Mulloy's gravesite.

Dinner: Hotel Otai

Lodging: Hotel Otai

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

Description: Otai means "In the Coast" in Rapa Nui language. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Hotel Otai is a simple, quaint hotel located in the center of Hanga Roa and just a short walk to the coastline.

Contact info:
Te Pito o Te Henua s/n
Hanga Roa
Rapa Nui-Easter Island, Chile
phone: +(563) 210-0250
web: www.hotelotai.com

Room amenities: Phone, hairdryer (to be requested at the reception desk), A/C, min bar, in room safe.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool, laundry service, television room and Internet access.

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

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Five: Friday, September 20 - Ahu Vaihu, Tongariki and Rano Raraku
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast- Hotel Otai

Morning: Choose to explore Hanga Roa village either on a guided visit or independently. Then set off to the archaeological site of Ahu Vaihu. Constructed of finely crafted stones, Ahu Vaihu is located at the small bay of Hanga Te`e. The ahu has 11 toppled moai whose pukao (top knots) are lying where they fell, and a circle of rocks on the ground, used for paina ceremonies to honor the dead. Continue down the South Coast along the wind- and wave-carved shoreline, past many collapsed ahu, toppled moai and fallen stone fences to Rano Raraku.

Lunch: Picnic lunch in the National Park Picnic Area.

Afternoon: Climb the mountainside path to view the quarry from where the massive moai were carved out of the hard basalt. Moai, in all stages of production, cover its southern flank. Continue to Tongariki, the largest ahu (temple platform) on the island. Demolished in 1960 by the tremendous force of a tsunami, Tongariki has recently been restored by Chilean archaeologist Claudio Cristino and Sergio Rapu with the help of Japanese archaeologists and the Rapa Nui people, so it once again supports its 15 moai.

Dinner: Hotel Otai

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Otai

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

Description: Otai means "In the Coast" in Rapa Nui language. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Hotel Otai is a simple, quaint hotel located in the center of Hanga Roa and just a short walk to the coastline.

Contact info:
Te Pito o Te Henua s/n
Hanga Roa
Rapa Nui-Easter Island, Chile
phone: +(563) 210-0250
web: www.hotelotai.com

Room amenities: Phone, hairdryer (to be requested at the reception desk), A/C, min bar, in room safe.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool, laundry service, television room and Internet access.

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

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Six: Saturday, September 21 - Ahu Vinapu, Anakena, Ahu Nau Nau and Poike Ditch
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast-Hotel Otai

Morning: Class: The People of Old - Rapa Nui Ancient Culture. Later in the morning, set off for an exploration of archaeological sites, beginning at Ahu Vinapu, whose construction has raised many questions due to its similarity to the pre-Columbian structures found in Cuzco, Peru.

Lunch: Tunu Ahi Barbeque Lunch at Anakena Beach.

Afternoon: Discover Anakena, a beautiful, sheltered, white sand beach surrounded by swaying palm trees. 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. Take a swim or stroll the beach before going up the hill to Ahu Nau Nau, a complex archaeological site where, in 1978, Study Leader Sergio Rapu, in reconstructing the ahu, first recognized that the coral fragments unearthed in the sand were the inlaid coral eyes of the moai. With this discovery and the subsequent investigation of other moai came the realization that all Rapa Nui's moai, once they were placed on the ahu, were given eyes. Barbecue lunch at Anakena then depart for Poike Ditch where according to legend the Long Ears and Short Ears had their famed battle.

Dinner: Home-Hosted Dinner

Lodging: Hotel Otai

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

Description: Otai means "In the Coast" in Rapa Nui language. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Hotel Otai is a simple, quaint hotel located in the center of Hanga Roa and just a short walk to the coastline.

Contact info:
Te Pito o Te Henua s/n
Hanga Roa
Rapa Nui-Easter Island, Chile
phone: +(563) 210-0250
web: www.hotelotai.com

Room amenities: Phone, hairdryer (to be requested at the reception desk), A/C, min bar, in room safe.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool, laundry service, television room and Internet access.

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

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seven: Sunday, September 22 - Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Rano Kao Crater, Orongo...
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast-Hotel Otai

Morning: Choose to relax or attend Sunday mass at the historic Rapa Nui Roman Catholic church, where the choral hymns are sung in the Rapa Nui language. The hand-carved wooden statues and designs used on the vestments are wonderful examples of the use of culturally related symbolism in liturgical art.

Lunch: Hotel Otai

Afternoon: Drive to Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, where you visit two of the truly great sights of Rapa Nui -- Rano Kao crater, a fresh-water lake, and Orongo Ceremonial Village where, until 1853, the infamous Birdman Festival was held in the spring of each year. Located on the southwestern point of the triangle, the park provides spectacular views of the whole island.

Dinner: Hotel Otai

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Otai

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

Description: Otai means "In the Coast" in Rapa Nui language. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Hotel Otai is a simple, quaint hotel located in the center of Hanga Roa and just a short walk to the coastline.

Contact info:
Te Pito o Te Henua s/n
Hanga Roa
Rapa Nui-Easter Island, Chile
phone: +(563) 210-0250
web: www.hotelotai.com

Room amenities: Phone, hairdryer (to be requested at the reception desk), A/C, min bar, in room safe.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool, laundry service, television room and Internet access.

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

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eight: Monday, September 23 - Wrap Up/Farewell Umukai/Rapa Nui Dance
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast- Hotel Otai

Morning: Class: Wrap up session

Lunch: Lunch is on your own to explore local eateries

Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore independently or visit Rapa Nui’s lava tubes with your study leader. On Rapa Nui, many lava tubes were formerly used as dwellings.

Dinner: Cultural Event: Rapa Nui Umikai (Farewell Dinner) at Hotel Otai

Evening: Cultural Event: Rapa Nui folkloric traditional dance, featuring island dancers accompanied by musicians playing traditional instruments. A featured dance, the Hoko, is an ancestral dance that represents the wars and confrontations between various tribes

Lodging: Hotel Otai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Tuesday, September 24 - Flight to Santiago/Connections to US
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast- Hotel Otai

Morning: Free time - Prepare for Departure Transfer to airport – Check in for flight to Santiago, Chile.

Afternoon: Fly to Santiago, Chile- Meal served on board.

Evening: Arrive Santiago, Chile airport. Independent connections to final destinations. Overnight flight to US.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Ten: Wednesday, September 25 - Arrive US
Morning: Early morning arrival in US (location depends on individual's gateway airport)



Free Time Opportunities


Santiago
Mercado Central MarketThis delightful, galvanized steel construction was built in 1872, to replace the unsanitary Mercado de Abastos (provisions market), which had served the needs of local citizens since the colonial period. Today, the Central Market still shines with nostalgic architectural pride and offers an eclectic selection of handicrafts, fruit and vegetables. The specialty is fish and shellfish, which can be sampled in the small kitchens down the side of the building, or in the more formal restaurants that are interspersed throughout the market. Enjoy a plate of fish marinade or razor clams in parmesan sauce, while being serenaded by a band of local mariachis. Address: San Pablo 967 interior. Open daily (except on election day): Sunday to Thursday, 6 a.m.– 4 p.m.; Friday, 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, 5 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For additional information, visit: www.santiago.cl
Paseo Peatonal LondresA beautiful and attractive walkway located in downtown, it is comprised by various structures built between 1922 and 1925. Marina Ortiz de Gaete, widow of Pedro de Valdivia, encouraged the construction of the Soledad Chapel, next to the first church of the Franciscan Order, which is today the San Francisco Church. This small civic neighborhood is full of various eye-catching architectural styles that live in perfect harmony. Address: Londres, Centro.
Parque Metropolitano (Cerro San Cristóbal)This beautiful green area, including the hills of San Cristóbal, Chacarillas, Gemelos and Pirámide, occupies 1,799 acres and is one of the largest parks in the country. Its forestation began in 1921. In 1926, the mayor Alberto Mackenna transformed it into a public area. The summit is 2821 feet above sea level, crowned by an image of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, 46 feet tall and sitting on a pedestal 75 feet high topping Cerro San Cristóbal. There is a zoo, two swimming pools, picnic areas, restaurants, children's play area, a chapel, botanical gardens and mile-long gondola ride. Go all the way up to the summit for a full view of Santiago. On a clear day it's possible to see the snowy Andean peaks in all their splendor. Pedro de Valdivia Norte, Providencia, Santiago, Chile. Open 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily.
Museo Histórico NacionalThis aesthetic-looking building was constructed between 1804 and 1807 by Jose Goycolea, a student of prominent architect Joaquín Toesca. This was also the site of the first sittings held by the National Congress, and the great liberator himself, Gen. Bernard O'Higgins, had an office in the building. Now considered a national monument, it is home to the National Historical Museum since 1911 and houses a collection related to different periods and famous personalities in the history of Chile, from pre-Colombian times right up to the 1970s. There is also a section dedicated to numismatics (money, coins and medals). Address: Plaza de Armas 951, Centro. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission: Adults CLP600; On Sunday, entrance is free.
Museo Parque de las EsculturasWith its attractive sculptures and beautiful green scenery, this park-cum-museum is the perfect place to enjoy a pleasant walk alongside the Mapocho River on a temperate summer evening. The sculptures are made out of stone, metal and wood, respectively, and rambunctious children often use them as makeshift jungle gyms. The park is also home to a concert hall, where national and international stars perform. During the summer months, the hall hosts a series of jazz concerts organized by the local council. Address: Avenida Santa María 2201, Santiago, Chile. Entrance is free. Open daily, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Horseback RidingGuided horse rides are available through three operators: Piti Pont (tel:100-664), Pantu (tel:100-577) and Tadeo (tel:100-422). Cost is approximately $10 per hour.
Market VisitHanga Roa has a municipal marketplace featuring local crafts, vegetables and food within easy walking distance of the hotel.

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