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CHILE / RAPA NUI (EASTER ISLAND)

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.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Steven Rosenberg Jan 26, 2014 at 06:12 PM

An interesting NOVA program aired in Nov. 2012 that featured Carl Lipo and Terry Hunt, the authors of "The Statues That Walked...". The show can be viewed on-line at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/mystery-easter-island.html
Perhaps we will get a chance to test the theory of how the Moai were moved.


Richard Demlow Feb 05, 2013 at 04:51 PM

Looking forward to another Road Scholar trip to Chile. Wife Diane and I had the good fortune of seeing the Southern Ice Fields on the good ship Skorpios III a few years ago. Tour leader was Claudio LeRoy, one of our instructors for this trip.. He encouraged us to come back and visit Easter Island. Will save the story of our once in a lifetime adventure with Claudio until we meet on the trip.


Carole Gambrell Jan 10, 2013 at 08:27 PM

I am arriving a day early, on Feb 22. If anyone else is arriving early and would like to meet for dinner, please let me know.


Helen Bodington Dec 24, 2012 at 05:19 PM

The Atacama has been on my bucket list for years. It looks as though this trip will finally add it to my desert list. I would guess we can expect windy days and chilly nights. Now if I can just get adept with my camera.

Helen Bodington
Patricia Jones Dec 26, 2012 at 10:08 AM

And stars! Millions upon millions of stars visible in the night sky. Amazing place.


Lucie Johns Oct 15, 2012 at 04:07 PM

Michael, I called to make sure the program was a "go" before booking flights. I've done many Road Scholar trips, a few international, and none have been cancelled. We are also not in a gateway city.


Michael O'Keefe Oct 15, 2012 at 03:32 PM

We are thinking of booking this program for October, 2013, but Judy Parsons' reference to "tried to go" scares me a little since we have had several domestic Road Scholar programs cancelled on us. We are not in a gateway city and do not want to lose nonrefundable direct airfare. Has anyone had experience with cancellation of international programs and how much advance notice Road Scholar gives?


Lucie Johns Oct 13, 2012 at 07:03 PM

A friend and I are signed up for this Feb. 2013 and are looking forward to it. We live in Washington state.


Patricia Jones Jul 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM

I was on this program three years ago, and it was completely amazing. I signed up because it had been my life-long dream to go to Easter Island, and it was fantastic, but I have to say that the Atacama was equally amazing ... and I had no idea it even existed before I went! The accommodations were wonderful, food was great, terrific guides ... I have no hesitation recommending this trip, and would be happy to answer questions.
Nancy Sollosy Dec 14, 2012 at 10:42 AM

So glad to hear your comments. I am booked to go on this trip in Feb. 2013, really looking forward to it. This is my first trip with Roadscholar , my question is.....how formal are the evening meals? casual clothing? I have been on many hiking trips and they were all casual. I am really looking forward to the trip. Any clothing or packing tips you can give would be appreciated. :-) Nancy
Patricia Jones Dec 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Definitely casual! I think we probably changed our shirts some days if it had been particularly hot or dusty, but people definitely don't dress up for dinner! People made a bit more of an effort for the farewell dinner, but it's still more casual than formal.


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