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The Atacama Desert and Easter Island: Different Worlds

Program Number: 3892RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/4/2013 - 10/23/2013; 10/3/2014 - 10/22/2014; 2/27/2015 - 3/18/2015; 9/25/2015 - 10/14/2015;
Duration: 19 nights
Location: Chile/Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Price starting at: $6,775.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 52; 17 Breakfasts, 18 Lunches, 17 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Journey through two of the world’s most enchanting and mysterious locales: the Atacama Desert and Easter Island. Explore the varying differences between the civilization that thrived in the Atacama salt flat and the mysterious cultural phenomenon known as Easter Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embrace Chile’s natural beauty as you immerse yourself in the history and culture of this ancient land.




Highlights

• Visit the pre-Inca fortress of Pukara de Quitor in Atacama.
• Explore the Atacama Salt Flat where flamingo colonies nest.
• Discover the significance of the Orongo Ceremonial Village on Easter Island.



Activity Particulars

Walking over uneven terrain during field trips and excursions.




Date Specific Information

10-3-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Arrivals Santiago, 2 nights; fly to Calama, coach to San Pedro de Atacama, 4 nights; coach to Calama, fly to Iquique, 4 nights; fly to Santiago, 1 night; fly to Rapa Nui (Easter Island), 5 nights; fly to Santiago, 1 night; departures.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Santiago
2 nights

The city of Santiago is marked by ornate palaces, elegant plazas and churches. Local experts detail the origins of Chile as you improve your Spanish skills and enjoy a folklore presentation.



Flight to Calama
Coach to San Pedro de Atacama
4 nights

Local experts introduce the Atacama’s origins, contemporary culture and local flora and fauna. Excursions include the Archeology Museum, the Valley of the Moon with its fantastic landscapes, the Tulor archaeological site and the pre-Inca fortress of Pukara de Quitor. Explore the Atacama Salt Flat where flamingo colonies nest.



Coach to Antofagasta
Flight to Iquique
4 nights

The city of Iquique is the center of economic activity for the northern part of Chile. Explore Humberstone, a nitrate-mining ghost town with enormous geoglyphs decorating the hills.



Flight to Santiago
1 night
Flight to Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
5 nights
Flight to Santiago
1 night
Overnight flight to the U.S.A.
1 night

Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is considered by the UNESCO World Heritage List as "one of the most remarkable cultural phenomena in the world." Meet with the local community to learn about the island’s mysterious past. Excursions include visits to the archaeological treasures of moai (statues) and ahu (platforms). Discover the significance of the Orongo Ceremonial Village. In the evening, savor a traditional dinner and cultural performance.




Accommodations
Santiago: Four-star hotel in the heart of downtown. San Pedro de Atacama: Four-star hotel. Iquique: Four-star hotel in the heart of the historic district. Santiago: Four-star hotel. Easter Island: Four-star hotel.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Claudio Le Roy

Claudio Le Roy’s deep understanding of Chile’s culture has allowed him to lecture around the world, visiting more than 28 countries. Claudio studied English language teaching and literature at the Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile, where he also taught composition. He also worked for 10 years as a principal dancer for the National Folkloric Ballet of Chile, and studied culture with the most recognized folklorist and researcher in Chile. Claudio is very proud of his roots, country and people and has travelled extensively all over the country including the Chilean Antarctic territory and Easter Island studying and exploring Chile's roots and traditional culture. He also holds a diploma from the University of Chile in territorial and cultural identity development. He has a vast experience as instructor and as a group leader for Road Scholar programs and other groups of diversified interests and ages. Currently, Claudio is the program director for the Experiment in International Living in Chile, institution that he joined in 2000.
 
Nelson Hill

Nelson Hill is a professor at Santo Tomas University in Antofagasta, Chile, and teaches English and German as foreign languages. He has journeyed all over the Atacama Desert, leading educational programs that delve into his country’s archaeology, geology and culture. Nelson lived and worked for many years in San Pedro de Atacama, being immersed in daily Atacameño life and also specializing in the study of the ancestral people's history and their surroundings. He has travelled and worked extensively abroad, and studied English at the Catholic University of Valparaiso.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Torremayor
  Santiago, Chile 2 nights
   Hosteria San Pedro de Atacama
  San Pedro de Atacama, Chile 4 nights
   Holiday Inn Express Hotel Iquique or similar
  Iquique, Chile 4 nights
   Hotel Torremayor
  Santiago, Chile 1 night
   Hotel Otai
  Easter Island, Chile 5 nights
   Hotel Torremayor
  Santiago, Chile 1 night
 Hotel Torremayor
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Excellent location near shops, restaurants and public transportation.
  Contact info: Av. Ricardo Lyon 322, Providencia, Santiago
Santiago,  . Chile
phone: +56 2 2299-3000
web: www.hoteltorremayor.cl
  Room amenities: Cable tv, frigo bar, desk
  Facility amenities: Big lounge, dining room, meeting room, free internet access at business center, wi fi available at additional cost, swimmig pool.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Approx. USD$110 per person Rates are subject to change. To make arrangements please contact the Program Provider at eilchile@experiment.cl
  Check in time: 12:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Approx. USD$110 per person Rates are subject to change. To make arrangements please contact the Program Provider at eilchile@experiment.cl
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

 Hosteria San Pedro de Atacama
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: +56 55 285-1011
web: www.dahoteles.com
  Room amenities: private bathroom, hot water, telephone, Cable TV and frigobar
  Facility amenities: Cable tv, swimming pool, exercise machine
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Holiday Inn Express Hotel Iquique or similar
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: +56 57 2433300
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Otai
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: +56 32 210-0250
web: http://hotelotai.com/index_in.php
  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 allowed: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
1 pm Lunch Time at Hotel in Santiago, Chile. You will be staying at Hotel Torremayor that night.
  End of Program:
2:30 pm After Lunch Time at Hotel in Santiago, Chile. You will be staying at Hotel Torremayor the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. US and Canadian citizens do not require visa to enter Chile, only a valid passport and the payment of an entry reciprocity fee upon arrival. US citizens must pay USD160 and Canadians citizens USD 132 in cash as reciprocity entry fee which is paid at immigration hall before going through immigration booth. This fee is valid for multiple entries to the country until passport expires.
  Parking availability:
Non applicable
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Non applicable
To Start of Program
  Location:  Santiago
  Nearest city or town:  Viña del Mar
  Nearest airport:  Santiago Airport(SCL), www.aeropuertosantiago.cl
  Transportation to site: Private coach
  From End of Program
  Location: Santiago
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Elevation Note: On the way to San Pedro de Atacama (8,00ft), there is a pass 9,000 ft, .

Equipment Requirements: Appropriate walking shoes and walking sticks if needed Hat, sun screen, sun glasses.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Departure
(Friday, October 4)
   
 Depart From: Depart US on an overnight flight to Chile

Day 2: Welcome and Program Orientation, Santiago city excursion, Welcome drink & dinner at Hotel
(Saturday, October 5)

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
   
Accommodations: Hotel Torremayor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: 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
(Sunday, October 6)

Note: Day trip will be done on a bus with some stops over 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 stops over on the way before heading back to Santiago (ride to Santiago takes about 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.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Torremayor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 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.
(Monday, October 7)

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.
   
Accommodations: Hosteria San Pedro de Atacama
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Embrace the Atacameño culture, resources and long history in a visit to the Archaeological Museum of San Pedro (Chile's archaeological capital) Explore unbelievable geological land formations at the Salt Mountain range and eyewitness an unforgettable sunset in the magical moon valley
(Tuesday, October 8)

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 and bottled water at local restaurant that introduces local products and traditional recipes in a fusion cuisine of appealing tastes and flavours.
   
Accommodations: Hosteria San Pedro de Atacama
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Explore the Pre Inca Fortress Pukara de Quitor built in the XII century See the oldest archaeological village of Northern Chile, Tulor Village. Buried in the sand for centuries is dated between 800BC/100 AC
(Wednesday, October 9)

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 were built on a steep hill side. 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.
   
Accommodations: Hosteria San Pedro de Atacama
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: 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.
(Thursday, October 10)

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 and bottled water at local restaurant that introduces local products and traditional recipes in a fusion cuisine of appealing tastes and flavours.
   
Accommodations: Hosteria San Pedro de Atacama
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Transfer to Iquique
(Friday, October 11)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Hotel Iquique or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: 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.
(Saturday, October 12)

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
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Hotel Iquique or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: See the old abandoned Nitrate ghost towns in the middle of the Pampa. Learn of the cosmovision of the Aymara ethnic group.
(Sunday, October 13)

Note: Bus ride to the pampa salitrera (nitrate plains) to walk around the nitrate towns. Walking on even terrain that request 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 and bottled water.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Hotel Iquique or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Encounter the Pintados geoglyphs displays with more than 300 earth and stone drawings. Explore the Oasis towns of Matilla and Pica at the foot of the Andes
(Monday, October 14)

Note: Walking on even terrain during 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
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Hotel Iquique or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Transfer from Iquique to Santiago. Introduction to Easter Island.
(Tuesday, October 15)

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
   
Accommodations: Hotel Torremayor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Flight to Easter Island
(Wednesday, October 16)

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
   
Accommodations: Hotel Otai
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Padre Sebastian Englert Archaeological Museum/ Ahu Tahai exploration/Music and Dance Performance by local cultural group
(Thursday, October 17)

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.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Otai
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Optional Walk to Village & Field Study to Ahu Vaihu & Tongariki/Rano Raraku
(Friday, October 18)

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.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Otai
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Parque Nacional Rapa Nui & Orongo Ceremonial Village/Rapanui Family Exchange
(Saturday, October 19)

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!
   
Accommodations: Hotel Otai
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Optional Church/Ahu Vinapu/Ahu Nau Nau & Poike Ditch
(Sunday, October 20)

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.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Otai
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Depart Rapa Nui - Flight to Santiago
(Monday, October 21)
   
 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, Farewell cocktail party with entertainment
 Dinner: Cocktail party, dinner and entertainment
   
Accommodations: Hotel Torremayor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Program summary/ Excursion to Craft maker Artisan Village
(Tuesday, October 22)

Note: Excursion to craftmarket 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: Fixed menu with bottled water included in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Transfer to airport with stopover at Los Dominicos fine craftmakers artisan village on the way to airport.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 20: Arrive in the US
(Wednesday, October 23)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive in the US after an overnight flight.
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Suggested Reading List


A Desert Bestiary, Folklore, Literature, and Ecological Thought from the World's Dry Places


Author: Gregory McNamee


Description: From the ant to the wolf, this is a lively, informative tribute to desert animals and their place in literature, folklore and ecology.



A Wildlife Guide to Chile


Author: Sharon Chester


Description: Chester's splendid guide, featuring 120 color plates, covers the wildlife, plants and natural history of Chile from the Atacama Desert and Patagonia to Easter Island and Antarctica.



Birds of Southern South America & Antarctica


Author: Martin D. la Pena, Maurice Rumboll


Description: With color plates, range maps and brief descriptions, this is a compact regional guide.



Chile Map


Author: National Geographic


Description: This National Geographic Adventure map includes a clear view of Chile from Laguna San Rafael south to Cape Horn (1,1,750,000).



Desert Memories, Journeys Through the Chilean North


Author: Ariel Dorfman


Description: A quest for national history, personal memories, and family origins in the Atacama by the noted playwright, novelist and essayist. The legacy of mining, Pinochet, and the author's own history are woven into this meditative account.



Dry, Life Without Water


Author: Ehsan Masood, Daniel Schaffer


Description: A generously illustrated survey of the people, cultures and habitats of the world's deserts, ranging from Sudan and the Burkina Faso to the Skeleton Coast in Namibia, China, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman and the deserts of North and South America, including the Atacama.



Easter Island


Author: Jennifer Vanderbes


Description: In this mesmerizing novel, Vanderbes spins parallel stories of two young women on Easter Island, one an archaeologist with a 1913 expedition and the other an American botanist who visits 60 years later.



Easter Island Map


Author: ITMB


Description: A colorful topographic map (1:30,000).



Easter Island, the Essential Guide


Author: Kay Sanger


Description: Sanger covers the history, archaeology, people and practicalities in this authoritative guide, published by the Easter Island Foundation.



Insight Guide Chile


Author: Insight Guides


Description: This glossy guide provides a full-color introduction by a team of experts to the land, people, history and attractions of Chile. Brief background essays highlight important topics. With many local and regional maps.



Rapa Nui, Island of Memory


Author: Georgia Lee


Description: Full of anecdote and incident, Lee's lively memoir of fieldwork on Rapa Nui celebrates the people and life on the island since the 1980s.



San Pedro de Atacama Map


Author: JLM Maps


Description: A detailed road map of San Pedro de Atacama and surroundings at a scale of 1:500,000.



The Statues That Walked, Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island


Author: Carl Lipo, Terry Hunt


Description: Drawing on archaeological evidence and their own work, Hunt and Lip challenge Jared Diamond's view of eco-catastrophe in this convincing new history of Rapa Nui.





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