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Chile/Rapa Nui

The Atacama Desert and Easter Island: Different Worlds

The Moai structures of Easter Island and the geoglyphs of the Atacama Desert have puzzled and delighted mankind for centuries. Come see why as you unravel the mysteries for yourself.
Rating (5)
Program No. 3892RJ
Length
20 days
Starts at
9,299
Flights start at
850
Chile/Rapa Nui

The Atacama Desert and Easter Island: Different Worlds

The Moai structures of Easter Island and the geoglyphs of the Atacama Desert have puzzled and delighted mankind for centuries. Come see why as you unravel the mysteries for yourself.
Length
20 days
Starts at
9,299
Flights start at
850
Length
20 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
9,299
Flights start at
850
Program No. 3892RJ

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Oct 13 - Nov 1, 2023
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Oct 13 - Nov 1, 2023
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At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to one hour over uneven terrain; some stairs. Elevations up to 9,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • 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.
Featured Expert
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Claudio Alejandro 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.

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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.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Chile Map
by National Geographic
This National Geographic Adventure map includes a clear view of Chile from Laguna San Rafael south to Cape Horn (1,1,750,000).
San Pedro de Atacama Map
by JLM Maps
A detailed road map of San Pedro de Atacama and surroundings at a scale of 1:500,000.
Easter Island, the Essential Guide
by Kay Sanger
Sanger covers the history, archaeology, people and practicalities in this authoritative guide, published by the Easter Island Foundation.
Easter Island
by Jennifer Vanderbes
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.
Insight Guide Chile
by Insight Guides
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.
Dry, Life Without Water
by Ehsan Masood, Daniel Schaffer
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.
A Desert Bestiary, Folklore, Literature, and Ecological Thought from the World's Dry Places
by Gregory McNamee
From the ant to the wolf, this is a lively, informative tribute to desert animals and their place in literature, folklore and ecology.
Birds of Southern South America & Antarctica
by Martin D. la Pena, Maurice Rumboll
With color plates, range maps and brief descriptions, this is a compact regional guide.
Rapa Nui, Island of Memory
by Georgia Lee
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.
Easter Island Map
by ITMB
A colorful topographic map (1:30,000).
Desert Memories, Journeys Through the Chilean North
by Ariel Dorfman
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.
The Statues That Walked, Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island
by Carl Lipo, Terry Hunt
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.
A Wildlife Guide to Chile
by Sharon Chester
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.





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