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.
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Program No. 3892RJ
20 days
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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 10 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.
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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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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