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What’s included

  • Local English speaking guides in Chile, plus knowledgeable English speaking guides on Easter Island
  • International airport transfers
  • All other transfers as per the itinerary
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Good standard accommodation
  • 16 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Sightseeing as specified
  • Activities as specified
  • Entry fees to national parks
  • The option of joining one of our four pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece

Easter Island & the Atacama Desert

Walking & Trekking

Chile | Walking & Trekking

Easter Island & the Atacama Desert
Moderate / Vigorous

Moderate: Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

Vigorous: Suitable for enthusiastic hill/mountain walkers.

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Grade: Moderate / Vigorous ? Moderate / Vigorous
Duration:  19 days from the UK  
Walks on: 9 days

Flight inclusive from £5,445,
Land only from £4,495

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A thorough exploration of Easter Island on foot combined with some of the best walking trails of the Atacama Desert.

Highlights

  • View the giant moai statues of Easter Island which range from 4 to 33 feet high
  • Walk to the top of the three main extinct volcanoes that comprise Easter Island
  • Visit the quarries where the statues were made
  • Walk the salt flats and geyser trails of the Atacama, home to the Andean flamingo

Reviews          

I remember reading Thor Hyerdahls book Aku Aku when I was about 14 years old. I thought it was the best book I’d ever read and it left an indelible impression on me. Later I saw a re-run of Thor Hyerdahls Kon Tiki film and I promised myself that one day I would visit Easter Island. It did not disappoint, it is a stunningly beautiful island and the mystery still remains.
Managing Director, Steve Berry

A superb combination/contrast in this two centre trip, really well paced and giving time to explore both places well.
Mr B, London

Well organised and good itineraries. In each destination there were days when we did not see other tourists.
Mr & Mrs S, Northumberland

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Easter Island has to be one of the strangest mysteries on the planet. Many of us, of a certain age, will remember seeing Thor Heyerdahl’s film of his 1947 Kon Tiki expedition and reading his powerful books that first voiced the theory that the people of Easter Island came originally from South America. He proposed that the Inca sun worshipers of Peru sailed towards the setting sun on balsa wood rafts and by chance made landing on Easter Island, a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific. His theories today are largely discounted but why the 800 giant statues were carved, how they were transported around the island, and where the Rapa Nui people came from is still hotly debated.

Our walking holiday on Easter Island is a thorough exploration of this beautiful volcanic island. Each day walk has a different objective and include visits to the quarries where the stones were made, walks to the top of the three main extinct volcanoes, a fabulous walk along the northern coastline, and visits to the caves where the Rapa Nui hid from slave ships. We provide knowledgeable English-speaking guides who will show you many amazing things, such as the stone tower observatories that the people used for stargazing. There is free time as well, and you might like to horse ride, hire bicycles, take a boat trip, or go scuba diving - local payment required.

As Easter Island is an awfully long way to go from the U.K we have combined it with five and a half days in Chile beforehand, walking on some of the best canyon trails of the Atacama Desert. See the Rainbow Valley, salt flats, lagoons and famous geysers before returning to Santiago prior to the flight to Easter Island.

There are two alternative Easter Island combinations available - Easter Island and the Torres del Paine and Easter Island, Santiago & Valparaiso.


At a glance

Grade: Moderate / Vigorous
Moderate / Vigorous

Duration:  19 days from the UK  
Walks on: 9 days

Max. Altitude: Max Altitude 4,500m/14,764ft (Atacama Trek) Day 6

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Santiago

Accommodation types: Hotels

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Santiago. While on the Atacama trek breakfasts and lunches are included. On Easter Island all breakfasts are included and all picnic lunches for day walks are provided plus one barbeque dinner on Anakena beach on day 14. Please refer to the meal plan as shown in the main text of this itinerary. There are very many excellent restaurants in Hanga Roa and it is fun going out in the evening. We particularly recommend La Kaleta in the harbour.

Leader: Local Leader, Easter Island
Local Leader, Easter Island

There are a number of English speaking guides on the island, including Hugo and Christian. Both have a great interest in the Island's history and love sharing their wealth of knowledge with fellow trekkers. 


DayActivity
1-2
Fly to Santiago, afternoon city tour.
3
Fly to Calama, walk in Kari Canyon.
4
Follow an ancient shepherds route to Patos Gully. Drive to Atacama Salt Flat and explore the reserve, home to the Andean flamingo, on foot.
5
Visit Rainbow Valley, so called because the various mineral deposits have stained the rock formations a multitude of shades, and the sleepy town of Yebas Buenas.
6
Explore the village of Toconao where the houses are built from volcanic rock, and then walk around the vivid altiplanic Miscanti and Menique lagoons.
7
Enjoy the geothermic spectacle at Tatio Geysers where the geysers can reach 40m high. Walk to Copa Coya plateau for spectacular views down over the Alta Loa villages and the Atacama.
8
Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight to Santiago.
9
Fly to Easter Island, and in the afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the museum and a walking tour of the town including the cemetery, church and other places of interest.
10
Visit Tahai Ahu, Vaihu and Rano Raraku quarry, then after lunch Te Pito Kura and Anakena beach.
11
Walk from Ana Kai Tangata to Rano Kau crater and continue to Orongo village. Afternoon at leisure
12
Visit Ahu Akivi and walk to Terevaka volcano. Afternoon at leisure.
13
Visit Tongariki, the largest ahu on Easter Island, then trek to Poike, the oldest of the three main extinct volcanoes that form Easter Island.
14
Trek to Costa Nort from the fallen moai at Ahu Tepeu, finishing at Anakena beach for a barbecue on the white coral sand.
15-16
Morning walk to visit caves, plus a free day for optional activities. Options include horse riding, cycling, taking a boat trip or going scuba diving.
17-19
Fly to Santiago, then the next day to London via Madrid.

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2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
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    From £995
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Flight inclusive holidays

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We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

What’s included

  • Local English speaking guides in Chile, plus knowledgeable English speaking guides on Easter Island
  • International airport transfers
  • All other transfers as per the itinerary
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Good standard accommodation
  • 16 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Sightseeing as specified
  • Activities as specified
  • Entry fees to national parks
  • The option of joining one of our four pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece

What’s not included

  • Overseas airport departure taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Locally paid bar bills and laundry
  • Some meals (please see meal plan within the itinerary text)
  • Optional activities
  • Tips


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Well-paced          

A superb combination/contrast in this two centre trip, really well-paced and giving time to explore both places well.

Off-the-beaten-path          

Well-organised and good itineraries. In each destination there were days when we did not see other tourists.

Mysterious          

I remember reading Thor Hyerdahls book Aku Aku when I was about 14 years old. I thought it was the best book I'd ever read and it left an indelible impression on me. Later I saw a re-run of Thor Hyerdahls Kon Tiki film and I promised myself that one day I would visit Easter Island. It did not disappoint, it is a stunningly beautiful island and the mystery still remains.


Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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