STEPHANIE’S TRIP

TO CHILE & EASTER ISLAND

10 NIGHTS / 4 STOPS 

A unique experience in the middle of the Pacific and the surprising surroundings of Santiago.

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 “Having already explored some amazing and very different parts of Brazil, we felt this time like discovering another South-American country. We opted for Chile and the mythical Easter Island. In addition to discovering the culture and traditions of the Rapa-Nui people during three amazing days, we also had a quick overview of Santiago, ventured into the Maipo Valley, tasted some wine in the Casablanca valley and fell in love with the vibrant town of Valparaíso. So four vacations in one! The variety of scenery surrounding Santiago (within a radius of 2hrs by car) is simply stunning and definitely worth exploring.
NEW YORK – SANTIAGO
11 hours
$1000

DOMESTIC FLIGHT & CAR
77oo km in 10 days
10 hours on the road & 10 hours in the air
4 stops
AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
TOTAL: $2550 / pp excl food and activities
 $ 550 / pp for 10 nights excl. food and 4 hotel nights in Santiago (we stayed with our friends)

$1000 Intl flight – $500 /pp domestic flights
ALONE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PACIFIC

The Moai statues on Easter Island
Termas (hot springs) Valle de Colina
Colorful and quirky Valparaíso
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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP
Easter Island
Whole day exploring the main sites of the island with a local guide
Horse riding up to the highest point of the island
Beach time at Anakena

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1GrnCircleSANTIAGO TO
EASTER ISLAND
 
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5 h flight
Easter Island
  • We stayed in an eco-lodge Pikera Uri, situated a 15-mn scenic walk away from the center of the only town on the island: Hanga Roa. From the breakfast room you can enjoy a peaceful view of the sea, certainly the best start of the day! The gardens are very well-kept and the rooms are spacious, clean and nicely decorated in the island style. Every morning the horses arrive to the lodge which was a great entertainment for the kids. The whole place feels very relaxing
  • Pisco Sour (a must!) and dinner at Te Moana followed by a magical sunset at the site of Tahai (10-mn walk from the lodge)
    Whole-day guided tour with a French-speaking guide Christophe Conry at www.rapanuitour.com. He took us in his car to the main sites of the island. He’s very friendly and patient with the kids! His knowledge of the island’s culture and traditions seems endless and he shared with us his fascination for the mysteries surrounding these Moai statues.
    Horse riding up to the highest point of the island (Maunga Terevaka) in torrential rain!
    Beach time at Anakena (the only beach on the island)
    Hanging out and souvenir shopping in the one and only town Hanga Roa
    The last dinner at Au bout du monde run by a Belgian lady. A bit expensive but delicious food. 
     
     

EASTER ISLAND TO
SANTIAGO
 
 
5 h flight
Santiago
  • We stayed with some friends but we heard good reviews of the hotel Noi in Vitacura. Prices per room start at 200 US$.
  • Cerro San Cristóbal with the Metropolitan Park. We took the cable car up to enjoy the amazing views over the whole city.
    Barrio Italia has got a Brooklyn feel to it. We spent a few hours, checking out the independent design boutiques and relaxing in one of the secret courtyards of the countless beautiful cafés. 
    3-hour free walking tour of the historic part with Santiago’Otop. You leave the tip you think is fair! (www.otoptours.com). A fun way to find out a bit more about the history of the city and the country.

SANTIAGO TO
MAIPO VALLEY
 
 
2h by car
Maipo Valley
  • We hired a lovely wooden cabin (2 bedrooms but sleeps 6) at the Cascada de las Animas for two nights. This resort is mainly a nature/animal reserve and offers a large choice of activities (rafting, canopy, zip-line, horse riding, trekking). The surroundings are well-preserved and you soon forget that you are inside a resort. The restaurant has got a great view over the river and the food is very good albeit that the service is a little slow!
  • Termas (hot springs) Valle de Colina: an endless drive on a dirt road has never been so much worth it! What an experience to enter these hot springs at a temperature up to 60 degrees with a view of the snowy Andes Cordillera, unforgettable! All the family loved this!
    A 1.5hr- walk inside the reserve to learn about the flora, to see the two rescued pumas and admire two water falls.
    Another drive in the middle of nowhere to reach the Lake El Yeso. The contrast of the color of the water against the white of the snow is amazing.
     

MAIPO VALLEY TO
VALPARAISO
 
 
2 h by car
Valparaiso
  • We stayed at the boutique hotel: Hotel Latitud 33 Sur (www.hotellatitud33sur.cl/en), located on the hill Concepción next to the hill Alegre, perfect central location to explore from. The rooms are a good size, tasteful and clean, the staff very friendly and the breakfast was plentiful and very fresh. These two cerros (hills) are definitely the ones where you should hang out. It is a real delight to walk around these colorful houses with graffiti which won’t stop surprising you as you turn each corner as will the architecture with its influences from the British and the Germans! For those who enjoy taking pictures of graffiti, this is the place to go!
  • On the way to Valparaíso, we stopped at the Matetic Vineyards (www.matetic.com) in the Casablanca Valley. We enjoyed probably the most delicious lunch for a long time at the restaurant Equilibrio inside the domain followed by a very informative visit of the vineyards and a tasting session.
    Dinner at sunset at the Fauna hotel (www.faunahotel.cl) for the view, the food, the pisco sour (of course!) and the atmosphere!
    We had a 3-hour guided walking tour of Valparaíso with Valp’Otop (valpotop.com). So much to learn whilst being so much fun that the kids didn’t even complain!
    We haven’t had the time to visit Pablo Neruda’s house at La Sebastiana but we have been told that it’s definitely worth a visit.   
     

GOOD TO KNOW

 

  • At the airport of Easter Island, you need to buy your park passes in order to visit the sites. These passes allow you to go to some sites only once and to others as many times as you’d like (cost per adult: 54.000 pesos=80$, cost per child over 5: 27.000 pesos=40$)
  • I would recommend discovering Easter Island the first day with a local guide who will tell you all about the history and mysteries about the island. It’s up to you afterwards to come back to the sites you enjoyed the most and take some more photos!
  • Easter Island seems far away from Europe or North America but once you are in South America it is much more accessible and worth a detour!
  • We went in September, the end of winter in Latin America. The weather was quite changeable on Easter Island and the mornings were very cold in and around Santiago. It might be worth choosing another period for traveling.
  • Only a few ATMs on Easter Island, bring cash.
  • Accept that everything is a little more expensive, there are only a few ships per week that deliver goods and Chile is 3,700 km away! 
  • People can seem a bit harsh at first but this is more their outward appearance. Once you spend a little time on the island, you will feel that they enjoy sharing with tourists.
  • Our hired car didn’t have a GPS, so either ask before or tune Waze on your phone.

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