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Chile Highlights Trip: Lakes, Glaciers and Moai

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PRIVATE TOUR - 16 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$12000+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Tasting some of Chile’s finest wines during a visit to the Casablanca Valley.
  • Reveling in the company of Sea Lions, Pelicans and other native Sea Birds around Chiloe Island.
  • Visiting the famous Rano Raraku Volcano, the site of ancient stone quarrying and statue construction.
  • Uncovering the majesty of Torres del Paine National Park and its many snow-capped peaks, lush forests and picturesque lakes.
  • Soaking up the icy green waters of picturesque Esmeralda Lake.
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Tour Overview

Let Yampu guide you to on the Chile Highlights Trip: Lakes, Glaciers and Moai. See Santiago, a city of culture and history. On your way here, taste of of Chile’s finest wines with a stop in Casablanca Valley. In Easter Island, a mysterious and remote island home to more than 600 Moai statues of a bygone civilization. Visit the famous Rano Raraku Volcano where ancient statues were made and stones were quarried. Uncover the majesty of Patagonia’s ever-popular Torres del Paine National Park and its snow-capped peaks. Soak in the Lake District, home to a series of splendid lakes, volcanoes, rivers, and waterfalls including the icy green Esmeralda Lake.

Inclusions
Prices include round-trip airfare from Santiago to Easter Island, airfare from Santiago to Punta Arenas, Punta Arenas to Puerto Montt, and Puerto Montt to Santiago, hotel accommodation including daily continental breakfast, four night all inclusive accommodation program in Torres del Paine, all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling and guided tours including all entrance fees, where applicable. Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included.
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Double £$10390 £$12000 £$13460 £$17016
Single £$13738 £$17518 £$21619 £$25789

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Flight to Santiago

Overnight flight to Santiago Ideal days to start this trip: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Overnight flight to Santiago Ideal days to start this trip: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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Tour of Santiago

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Reception at Santiago airport and transfer to the selected hotel in the heart of the city.
This afternoon enjoy a private city tour of Santiago. The tour starts from the Funicular de Santiago (Gondola), which provides a stunning and panoramic view over the city from the top of San Cristobal Hill. Then travel to the heart of the city and Plaza de Armas the spot from where the city has grown throughout the centuries. Each Latin city has a plaza de Armas as when cities were founded the center was also were the armory and military base was established - hence the name Plaza de Armas (Plaza of Arms). Visit some of the more important buildings such as the Cathedral, the City Council, the Central Post Office and the National Historical Museum.
Continue to the Presidential Palace La Moneda; the current seat of the government. Wander the streets that were once elegant at the beginning of the 19th century and now are a commercial center. Also visit some of the original colonial neighborhoods such as Concha y Toro Square. Characterized by its cobbled streets and old mansions that reflect the elegance and richness of the early twentieth century the neighborhood grew to prominence between 1870 and 1876 with the influx of wealth as a result of mining and the discovery of Silver. Many Chileans achieved great wealth, including Enrique Concha y Toro founder of the famed winery. Return to the hotel for the evening.
Note: Check-in is normally after 2 pm. Early check-in may be granted subject to availability (not confirmed).
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Private Casablanca Valley with Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

This morning be met at the hotel and transferred to the Casablanca Valley, approximately 50-miles (80-kilometers) from Santiago. The Casablanca Valley is one of Chile’s most important regions for cultivating the grapes that produce crisp white wines, most notably Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Here, enjoy a tour, tasting and lunch at one of the local wineries situated along this thriving wine route.
After lunch, leaving the Casablanca Valley, visit Valparaiso, the oldest and most important port in Chile. Here, one can take an opportunity to walk along the city’s winding streets and enjoy the scenery and culture of this charming port-city. Continue to Vina del Mar, a resort city that was founded in 1874, famous for its beautiful gardens and flower clock. Late in the afternoon return to the hotel in Santiago. Lunch is included today.
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Flight to Easter Island

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Easter Island (Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday). Reception at Mataveri International Airport and transfer to selected hotel.
Note: All services are provided on private basis, please consult with a Yampu Travel Consultant about group tours at a reduced cost.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Easter Island (Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday). Reception at Mataveri International Airport and transfer to selected hotel.
Note: All services are provided on private basis, please consult with a Yampu Travel Consultant about group tours at a reduced cost.

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Tour of Rano Raraku: Vahiu , Anakena and Ahu Tongariki

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Full-day private tour of Rano Raraku: Vahiu , Anakena and Ahu Tongariki
The private excursion starts in Hanga Roa. Taking the road along the coast, head toward the ruins of the temple of Vaihu, which is still today as it has been after centuries of neglect. The red hats of the Moais which were thrown into the sea can clearly be seen. Continue to the site of Akahanga, where several of the statues are face down, as they were abandoned while being transported. Then on to the volcano of Rano Raraku and the “factories” where the Moais were carved from the rock. Here there are more than 300 statues in different stages of production. A walk around the crater reveals a small lagoon and more Moais in the center. Continue to Ahu Tongariki (destroyed by a large tidal wave in 1960), which has been recently restored and which houses the largest number of Moais. Finally, the beautiful Anakena beach with two temple platforms, or Ahus. Following a picnic lunch (included), time to bathe in the Pacific Ocean or explore the surrounding countryside. Return to Hanga Roa in the afternoon, and transfer back to the selected hotel.
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Orongo: Rano Kau and Vinapu

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Half-day private excursion to Orongo: Rano Kau and Vinapu
Depart for Ahu Vinapu, which is made up of two ruined Ahus, one of which has stonework remarkably similar to that found in Inca sites. Studies have backed up the theory that the first inhabitants of the island came from the South American continent. The journey continues along the coastal road toward the Rano Kau volcano. Next to the crater is the ancient ceremonial site of Orongo, which has many petroglyphs. There are images of the “bird man” Tangata Manu, the god creator Make Make and the- fertility symbols Komari. From the edge of the crater, see the three small islands of Motu Iti, Motu Nui and Moto Kao Kao, which play an important part in the bird man legends.
Afternoon, leisure with time to explore the town of Hanga Roa and the Museum of Sebastian Englert. Paying a visit to the local church with its extraordinary wood carvings is highly recommended.
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Akivi: Puna Pau and seven Moais

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Half-day private excursion to Akivi: Puna Pau and seven Moais
Half-day excursion to Ahu Akivi, the archeological center of the Roihi sector. This was the first area to be restored in the 1960s. It is a ceremonial area, of particular interest not only for its location (at the center of the island) but also for the legends which surround the seven Moais or statues to be found there. The legend says they are the sons of Maori Sorcerer sent to look for home of King Hotu Matua. They look out over the ceremonial center and then farther the ocean. A week after the spring equinox, they look directly at the setting sun. Around the site one can find many caves.
Then visit Puna Pau, a site to the east of Hanga Roa in a small crater. This is where the “pukao” or hats which crowned the Moais were carved from soft volcanic Scoria. On the journey, it is possible to see the path on which they were transported including some of the hats which were left on the wayside. Afternoon to be spent at leisure exploring close to town or perhaps just relaxing in the southern sun.
Evening Farewell Polynesian Dinner and Show: This unique event gives one an opportunity to savor the most typical Rapa Nui and Polynesian food, prepared in an earth-oven, locally called “Umu” or “curanto”. Dinner consists of chicken, meat or fish cooked in the Umus, and a glass of beer, juice or soft drink. After dinner, enjoy a typical Polynesian show with dance performed by a local folk-group with body-paint. Round trip transfers included. Operates only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
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Hanga Roa – Santiago

Transfer to Mataveri Airport for connecting flight back to Santiago (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday only). Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel (or check in to airport hotel if arriving in the evening).

Transfer to Mataveri Airport for connecting flight back to Santiago (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday only). Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel (or check in to airport hotel if arriving in the evening).

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9

Santiago - Punta Arenas - Torres del Paine

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Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Punta Arenas. Reception at the airport and transfer to the all-inclusive Torres del Paine hotel. Upon arrival, meet with a guide to go over the program preferences for the following days. Settle in and spend the remainder of the evening at leisure to enjoy dinner with a lovely house wine.
Note: If staying at Las Torres, visit a Patagonia estancia complete with BBQ snack en-route to the hotel. If choosing Explora, stop to have a light meal in a restaurant on the way. If staying at any of the other hotels, go directly from the airport to the hotel. Please be aware that Explora operates on a fixed entry and departure calendar. Please inquire with a Yampu Travel Consultant for details.
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Torres del Paine National Park

After breakfast, there is the opportunity to stay and enjoy the hotel’s amenities or to explore the wonders of Torres del Paine National Park during the adventure of one’s choice of length and difficulty. Set out with the group and guide to experience Patagonia’s main attractions and landscapes. Wander and hike around the ancient forests, lakes of different and intense colors, rivers, mountains and glaciers. The flora and fauna will take one's breath away. There will be time to stop and take in the beautiful surroundings with a box lunch. After the excursion, return to the hotel for the night. There is a great Chilean house wine selection for one to enjoy while eating dinner.
Note: All inclusive excursions and hotel amenities will vary depending upon accommodation.
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Torres del Paine National Park

Today, visit a different area of Torres del Paine National Park or enjoy one of the many onsite activities available. Torres del Paine National Park has many distinct ecosystems. Each contains widely different landscapes, which in turn sustain different flora and fauna, some found nowhere else on earth. Some of the main attractions of the park are viewing the Towers rising towards the sky like three perfect granite arrows; and one of the most beautiful destinations within the park, Grey Glacier. The name comes from the color of the water and icebergs, which are mixed with various tonalities of blue. Dinner and wine at the hotel. ...read less

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Torres del Paine National Park

Enjoy Torres del Paine, and take advantage of the beautiful surroundings. Choose to horseback ride, kayak, hike the trails, or enjoy the hotel’s amenities. Enjoy a dinner infused of local flavor with a modern twist accompanied by regional wines.

Enjoy Torres del Paine, and take advantage of the beautiful surroundings. Choose to horseback ride, kayak, hike the trails, or enjoy the hotel’s amenities. Enjoy a dinner infused of local flavor with a modern twist accompanied by regional wines.

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Torres del Paine - Punta Arenas - Puerto Varas

After breakfast spend the morning at leisure. Relax before a group transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for the flight to Puerto Montt. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel in Puerto Varas.
Note: Transfer times will be specific to each accommodation.

After breakfast spend the morning at leisure. Relax before a group transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for the flight to Puerto Montt. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel in Puerto Varas.
Note: Transfer times will be specific to each accommodation.

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14

Full-day Visit to Ancud in Chiloe

This morning be met at the hotel and depart for Pargua via the Pan-American Road. Board a ferry boat for a 35-minute navigation across the Chacao Channel to Chiloe Island. During the navigation, look out for sea lions, pelicans, and the sea birds of the area. The ferry stops at Chacao pier, where there are houses built with Alerce wood and the National Heritage Site churches. Continue to Dalcahue, a city located in front of Quinchao Island. Along the coast, there is a special market named "Palafito" for its construction over the water in a base of wood.
From there, continue the trip to Castro, the capital city of Chiloe Island. Take in the scenery at the Gamboa Viewing Point for an amazing view of the world-famous Palafitos. Also visit the San Francisco church in front of the Main Square, and the largest handcraft market on the island. Take some time for lunch before transferring back to Puerto Varas.
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Full-day Boat Excursion to Peulla

Depart from Puerto Varas around 9 am. Continue along the southern shore of Lake Llanquihue with wonderful views of the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Enter the Petrohue National Park where there is a stop to visit the Petrohue waterfalls. Here, the icy green waters from Esmeralda Lake flow over a lip of volcanic rock. Continue on the All Saints Lake and the pier, which is the departure point for the catamaran which travels to Peulla, a tiny hamlet on the other side of the lake. On the way, enjoy views of the Osorno volcano, Mount Puntiagudo and Mount Tronador. The sailing takes almost two hours. In Peulla, there is enough time for lunch and a short walk, maybe to the nearby waterfalls or along the shores of the lake before returning by catamaran and bus to Puerto Varas. ...read less

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Puerto Varas – Santiago – Home

In the morning visit the town of Puerto Varas, founded by German immigrants, also known as "The City of the Roses." Visit the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was built in the Baroque Style in 1915, the Old Neighbourhood, and the shore of the beautiful Llanquihue Lake. Depending on the weather, one can see the Osorno Volcano and its melting ice.
Afterwards, continue to the highest place in Puerto Montt city, where there is the most beautiful view, the ocean and Tenglo Island. From there, go to the Main Square and the Cathedral to enjoy the German-influenced architecture of the houses, gardens, and buildings. Continue on to Angelmo, a city famous for its handcrafts, gift shops, and City Central Market.
Afternoon transfer to the airport to take the flight to Santiago and connect with the flight back home, or overlap with the add-on of choice.
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Santiago, Chile

Easter Island, Chile

Torres del Paine, Chile

Puerto Varas, Chile

Places You'll See

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    Santiago

    As the political and cultural center of Chile, Santiago has much to offer. Relax at one of the many jazz clubs scattered throughout the city, or go for a wine tasting at one of the local wineries. Take a guided city trek to learn about the Chilean culture and their traditional meals. Or visit the summit of Cerro Santa Lucia for beautiful views.

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    Easter Island

    Become enchanted by the mystery of Easter Island. Witness the remarkable volcanic rock sculptures, known as the Maoi. View the natural attractions of the volcanic craters of Rano Kau and Rano Raraku. Sunbathe on the white, sandy beaches of Anakena and Ovahe. Explore the extensive cave system running deep throughout the island.

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    Torres del Paine

    Take a hike through Torres del Paine National Park, located in the southern tiers of the Andes. Catch a glimpse of Flamingos and Guanacos, as you trek one of the hiking circuits, or take a day tour by boat and get an up close look at the surrounding glaciers.

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    Puerto Varas

    On the shores of Lake Llanquihue sits the City of Roses, Puerto Varas. Known for its German influence and architecture, Puerto Varas has spectacular views of the area including of the surrounding lakes and volcanoes. While visiting, take a hike up the volcanoes and witness the picturesque Petrohue Waterfalls.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Santiago : Orly (Providencia)

Santiago : Hotel Plaza San Francisco (Downtown)

Santiago : Torremayor Lyon (Providencia)

Easter Island : Puku Vai

Easter Island : Hotel O Tai

Puerto Varas : Hotel Solace

Puerto Varas : Hotel Cabana del Lago

Puerto Varas : Casa Kalfu

4 Star Properties

Santiago : Hotel Magnolia

Santiago : Carménère ecoHotel

Santiago : Noi Victoria

Easter Island : Hotel Altiplanico

Puerto Varas : Hotel Patagónico

Puerto Varas : Puelche

Puerto Varas : Gran Hotel Colonos del Sur

5 Star Properties

Santiago : Le Reve (Providencia)

Easter Island : Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa

Puerto Varas : Cumbres Puerto Varas (Standard Room)

Luxury Properties

Santiago : Ritz Carlton

Santiago : Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel (formerly known as Lastarria Boutique Hotel)

Santiago : W Santiago (Las Condes)

Santiago : The Singular Santiago

Puerto Varas : Cumbres Puerto Varas (Suite Room)

Puerto Varas : Quincho Country Home Puerto Varas

Testimonials

Louise

Traveled March, 2014

I will recommend your service to any friend who plans to visit south-america!

My daughter and I were very pleased with your planning especially your choice of hotels! The hotels (especially Babel Hotel in Buenos Aires) were friendly, charming and were in great locations. The local guides all turned up on time. I am most grateful for your detailed explanation and speedy response every time I wrote to you. I will recommend your service to any friend who plans to visit south-america!

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Steve M.

Traveled February, 2015

I recommend Yampu highly for S. American travel

In 2015, Yampu organized a 19-day individual itinerary tour for me to Peru (Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lima), Chile (Santiago, Valparaiso/Casablanca, and southern Patagonia) plus a short stop in Buenos Aires. This tour included three nights at the all-inclusive Hotel de los Torres in Torres del Paine National Park, and a 4-day, 3-night cruise on the MV Stella Australis through the Tierra del Fuego archipelago from Punta Arenas to Cape Horn and on to Ushuaia. At every stop Yampu arranged airport transfers, superb guides, safe and cordial drivers, comfortable and beautiful hotels, and fascinating programs. The trip ran like clockwork, was educational and immense fun, a true mix of adventures and wondrous scenery and cultures. Yampu’s sales staff was knowledgeable and highly responsive to my requests as we constructed the tour plan, and worked well within my budget constraints to create this wonderful and most memorable travel experience. I recommend Yampu highly for S. American travel.

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Traveled May, 2009

I would love to encourage people to enjoy the same amazing experience as I had

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