EXPLORA CHILE: SANTIAGO, EASTER ISLAND, ATACAMA DESERT & PATAGONIA

EXPLORA CHILE: SANTIAGO, EASTER ISLAND, ATACAMA DESERT & PATAGONIA

7,367.00

14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS

1 Night at Boutique Hotel in Santiago
3 Nights at Explora Atacama in Atacama Desert
2 Nights at Holiday Inn Santiago Airport in Santiago
3 Nights at Explora Rapa Nui in Easter Island
4 Nights at Explora Patagonia

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Chile is an abundance of natural phenomena, and it can be a challenge to decide where to start. With stays in three of the most exclusive and gorgeous inclusive properties in South America, this Explora Chile package guarantees action-packed days and sultry, relaxing nights in the most exotic of Chilean destinations. Starting in the vibrant city of Santiago, you will immerse yourself in this stunning country with overnights in mystic Easter Island and expansive Atacama Desert. Finish it off with overnights in nature’s most pristine example - Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia. There is no better way to experience the contrasting landscapes that Chile has to offer, all while luxuriating in three of Explora’s world-renowned properties.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 3 Nights Accommodation and Breakfast in Santiago

  • 3 Nights Accommodation and Full Board at Explora Atacama in Atacama Desert

  • 3 Nights Accommodation and Full Board at Explora Rapa Nui in Easter Island

  • 4 Nights Accommodation and Full Board at Explora Patagonia in Torres del Paine

  • Excursions and tours in Santiago as specified below

  • Daily choice of included excursions at Explora Atacama, Explora Rapa Nui & Explora Patagonia

  • All airport and ground transportation (unless otherwise specified in the itinerary)

  • All entrance fees as mentioned on tour

  • All local taxes (unless otherwise specified)

  • *Not included: gratuities, visas (if applicable), international or internal flights, meals and drinks not described above, items of a personal nature

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 01 | WELCOME TO SANTIAGO!

Welcome to Chile! Upon arrival to Santiago’s Int’l Airport, you will be met by your guide & transferred to your hotel. 

Half day Santiago includes a panoramic tour visiting the main attractions of the capital, where you will appreciate the contrast between the capital’s rich history and its modern and imposing buildings. We will see the Government Palace, Main Square “Plaza de Armas”, Santa Lucia hill, the Metropolitan Park and the exclusive residential areas of Vitacura and Las Condes.

Enjoy your night in Chile’s vibrant capital by either exploring the surrounding neighborhood or resting up after a long day!

Overnight at Boutique Hotel (no meals included)


DAY 02 | SANTIAGO - ATACAMA DESERT

After an early breakfast, catch your departing flight to Atacama (flying time approx. 2 hours)

Upon arrival to Atacama airport, you will be met by an Explora rep who will transfer you to your lodge. This afternoon is yours to rest, enjoy the property, or jump right into an exhilarating adventure! Drive across the vast lunar Atacama Desert on ATVs. Explore the driest desert on Earth and reach stunning lagoons where you can hop in for a refreshing swim, before crossing back over beautiful sand dunes and riverbeds. Or head into the desert to visit the atmospheric village of Toconao before continuing to the great Salar de Atacama, a huge saltpan where flamingos and many bird species feed against a majectic backdrop of the high Andes. 

The striking Explora Atacama is the sister hotel of the fabulous and extremely successful Explora Salto Chico in the Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile. Located on a plain known as the Ayllu de Larache, once inhabited by the ancient Atacameño community, in the driest desert on the earth, the hotel faithfully carries forward the same Explora concept of comfort and adventure in a unique landscape.

The 50 well-appointed guest rooms at the Explora Atacama have Jacuzzis, custom designed furnishings and breathtaking views of the mountains, desert and volcanoes. There's not a television in sight - but who needs one with surroundings like this? There is an extensive patio area with four interconnecting pools, saunas, steam baths, open-air Jacuzzis and a bar. Delicious meals are served in the elegant hotel restaurant, accompanied by fine Chilean wines.

Everything is included during your stay at the Explora Atacama and with numerous guided tours and activities to choose from including visits to the salt flats, geysers and hot springs, you will never be short of things to do. The hotel also boasts it own astrological observatory where you can look at the universe in striking detail in the consistently cloudless, moonlit sky.

Overnight at Explora Atacama (B, L, D)


DAY 03 | ATACAMA DESERT

Meals at the lodge at leisure.

Daily Explorations Menu
Today, why not consider a bike ride to the famed Moon Valley or horseback ride through the traditional area of Solor in San Pedro de Atacama. Hike Saciel or Corona Volcanoes. 

Overnight at Explora Atacama (B, L, D)


DAY 04 | ATACAMA DESERT

Meals at the lodge at leisure.

Daily Explorations Menu
Today choose an activity like a visit to Cuenca del Salar where you’ll explore epic salt flats and continue onto Chaxa Lagoon. Or spend a full day visiting the remarkable Tatio Geysers, a geothermal field with over 80 boiling water sources. 

Overnight at Explora Atacama (B, L, D)


DAY 05 | ATACAMA DESERT - SANTIAGO

Breakfast at the lodge at leisure.

After checkout, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Santiago, for an overnight near the airport. The following morning, you will make your way to the mysterious Easter Islands.

Overnight at Holiday Inn Santiago Airport (B)


DAY 06 | SANTIAGO - EASTER ISLAND

After breakfast and check out, you will be transferred to the airport for you flight to Easter Island (flying time approx. 5 hours).

Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by a lodge representative who will accompany you on your transfer to Explora Rapa Nui. Enjoy your first afternoon and evening at leisure or choose from any of Explora’s half day explorations to begin experiencing the wonder of Rapa Nui for yourself.

Explora Rapa Nui mixes local guides, local understanding and explorations to discover the mysteries of unique charm of Easter Island, the world’s most isolated island. Explora Rapa Nui offers over 30 different guided hikes, bike rides, snorkeling and scuba diving explorations with different difficulty levels ranging from easy to export, and different durations, half day or full day. 

Explora Rapa Nui is located in a quiet and peaceful area of Easter Island, close to the island’s main town, Hanga Roa. The hotel has privileged views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding countryside. With nearly all of Explora Rapa Nui’s staff is local, the lodge provides guests the ability to interact with authentic Rapa Nui who are extremely knowledgeable and proud about their heritage. 

Overnight at Explora Rapa Nui (B, L, D)


DAY 07 | EASTER ISLAND

Meals at the lodge at leisure.

Daily Explorations Menu
Choose from one of over thirty guided explorations with expert guides. Snorkel at Bird Islets with its unbeatable clear water and conditions. Visit Akivi with the Ahu of the 7 moai facing the ocean and hike through a lava tunnel. Bike toward Ahu Tongariki, the buest rebuilt platform with 15 intact moai. 

Overnight at Explora Rapa Nui (B, L, D)


DAY 08 | EASTER ISLAND

Meals at the lodge at leisure.

Daily Explorations Menu
Choose another mix of activities. Consider scuba diving to see sunken moai statues or a bike ride through lava fields and caves along the cliffs on the way to Tahai. Hike to Mahatua and visit the remains of the Rapa Nui kings who lived there (and bring your bathing suit for some of the island’s best beaches).

Overnight at Explora Rapa Nui (B, L, D)


DAY 09 | EASTER ISLAND - SANTIAGO

Breakfast at the lodge at leisure.

After checkout, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Santiago, for an overnight near the airport. The following morning, you will head to your final stop, Patagonia.

Overnight at Holiday Inn Santiago Airport (B)


DAY 10 | SANTIAGO - TORRES DEL PAINE

After breakfast and check out, catch your flight (flying time approx. 3hr 20min) to yet another example of Chile’s magnificent landscape - Patagonia! Upon arrival to the Punta Arenas airport, you will be met by a lodge representative who will take you on a breathtaking 4.5 hour journey through the countryside to Torres del Paine, where the lodge itself is located. This afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the property’s amenities, or jump right onto a late afternoon activity.

explora Patagonia actively introduces travelers to the great scenery of South America, through a well prepared exploration program. Our base is a hotel built for linking man to temporary space – present and past- and the mysteries of nature. explora Patagonia is located at the center of the Torres del Paine National Park, the heart of Patagonia, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

On the shores of Lake Pehoe, it has breathtaking views of the Paine ridge and the granite towers. It is also the only hotel in the area with its own horses, bred and trained especially by us for our traveler’s horse expeditions. Our 26 horses of different breeds and crosses have been raised in the Ibáñez family estate in the central valley of Chile. 

Along with its pristine landscapes, Patagonia is home to the peculiar and legendary gaucho culture. 53 km from the hotel, at the 2 de Enero Ranch, a 6,000-hectare ranch property of explora, you can share a mate with them.

Overnight at Explora Patagonia (B, L, D)


DAY 11 | TORRES DEL PAINE

Meals at the lodge at leisure.

Daily Explorations Menu
Choose from a list of over 40 explorations, carefully crafted to cover all areas of the park. From 1 hour walks to full day hikes up the mountainside, explora has something for everyone and every day. Today, consider a boat trip to walk along the beach of Grey Lake, sailing past mighty glaciers, or a full day hike to view the Pehoé, Sarmiento and Nordenskjöld lakes from Bader Valley.

Overnight at Explora Patagonia (B, L, D)


DAY 12 | TORRES DEL PAINE

Meals at the lodge at leisure.

Daily Explorations Menu
Choose from a list of over 40 explorations, carefully crafted to cover all areas of the park. Why not head out on a half-day horseback riding excursion through the Pampas to meet with local gauchos, with whom you can share a hot mate.

Overnight at Explora Patagonia (B, L, D)


DAY 13 | TORRES DEL PAINE

Meals at the lodge at leisure.

Daily Explorations Menu
Choose from a list of over 40 explorations, carefully crafted to cover all areas of the park. Consider a full day mountain hike to the summit of Cerro Castillo, taking in an unforgettable 360 ° view of the park and its surroundings.

Overnight at Explora Patagonia (B, L, D)


DAY 13 | DEPARTURE

Breakfast at the lodge at leisure.
After check out, you will be taken to the airport for your departure flight home.

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