Follow your Antarctica expedition with a visit to one of the most mysterious places on Earth—Easter Island. Home to silent sentinels of a long lost culture, this tiny island is located 2,300 miles west of Chile in the Pacific Ocean and almost 1,200 miles from its nearest island neighbor. Learn about the ancient Rapa Nui culture that grew up in isolation. Where did these people come from and why did they carve more than 600 giant moai or stone statues? Learn from key archaeologists Edmundo Edwards and Claudio Christino who have worked on uncovering these great relics.
Today we disembark National Geographic Explorer in Ushuaia and fly to Santiago (via Buenos Aires), where we check into our fine hotel. (B,L)
This morning you may explore Chile’s sophisticated capital before we fly to Easter Island and check into the fine Antiplanico Hotel, our base for the next three nights. (B,L,D)
Visit the Tahai Ceremonial Complex, an archaeological site and museum to learn about the prehistory of the island, and the Rano Kau ceremonial site of Orongo, situated magnificently at the very edge of a volcanic crater. Explore Ahu Te Pito Kura, Puna Pau red stone quarry, and Ahu Akivi, one of the latest constructions on the island with seven moai 14 feet tall. See Rano Raraku, where most of the stone statues were carved. Visit Ahu Tongariki, the largest ceremonial altar in Polynesia. (B,L,D)
We have the morning to continue our explorations of Easter Island before our flight to Santiago, connecting to homebound flights. (B,L)
Double occupancy – $2,990*Single occupancy – $3,580*
* To be added to your voyage cost
Cost includes:Accommodations, meals as indicated, transfers, sightseeing tours.
Not included:Personal items. Chilean immigration fee. International airfare from U.S. to Ushuaia, Ushuaia to Easter Island and return to the U.S.
NOTE: Due to airline schedules, on select departures, the extension spends an extra night in Buenos Aires, and additional costs will apply.
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