Chile & Easter Island
This is an adventure indeed - traveling across the globe with an international expert to see some of the strangest rock art in the world in vast and remote landscapes. Doing so involves traveling down the coast of northern Chile and into the Atacama desert before flying over the Pacific to a tiny speck of land — the iconic Easter Island.
We shall be discovering places seldom visited which our ancestors chose to decorate with huge earth pictures and complex rock art. Some of the sites we see are simply extraordinary - their gigantic scale makes us ask why and for whom such things were created, visible only from far away.
- Extraordinary rock art amid the lunar-like landscapes of the Atacama Desert; and the giant imposing, enigmatic Moai statues on Easter Island
- Enjoy a memorable tour led by Paul Bahn, renowned expert on prehistoric rock art
- The New World
- Rock Art
- Small Group
Fly overnight to Santiago, arriving in the afternoon of Day Two.
Relax after the flight or enjoy an optional walk around colonial Santiago.
Morning flight to Arica; here, we visit the Chinchorro mummies at San Miguel Museum, and Azapa Valley, home to some spectacular rock art.
Journey through the Atacama desert, stopping at Chiza and Tiliviche to see human and llama geoglyphs. We continue to El Gigante del Atacama, the world’s largest prehistoric depiction of a human. Continue to Iquique.
Sail from Iquique harbour, with the opportunity to spot sealions and penguins. We also visit the excellent museum. Free afternoon.
Drive to Cerros Pintados to view the geoglyphs which stretch for miles along the hills. Continue to San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis village in the heart of spectacular volcanic scenery.
Off-road to the petroglyphs at Yerbas Buenas before returning to San Pedro de Atacama, where we visit the Museo Gustavo Le Paige. Afternoon amongst the landscapes of the Valle de la Luna.
An exciting journey at altitude (10,000 ft) through remote landscapes (involving wading through a very shallow river) to Taira. Here we see some of the best rock art in the New World. Flight to Santiago.
To Vina del Mar to visit the Museo de Arqueologico e Historia Francisco Fonck for a foretaste of Easter Island archaeology. Afternoon walking tour of the town of Valparaiso, known for its vibrant colonial architecture.
Day in Santiago to visit the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural and Museo de Arte Precolombino, housing world-class antiquity collectionsantiquities. Fly to Easter Island.
Discover our first moai at Ahu Tahai. Continue to the nearby Museo Antropologico Sebastian Englert.
Visit Rano Raraku quarry, where unfinished moai still stand in situ, and Tongariki’s famous line of standing statues. On to Papa Vaka rock carvings.
Explore moai sites on the south coast: Ahu Vaihu Akahanga, Hanga Tetenga, Te Pito te Kura, Ahu Nau Nau. Afternoon to relax at Anakena Beach.
Visit the Puna Pau quarry, source of the red cylindrical stone top-knots found on some moai; continue to lava tunnels at Te Pahu and Aku Akivi.
Explore Ana Kaitangata ‘cannibal cave’. Continue to Rano Kau and Orongo ceremonial village. We see the offshore rock, Motu Island, used in annual competitions.
Free morning on Easter Island before an afternoon flight to Santiago.
A day for further visits or relaxation in Santiago before our flights home. We arrive back in the UK on Day Eighteen.
- Tour Manager
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Meals - All meals included
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
- Field Notes
- Hotels - 5 nights in central Santiago, 1 night in a beach hotel in Arica, 2 nights in central Iquique, 2 nights in San Pedro de Atacama, 5 nights in a family-run hotel set in lovely gardens in Hanga Roa
5 nights in central Santiago
1 night in a beach hotel in Arica
2 nights in central Iquique
2 nights in San Pedro de Atacama
5 nights in a family-run hotel set in lovely gardens in Hanga Roa