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To the Treasure Islands: Pascua and Galapagos

14 days and 13 nights

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Santiago de Chile

Arrival in Santiago and private transfer to your hotel.


An English-speaking guide will accompany you during the transfer.
Visit of Chile's capital, nestled at the foot of the Andes. Although Santiago has become over the years a modern and bustling city, some older neighbourhoods have preserved their atmosphere and a romantic charm.
You will visit the Plaza de Armas, San Francisco Church, the Bellavista area, Cerro San Cristobal, etc.

Night at the Galerias hotel ***.

Included : transfer arrival, english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 2: Santiago de Chile - Hanga Roa

Private transfer from your hotel to Santiago airport.



Domestic flight from Santiago to Easter Island (time to be confirmed).

Transfer from Mataveri airport at Hanga Roe to your hotel.


Night at Otai hotel ***.
Superior Room.

Rapa Nui National Park entrance fees included.
Included : transfer departure, domestic flight, airport tax, shared transport, breakfast buffet , room, entrance fees

Day 3: Hanga Roa - Ahu Akivi - Hanga Roa


Morning dedicated to the visit of the village of Hanga Roa, its museum and the Tahai complex, the archaeological site closest to the village, where Moai statues face away from the ocean.



In the afternoon, visit of Ahu Vinapu, the Puna Pau quarry and the site of the seven explorers Ahu Akivi, the only site of the island where the Moais are facing the sea.



Night at Otai hotel ***.
Superior Room.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, excursion (private), breakfast buffet , room

Day 4: Hanga Roa - Anakena - Rano Raraku - Hanga Roa

Full day excursion to discover the Anakena beach, the sites of Nau Nau and Ature Huki. You will visit the arqueologic sites of Hare Moa, Manavai, Pipi Oreko, Papa Vaka, and the Ahu Te Pito Kura (Biggest Moai). You will arrive in the bay of Hanga Nui, where the impressive site of Tongariki is. End your day at to the volcan Rano Raraku, before driving back to the village.

Night at Otai hotel ***.
Superior Room.
Included : english speaking guide, excursion (private), lunch, breakfast buffet , room

Day 5: Hanga Roa - Rano Kau Volcano - Hanga Roa


In the morning, half-day excursion to the Rano Kau Volcano.


You will first discover the spectacular crater as well as panoramic views of the island.


You will then continue to the ceremonial site of Orongo, where the Birdman cult used to take place.


From there, you will catch sight of the 3 Motu islets that you can reach by boat. Finally, you will visit the cave Ana Kai Tangata.


There, you will have a spectacular view of the island and of the Pacific Ocean.


Return to Hanga Roa at the end of the morning.



Afternoon at leisure. Walk around the village, rent a bicycle, go snorkelling or diving, explore the island horseback riding, or relax by the pool of your hotel!

Night at Otai hotel ***.
Superior Room.
Included : english speaking guide, excursion (private), breakfast buffet , room

Day 6: Hanga Roa - Santiago de Chile


Transfer from your hotel to Mataveri airport organized by your hotel.


Domestic flight from Easter Island to Santiago (time to be confirmed, flight indicated in option).

Arrival in Santiago and private transfer to your hotel.



Night at the Galerias hotel ***.

Included : shared transport, domestic flight, airport tax, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 7: Santiago de Chile - Quito Airport

Private transfer from your hotel to Santiago airport.


International flight from Santiago de Chile to Quito (time to be confirmed, flight indicated in option).
Included : transfer departure, airport tax, international flight

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 7: Quito Airport - Quito

Reception at the airport by a English speaking guide.

Private transfer with spanish-speaking driver from Quito airport (to your hotel) and free time for the rest of the day.


You will spend the night at Vieja Cuba hotel in Quito.


Included : reception with english-speaking guide, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 8: Quito - Quito Airport - Baltra - Santa Cruz


Free time according to your flight schedule and private transfer with spanish-speaking driver to Quito airport.

A guide will accompany you to the airport.
Domestic flight Quito - Baltra.

At the airport, after the payment of the migratory card ($20 per person) and the luggage control (20 kg maximum per person and 10kg for the hand luggage per person), you can check in and embark for a 3 hours flight.


Arrival at Baltra airport, located on a small island near Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is the second biggest island of the archipel by its surface and the most populated. You will pay the entrance fee to the Galápagos National Park ($100 per person) before picking up your luggage.


At the airport, after the payment of the migratory card ($20 per person) and the luggage control (20 kg maximum per person and 10kg for the hand luggage per person), you can check in and embark for a 3 hours flight.


Arrival at Baltra airport, located on a small island near Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is the second biggest island of the archipel by its surface and the most populated. You will pay the entrance fee to the Galápagos National Park ($100 per person) before picking up your luggage.


Our local representant will take charge of you at the exit of the airport. You will reach the Canal of Itabaca in public bus (5 minutes) and you will cross the canal in public boat. From there, you will continue on the main island in private pick-up to arrive to Puerto Ayora ( 45 minutes)


You will visit the Charles Darwin Station. Here, you can learn about the ongoing conservation efforts on these Enchanted Islands. The Research Station rears endemic Galapagos plants, land iguanas, and giant Galapagos Tortoises for educational, scientific and conservation purposes.


Remark 1: These price can't be paid in advance by our services, they have to be paid directly at the spots.


Remark 2: If the arrival time is before 10am, you will make a visit in the Highlands, at the Twin Craters or at Manzanillo ranch to see the giant turtlesin the wild, before reaching Puerto Ayora.



Night in Mainao hotel in Santa Cruz island.
Included : transfer departure, departure transfer with english speaking guide, domestic flight, room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), transfer arrival, excursion (shared), local english-speaking guide

Day 9: Santa Cruz - Isabela

For this morning, we will take the public speedboat to Isabela (2:30 approx.), the largest island of Galapagos and the most wild of the three biggest ones.


At Puerto Ayora harbour, your luggage will be checked again before embarking. You will need to take a taxi-boat (between $us 0.50 et $us 1 maximum per person) to reach the boat with which you will makke the journey between the two islands.This service is to pay directly on the taxi-boat.


At Ihe arrival in Isabela, you will need to take another taxi-boat (maximum $us 1 per person) to disembark on the island. You willl also need to pay the local tax ($us 10) at Isabela harbour.

Once arrived at Isabela, you will have some time to rest at the hotel or walk around to the village.


You can also head to the Concha y Perla lagoon, where you could swim if lucky with sea lions, colorful varieties of fish, sea turtles and penguins.


In the afternoon, you will visit the Tintoreras Islet (20 min. from the port). The name of the islet derives from the sharks that live in the waters surrounding the islet that have whit-tipped fins, which are known as “Tintoreras”. The islet is one of the most fascinating places on Isabela Island and in fact all of the Galapagos. In this one area we can see sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, Sally lightfoot crabs, sea turtles, pelicans, and Galapagos penguins. As the island is one of the main breeding sites for the marine iguanas, it is an excellent place to see numerous amounts of these creatures close-up. After the hike through the islet, we will get back on the boat and cool off by snorkeling in the waters nearby, where we can see multicolor fish, starfish, sea-urchins, and with luck manta rays, sharks, and sea lions that may swim with us close up. we ensure you that you will not forget this fascinating experience.



Night in Wooden House in Isabela island.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 10: Isabela

After breakfast we will prepare ourselves to depart for snorkelling to one of the following destinations:
• CAPE ROSE | TUNNELS
The Tunnels | Cape Rosa is a site located at 40 minutes by boat southwest of Puerto Villamil. The sighting of birds and marine animals from the lava platform is one of the most important attractions. While snorkelling at this site, experience enclose encounters with many species of fish, rays, sea turtles, penguins and sea lions.
• TURTLE ISLAND
This is one of the most beautiful site to watch land and marine fauna. This islet is an extinct volcanoe that collapsed many years ago forming a half moon. This place is located 30 minutes by boat and offers great opportunities for bird watching and excellent snorkelling.
• 4 HERMANOS
After about 45 minutes of navigation from Puerto Villamil you will reach Los Cuatro Hermanos which is a bird sanctuary of four small islets where hundreds of marine birds shelter. It is ideal for snorkelling and diving.

**Destination may vary according to weather and regulations of the Galapagos National Park.

During the rest of this day, we suggest to visit the Breeding Center of the Giant Tortoises and the Humid Lands on your own.


Night in Wooden House in Isabela island.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 11: Isabela

Early in the morning (8:00 am aprox.), after breakfast, we will prepare ourselves for the Sierra Negra Volcano hike by putting on comfortable walking shoes and possibly a rain jacket, making sure our cameras are stored in waterproof bags, making sure to bring sunscreen, water, and hats, and finally by preparing our box lunch at the hotel to take with us.

We will then travel approximately 45 minutes by truck or bus to begin the 12 km hike (appx. 3 hours). The hike is long in terms of distance, but not very difficult as the inclines and declines are quite gradual. Sierra Negra Volcano has the second largest crater in the world, measuring approximately 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep. We will reach Volcan Chico before heading back, which should provide a spectacular view of the incredible moonlike terrain.

Return to Puerto Villamil for free end of afternoon.


Night in Wooden House in Isabela island.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 12: Isabela - Baltra - Quito Airport - Quito

After a short early breakfast, departure by public boat to return to Puerto Ayora. You will be taken to Baltra's airport so as to get your flight back to the continent.


Domestic flight Baltra - Quito.



Private transfer with spanish-speaking driver from Quito airport (to your hotel) and free time for the rest of the day.


You will spend the night at Vieja Cuba hotel in Quito.


Included : domestic flight, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 13: Quito - Mitad del Mundo - Quito

Quito, Ecuador's capital, is a real treasure between the volcanoes of Pichincha, Cayambe and Antisana. At an elevation of 2830 meters, it is the second highest capital in the world.. It was the first city classified by the UNESCO in 1978 and its historic centre is the biggest and best maintained in Latino America. To get a good idea of the city, we will firstly go to the Panecillo, a small hill over the city with a statue of the Quito'Virgen at the top, for a superb view. You will then have a complete visit of Quito's colonial centre: the cathedral, the church of the Compañia de Jesus, the church of San Francisco and its garden and as many baroque art pieces.
You will visit the site of the "Mitad del Mundo" where you can put one foot in the Southern hemisphere and the other in the Northern hemisphere! The different buildings corresponds to different aspects of Ecuador, with the French pavilion being dedicated to the Condamine expedition which determinated the site of this imaginary line in 1736.
The Inti Nan etnographic museum, near the site of the Mitad del mundo, shows the country's different ethnies with their traditions and clothing. You will have the chance to realise various experiences such as water flowing and eggs balancing, which results are different on the equatorial line than in other places.


You will spend the night at Vieja Cuba hotel in Quito.


Included : entrance fees, park conservation fee (vehicle), private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast

Day 14: Quito - Quito Airport


Free time according to your flight schedule and private transfer with spanish-speaking driver to Quito airport.
Included : transfer departure

Hotel Galerias   Santiago de Chile

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Hotel Galerias is located in the heart of downtown Santiago. Strategically placed steps away from the main commercial and cultural activities of the country, this traditional hotel, completely restored on the year 2002, invites you to live a unique experience, in which Chile, its people, origin and cultural richness are present on every corner.

Hotel Otai   Hanga Roa

Level : 3*
Included : breakfast buffet , room

Hotel O'tai was founded in 1968 by Nicholas Haoa and Rosita Cardinali. At first there were only 4 rooms but in 1986 was expanded and renamed the hotel O'tai. Today it has 40 rooms with a capacity for 80 people and is characterized by its friendly, family atmosphere. O'tai means "In the Coast" in Rapa Nui language. The hotel also have a privileged location surrounded by beautiful gardens, plagued by the indigenous flora of Rapa Nui, generating to the visitors a nice sense of tranquility and harmony.

Option : upgrade room.

Vieja Cuba   Quito

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Vieja Cuba is located in La Mariscal neighborhood, where you will find many restaurants and bars. It is a cosy colonial style house, restaured by the former cuban owner with charm and criteria. A very good address if you want to walk around without taking transport means.

Night in Mainao hotel (included in Scuba package).   Santa Cruz

Level : 3*

This Arabic-Moroccan construction, with peaceful patio, making it the ideal place for resting and relaxing.

Night in Wooden House hotel (included in Scuba package).   Isabela

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

The Wooden house is located on Isabela Island, in Puerto Villamil on the road to the dock. The wooden House offers a high quality ecotourism experience. A hostel where one will feel just like being at home.

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