Ahu Tongariki

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  • Largest ahu on Easter Island
  • The statues (moai) were toppled during the island’s civil wars
  • In the 20th century, the ahu was swept inland by a tsunami
  • All the maoi face sunset during the Summer Solstice

 

Rapa Nui National Park

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  • National park on Easter Island, known for its 887 stone statues attributed to the early Rana Nui people
  • The island has been inhabited since 300 AD
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Rano Raraku

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  • Volcanic crater formed of consolidated volcanic ash
  • Was a quarry for 500 years until the early 18th century
  • Supplied the stone from which 95% of the island’s known monolithic sculptures were carved

 

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  • 448,280 acre park encompassing mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers, and subpolar forests

 

Valle de la Luna

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  • Located in the Atacama desert
  • Includes various stone and sand formations that have been carved by wind and water
  • The range of color and texture resembles that of the moon
  • Considered one of the driest places on earth, as some areas have not received a single drop of rain in hundreds of years

 

Churches of Chiloé

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  • One of the most prominent styles of Chilota architecture
  • Made entirely in native timber and wood shingles to resist the Archipelago’s humid and rainy oceanic climate
  • Built in the 18th-19th centuries
  • The churches represent the fusion of European, Jesuit, and local native people’s culture, skills, and traditions
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works

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  • 200 former saltpeter refinery town of communal pampinos culture
  • Situated in one of the driest places on earth, pampinos worked in the hostile environment for 60 years
  • The refinery produced the fertilizer sodium nitrate which transformed agricultural lands in North and South America, and in Europe which produced great wealth
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Sewell

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  • Uninhabited mining town located on the slopes of the Andes that constructed and exploited the largest underground mine in the world
  • Founded in 1906 to extract copper, the town was named after the company’s first president
  • In 1971, the mine was nationalized by the government and after 6 years they had moved families out of Sewell and demolished the buildings
  • In the 1980s, the government halted the demolition
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Sky Costanera

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  • Highest observatory in South America
  • Offers a 360 degree view of Santiago

 

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  • Hill in Santiago that overlooks the city

 

Patio Bellavista

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  • 1900s industrial warehouses district that was revived in 2006 into a thriving cosmopolitan urban and entertainment center
  • Offers free activities such as: concerts, photography exhibitions, painting, sculpture, theater, and fairs
  • Specializes in gastronomy, culture, art, fine craft shops, design and clothing shops, and hotels

 


 

Costs

all flights $2,701

food $25/day x 19 days = $475

hotel $62/day x 16 days = $992

tickets (all attractions) $269

TOTAL for whole itinerary $4,437