The Best 7-Day Easter Island Tour: Explore Now!
Are you soon planning to visit South America? If such is your plan, there is a lot of places that you should know before making any bookings for the same. From cafe culture to bohemian renaissance, this place has a lot to offer if you are planning for a week-long vacation. So brace yourself as we are coming up with the exciting 7-day itinerary that will make your tour more sorted sand enjoyable.
Detailed Itinerary - Covering Buenos Aires, Santiago & Easter Island Tour
This post would help you sorting your travel schedule and would help you to visit the highlights of the place.
Day 1: Buenos Aires - City’s Attraction
Buenos Aires is commonly known as the “Paris of South America,” thanks to the resplendent 19th-century streets that are framed with artful and elegant architecture. Filled with the aromas of coffee and fresh baked soft puff pastries, this place would offer you such an environment that will relax your mind instantly. If you are traveling by flight, it would land at Ministro Pistarini International Airport and there on, you can take a private transfer to reach to your accommodation. There are many top attractions of the place but the stunning and striking figure of Palacio Barolo that is located near the end of Avenida de Mayo soars would definitely grab your attention.
Day 2: Buenos Aires – Main Activities
Here, the locals can enjoy the refreshing morning air while sitting on the patio of La Biela café in Recoleta. Dive deep into Argentine history by leaving behind the hustle and bustle of city life and experience life a traditional countryside ranch. You can feast yourself with a “parrilla” barbecue and can enjoy the performances of local songs and dances. The full-day retreat is perfectly tailored to meet your needs, starting with a morning pick-up from your Buenos Aires hotel and a drive across the pampas. Once you arrive at the Estancia Santa Susana, you’ll be welcomed and given a tour of the working ranch. This is the place where you would see gauchos (horsemen similar to cowboys) and ride horses. The tour concludes with an Argentinian barbecue of grilled meats, salads, regional wines, sweet pastelito (pastry) and a cup of mate which you enjoy during a performance of traditional music and dancing before the return shuttle to your Buenos Aires hotel.
Day 3- Santiago – A City of Natural Beauties
Chile is known as a country that has numerous natural beauties among the travelers. From the deserts of Atacama to the magnificent peaks of Torre del Paine, a nature lover can find literally anything in Chile. Unfortunately, because of these beauties, the capital city eventually becomes a place to stop by instead of becoming an actual destination. Santiago de Chile may become overlooked, but it does not mean it has nothing to offer. If visiting for the first time, make sure to hire a guide who can make your journey smooth and effortless.
Day 4- Easter Island – A Secluded Island
After seeing the natural beauty of Santiago, fly to Easter Island, a small island that is formed from volcanic rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Start your day with the Vina del Mar’s remarkable beaches which offer relaxing ambiance besides the sister city of Valparaiso. The splendiferous atmosphere would draw you closer to shores, where you can find azure waters splashing against smooth boulders, reaching upwards to the active volcanoes. The tropical scenery would definitely take you by surprise as the verdant trees and grassland frames the perfect runway. From here you can get back to your hotel, capturing unbridled views of the Pacific Ocean.
Day 5- Easter Island – Go Crazy For Carvings Of Moai
Located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean is Easter Island, well known across the globe because of its monumental statues- Moai. The Rapa Nui National Park on Easter Island has been considered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and should be on your must-visit list. Easter Island is famous for its large stone statues which are believed to be carved in 1100-1680 AD. It is also believed that there are around 887 such monolithic stone statues. The Ahu Tongariki has an array of 15 standing statues and is a marvelous site altogether. Drop by Ahu Akivi which is the only moai statues facing the ocean. Another unique site on Easter Island is the rear wall of ahu at Vinapu, which is a stone wall made without mortar and resembles a lot with Inca stone walls in South America. For a unique exploration, visit the Motu Nui area. It comprises tons of caves and has narrow entrances and ambush points. Easter Island is truly a tourist favorite attraction and must be on your list of must-see places in Chile. So read ahead as we have come up with a list of top ten Airbnb vacation rentals here.
Day 6- Easter Island – Real Beauty Of The Place
If visiting Easter Island, it is recommended to see the sun rise at Ahu Tongariki. The high plateau of reaches the Poike Peninsula along the foothills of extinct volcano Maunga Pu A Katiki. This 200 m (656 ft) Ahu on the island’s south coast is made of huge cut boulders and the history reveals that when civil war broke out on the island, the clans toppled Moai. Unfortunately, the statues of the Ahu Tongariki Moai were demolished, despite the state of destruction, the archaeologists successfully recover one of the main emblems of the island. However, it took more than three decades but still, the statues have the signs of damages on them. Generally, most of the travelers visit Ahu Tongariki after visiting Rano Raraku due to the fact of being in close proximity to the quarry.
Day 7- Hike To Maunga Terevaka & Rano Kau
On the last day of the trip, you can get some time out for some real adventure and fun by getting indulged yourself in hiking. Split your day in two, in the first half, walk to Easter Island’s highest point, Maunga Terevaka, which is the largest, and tallest among the main extinct volcanoes that form Rapa Nui. And put your second half in Rano Kau. Both the peaks are on Easter Island, and known as one of the most isolated populated islands in the world. It is 1900 kms/1200 miles to the nearest populated place. The island is very small, measuring 12 by 22 kms (7 by 13 miles).
By now, you must have got your week sorted with the detailed itinerary of Easter tour, however, stay is yet another things that can’t be ignored at any cost. The best place to stay in easter Island is Hare Noi, which is just a 15 minute walk from town. And, last but certainly not the least, the best time to visit The southern hemisphere is summertime (December to February), although, Easter Island can be visited year-round.