Easter Island, the Atacama Desert, Northwestern Argentina
Tentative itinerary
October 6 to 20, 2020

Moai at Tongariki, Easter Island

Vicuna grazing beneath volcanoes, Atacama Desert, Chile

Vicuna grazing beneath volcanoes, Atacama Desert, Chile

Valle de la Muerte, Chile

Valle de la Muerte, Chile

Quarry, Easter Island

Quarry, Easter Island

Moai and flowers

Moai and flowers

 Easter Island's coastline

View of Easter Island's coastline

Rona Kao Crater, Easter Island

Rona Kao Crater, Easter Island

Dunes, Valle de la Luna

Dunes, Valle de la Luna

San Pedro de Atacama main street

San Pedro de Atacama main street

 Laguna Miscanti, above the Atacama

Laguna Miscanti, above the Atacama

Vicunas and Andean house

Vicunas and Andean house

Argentina's colorful Purmamarca region

Argentina's colorful Purmamarca region

Sunset over Valle de la Muerte

Sunset over Valle de la Muerte

 Vicuna in desert grass

Vicuna in desert grass

 Vicuna in desert grass

Vicuna on the Chilean altiplano

Llamas on the Argentine altiplano

Llamas on the Argentine altiplano

Crossing the Andes from Chile to Argentina

Crossing the Andes from Chile to Argentina

Border crossing to Argentina

Border crossing to Argentina

Indian market, Purmamarca

Indian market, Purmamarca

Purmamarca's colorful mountains

Purmamarca's colorful mountains

House of Jasmines, Salta

House of Jasmines, Salta

Boho owl, local resident

Boho owl, local resident

Geyser basin, Atacama Desert

Geyser basin, Atacama Desert

All breakfasts are included. Most lunches and dinners included as noted in the itinerary.

Tuesday,October 6

  • Fly from USA to Santiago, Chile

Wednesday, October 7

  • Arrive in Chile
  • Transfer to Singular Hotel in downtown Santiago
  • Walking tour of Santiago to visit local neighborhoods, markets and historical and cultural sites, mostly off the beaten tourist track
  • Lunch included
  • Dinner included at a nearby restaurant
  • Overnight at the Singular Hotel
  • B,L,D

Thursday, October 8

  • Transfer to Santiago airport
  • Flight to Easter Island
  • Lunch included on the plane
  • Transfer to Hare Noi Hotel
  • Afternoon tour of Hanga Roa with some free time included
  • Dinner included
  • Overnight at Hare Noi Hotel
  • B,L,D

Friday,October 9

  • Full day tour of Easter Island to see the huge moai statues carved by the early Polynesian settlers, including the quarry where the moai were carved, Tongariki Beach, restored after a massive tsunami in 1960, the unique farming areas of the Polynesians, and Easter Island's only beach, Anakena, complete with its own moai overlooking the beach
  • Picnic lunch included
  • Dinner included in Hanga Roa, the island's only town
  • Overnight at Hare Noi Hotel
  • B,L,D

Saturday, October 10

  • Morning tour of the beautiful Rano Kao Crater, with its stunning lake, unusual ecosystem and gorgeous views out over the Pacific
  • Walk from the Crater to the ancient ceremonial village of Orongo to see the stone structures and learn about the religious institutions of the original inhabitants of the island
  • Lunch on your own in Hanga Roa before we return to the hotel
  • Afternoon free for biking or hiking or relaxing by the pool
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight at the Hare Noi Hotel
  • B

Sunday,October 11

  • Morning free before checking out
  • Lunch included at a restaurant in Hanga Roa, depending on flight time
  • Transfer to airport
  • Flight to Santiago
  • Dinner on the plane or on your own at the Holiday Inn in the airport
  • Overnight at Holiday Inn Santiago Airport Hotel,
  • B,L

Monday, October 12

  • Flight to Calama in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile
  • Drive to San Pedro de Atacama through the huge Atacama Desert
  • Lunch included in Calama or along the route to San Pedro
  • Check in to Casa Atacama Hotel
  • Afternoon visit to the Valle de la Luna, a beautiful, heavily eroded desert valley with dunes and deep canyons and the Valle de la Muerte to watch the sunset bring a lovely glow to the valley
  • Dinner included at the hotel
  • Overnight at the Casa Atacama Hotel
  • B,L,D

Tuesday, October 13

  • Full day tour of Atacama Desert, including the high mountain geyser basin and the villages and lakes along the way, filled with the animals and birds of the altiplano
  • Picnic lunch included
  • Dinner on your own in San Pedro de Atacama
  • Overnight at Casa Atacama Hotel
  • B,L

Wednesday, October 14

  • Drive to Lagunas Miscanti and Miniques, two beautiful lakes in the high Andes surrounded by snowcapped volcanoes rising over 18,000 feet high
  • Picnic lunch included
  • Afternoon visit to Salar de Atacama, one of the huge salt pans that fill the Atacama Desert
  • Dinner included in San Pedro de Atacama
  • Overnight at Casa Atacama
  • B,L,D

Thursday, October, 15

  • Early departure for drive across the high Andes to Purmamarca, Argentina
  • Cross through immigration at the border, a stark (and very slow) Argentine border station set in the middle of the 15,000 foot high altiplano
  • Picnic lunch along the way
  • Arrive in Purmamarca in time to explore the village and its Andean Indian market
  • Dinner included in Purmamarca
  • Overnight at a hotel in Purmamarca
  • B,L,D

Friday, October 16

  • Morning hike into valley behind Purmamarca to see the magnificent, colorful rock formations
  • Drive to Salta in the afternoon
  • Lunch included along the way
  • Check in to House of Jasmines outside Salta
  • Dinner on your own at the House of Jasmines
  • Overnight at House of Jasmines
  • B,L

Saturday, October 17

  • Morning free to walk the hotel's beautiful grounds or just relax
  • Afternoon city tour of Salta, a charming colonial city with both Spanish and Andean cultures combined in its architecture and lifestyle, including the Museum of High Mountain Archaeology
  • Lunch included before the city tour
  • Dinner and winetasting included at Casa Moderna
  • Overnight at House of Jasmines
  • B,L,D

Sunday, October 18

  • Morning flight to Buenos Aires
  • Lunch included on the plane or upon arrival in Buenos Aires
  • Transfer to Hub Porteno Hotel
  • Closing dinner
  • B,L,D

Monday, October 19

  • Day free in Buenos Aires
  • Lunch on your own
  • Dinner on your own
  • Transfer to airport for evening flights home to USA
  • B

Services End

Tuesday, October 20

  • Morning arrival in the USA

Included are all accommodations, internal flights (round trip Santiago to Easter Island, Santiago to Calama, Salta to Buenos Aires) all breakfasts, most lunches and dinners, all site entry fees, English-speaking guides, tips, ground transportation and airport transfers.

Not included are international flights from your home to Santiago, Chile and back from Buenos Aires, incidentals (such as laundry, phone calls, internet access, etc.), passports and visas, alcoholic beverages and travel insurance (highly recommended), medical evacuation insurance if your travel insurance does not include this (most policies do).

Some notes about cost (see pricing below):

We travel with small groups, usually 6 to 10 clients. Others, even top line companies, have groups of 18 to 36 or more people. Group size has the largest impact on trip cost. We offer several price points depending on group size.

We take care of all the tipping during the trip. You don't have to worry about when, whom or how much to tip.

We personally lead each trip, so you can count on us to take care of the daily details and solve any problems that may arise.

The cost of this trip to Chile and Argentina, 2020 is:
10 travelers,not including Don and Gail: $11,870/person
8 travelers, not including Don and Gail:  $12,485/person
6 travelers, not including Don and Gail:  $13,464/person

To hold your reservations, we will need a $2500 deposit per person, made out to eGlobalEducation, and mailed to 11855 E. Daley Cir., Parker, CO 80134. Final payment will be due 120 days before our departure. We will send you an invoice at the appropriate time.

Policies

Itinerary changes:

Please note that we may change the itinerary based on changes in airline schedules, natural disaster, or other circumstances requiring such changes.

Refund Policy:

For cancellations received prior to 120 days before departure, we will refund your deposit less any cancellation fees charged by our travel agency. After that, we cannot refund any of your money (which is why we strongly encourage you to buy travel insurance) unless we can resell your reservations. In that case, we will charge a $1000 cancellation fee plus any fees charged by our travel agent to cancel and rebook your reservations.

We strongly recommend that you buy trip cancellation and interruption insurance and, if the insurance doesn't include it (most policies do), medical evacuation insurance. If you do not have a preferred insurance company, you can read and compare policy details and costs on www.insuremytrip.com. We have found this site to be very useful, with good customer service.

Cancellation Policy:

We reserve the right to cancel the trip if we do not have at least 8 people, including the 2 of us, or if circumstances beyond our control (i.e., war, quarantine, etc.) require it. In the case of cancellation by us, we will refund your entire payment. Please note the policy above in the "refund" section regarding cancellation by you.

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