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                     The most beautiful islands in South America                      

Easter Island, the Galapagos and Fernando de Noronha, mythical islands that take us back to our childhood dreams. Through Esencia's combined itinerary you will discover three worlds. Easter Island, whose islanders have left an amazing testimony with some 600 giant statues (Moais) that have survived centuries keeping their secret. The Galapagos, a haven of rare wealth in flora and fauna, with a uniquely preserved nature, inspiration for Darwin's theory. Fernando de Noronha in Brazil, voted Latin America's most beautiful island, for a relaxing end to your holiday on the most beautiful beaches in the world! Pack your bags for a trip back in time ...

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Santiago de Chile
  • Day 2: Santiago de Chile - Hanga Roa - Santiago de Chile - Hanga Roa
  • Day 3: Hanga Roa - Ahu Akivi - Hanga Roa - Ahu Akivi - Hanga Roa
  • Day 4: Hanga Roa - Anakena - Rano Raraku - Hanga Roa
  • Day 5: Hanga Roa - Rano Kau Volcano - Hanga Roa - Rano Kau Volcano - Hanga Roa
  • Day 6: Hanga Roa - Santiago de Chile - Hanga Roa - Santiago de Chile
  • Day 7: Quito Airport - Santiago de Chile - Quito Airport - Quito - Quito Historic Center
  • Day 8: Quito - Quito Airport - Baltra - Quito Airport - Baltra - Santa Cruz
  • Day 9: Seymour - Las Bachas
  • Day 10: Santa Cruz
  • Day 11: Bartolomé - Santiago
  • Day 12: Santa Cruz - Baltra - Quito Airport - Baltra - Quito Airport - Quito - Quito Historic Center
  • Day 13: Quito Historic Center - Quito - Quito Historic Center - Quito - Quito Historic Center
  • Day 14: Quito - Quito Airport - Quito - Quito Airport - Fernando de Noronha
  • Day 15: Fernando de Noronha
  • Day 16: Fernando de Noronha
  • Day 17: Fernando de Noronha
  • Day 18: Fernando de Noronha

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 ***.

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 ***.
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 ***.
Included : english speaking guide, excursion (private), lunch, breakfast buffet , room

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

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 ***.
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: Quito Airport - Santiago de Chile

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

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 7: Quito Airport - Quito - Quito Historic Center

Reception at the airport and transportation with an english speaking guide and driver to your hotel.
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 spend the night at Casa Gangotena hotel (Luxury Room) in Quito.
Included : transfer arrival, entrance fees, room & breakfast, private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses

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.
You will take a domestic flight for about 3 hours from Quito to Baltra in business class.

Morning check-in at Guayaquil or Quito international airports. The flight time from Quito to Guayaquil is 40 minutes. There is a 40-minute transit in Guayaquil Airport. Flight time from Guayaquil to the Islands is 1 hour and 40 minutes.
You will have access to the VIP Lounge at Baltra Airport. Our guides meet you and take you from the Itabaca Channel for a seven-minute ferry crossing to
Santa Cruz Island, followed by a 40-minute scenic trip in private transport to Pikaia Lodge.
- Check-in at The Lodge.
- Light lunch at Evolution Restaurant or on the Pool Terrace.
- Briefing with a complementary welcome cocktail is offered at DNA Bar.
- Guests are given a chance to relax and familiarize themselves with The Lodge environment and facilities. We recommend walking, jogging or cycling the 3.5km of trails within the boundaries, or a swim in the pool.
- Guests may participate in a land exploration on Santa Cruz Island.
- Dinner at Evolution Restaurant.

Night at Pikaïa Lodge.
Included : transfer departure, departure transfer with english speaking guide, domestic flight, room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), transfer arrival, equipment rental, excursion (shared), local english-speaking guide

Day 9: Seymour - Las Bachas

ISLA SEYMOUR NORTE - PLAYA BACHAS
The yacht cruise is a full day program on board our exclusive PIKAIA Yacht. Private cabins are assigned and full American breakfast served. On arrival at the island, the morning offers hiking, or snorkeling activities, until early afternoon. A lunch buffet is served while the yacht sails to the next point of visit, for an afternoon of hiking, or snorkeling. While sailing, our guests can rest, shower, or freshen up in their air-conditioned private cabins, soak in the Jacuzzi, watch a Galapagos documentary, join a discussion with guides, sunbathe on the sundeck or look out for dolphins.

Return to the hotel for dinner.

NIght at Pikaïa Lodge.

Day 10: Santa Cruz

Each morning activity is planned according to satellite weather imagery and tide charts. Guest will join groups of maximum 16 people for a land tour.

LAND ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE : Gemelos & Scalesia Forest, Giant tortoise farm, Volcanic craters and giant tortoises at Cerro Mesa
Lava tunnels, Tortuga Bay Beach, Charles Darwin Scientific Research Center, Garrapatero Beach, Snorkeling at Pikaia II

ACTIVITIES NOT INCLUDED Scuba Diving, Sea Kayaking , Mountain Biking , Catch & Release Fishing

Guests can relax and enjoy their days at The Lodge independently as well. Mountain bikes, helmets, snorkelling equipment and wetsuits are available without charge at the front desk or onboard our yacht. It is recommended to pre-book early to take advantage of any optional third-party activities not included in the package. All extra activities might have an extra cost (e.g. taxis, equipment, guides, depending on activity and time.) Please note that these optional programs are not carried out by the hotel. While we work with wellknown and specialized local tour operators, we cannot accept any responsibility for their activities or services.

7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. : Full American breakfast
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. : Morning exploration program
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. : Lunch at The Lodge
2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. : Afternoon excursion
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. : Dinner

Day 11: Bartolomé - Santiago

ISLA BARTOLOME - SULLIVAN BAY
The yacht cruise is a full day program on board our exclusive PIKAIA Yacht.

Return to the hotel for dinner.

NIght at Pikaïa Lodge.

Day 12: Santa Cruz - Baltra - Quito Airport - Baltra - Quito Airport - Quito - Quito Historic Center

Hotel check-out time according to flights. Transport to Baltra Island Airport and check-in for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito, assisted by our guides in private service.
You will take a domestic flight for about 3 hours from Quito to Baltra in business class.

Reception at the airport and transportation with an english speaking guide and driver to your hotel.
Discover the "Man Chapel" from the Eacuador's artist Oswaldo Guayasamín. This painting of the chapel was designed and partly realised by Guayasamín to honnor Mankind. Several of his art pieces are exhibited there.

You will spend the night at Casa Gangotena hotel (Luxury Room) in Quito.
Included : domestic flight, transfer arrival, entrance fees, room & breakfast, private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses

Day 13: Quito Historic Center - Quito - Quito Historic Center - Quito - Quito Historic Center

And now, exclusively and just for you:
Let’s go to the historical center for going back the past of Quito.
Discover the history of the first "chichera" (special drink made with corn) of La Ronda, with her, let’s find the hidden pre-Columbian treasures.
Your guide, Caridad Navarro, almost coming from a book of History, with her period clothes and sayings, will invit you to discover her History with the visit or the pre-Columbian museum Casa del Alabado, but also emblematic sites like the Plaza Grande, Plaza de San Francisco and the street of the 7 crosses.
Old stones, forgotten traditions and traditional savors will be at the menu of this unic and exlcusive visit of Quito.
You will go to the market of Santa Clara, a typical place where you can fin fruits, vegetables, fish and meat. This is a perfect moment to mee people and discover the local life. You will have lunch at the same place. The "hornado" ( pork slowly cooked in a oven) is really delicious!

And now, exclusively and just for you :
You'll participate to a PACARI chocolates tasting.

You will learn about the process of elaboration of a great cocoa. You'll know why Ecuador is the best country to produce a cacao fino and also learn about the cocoa history in the world. You'll have the privilege to taste 10 different types of PACARI chocolates.

PACARI works directly with small producers and assure a great remuneration for their hard work, in order to preserve the genetic diversity of ecuadorian cocoa.

This cooperative has been rewarded multiple times at an international levek for the quality of the products and the social hlp they have done.
You will go to a house of the XVIIIth century, situated in historic Quito, completely renewed and perfect for the reception of visitors.
You will enjoy a class of traditional cooking, with as a bonus, the tasting of your work!
It is the opportunity for a moment of exchanges and conviviality in an exceptional atmosphere!
A driver will pick you up at your hotel and will come to find you at the end of your event (time to coordonate with your driver).
Diner at El Ventanal restaurant with nice views on Quito colonial old town and Panecillo hill.

You will spend the night at Casa Gangotena hotel (Luxury Room) in Quito.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, excursion (private), local english-speaking guide , dinner (no drinks), room & breakfast, private transport, guide expenses

Day 14: Quito - Quito Airport

Free time in the ecuadorian capital. You have multiple choices of activities according to what you have already visited and the free time you dispose of:
- handcrafts market in La Mariscal for your last gifts, or on Amazonas street;
- museums, according openning time: Central Bank arqueological museum, Alabado arqueological museum in Historic Center, Modern Artist Guayasamin museum in Bellavista area, Mindalae handcrafts museum in La Mariscal, Weilbauer arqueological museum in the Catholic University;
- Botanic garden in La Carolina Park with its magnificent collection or orchids;
- arqueological sites inside the city as Rumipamba or La Florida;
- a last walk in the Historic Center (ex.: La Ronda street);
- free time for thinking at a terrace of a bar in La Mariscal quarter.

A guide will accompany you to the airport.

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

Free connection for your international flight from Quito. According to your flight schedule, you will dispose of more or less free time.
Included : departure transfer with english speaking guide, transfer departure

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 14: Fernando de Noronha


A hotel staff member will come to pick you up at Fernando de Noronha airport. Located at 525 km from Recife and 350 km from Natal, the Fernando de Noronha archipelago is an earthly paradise composted by 21 islands, only one of which is inhabited. This archipelago - World Heritage Site by Unesco - is surrounded by the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. Praia do Sancho beach has been elected “world most beautil beach” in 2014 by Tripadvisor.

Night at Pousada Maravilha*****
Included : transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 15: Fernando de Noronha

Free day to enjoy the island beautiful beaches.

Activities we would recommend on the archipelago:
- Diving: baptism or autonomous diving for certified divers.
- Private boat excursions from the harbor to the main island attractions, with lunch included and snorkeling.
- Several days buggy rental to move easily from one beach to another.
- Surfing lessons on Praia da Cacimba do Padre.
- Tortoise watching. You will find them on the southwest beaches Praia dos Porcos and Praia do Sancho.
- Hiking and horse-riding with an English speaking guide. During 2 to 6 hours you will have several trails to follow. Our favorite is the guided walk towards Praia da Atalaia natural pools.

Night at Pousada Maravilha*****
Included : room & breakfast

Day 16: Fernando de Noronha

Free day to enjoy the beaches and explore the island.

Night at Pousada Maravilha*****
Included : room & breakfast

Day 17: Fernando de Noronha

Free day to enjoy the beaches and explore the island.

Night at Pousada Maravilha*****
Included : room & breakfast

Day 18: Fernando de Noronha

In the morning, one hotel staff member will drive you to the airport to catch your flight.

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.

Casa Gangotena   Quito Historic Center

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast

Situated in a newly-restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco, the three-story Casa Gangotena harbours 31 rooms, a showcase of eye-catching style, contemporary design, antiques, fine furnishings, modern technologies and quintessential comforts. Beautifully- and eclectically-appointed, the hotel invites its guests to explore and to relax, whether in the dining room, glassed-in patio, garden redolent with the perfume of native flowers, wood-panelled library, or else atop its panoramic third-floor terrace.

Pikaïa Lodge   Baltra

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), transfer arrival, equipment rental, excursion (shared), local english-speaking guide

Pikaia Lodge is a new concept in luxury land-based eco-adventure in the Galapagos Islands, offering the highest levels of comfort and a once in a lifetime experience to our guests. The design of Pikaia has been overseen by Swiss hospitality experts, for a world-class service for the discerning traveler. The Lodge will also be highly advanced in environmental management and the first 5-star facility in Ecuador to become carbon-neutral.

Pousada Maravilha   Fernando de Noronha

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast

Pousada Maravilha is the best hotel on the Island, one of the few with sea view. It only has 5 bungalows and 3 suites. As you arrive, you will be welcomed with a glass of champagne and some fruits. The breakfast is à la carte and the hotel restaurant also serves diner. In front of the hotel, you will find a bus stop to Vila dos Remedios village (20 minutes’ ride), but it is more convenient to rent a buggy for your stay.

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