Easter Island adventure holiday
Includes: breakfast everyday; private transfers; guided tours; entrance fees; and domestic flights.
Description of Easter Island adventure holiday
Explore the highlights of Santiago and Easter Island on this week-long tailor-made holiday to Chile. 3* accommodation in locally-owned hotels, private airport transfers with your own personal guide, tours in Santiago and Easter Island, domestic flights, and 24-hour assistance throughout your holiday.
You'll begin your holiday in Chile's cosmopolitan capital city, Santiago! You'll be staying in a boutique hotel in the upmarket Providencia neighbourhood, perfectly located for sightseeing. After a couple of days to explore, we will fly you across the Pacific to the mysterious Easter Island. Here, you'll have a number of guided tours to ensure you see the highlights, whilst having enough free time to relax and enjoy this beautiful island. We'll then fly you back to the mainland for one more night, before your international departure.
This is a completely tailor-made holiday which can be customised or amended in any way to suit your requirements and budget. No fixed departure dates or minimum numbers, and we can include private services throughout if desired. Can begin and end on any date to suit you.
. 6-nights accommodation
. Breakfast everyday
. Private airport transfers
. Guided tours & entrance fees
. Domestic flights
. Meals not specified
. Travel insurance
. International flights* & airport taxes
*We can also compare and book international flights from any destination on dates to suit you.
1 Reviews of Easter Island adventure holiday
Reviewed on 21 Aug 2018 by Nina Szewczak
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Our time at Easter Island was truly magnificent!
We had the same tour guide throughout our stay and he was fantastic - can't remember how to say his name in Rapa Nui language, but it translated to Sky.
He was very passionate and super knowledgeable. We also loved the fact that the tours are so tailored - there was a maximum of 4 of us on each experience so it felt really personal and like we have the whole island pretty much to ourselves.
Watching the sun go down behind the Moai was an amazing experience, but all other points of our tour were magnificent too so it's impossible to choose one
memory that's most exciting - it was all super memorable and exciting.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
We went in August so although the winter temperatures are still warm - be prepared for changing weather with some rain and wind.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Definitely, and that's exactly why we always book through Responsible Travel.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
It was truly incredible and it's 5 stars all the way from us!
All aspects of the trip were well executed and it's a trip that we will treasure in our memories for a long time for sure!
PlanetIn order to ensure we protect the environment and minimise our ecological footprint we recycle in our UK office and use recycled ink cartridges. We also minimise our waste by limiting the number of holiday brochures we print. Instead, we refer potential customers to our online resources and send most of our holiday information via email.
We always recommend overland travel using local transportation as opposed to short domestic flights where possible. In this case, the only way to reach Easter Island is by air, so we recommend a minimum of 3 nights there. This ensures tourists spend more time on the island, supporting the economy by purchasing meals and souvenirs from local businesses.
We use hotels on Easter Island that are committed to sustaining the environment, by using local stone in their construction and respecting the architectural style of the island, such as the Puku Vai hotel, and by focusing on sustainability and self-sufficiency, such as the Hanga Roa Eco-Village hotel.
Waste is a big problem on Easter Island, as there are no waste management facilities on the island so most garbage has to be carried back to the mainland by cargo plane. In a bid to improve things, our suppliers recommend visitors take re-usable drinks bottles with them to Easter Island, and use the recycling bins provided wherever possible. If it's not possible to dispose of something safely on the island we recommend visitors take the litter with them until it can be disposed of correctly.
Our guides understand the fragile nature of the sites of interest on Easter Island, and help visitors understand how to respect these sites. Whether that be to stay on the designated paths or not to touch the statues. In special cases guides may change the tour itinerary in order to protect the sites, for example, if weather conditions cause paths to become flooded or unsafe. We may also suggest sunset or sunrise tours, to limit the number of tourists at a site at any one time.
We are a member of Sustainable Travel International, a leading not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting awareness, appreciation and respect for local people and the environment through education and outreach programmes.
PeopleIn order to ensure we have a positive impact on local economies and provide socially responsible holidays we only use local suppliers, which helps keep the money generated through tourism within local communities through employment of local guides, drivers and reps.
We always recommend locally-owned restaurants and hotels where possible, aiming to support local communities and give customers the opportunity to ‘travel like a local’. We also provide customers with a list of recommended restaurants tailor-made to their destination and dietary requirements but with a focus on family-run restaurants.
We include day trips in all our holidays, and try to offer a variety of tours to ensure tourists visit the popular sights as well some off-the-beaten-track places which don't benefit as much from tourism. Some of these tours involve transport by horseback rather than motor vehicle.
We regularly provide customers with alternative tour options, for those particularly interested in learning more about the cultural history of the island, its religious history, or ways in which communities carry on these cultural practices. Tours include a 'Umu' dinner party, with locals of the island who will demonstrate ancient cooking techniques and traditional meals.
We work with hotels with similar ethical beliefs, including the Hanga Roa Eco-Village, which supports local charities, working closely with and donating to educational programmes.