Summits of Patagonia Photo Expedition

Chile's Atacama Desert and Easter Island. Oct. 17 - 28, 2017 (12 days)

This unique tour combines two of the Southern Hemisphere's most spectacular locations for photography, Chile's Atacama Desert and Easter Island. The Atacama, whose surreal landscape is often compared to that of Mars, is the World's driest desert region and possesses some of the Planet's most interesting and colorful geologic landforms, wildlife and archeological wonders. Additionally, its extreme dryness and high altitude make it renowned as the best place in the World for observing the night sky. This particular tour is specifically timed to coincide with the new moon, providing optimal conditions for photographing the night sky. This tour begins with 5 nights based from the picturesque desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama. Days are spent exploring the area's best-known geologic wonders like the Rainbow Valley, Geysers of Tatio, Valley of the Moon and evenings are devoted to observing and capturing images of the Atacama's brilliant night sky. Following Atacama you fly to Easter Island, home to one of humanity's greatest unsolved mysteries, to spend another 3 full days enjoying Easter's mild sub-tropical climate while photographing all the island's famous stone "Moai", petroglyphs and other important archeological sites. Trip Cost = US$5,375 based on double occupancy (shared room), single occupancy US$6,450 (+20%). Included: All hotel accommodations, all meals, ground transportation and local guides. Not included: International and domestic air tickets, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (water is included at meals), park entrance fees, gratuities for guides and hotel/restaurant staff, laundry service. (*note: If using Internet Explorer you may have difficulty viewing the complete itinerary. In that case please try another browser like Chrome, Mozilla, Safari, etc.).

    Day 1

    Arrive Santiago, Chile where you will be met by Rex and transferred to the Hotel Orly in the upscale neighborhood of Providencia. Day free to rest or sightsee with dinner and orientation meeting in the evening.

    Day 2

    Morning flight to Calama 2.5 hrs north of Santiago. Followed by a 1.5 hour drive to the quaint desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama. Depending on arrival time, we may in the afternoon visit the Valley of the Moon or other nearby location for sunset photography. Accommodations while in San Pedro: Hotel Altiplanico.

    Day 3 to 6:

    4 full-days exploring the top photographic destinations surrounding San Pedro de Atacama. Options include: Valley of the Moon, Rainbow Valley, Petroglyphs of Yerbas Buenas, Hiking the Rio Vilma (birds and Cactus), Lagunas of Miscanti and Meniques, Salar de Atacama, Geysers de Tatio at sunrise, Salars of Pujsa and Monjes de la Pacana (flamingos), Laguna Cejar, San Pedro's renowned museum, etc. Evenings will be spent observing and photographing the Atacama's brilliant night sky, highlighted one night by an evening lecture at a special astronomical observatory nearby.

    Day 7

    Fly to Santiago. Overnight at Hotel Orly.

    Days 8

    Fly to Easter Island. Accommodations in Easter Island at the Hotel O'tai which is owned and operated by a native Rapa Nui family and with one of the most gorgeous tropical garden/grounds on the island.

    Days 9-11

    3 full days exploring the majority of the most important archelogical sites around Easter Island including: Rana Raraku Crater, Orongo, Tongariki, Anakena and Ovahe beaches, Vinapu, Tahai, Paro (Easter's largest Moai). (photos: courtesy of Sharon Ki)

    Day 12

    Mid-day flight back to Santiago. Transfer to the Hotel Orly followed by evening farewell dinner. Also an option to instead by-pass Santiago and connect directly to an overnight flight to your home destination.