Chile and Easter Island
“The thin country” is squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific and is never more than 221 miles wide but its coastline is 3,000 miles long creating an incredibly diverse landscape of deserts, forests, beaches, volcanoes, mountains, lakes, glaciers and fjords.
The traditional hospitality of Chileans is legendary and the great Pan-American Highway which runs down the entire spine of the country connects vast desert, lush agricultural valleys, the Andes Mountains, lakes, volcanoes and welcoming villages.
CHILE AND EASTER ISLAND REGIONS AND ATTRACTIONS
Patagonia – This geographic region comprising the southernmost portion of South America shared by Argentina and Chile is one of the most breathtaking places on Earth. Patagonia wildlife includes Magellanic penguins, elephant seals, dolphins, sea lions, puma, lama guanaco, Patagonian fox, flamingo, whales and the Andean condor.
Atacama Desert – The driest and highest desert in the world is a surreal Mars like expanse where one can truly perceive remoteness and experience an entirely different world, an untamed place far from civilization with some of the the starriest skies in the world.
San Pedro de Atacama – The small oasis town has a population of about 5,000 and is known as the archeological capital of Chile and gateway to the Atacama Desert.
The Lake District – Chile’s most famous attraction is a scenically spectacular region of rivers, volcanoes, forests, lakes, resort towns and remote mountain villages with a Swiss feel.
Santiago – The large cosmopolitan capital city at the base of the towering Andes Mountains is home to 80% of Chile’s industrial production resulting in lots of smog but offers many nearby day excursions including wine tasting, skiing and hiking.
Central Valley – This lush fertile land is home to some of the best wine in the world and famous for its fertile soils and cowboys.
Easter Island (Rapa Nui) – Easter Island is a Polynesian Island in the Pacific Ocean 2,237 miles west of Chile, it’s the most isolated inhabited land on earth and one of the world’s most fascinating geographical and archaeological locations, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its monumental, mysterious and artistic statues called moai created by the Rapanui people.
CHILE AND EASTER ISLAND ACTIVITIES
- Cultural tours – Visit small ancient villages, archeological monuments, cemeteries, churches, religious festivals and craft markets
- Archeological tours
- Visit El Tatio Geysers – the world’s highest geyser field
- Hiking, trekking
- Horseback riding
- Mountain biking
- Experience a rodeo
- Winery tours
- Visit the seaside village of Pichilemu, Chile’s surfing capital
- Birdwatching at Isla del Cerrillo and reserve Nacional Laguna
- Skiing and snowboarding at Volcan Chillan
- Scuba diving/snorkeling
- Jeep drives
- Visit the Valley of the Moon
- Visit El Tatio geysers
- Visit the charming artist district of Bellavista with galleries, cafes and excellent restaurants
- Visit museums including the Fine Arts Museum
- Visit the beautiful Maipo Valley in the Andes for thermal baths and hiking
- Enjoy a seaside resort, long sandy beaches, casinos and cafes at the colorful port city Valaparaiso and Vina del Mar just a 90 minute drive to the coast
- Boating/sailing/ kayaking
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT CHILE AND EASTER ISLAND
With the world’s driest desert in the north, Antarctica in the south and everything in between, Chile is home to extremely different weather zones. The climate makes a steady transition from the extreme arid heat of the Atacama Desert in the north, to the cold and wet conditions of Tierra del Fuego in the far south.
Santiago and the surrounding vineyards have a Mediterranean climate with average summer temperatures of 82F and winter temperatures around 50F. Santiago’s rainy season lasts May through August. The best skiing occurs between June and September.
Easter Island features a subtropical marine climate moderated by the cool ocean current, moist with rain fall an average of 140 days per year, heavy rains are possible year-round, often at night, drizzles and mist are common.
- Average Temp: 69F
- Hottest: Feb 82F
- Coolest: June-Sept 52-71F
- Rainiest: March-June, May is rainiest month
- Driest: Aug-Sept
- Water warmest for scuba/snorkeling: Nov-April