Moais Mythology & Castaways: Easter Island to Valparaiso

M27IPCVAL09NOV22/08
Dates
09/11/22 to 17/11/22
Ship
SH Minerva
Duration
9 Days
Guests
2 Guest
Price From
$ 7,327
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Trip Details

Discover some of the world’s most remote islands on this 9-day expedition cruise. Begin your exploration by getting acquainted with Easter Island’s famous moai before setting off to spend some time on the wild and uninhabited Isla Salas y Gomez. If you don’t feel like you’re aboard the last ship on earth at this point, you certainly will as we make our way across 1400 nautical miles of ocean to arrive at the island where Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk was marooned for over four years. Meet the people who carve out a living in this far corner of the world and observe the extraordinary wildlife that thrives here. Conclude this wonderful adventure in the bustling city of Valparaíso, enjoying all the culinary and cultural delights on offer.

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Trip Highlights
Enjoy Valparaíso’s bustling and colourful city life
Cross the famous Humbolt Current, one of the most productive ecosystems in the world
Follow in the footsteps of castaway sailor Alexander Selkirk on a visit to Robinson Crusoe Island
Explore the uninhabited Isla Salas y Gomez, observing the local and unique wildlife
Come face to face with Easter Island’s famous carvings (moai)
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Itinerary
Easter Island Day 1

Easter Island’s monolithic moai are sublime. Carved out of volcanic rock between the 10th and 16th centuries by Polynesian settlers, these statues are enthralling and famed all over the world. Easter Island or Rapa Nui (Big Rapa) is a special territory of Chile and located some 3,700 kilometres off the South American country’s coast. It sits at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle and is itself shaped (roughly) like a triangle, with extinct volcanoes at each corner. This treeless speck bears witness to a unique cultural phenomenon according to UNESCO, which inscribed the island’s national park to the World Heritage list in 1995. Arguably the two best sites to visit to see some of the 887 moai are the Rano Raraku quarry and Ahu Tongariki, the most picturesque of the ahu (platforms). From here you will board your boutique ship and continue your exploration of this mythic part of the world. If time allows before we depart, you might opt to explore the Father Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum, Easter Island’s only museum, for close-up viewing of moai and several other cultural artefacts. Or perhaps you might like a hike to the peak of Poike or the island’s highest point, Terevaka.

Isla Salas y Gomez Day 2

Small, uninhabited, and located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the Chilean Island of Isla Salas y Gomez stands solitary, with hundreds of kilometres of seawater separating it from its closest neighbours. The island has no permanent source of freshwater, just an intermittent rainwater pool, which is essential for the survival of the large population of seabirds. As we explore the shores in our zodiac boats, we will be searching for Christmas shearwater, brown noddies, masked boobies as well as great frigatebirds and sooty terns.

At sea Day 3-6

Today we begin our 1400 nautical mile journey to Robinson Crusoe Island. As you continue your voyage across the Pacific, spend your days at sea exploring your boutique ship and enjoying the many facilities available. Head to the sauna, get in a workout in the state-of-the-art gym or spend some time with your fellow explorers in the Observation Bar. If you prefer to learn a little more about your surroundings, listen to an informative talk or have a chat with one of our knowledgeable onboard experts. We’ll also be keeping a lookout for the large schools of dolphins that can occasionally be seen on this crossing.

Robinson Crusoe Island Day 7

In 1708 Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk was rescued from a remote Pacific Island, formerly known as Más a Tierra, after being marooned there for over four years. This remarkable event was the inspiration behind Daniel Defoe’s classic novel Robinson Crusoe. In 1966 the Chilean Government renamed the island in honour of this literary association. The sole settlement on the island, San Juan Daurisa, is home to fewer than 900 residents. The economy here is fuelled mainly by the spiny lobster trade, and more recently tourism activities. The island is part of the Juan Fernandez archipelago, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. We’ll explore the shores of the islands looking out for the incredible local wildlife including the Juan Fernandez firecrown hummingbird and the Magellanic penguin.

At sea Day 8

As we leave the Juan Fernandez archipelago and begin the 320 nautical mile journey to Valparaiso, we will cross the famous Humbolt Current. The current is one of the most productive ecosystems in the world, bringing nutrient-rich water to the surface of the sea, in turn supporting the rich biodiversity of the area. Spend time on deck with your knowledgeable expedition team looking out for seabirds including the Juan Fernandez petrel.

Valparaiso Day 9

One of Chile’s oldest cities, Valparaíso is known for its steep hillsides overlooking the ocean as well as its historical but perfectly functional funicular. The UNESCO-listed city is a maze of monuments, wonderful architecture, churches, cobblestone alleys, colourful houses and bustling plazas. Spend some time following in the footsteps of Chile’s most famous poet, Pablo Neruda, by visiting his former home. Or perhaps enjoy a wine tasting on a trip to the Casablanca Wine Valley. There are also plenty of wonderful cafes, restaurants, art galleries, museums and shopping opportunities. This city is truly unique and fascinating in equal measure, and definitely worth taking some time getting to know a little better.

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Rates Include
One night pre-cruise 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation with breakfast
All transfers between the hotel, port and airport
Onboard accommodation
All meals onboard including room service 24 hours a day
Coffee, tea, soft drinks & select alcoholic beverages 24 hours a day
Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
Shore excursion programme led by our expert expedition team
Standard WIFI inclusion (Premium WIFI available)
Onboard gratuities & port taxes
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