Chile: Biking, Fine Wines, & Easter Island

Trip Overview

Travel to Chile in November 2018 to taste the wine varietals of the Chilean mainland and actively explore Easter Island, a World UNESCO Site and one of the most remote, inhabited islands in the world.

This new AdventureWomen journey in Chile begins as you arrive in Santiago, a dynamic and contemporary metropolis located in the heart of Chile’s fertile central valley. Chile’s capital is a vibrant city full of character, with a thriving arts culture, trendy restaurant scene, and lively nightlife.

We begin our wine exploration in the Casablanca Valley. Chile’s move toward cool-climate viticulture began 25 years ago when innovative winemakers dared to suggest planting in the pre-coastal region of Casablanca Valley. Chardonnay continues to reign, but Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir – two of Chile’s most attention-grabbing varietals – are on the rise. In general, parts of Casablanca Valley are similar to California’s wine-producing regions. More specifically, the climate of Casablanca is comparable to the Californian wine region of Carneros.

Explore the heart of Chilean wine through the eyes of the people who know it best. Share a table – and a bottle (or two?) – with Derek Mossman, founder of the Movement of Independent Vintners (MOVI) as you are personally hosted at a selection of Chilean vineyards. Hop on a bike and pedal from winery to winery, tasting their fine wines along the way. Overnights are spent in sumptuous Chilean hotel-haciendas and guesthouses.

Next stop, our flight from Santiago in Chile takes us over 2,100 miles of the deep blue Pacific Ocean to a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Polynesia, and a small, 64-square-mile speck in the vast ocean – Easter Island! Annexed to Chile in 1888, Easter Island is known as the world’s largest open air museum, one of the most mystifying places in the world, and the most remote inhabited island on Earth. Easter Island’s history remains as unclear as it is evocative and the people of “Rapa Nui” (Easter Island in Polynesian) developed their own distinctive culture, best known by the "Moai," the colossal stone statues that stand as silent bystanders of the past, guarding their isolated South Pacific outpost. These monolithic sculptures with heads and bodies are the most famous residents of Easter Island and were carved of volcanic rock. More than 600 of them dot this exquisite Polynesian island landscape. During our time here we'll explore why many important mysteries of the Easter Island puzzle, including how and why the Moai were built, still remain unsolved.

Explore this iconic island with Josefina, an Easter Island native, whose family is responsible for the majority of the archeological restoration of the island. Go on a full day hike along the coast of Easter Island, eventually ascending to an outlook with a breathtaking view at the beautiful caldera of Rano Kau. Visit the ceremonial village of Orongo, one of the most visually spectacular sites on the island, where you see Rano kau on one side of the village and the ocean and mysterious islets of Motu Nui, Moto Iti, and Motu Kao Kao on the other.  Continue exploring Easter Island by bike. Round out your trip to Chile with a full-day trek on the remote northwest coast of the island, enjoying a swim along the way before having dinner with a local family in the evening.

Returning to Santiago, enjoy biking the beautiful vineyard trails in the Colchagua Valley (“valle de colchagua”) and Maule Valley: the heart of Chile's wine country and one of the most outstanding agricultural zones in this beautiful Latin American country. These valleys produce some of the world’s finest red wines of Chile: Cabernet Savignon, Carmenere, Syrah and Malbec. Beginning in the foothills of the Andes Mountains and reaching west to the Pacific Ocean, the Colchagua Valley looks much like Napa Valley with its ubiquitous vineyards, valley floor river, tree-studded foothills, and the Andes Mountains always as a backdrop.

Don't miss AdventureWomen's "best yet" itinerary in Chile and Easter Island combining delicious cuisine, ancient cultures, biking, hiking and winetasting in November of 2018!

 

 

Main Attractions

  • Connect to the history and culture of Chile through the most historic neighborhoods of Santiago
  • Enjoy dinner and an exploration of wine with a founder of the independent wine movement
  • Get up close and personal with the mystical Moai statues of Rapa Nui on Easter Island through the eyes of a lifelong local, granddaughter of the archaeologist responsible for the majority of the restoration on the island
  • Explore and compare the Casablanca, Colchagua, and Maule wine valleys of Chile
  • Explore vineyards by bike, allowing you to connect to the landscape—from the distant layers of hills to the fresh scents of the vines (some as old as 150 years)!

What You'll See and Do

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Bicycling
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Hiking
  • Historical Sites
  • Local Delicacies
  • Natural History
  • Spa Element
  • Swimming
  • Wine Tasting
  • Women-To-Women

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Chile: Biking, Fine Wines, & Easter Island

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Monday, November 5 - Arrive in Santiago
Santiago is a dynamic and contemporary metropolis located in the heart of Chile’s fertile central valley. Chile’s capital is a vibrant city full of character, with a thriving arts culture, trendy restaurant scene, and lively nightlife.

You will be picked up at the Santiago airport by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

In the afternoon, head to the local market, Tirso de Molina, for lunch followed by a walking tour of historical Santiago. This tour will take you to the city’s most important historic and cultural sites including Barrios Lastarria and Paris y Londres, La Moneda (Presidential Palace), Plaza de Armas, and Mercado Central (Chile’s largest fresh seafood market). Another highlight is Cerro Santa Lucia, which marks the spot where conquistador Pedro de Valdivia founded the city of Santiago, and has a wonderful view of downtown.

Enjoy a welcome dinner at Restaurant 99, known for its ever-changing tasting menus based on the seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients of the day. This meal with wine pairings will be guided by one of the winemakers, Toronto-born Derek Mossman and his wife Pilar. He is one of the spokesmen and original twelve members of MOVI (Movimiento de Viñedos Independientes: an organization which groups together some of the best independent winemakers in the country), and he makes his own label, Garage Wine Co. Throughout the evening he will carefully select a set of wines that he thinks goes well with the meal at hand, but he will never dictate to you which wine goes with which dish.

You can repeat wines and go back to wines sipped earlier in the meal. Expect to have a selection of stemware at your place setting as you participate in building your own personal pairing, with Derek’s skillful guidance.
Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Solace Santiago
http://www.solacehotel.cl/santiago/

The Santiago Solace Hotel was designed to be unique, with every detail being conceived and inspired in order to ensure everybody’s stay with us becomes a perfect moment. The hotel has a unique charm with a warm and avant-garde environment.

Day 2

Tuesday, November 6 - Santiago
Chile’s move toward cool-climate viticulture began 25 years ago when innovative winemakers dared to suggest planting in the pre- coastal region of Casablanca Valley. Chardonnay continues to reign, but Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir – two of Chile’s most attention- grabbing varietals – are on the rise. In general, parts of Casablanca Valley are similar to California’s wine-producing regions. More specifically, the climate of Casablanca is comparable to the Californian wine region of Carneros.

Drive about an hour from Santiago, and begin your biking adventure at the winery Kingston. Since its first vintage in 2003, Kingston has been turning heads with its small production of Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc. While coastal Casablanca is known for its white wines, Kingston is pioneering the production of cool-climate, artisan-style reds.

Hop back on your bike and pedal to Matetic Vineyards where you will enjoy lunch. A state-of- the-art winemaking facility, Matetic is designed to complement its beautiful natural surroundings. The winery incorporates organic agricultural practices and design that optimizes vinification.

After lunch, pedal towards Casa Marin winery.  Casa Marin is a family-owned winery in Chile’s San Antonio Valley and is Chile’s most coastal vineyard, located just four kilometers from the Pacific shoreline. Founded in 2000 by Chile’s first female vineyard owner, Maria Luz Marín, Casa Marín has been described as one of the “most daring and innovative” vineyards in the country.

Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Hotel Solace Santiago

Day 3

Wednesday, November 7 - Santiago to Easter Island
Considered the most remote island on Earth, Easter Island (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) sits more than 2,300 miles from Chile’s coast. This Polynesian island is filled with unexplained traditions and mystifying archaeology, including the world famous giant stone statues called Moai. There are an estimated 1,000 Moai scattered across the island, some having been transported up to ten miles from the volcanic quarries in which they were carved.

Fly from Santiago to Easter Island this morning. Upon arrival to the Mataveri airport, you’ll be met by your local guide Josefina Nahoe. “Josie” is the daughter of a Chilean father and an

American mother and granddaughter of American archeologist William Mulloy who’s responsible for the majority of archeological restoration on the island. Josie offers unique perspective, insight, and personal history to Easter Island.

Arrive at your hotel on Easter Island. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel, or exploring the grounds and surrounding area.

Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Otai
http://www.hotelotai.com/

The perfect retreat in Easter Island, it is easy to understand why Hotel O’Tai stands apart from other hotels on Easter Island. The hotel features beautiful gardens and a swimming pool. Relax in this tranquil place.

 

Day 4

Thursday, November 8 - Easter Island
The ceremonial village of Orongo is one of the most visually spectacular sites on the island. On one side of the village you see the beautiful caldera of Rano Kau and on the other you see the ocean and the mysterious islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti, Motu Kao Kao. Orongo is the best site to view the petroglyph carving of the island. This site is yet another site restored by Dr. Mulloy in 1976.

Start walking from the hotel south along the coast, visiting the restored Ahu Tataku Vave located at the working port of Hanga Piko. As you continue toward the extinct Rano Kau volcano, stop at the cave of Ana Kai Tangata to view the remnants of ancient painting of the “manutara.”

Once you leave Ana Kai Tangata, you will hike through the manavai gardens of the National Park administration center. Enjoy a magnificent view of the island and its distinct geological features as you ascend the crater. At the end of the trail, arrive at an outlook with a breathtaking view at the crater lake of Rano Kau. The hike will follow the crater’s edge until you arrive at the ceremonial village of Orongo, where the birdman competition took place and you’ll be able to see the spectacular petroglyphs related to this culture and the three islands situated opposite the coast.

After the visit to Orongo, continue hiking around the entire crater. The path will eventually give way to a view from the sector of Vai a Tare. From Vai a Tare, descend the south-east side of the volcano arriving at your final site: the ruin of the Ahu Vinapu whose whose stone work is compared to work found in Cuzco, Peru.

Rest at your hotel this evening after an exciting day of exploration.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Hotel Otai

Day 5

Friday, November 9 - Easter Island
Ahu Akivi is often noted to be the only platform whose Moai look to the ocean. Here you will learn the possible explanations for this special orientation as well as see the very first restored Ahu on the island. Ahu Akiv was restored in 1960 by Dr. Mulloy and his colleague Gonzalo Figueroa. It is the only platform on the island which was restored without the use of any machinery but instead using what is believed to be the “traditional” way of raising the Moai.

Today you’ll be touring parts of Easter Island on bike. Start from the hotel and head toward the restored archeological site of Tahai. After visiting the three beautifully restored platforms of Tahai, you will continue along a rocky unpaved road to visit the lava tube caves of Ana Kakenga and Ana Te Pora. From here, you’ll continue along the path until you reach the unrestored site of Ahu Tepeu where you will see the largest hare paenga, or boat house foundation, found on the island. You’ll also see Ana Te Pahu, Ahu Akivi, and Puna Pau, and enjoy a boxed lunch along the way.

Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Hotel Otai

Day 6

Saturday, November 10 - Easter Island
Anakena is the larger of only two white sand beaches that are found on the island. It is also the legendary landing spot of the first king, Hotu Matua, and noted to be the center of the royal clan territory called the Miru. At Anakena you will not only have the opportunity to swim but also to visit more restored Ahu. The Ahu Ature Huke with its single Moai is noted to be the very first Moai on the island to be re-erected on top of its Ahu. This was done not by archeologists but by the islanders themselves in order to prove that they had retained the knowledge of how to move the Moai. Also, The Ahu Nau Nau has some of the most “perfect” Moai of any restored Ahu of the island.

Drive along the west coast until you reach the area of Ahu Tepeu. From there, walk along the untouched northeast coast, visiting several unrestored Ahus and spotting petroglyphs until you arrive at the Anakena beach where you will begin your trekking adventure. This trek in total will take you approximately six hours. Enjoy a swim at the white- sand beach and then get picked up and driven back to the village.

Enjoy dinner with a local family this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Otai

Day 7

Sunday, November 11 - Easter Island to Santiago
Founded in 1541, Santiago has been the capital city of Chile since colonial times. The city has a downtown core of 19th-century neoclassical architecture and winding side-streets, dotted by art deco, neo-gothic, and other styles. Santiago’s cityscape is shaped by several stand-alone hills and the fast-flowing Mapocho River, lined by parks such as Parque Forestal. The Andes Mountains can be seen from most points in the city.

Leave Easter Island and fly back to Santiago. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Enjoy the evening at your hotel. You might want to explore the local restaurants on your own for dinner.
Breakfast

Overnight: The Singular Santiago
https://thesingular.com/en/hotel/santiago

Located at the heart of the artistic and urban of the city, The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel neo classic architectural style was designed as a tribute to the cultural and historic surroundings. It holds a perfectly balanced architecture, setting and gastronomy which integrate to the essence of the place.

Day 8

Monday, November 12 - Santiago to the Maule Valley
The Colchagua Valley has long been celebrated for its ripe and juicy red wines. Cabernet Sauvignon continues to hold the lead, although these days Syrah and Carménère routinely steal the show. Recently, vineyards in the Colchagua Valley have begun planting further toward the coast and broadened the repertoire of fine wines to include cool-climate varieties.

Begin your adventure into wine culture and the wine valleys of Colchagua and Maule. Your first stop is at Los Lingues Hacienda where you’ll get geared up to start biking toward Casa Silva winery. Now in its fifth-generation as a family-run winery,

Casa Silva strives to be a leader and innovator in a new generation of premium wines in Chile while maintaining a lifestyle which honors the people, traditions, and environment of the Colchagua Valley.

Head to the Maule Valley. Soak in the hot tub at your hotel while your asado (Chilean barbecue) is being prepared for dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: The Singular Santiago

Day 9

Tuesday, November 13 - The Maule Valley
Chile’s largest and most diverse valley, the Maule Valley, is composed of three distinct sectors. The variety of wines produced in this valley allows bright, fruity reds from noble stock as well as unique wines made from the fruit of ancient bush vines that for many years were used for homemade table wines, but not generally showcased by seasoned winemakers. These wines, made from grapes such as Carignan and Uva País have caused many critics to rethink their opinion of these so-called rustic varietals.

After a delicious southern-style breakfast at Casa Bouchon, make your way to Gonzalez Bastias vineyard where you’ll partake in a tour, tasting, and lunch. This rustic winery is located in a fairly remote section of the Maule Valley. It is reached by dirt roads, and is situated on the north shore of the eponymous river. It retains a sense of yesteryear, in the thick-walled construction of the winery, and at times in the vinification process, that even uses traditional mats made of the bamboo-like coligüe to destem the grapes, rather than machinery.

Enjoy a tranquil bike ride through the Casa Bouchon property and the surrounding vineyards. Pass through the different varietals including Cabernet, Carmenere, and Petit Verdot, and arrive to overlook the 150 old Pais vines for a special tasting.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Casa Bouchon
http://casabouchon.com/

Casa Bouchon is a boutique hotel housed within the Mingre Estate in Chile’s dry coastal Maule Valley, a property of more than 2,400 acres where the old adobe structures stand out among the rambling vineyards and unchecked native vegetation. A fusion of the past and the present, Casa Bouchon is a sprawling old adobe hacienda-style family home, built more than 150 years ago, which has been renovated to offer all the modern comforts without losing any of its original personality.

Day 10

Wednesday, November 14 - The Maule Valley
The Maule Valley lies at the southern end of the Central Valley and is one of the coolest wine producing areas in Chile, although the Maule River flowing east to west has a moderating effect on the climate. The river also provides the different alluvial soil types found around the region, which included granite, red clay, loam and gravel. On the slopes where the vines grow, the soils are free- draining and more fertile on the valley floor.

Begin your bike ride to Erasmo vineyard, where you’ll enjoy a tour, tasting, and lunch. Owned by Count Francesco Marone Cinzano, who also has ties to well-known vineyards in Tuscany, Caliboro produces a single label, Erasmo. This wine is an estate bottled, dry farmed Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend produced from a single vineyard on the ancient estate of la Reserva de Caliboro.

Have a farewell dinner with your new AdventureWomen friends. Reminisce over all of the memories you have made and celebrate the end of an incredible trip!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Casa Bouchon

Day 11

Thursday, November 15 - The Maule Valley and Depart
Enjoy one last morning in Chile before departing for the US.

Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the airport for your flights home.
Breakfast

 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Chile: Biking, Fine Wines, & Easter Island

Traveling to Chile



Traveling to Chile

Arrive: Arrive at the airport in Santiago, Chile (SCL) on November 5, 2018 before 11:00am.

Depart: Depart Santiago, Chile (SCL) on November 15, 2018 after 8:00pm.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Health Considerations

We rate this trip as moderate. You should be able to walk comfortably for five hours on fairly easy trails, as well as bike for about two hours. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you to ensure that you are prepared for the trip.
Visit https://fitfortrips.com/partners/adventure- women/ for more information.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Chile, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Chile.

Money

The currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso.

As of May, 2017, US$1 = CLP 675.73. US Dollars are not accepted. We recommend exchanging money in Santiago to get the best exchange rate. Credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and in cities. ATMs are in larger cities only.

Suggested Gratuities:

  • Main guide: CLP 10,000 per day
  • Drivers: CLP 5,000 per day

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone. As a courtesy, we can hold your space for five days while you are making personal and travel arrangements.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking "Sign Up for this Trip" on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (photo page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer) on or before August 7, 2018.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Chile: Biking, Fine Wines, & Easter Island

Included

  • All hotel accommodations throughout the trip
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking guides throughout the trip
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Chile
  • Domestic airfare
  • Optional activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Fees for passports, visas, or immunizations
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Chile: Biking, Fine Wines, & Easter Island

What to Bring

November in Chile is springtime. Average temperatures during your trip will range from 48°F at night to 88°F during the day. Rain is unlikely, but you should be prepared for a stray shower. Dress can be casual for your Chile adventure, though you may want something slightly nicer for your welcome dinner.

Clothing and Gear:

  • Duffel bag or small suitcase
  • Daypack
  • 3-4 short sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1-2 long sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1 medium weight fleece sweater/jacket for cool evenings
  • 1 windbreaker
  • 1-2 pairs of pants (zip-off recommended)
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • 1-2 sets of nicer clothes for dinner
  • 1 bathing suit
  • Waterproof jacket/wind-breaker
  • Hat for sun protection
  • 5-7 pairs underwear
  • 5-7 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes (make sure they are broken in!)
  • Sandals
  • Sleepwear

AdventureWomen Essentials:

  • Travel documents (passport, airline tickets, money)
  • 2-3 spare passport photos (in case of lost passport)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Power adapters
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen insulated bottle (good for hot or cold drinks!)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit:

  • Prescription medicine you usually take (in original containers)
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.


If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.