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!
- Chile & Easter Island Adventure Travel Tour for Women: Day-by-Day Itinerary
- What's Included in your Easter Island Adventure Vacation
- Travel Tips & Information for Traveling to Santiago, Chile
- What to Pack for your Womens Trip to Easter Island and Chile
- Detailed Itinerary: Chile - Easter Island Adventure Tour
- 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
- Cultural Exploration
- Historical Sites
- Local Delicacies
- Natural History
- Spa Element
- Wine Tasting