Visit Chile-Easter Island this summer

Centralia College’s 2017 summer fieldtrip will be a 25-day adventure in Chile and Easter Island.

Informational meetings will be held at 2 and 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Walton Science Center, room 208. Trip organizers will share details on the itinerary, costs, and native cultures, and answer all questions about the trip.

The annual fieldtrip is led by anthropology professor Dr. Greg. Van Alstyne. He will be joined this year by Spanish professor Mark Gorecki. The Chile-Easter Island adventure is scheduled to be from July 4 to 29, and include visits to the following locations:

  • Santiago, Chile’s capitol city
  • Islas de las Damas, known for Humboldt penguins and dolphins
  • The Observatorio Cerro Mamalluca and its 30cm telescope for nighttime stargazing
  • San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis city in the world’s driest desert
  • La Tirana for the biggest festival in Chile, featuring parades, brass bands, and excitement
  • El Tatio, the world’s highest geyser field
  • Humberstone, a mining ghost town
  • Easter Island, home of the Moai, the famous carved stone faces
  • And much more.

For more information, contact Dr. Greg van Alstyne at or 360-736-9391, ext. 552, or Mark Gorecki at or 360-736-9391, ext. 455.

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