Midway between Tahiti and Chile, Easter Island has long been subject to much speculation and inquisitive research. How and why did its people carve out, move and erect hundreds of giant stone Moai statues on the shoreline of the island? Easter Island is the most isolated island on earth with its location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It is home to a culture whose origins and evolution are still largely unknown. Starting 1,200 years ago an extraordinary culture developed over the centuries. Easter Island today remains one of the most unique places on the planet; it is an open air museum, showcasing a fascinating culture and a moved history. The Rapa Nui are some of the friendliest people one will ever meet and the landscape is truly incredible – volcanic craters, lava formations, beaches, brilliant blue water, and archaeological sites all add to the fascination of Easter Island.
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|Day 1||Arrive in the enchanting Mataveri airport in Hanga Roa|
|Day 2||Easter Island sightseeing Moais tour & Rano Raraku volcano visit|
|Day 3||Ceremonial Village Orongo & excursion to Ahu Akivi|
|Day 4||Departure from Easter Island|
Day 1: Hanga Roa
Upon our arrival at the Mataveri airport in Hanga Roa we will be welcomed with a traditional flower necklace. After a short transfer to the hotel we will have the rest of the day to spend as we please. A visit to the nearby church and village is recommended. There we will have the opportunity to observe both Catholic and indigenous symbols and statues (Sunday mass available if time permits). Next to the church we will find the local market and museum rich in Rapa Nui artifacts and culture.
Day 2 : Moais of Easter Island
Today we will learn more about the fascinating history of Rapa Nui and begin the day heading south along the coast. As we travel along the road we will be able to observe the shoreline with black volcanic rocks and the amazing views of the vast Pacific Ocean. Our first stop will be a place known as Hanga Te’e where we will be able to view a variety of toppled Moai (statues) of Ahu Vaihu. From there we will continue on and arrive to Rano Raraku. This volcano is home to ancient quarry that supplied stone from which about 95% of the island’s sculptures were carved. Here we will enjoy a box-lunch and explore our surroundings. Subsequently we will make our way to the next highlight, Ahu Tongariki. This is the largest restored Ahu on Easter Island and features 15 moai. Afterwards, we will drive towards the east coast and arrive to Te Pito o Te Henua. This location is considered the “bellybutton” of the world boasting the nearby Ahu Te Pito Kura. Last, but not least we will reach the beach of Anakena known for its beautiful white sand and coconut palm trees. After visiting a nearby restored Ahu Nau Nau we’ll have time for a little rest and refreshing swim in the warm Pacific Ocean.
Day 3 : Ceremonial Village Orongo & Akivi
In the morning, we will take a drive up the Rano Kau extinct volcano. Along the way we will be able to appreciate panoramic views of the entire island as well as make a brief stop at an outlook point that showcases a crater lake. From there we will head to the ceremonial village known as Orongo. There, we will learn about its past, culture and the history of the birdman cult. We will also be able to observe a variety of petroglyph images and be able to spot 3 islets situated opposite of the coastline. Afterwards we will drive down the volcano to the Ahu Vinapu that includes an ahu with interesting stonemasonry. Subsequently our last stop of the morning before heading back to the hotel, will be the cave of Ana Kai Tangata where we will find interesting wall paintings. In the afternoon we will travel to Ahu Akivi which features seven re-erected moai situated inland. The legend claims that these statues represent the seven explorers who were sent to Rapa Nui by the late king Hotu Matua. From there we will continue on to Hanga Poukura; this is an extraordinary ahu site where a number of tumbled moai statues and scattered topknots are located. Next, we will visit the important quarry of Puna Pau that provided the sole source of the red scoria that the Rapa Nui villagers used to carve the Pukaos. For the last visit for the day will visit the ceremonial site of Tahai boasting 3 ahus, restored statues, remains of boathouses and a boat ramp. This is a day is filled with history, culture and breathtaking sights!
Day 4 : Departure
We will transfer to the airport in time to board the flight to Santiago or Tahiti
- Arrival transfer
- 3 overnights with breakfast (3* Hotel Gomero or similar)
- Meals according itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, BL=Box Lunch).
- Full Day tour Vaihu temple
- Half day tour Ahu Akivi
- Private transfers and excursions with English speaking guide.
- Entrance fees.
- Breakfast daily
- Departure transfer
- Items of personal nature
- Drinks alcoholic and not alcoholic
- Meals not listed above
- Tours not listed above
- Transfers not listed above
- Tips to the drivers, guides & porters
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