Day 1. Rapa Nui
On your arrival into Mataveri airport from the main land you will be met with the traditional reception of a flower necklace and welcome drink made from typical fruits from the island - remember this is a Polynesian Island! After the welcome you will be transferred to your hotel of choice (see below).
Day 2. Rapa Nui
It is one of the most isolated islands in the world but 1200 years ago a double-hulled canoe filled with seafarers from a distant culture landed upon its shores. Over the centuries that followed a remarkable society developed in isolation on the island. For reasons still unknown they began carving giant statues out of volcanic rock. These monuments, known, as "moai" are some of the most incredible ancient relics ever discovered. The people of Easter Island called themselves the Rapa Nui.
Today is spent exploring one of the more famous areas of the Island Rano Raraku site of the quarry where the many Moai were carved and to this day remain many unfinished statues.
The slightly inland quarry at "Rano Raraku" is where the moai carvings were born, out of the hillside of the volcanic rock where hundreds of laborers must have carved full-time. This 300 foot volcano remnant provided the stones for the great figures and is where a visitor can see various stages of the carving, as well as scattered partially-finished figures. A climb to the left side of the crater, over the top, and into the bowl, is well worth it. Hiking to the opposite lip of the crater, where the most moai are found, is one of the most dramatic sites on the island. Continue to Ahu Tongariki, where many of the huge moai were toppled by a large “seaquake” in 1960. Finally the tour ends at Anakena beach with its two beautiful ahu. Time for a bathe in the sea before returning to Hanga Roa in the late afternoon. BL
Day 3. Rapa Nui
AM Half Day Excursion to Akivi (Puna Pau & 7 Moai)
Ahu Akivi is the archaeological Centrex of the Roihi sector and was the first site to be properly restored in the 1960's. It is a ceremonial site which is particularly interesting not only because of its location (in the centrex of the island) but also because of the legends which surround the Seven Moai which are situated on the platform or Ahu. The tour also visits Puna Pau, to the east of the town of Hanga Roa which is situated in a small crater of red stone. This is where the “pukao” or hats (topknots) which crowned the moai were made. On the way it is possible to see the path where they were transported, including some examples of the pukao which have fallen by the wayside.
PM Half Day Excursion to Orongo (Rano Kau, Vinapu)
Ahu Vinapu is made up of two ahus or temples in ruins, one of which bears a remarkable resemblance to the stonework of the Inca people. The tour continues to Rano Kao Volcano, where the former ceremonial village of Orongo is to be found along with many petroglyphs. There are images of the “bird man” Tangata Manu, the creating god Make Make and Komari, symbol of fertility. From the edge of the cliff, it is possible to view the three islets of Motu Iti, Motu Nui and Moto Kao Kao which played an important part in the bird man culture. Return to Hanga Roa. BL
Day 4. Onward travels
Today after breakfast you have a chance for some last minute shopping before being transferred to the airport for your return flight back to Santiago. B
Did you know you can continue your journey onwards and to Tahiti and or to New Zealand and Australia from Easter Island? Ask us for more information on how to turn your Easter Island getaway into an amazing South Pacific stop over!
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Easter Island is one of the world's most isolated inhabited islands. It is 3, 510 km (2, 180 mi) west of continental Chile at its nearest point (between Lota and Lebu) and 2, 075 km (1, 289 mi) east of Pitcairn and despite its Polynesian heritage is the property of Chile.
- Chilean international departure tax $30 USD. This fee should be included in your international airfare
- US$160(CA$132) reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival is charged. The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid until expiry of passport.
- Chilean domestic departure tax $10 USD
- Local currency is Pesos
- Time Zone: GMT/UTC -4
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- Electricity: 220V, 60Hz
- Weights & measures: Metric
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