Rapa Nui Experience

Feel the mystery and polynesian culture of this chilean island. 4 days / 3 nights

Overview

Immerse in the mystery of Moais and in this far away island in the middle of pacific ocean. You will learn about the polynesian culture and it history. You will have two full day tours giving you a full perspective of the island without physical exigence. Iorana!!

Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer Hotel/Airport – Flights to Easter Island - Transfer Mataveri Airport / Easter Island Hotel - Polynesic Dinner Show

 

Depending your domestic flight our guide will be at morning in your hotel to transfer you to Santiago Airport to take your flight to Easter Island.

 

At your arrival in Easter Island, you will be picked up at the airport with a flower necklace according to local Polynesian tradition. Transfer to your hotel.

 

You will have the afternoon free to lunch, rest and enjoy your hotel.

 

Not Included: Lunch

Between 19:45 and 20:00 hrs. your transfer will pick you up in your hotel for to go into a local restaurant for to have a Dinner Show with typical food, music & dance (regular services). Dinner included.

 

At your arrival in the Easter Island Airport, you need to paid the Rapa Nui National Park fees valid for 10 days. The price nowdays is US$ 80 p/person (only cash) and allow you to enter in the island. You have to display this ticket in some tours.

Lodging at Easter Island Hotel

Day 2: Full Day Historic Pathways Tour

 

At 10:00 our local guide will pick up you for your Historic Pathways Tour:

 

Unearth some of the gems of Easter Island´s fascinating past with stops at several significant sites of interest. Head to Puna Pau, the small crater that acted as the scoria quarry for the moai's famous topknots, before continuing to the site of the island´s most intricate stone work at Ahu Tahira in Vinapu, where the moai platform is reminiscient of the legendary masonry of the Incas of South America. Take in the breathtaking views at the giant cauldron of Rano Kau, a miniature eco-system and the largest volcano crater on the island.

Experience the wind on your face at the clifftop ceremonial village of Orongo, and discover the significance of the Birdman Cult that emerged out of the ruins of the Moai building era. Peer off the precipice at the ocean below where once a year during the Birdman competition, brave warriors from the island's various clans would climb down the steep rocky cliffs to the swirling ocean below and swim out to the small islets off the coast in an attempt to bring back the first egg of the manutara bird, therefore winning the right for their clan to rule the island for the following year. Finish the day with a visit to Ahu Akivi, the renowned seven inland moai that stand gazing oceanwards, and explore the large and unique cave system of Ana Te Pahu, known affectionately as "The Banana Cave".

Lunch is not included in the tour, but there is an opportunity to have lunch at a small restaurant in Hanga Roa halfway through the day.

Duration: 7 hours approx.

Lodging at Easter Island Hotel

 

Day 3: Full Day Moai Monuments Tour

 

At 10:00 our local guide will pick up you for your Moai Monuments Tour:

 

Uncover the secrets of Easter Island by piecing together the many clues given to us by the gigantic sculpted megaliths that cover this mysterious land. Start the journey by visiting the ahu platforms at Tahai, where the clear morning light brings alive the moai that look over this restored ancestral village of the Rapanui people. Visit the ruins of the fallen moai at Ahu Akahanga, where three platforms sit untouched since the Rapanui turned on the traditions of their ancestors and began toppling the moai. Stand in awe at the restored site of Ahu Tongariki, where fifteen stone giants stand watch over the land as silent sentinels, dwarfing all who come into their presence.

Spend a bulk of the afternoon absorbing the grandeur of the moai that sit half emerged from the soil Rano Raraku, the volcano crater that acted as a stone quarry and birthplace for these immense figures. Visit Ahu Te Pito Kura, the site of the largest moai to ever stand on an ahu, and see the legendary magnetic stone that according to island history, was brought to Easter Island from the original Polynesian homeland of Hiva by the first king, Hotu Matuʻa. Finish the day taking in the coconut palms, turquoise water and white sand at Anakena Beach, and gazing upon the post-modernist style moai of Ahu Nau Nau.

Lunch is not included in the tour, but there is an opportunity to buy refreshments from the café at Rano Raraku.

Duration: 7 hours approx.

Lodging at Easter Island Hotel

 

Day 4: Transfer Easter Island Hotel/Airport - Flight to Santiago – Transfer Santiago Airport/Hotel.

 

Depending your flight our local guide will pick you up to go to Mataveri Airport and back to Santiago. In the Santiago Airport our driver will transfer you to your hotel. 

Highlights

- Easter Island and main spots

- Historic Pathways Tour

- Moais Monuments Tour

- Polynesian Reception

- Polynesian Dinner Show

Included 

• Accommodation in selected hotels.

• All tours in private services, except the regular services mentioned in the program.

• Local English speaking guides

• Private Transfers In / Out in Santiago de Chile

• Shared Transfers In / Out in Easter Island.

• Dinner mentioned as included in the programs.

 

Not included

• International or domestic flights

• Accident Insurance (you MUST have your own insurance)

• Lunch, dinner, beverages & cocktails not included on the program

• Entrances to National Rapa Nui.

• Tips for drivers and guides

What to bring?

  • Trekking shoes and outdoors clothes to take easy short hikes in nature.

  • A 5-10 kgs backpack for activities, leaving the rest of the luggage at hotel. Depending the season, if you have a raincoat with possibility of putting the bag inside is better.

  • Sunscreen and sunglasses

 

Best travel period?

  • You can take this program all the year but January and february are more crowded of people cause the national holidays

 

Banks and money exchange:

 

The exchange and / or cash withdrawal at ATMs can be done at airport of Santiago.  You can find ATMs in Hanga Roa (Easter Island) as well.

Comments & Restrictions

  

  • A good lunch can cost from 20-30 USD per person.

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