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Private cultural, archaeological and photography tour to Easter Island, guided by resident historian guides. This trip combines visits to the main archaeological sites of this enigmatic Polynesian island. Ideal journey for couples and solo travelers.

An optional boat trip to the motus, the volcanic islets surrounding the main island, is also available. Here you will look for an interesting array of nesting seabirds as well as better understanding the natural history and ecology of this remote volcanic island. 

3 to 5-day trip options. Departures from Santiago de Chile. Private departures; check out our updated 2016/2017 rates with great lodges to choose.

 

Sunset at the ceremonial platform (ahu) of 'Tahai', Easter Island (Rapa Nui) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Sunset at the ceremonial platform (ahu) of 'Tahai', Easter Island (Rapa Nui) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Book this trip, reserve space now!Easter Island is our comprehensive cultural, archaeological and photography journey to Earth's most remote inhabited location, Easter Island, properly called Rapa Nui by the locals.

During this trip you will study and experience the archaeological and cultural heritage of this island, with no equal anywhere in the world.

This small triangle of volcanic rock, located in the easternmost fringes of Polynesia, right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, has always been a subject of curiosity, study and speculation. Many explorers, researchers and travelers have attempted to unveil its secrets, but still important missing pieces remain to be discovered. What are the origins of the islanders? How did they transport their massive moai statues from the quarry locations to the their platforms, or ahu? Why is Rongo Rongo the only written language in Oceania?

These days Rapa Nui holds a very lively and proud local population; meeting them is a real privilege and indeed an important part of this trip.

You will have the guidance of well-versed local guides, who will show you the best locations, providing all the known scientific background and interpretation. You will also have the rare chance of sharing their points of view and expectations about the future of the island and its people. Rapa Nui - past, present and future ... join us on this journey of discovery into an island of mysteries.

 

OVERVIEW

Overview

 

Itinerary in Brief

 

3-day option

Day 1 • Fly to Easter Island – Welcome at Mataveri – Half day tour to Ahu Tahai and Akivi

Day 2 • Full day tour to Moai quarry of Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki and Anakena beach –optional afternoon trip to the islets or motus

Day 3 • Morning tour to Orongo village and Vinapu – Fly to Santiago

 

4-day option

Day 1 • Fly to Easter Island – Welcome at Mataveri – Half day tour to Ahu Tahai and Akivi

Day 2 • Full day tour to Moai quarry of Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki and Anakena beach – optional afternoon boat trip to the 'motus'

Day 3 • Full day tour to Orongo village, Vinapu and Puna Pau

Day 4 • Free morning – Fly to Santiago

 

5-day option

Day 1 • Fly to Easter Island – Welcome at Mataveri – Half day tour to Ahu Tahai and Akivi

Day 2 • Full day tour to Moai quarry of Rano Raraku and Ahu Tongariki

Day 3 • Full day tour to Orongo village and Vinapu – Optional boat trip to the islets or motus

Day 4 • Half day tour Anakena and Puna Pau – Optional boat trip to the 'motus

Day 5 • Free morning – Fly to Santiago

 

Trip Highlights

• Comprehensive visits to the island's most important and accessible archaeological sites (ceremonial platforms, moai statue quarry, settlements, among several others).

• Opportunities to meet the locals by attending music and dance shows.

• Program entirely led by local Rapa Nui guides.

• Optional private boat trip to study and photograph the seabird diversity breeding at the islets (motus) of the south-eastern corner of Rapa Nui. For more details on pelagic seabirding, read our article on the subject.

 

This trip is operated as a custom journey (flexible option which runs on a date of your choice giving you more privacy), with a minimum of 1 participant and a maximum group size of 6 guests.

 

The Difference of Traveling with Far South Expeditions

• Great accommodations at conveniently located hotels and lodges, meaning shorter driving times to nature and cultural sites.

• Good dining and memorable picnic lunches.

• Spacious vehicles that ensure a window seat to each trip participant.

• Each of our trips have a maximum of 6 participants.

• Each vehicle and driver we use has been authorized by the Chilean Transportation Authority.

• The service and expertise of a professional local leader, who will look after every logistical aspect of your holiday.

• A useful pre-departure information package.

 

Easter Island can be combined with the following optional extensions:

Patagonia Photo Safari (8 days, 7 nights), landscape and wildlife photo trip to mythic Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego, led by resident naturalist guides and photographers,

Atacama Desert Explorer (6 days, 5 nights) unique private photo safari to discover the wildlife and landscapes of the world's most arid desert and the barren Andean highlands.

 

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Great Frigatebird Fregata minor  & Masked Booby Sula dactylatra, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

 

Ahu Nau Nau, Anakena, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Ahu Nau Nau, Anakena, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

3-DAY OPTION

Detailed Itinerary and Activities

 

Easter Island / Rapa Nui: 3-day option 

 

Day 1 • Fly to Easter Island – Welcome at Mataveri airport – Afternoon visit to Ahu Tahai and Ahu Akivi

This morning you will fly over the Pacific Ocean, covering more than 2,300 miles separating Santiago de Chile from Easter Island. At Mataveri airport your guide, ready to start your adventure in Rapa Nui, will welcome you.

During the afternoon, we will undertake an interesting exploration of the village of Hanga Roa and its immediate surroundings, visiting the ceremonial site - or Ahu - of Tahai; this will be our first encounter with the iconic moai, the famous and unique stone statues of Rapa Nui. We will also learn about other stone structures, including the boat-like 'house' foundations or hare paenga, as well as the poultry housings or hare moa, of which there are plenty across the island. At Ahu Tahai, we will pay homage to William Malloy, a famous scholar and anthropologist who lived and died in the island; the whole site of Tahai is part of his reconstruction efforts. By the end of the day and just before sunset, we will visit the Ahu Akivi, an impressive array of seven standing moai, facing the ocean. Many islanders believe that the seven moai represent the young scouts sent ahead of the main migration under king Hotu Matu'a. They are said to look towards their homeland in west-central Polynesia. 

Overnight Hotel Altiplanico or Hotel Iorana, Hanga Roa. (Dinner)(Guide)

 

Moai at Ahu Tahai, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Moai at Ahu Tahai, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions


Day 2 • Full day tour to Moai quarry of Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki and Ahu Akahanga – Optional afternoon boat trip to the Motus or islets

Today we will visit some of the most dramatic and distinctive archaeological sites of Rapa Nui. We will begin our day driving along the southern coast towards the impressive volcanic crater of Rano Raraku, located near the eastern tip of the island. This promontory, now declared World Heritage Site, was extensively used for nearly 500 years, as was the main quarry to carve the moai statues out of volcanic compacted ash or tuff. We will explore the skirt of the mountain and admire from the path, hundreds of unfinished statues; some are partly buried and standing while others are embedded in the ash of the volcano slopes. The largest moai ever built is here, measuring more than 70 feet long and weighing close to 270 tonnes! This ghostly scene of Rano Raraku seems like if all the workers had to suddenly abandon their duties at the workshop at once! Continuing along the path, and admiring the scenic coastline as well as the 'moai path', we will spend some time studying Tukuturi, a very unusual moai in a kneeling posture and entirely different from any standard statue.

 

Our guests posing together one of the many unfinished 'moai' at the quarry of Rano Raraku volcano, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Our guests posing together one of the many unfinished 'moai' at the quarry of Rano Raraku volcano, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

red tail tropic

Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

 

Containing 15 huge erected moai, Ahu Tongariki is the largest ceremonial site in the whole of Rapa Nui. The array includes a very large moai of more than 80 tonnes and even one statue has a top-knot of red scoria, which was brought from another distant quarry, located at the other side of the island. All the moai of this huge ahu were toppled during the island's civil wars; and even in the twentieth century, the whole site was swept by the massive tsunami of 1960. There is a huge amount of stonework scattered around the site, including several topknots or pukao, moai and petroglyphs showing lots of motifs, including tuna fish, frigatebirds and the God-like face of Make-make.

 

The impressive Ahu Tongariki and its 15 standing 'moai' © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

The impressive Ahu Tongariki and its 15 standing 'moai' © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Heading back to Hanga Roa, we shall visit Ahu Akahanga, along the coastal road. This place is a destroyed ahu containing several overturned moai with huge topknots scattered around; there also are some striking semi-pyramidal burial sites, built out of large piles of rock.

There is an optional 2-hour boat trip to the motus, Motu Iti, Motu Nui and Motu Kau Kau, the three volcanic islets located off the southwestern tip of the island. Here we will concentrate in identifying the several Pterodroma -or gadfly- petrels which occur here: Herald Petrel, Kermadec Petrel, Phoenix Petrel and Henderson's Petrel. Other seabirds found here include Brown Noddy, Great Frigatebird, and Masked Booby.

Overnight Hotel Altiplanico or Hotel Iorana, Hanga Roa. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide)


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Murphy's Petrel Pterodroma murphyi, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 3 • Morning tour to Orongo village and Vinapu – Fly to Santiago de Chile

This morning destination will be the stunning ceremonial site of Orongo, located at the southeastern tip of the island. The impressive setting of the huge caldera of the extinct Rano Kau volcano and the surrounding village make this location one of the main highlights of the whole Rapa Nui tour. The microclimate inside the caldera, nearly a mile in diameter, accounts for the presence of various species of endemic plants, and the lake itself was an important source of freshwater in times of drought.

Orongo village is also the main entrance to Rapa Nui National Park; we will visit here the characteristic oval-shaped stone houses that sheltered the contestants of the ancient competition rituals of the Bird Man, Tangata Manu. This striking ceremonial site was extensively restored in 1974 by the American archaeologist William Mulloy, and unlike several other sites that are less exposed to wind and rain, the houses at Orongo were built with benmorite, a type of basalt found only in the area. The entrances to the various shelters are quite low, as is the case with all the housing of the island, in order to protect the inside against wind and cold. Along the cliffs and besides the main structures, we will admire an array of different petroglyphs, many depicting birdman motifs or even the face of the god Make-make.

Later we will explore the site of Vinapu, where we will compare ahu sites built over very different period of times during the history of Rapa Nui civilization. We will be certainly impressed by the quality and accuracy of the stonemasonry at the back of one of the ahu; they appear to be very similar to other wall structures of the Inca in South America, but is the result of the local progress in construction of these massive stone structures.

Your guide will transfer you to Mataveri airport for your flight back to Santiago de Chile, where our trip ends. (Breakfast)(Guide)

 

The Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra), locally known as Kena, still nests in the volcanic islets surrounding Rapa Nui © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

The Masked Booby Sula dactylatra, locally known as Kena, still nests in the volcanic islets surrounding Rapa Nui © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Note: The tour starts at Santiago airport. Our staff can arrange private transfers and provide a selection of hotels to stay and explore this interesting and lively city.

 

4-DAY

Detailed Itinerary and Activities

 

Easter Island / Rapa Nui: 4-day option 


Day 1 • Fly to Easter Island – Welcome at Mataveri airport – Afternoon visit to Ahu Tahai and Ahu Akivi

This morning you will fly over the Pacific Ocean, covering more than 2,300 miles separating Santiago de Chile from Easter Island. At Mataveri airport your guide, ready to start your adventure in Rapa Nui, will welcome you.

During the afternoon, we will undertake an interesting exploration of the village of Hanga Roa and its immediate surroundings, visiting the ceremonial site - or Ahu - of Tahai; this will be our first encounter with the iconic moai, the famous and unique stone statues of Rapa Nui. We will also learn about other stone structures, including the boat-like 'house' foundations or hare paenga, as well as the poultry housings or hare moa, of which there are plenty across the island. At Ahu Tahai, we will pay homage to William Malloy, a famous scholar and anthropologist who lived and died in the island; the whole site of Tahai is part of his reconstruction efforts. By the end of the day and just before sunset, we will visit the Ahu Akivi, an impressive array of seven standing moai, facing the ocean. Many islanders believe that the seven moai represent the young scouts sent ahead of the main migration under king Hotu Matu'a. They are said to look towards their homeland in west-central Polynesia.

Overnight Hotel Altiplanico or Hotel Iorana, Hanga Roa. (Dinner)(Guide)

 

Ahu Akivi, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Ahu Akivi, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

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Kermadec Petrel Pterodroma neglecta, Photo © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 2 • Full day tour to Moai quarry of Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki and Ahu Akahanga – Optional afternoon boat trip to the Motus or islets

Today we will visit some of the most dramatic and distinctive archaeological sites of Rapa Nui. We will begin our day driving along the southern coast towards the impressive volcanic crater of Rano Raraku, located near the eastern tip of the island. This promontory, now declared World Heritage Site, was extensively used for nearly 500 years, as was the main quarry to carve the moai statues out of volcanic compacted ash or tuff. We will explore the skirt of the mountain and admire from the path, hundreds of unfinished statues; some are partly buried and standing while others are embedded in the ash of the volcano slopes. The largest moai ever built is here, measuring more than 70 feet long and weighing close to 270 tonnes! This ghostly scene of Rano Raraku seems like if all the workers had to suddenly abandon their duties at the workshop at once! Continuing along the path, and admiring the scenic coastline as well as the 'moai path', we will spend some time studying Tukuturi, a very unusual moai in a kneeling posture and entirely different from any standard statue.

 

red tail tropic

Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

 

Containing 15 huge erected moai, Ahu Tongariki is the largest ceremonial site in the whole of Rapa Nui. The array includes a very large moai of more than 80 tonnes and even one statue has a top-knot of red scoria, which was brought from another distant quarry, located at the other side of the island. All the moai of this huge ahu were toppled during the island's civil wars; and even in the twentieth century, the whole site was swept by the massive tsunami of 1960. There is a huge amount of stonework scattered around the site, including several topknots or pukao, moai and petroglyphs showing lots of motifs, including tuna fish, frigatebirds and the God-like face of Make-make.

Heading back to Hanga Roa, we shall visit Ahu Akahanga, along the coastal road. This place is a destroyed ahu containing several overturned moai with huge topknots scattered around; there also are some striking semi-pyramidal burial sites, built out of large piles of rock.

There is an optional 2-hour boat trip to the motus, Motu Iti, Motu Nui and Motu Kau Kau, the three volcanic islets located off the southwestern tip of the island. Here we will concentrate in identifying the several Pterodroma -or gadfly- petrels which occur here: Herald Petrel, Kermadec Petrel, Phoenix Petrel and Henderson's Petrel. Other seabirds found here include Brown Noddy, Great Frigatebird, and Masked Booby.

Overnight Hotel Altiplanico or Hotel Iorana, Hanga Roa. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide)

 

The impressive Ahu Tongariki and its 15 standing 'moai' © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

The impressive Ahu Tongariki and its 15 standing 'moai' © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 3 • Morning tour to Orongo village and Vinapu

This morning destination will be the stunning ceremonial site of Orongo, located at the southeastern tip of the island. The impressive setting of the huge caldera of the extinct Rano Kau volcano and the surrounding village make this location one of the main highlights of the whole Rapa Nui tour. The microclimate inside the caldera, nearly a mile in diameter, accounts for the presence of various species of endemic plants, and the lake itself was an important source of freshwater in times of drought.

Orongo village is also the main entrance to Rapa Nui National Park; we will visit here the characteristic oval-shaped stone houses that sheltered the contestants of the ancient competition rituals of the Bird Man, Tangata Manu. This striking ceremonial site was extensively restored in 1974 by the American archaeologist William Mulloy, and unlike several other sites that are less exposed to wind and rain, the houses at Orongo were built with benmorite, a type of basalt found only in the area. The entrances to the various shelters are quite low, as is the case with all the housing of the island, in order to protect the inside against wind and cold. Along the cliffs and besides the main structures, we will admire an array of different petroglyphs, many depicting birdman motifs or even the face of the god Make-make.

Later we will explore the site of Vinapu, where we will compare ahu sites built over very different period of times during the history of Rapa Nui civilization. We will be certainly impressed by the quality and accuracy of the stonemasonry at the back of one of the ahu; they appear to be very similar to other wall structures of the Inca in South America, but is the result of the local progress in construction of these massive stone structures.

Overnight Hotel Altiplanico or Hotel Iorana, Hanga Roa. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide)

 

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Henderson Petrel Pterodroma atrata, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

 

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Great Frigatebird Fregata minor, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

 

The impressive moai quarry of Rano Raraku, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

The impressive moai quarry of Rano Raraku, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 4 • Free morning – Fly to Santiago de Chile

This morning you will have the chance to visit the crafts market and other stores of the village. We also recommend you visit the comprehensive Sebastian Englert anthropological museum, which holds phenomenal displays and collections of the pre-history and history of Rapa Nui. Your guide will transfer you to Mataveri airport for your flight back to Santiago de Chile, where our trip ends. (Breakfast)

 

Note: The tour starts at Santiago airport. Our staff can arrange private transfers and provide a selection of hotels to stay and explore this interesting and lively city.

 

5-DAY

Detailed Itinerary and Activities

 

Easter Island / Rapa Nui: 5-day option 

 

Day 1 • Fly to Easter Island – Welcome at Mataveri airport – Afternoon visit to Ahu Tahai and Ahu Akivi

This morning you will fly over the Pacific Ocean, covering more than 2,300 miles separating Santiago de Chile from Easter Island. At Mataveri airport your guide, ready to start your adventure in Rapa Nui, will welcome you.

During the afternoon, we will undertake an interesting exploration of the village of Hanga Roa and its immediate surroundings, visiting the ceremonial site - or Ahu - of Tahai; this will be our first encounter with the iconic moai, the famous and unique stone statues of Rapa Nui. We will also learn about other stone structures, including the boat-like 'house' foundations or hare paenga, as well as the poultry housings or hare moa, of which there are plenty across the island. At Ahu Tahai, we will pay homage to William Malloy, a famous scholar and anthropologist who lived and died in the island; the whole site of Tahai is part of his reconstruction efforts. By the end of the day and just before sunset, we will visit the Ahu Akivi, an impressive array of seven standing moai, facing the ocean. Many islanders believe that the seven moai represent the young scouts sent ahead of the main migration under king Hotu Matu'a. They are said to look towards their homeland in west-central Polynesia.

Overnight Hotel Altiplanico or Hotel Iorana, Hanga Roa. (Dinner)(Guide)

 

murphyspetrel

Murphy's Petrel Pterodroma murphyi, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 2 • Full day tour to Moai quarry of Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki and Ahu Akahanga – Optional afternoon boat trip to the Motus or islets

Today we will visit some of the most dramatic and distinctive archaeological sites of Rapa Nui. We will begin our day driving along the southern coast towards the impressive volcanic crater of Rano Raraku, located near the eastern tip of the island. This promontory, now declared World Heritage Site, was extensively used for nearly 500 years, as was the main quarry to carve the moai statues out of volcanic compacted ash or tuff. We will explore the skirt of the mountain and admire from the path, hundreds of unfinished statues; some are partly buried and standing while others are embedded in the ash of the volcano slopes. The largest moai ever built is here, measuring more than 70 feet long and weighing close to 270 tonnes! This ghostly scene of Rano Raraku seems like if all the workers had to suddenly abandon their duties at the workshop at once! Continuing along the path, and admiring the scenic coastline as well as the 'moai path', we will spend some time studying Tukuturi, a very unusual moai in a kneeling posture and entirely different from any standard statue.

 

red tail tropic

Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

 

Containing 15 huge erected moai, Ahu Tongariki is the largest ceremonial site in the whole of Rapa Nui. The array includes a very large moai of more than 80 tonnes and even one statue has a top-knot of red scoria, which was brought from another distant quarry, located at the other side of the island. All the moai of this huge ahu were toppled during the island's civil wars; and even in the twentieth century, the whole site was swept by the massive tsunami of 1960. There is a huge amount of stonework scattered around the site, including several topknots or pukao, moai and petroglyphs showing lots of motifs, including tuna fish, frigatebirds and the God-like face of Make-make.

 

Our local leader Ramon Edmunds and our guests admiring the standing moai at ahu Tongariki © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Our local leader Ramon Edmunds and our guests admiring the standing moai at ahu Tongariki © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Heading back to Hanga Roa, we shall visit Ahu Akahanga, along the coastal road. This place is a destroyed ahu containing several overturned moai with huge topknots scattered around; there also are some striking semi-pyramidal burial sites, built out of large piles of rock.

There is an optional 2-hour boat trip to the motus, Motu Iti, Motu Nui and Motu Kau Kau, the three volcanic islets located off the southwestern tip of the island. Here we will concentrate in identifying the several Pterodroma -or gadfly- petrels which occur here: Herald Petrel, Kermadec Petrel, Phoenix Petrel and Henderson's Petrel. Other seabirds found here include Brown Noddy, Great Frigatebird, and Masked Booby.

Overnight Hotel Altiplanico or Hotel Iorana, Hanga Roa. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide)

 

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Phoenix Petrel Pterodroma alba, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions


The perfectly built and aligned slabs at the ceremonial site of Vinapu; striking similarities with other remarkable archaeological sites of South America but of entirely different origin © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

The perfectly built and aligned slabs at the ceremonial site of Vinapu; striking similarities with other remarkable archaeological sites of South America but of entirely different origin © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 3 • Morning tour to Orongo village and Vinapu

This morning destination will be the stunning ceremonial site of Orongo, located at the southeastern tip of the island. The impressive setting of the huge caldera of the extinct Rano Kau volcano and the surrounding village make this location one of the main highlights of the whole Rapa Nui tour. The microclimate inside the caldera, nearly a mile in diameter, accounts for the presence of various species of endemic plants, and the lake itself was an important source of freshwater in times of drought.

Orongo village is also the main entrance to Rapa Nui National Park; we will visit here the characteristic oval-shaped stone houses that sheltered the contestants of the ancient competition rituals of the Bird Man, Tangata Manu. This striking ceremonial site was extensively restored in 1974 by the American archaeologist William Mulloy, and unlike several other sites that are less exposed to wind and rain, the houses at Orongo were built with benmorite, a type of basalt found only in the area. The entrances to the various shelters are quite low, as is the case with all the housing of the island, in order to protect the inside against wind and cold. Along the cliffs and besides the main structures, we will admire an array of different petroglyphs, many depicting birdman motifs or even the face of the god Make-make.

Later we will explore the site of Vinapu, where we will compare ahu sites built over very different period of times during the history of Rapa Nui civilization. We will be certainly impressed by the quality and accuracy of the stonemasonry at the back of one of the ahu; they appear to be very similar to other wall structures of the Inca in South America, but is the result of the local progress in construction of these massive stone structures.

Overnight Hotel Altiplanico or Hotel Iorana, Hanga Roa. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide)

 

Boat ride towards the 'motus', the volcanic islets where we can see a great variety of pelagic seabirds including petrels, boobies, frigatebirds and noddies © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Boat ride towards the 'motus', the volcanic islets where we can see a great variety of pelagic seabirds including petrels, boobies, frigatebirds and noddies © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 4 • Half day tour Anakena and Puna Pau

On our fourth day at Rapa Nui we plan to visit Anakena Beach. This is a beautiful location with the most extensive beach on the island, wonderful diving and swimming and a grove of coconut palms.

There are three ahu at this location, being Ahu Nau Nau the most colourful and well preserved of the whole island. This ahu was recently restored in the 1980's by the local archaeologist Sergio Rapu. Although Anakena is one of the few places to have palm-trees brought from Tahiti in the 1960s today, archaeological digs have demonstrated that Rapa Nui was once covered by hundreds of thousands of palms, very much like the Chilean honey-palm.

We will finish the day by visiting the interesting site of Puna Pau, also known as the "quarry of the hats". This cinder cone holds the red scoria that characterized the hats or pukao of the moai. It is certainly overwhelming to realize that the hats have to be transferred such a long distance from this quarry to several ceremonial sites scattered around the Island.

Overnight Hotel Altiplanico or Hotel Iorana, Hanga Roa. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide)

 

Petroglyphs of 'Tangata Manu' (the 'Bird Man'), near the ceremonial village of Orongo, and the offshore islets or 'motus' in the background © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Petroglyphs of 'Tangata Manu' (the 'Bird Man'), near the ceremonial village of Orongo, and the offshore islets or 'motus' in the background © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 5 • Free morning – Fly to Santiago de Chile

This morning you will have the chance to visit the crafts market and other stores of the village. We also recommend you visit the comprehensive Sebastian Englert anthropological museum, which holds phenomenal displays and collections of the pre-history and history of Rapa Nui. Your guide will transfer you to Mataveri airport for your flight back to Santiago de Chile, where our trip ends. (Breakfast)

 

Note: The tour starts at Santiago airport. Our staff can arrange private transfers and provide a selection of hotels to stay and explore this interesting and lively city.

 

MAP

Tour Map

 

 

RATES

Rates 2016/2017

 

For Custom Private Departures (you choose the date)

Departures from Santiago de Chile throughout the year. 

 

Easter Island / Rapa Nui
Trip Code ISL01
Based at Hotel Altiplanico
3 days, 2 nights
No. of guests 1 (Solo)
2 3 4 Single Suppl.
Price per person $1,766 $1,168 $1,023 $1,093 $248
4 days, 3 nights
No. of guests 1 (Solo)
2 3 4 Single Suppl.
Price per person $2,395 $1,579 $1,386 $1,490 $372
5 days, 4 nights
No. of guests 1 (Solo) 2 3 4 Single Suppl.
Price per person $3,075 $2,019 $1,924 $1,909 $496
Based at Hotel Iorana    
3 days, 2 nights
No. of guests 1 (Solo) 2 3 4 Single Suppl.
Price per person $1,326 $935 $815 $859 $98
4 days, 3 nights
No. of guests 1 (Solo) 2 3 4 Single Suppl.
Price per person $1,735 $1,229 $1,074 $1,140 $147
5 days, 4 nights 
No. of guests 1 (Solo) 2 3 4 Single Suppl.
Price per person $2,305 $1,552 $1,354 $1,442 $196
Optional boat trip to the 'motus' (duration: 2-3 hours)
No. of guests 1 (Solo) 2/3  4+-
Price per person $322 $161  $80

 

The above prices are per person in US$, based on double occupancy in superior room.

 

Do you want us to arrange your flights from Santiago de Chile to Easter Island?

We can provide competitive rates for your international and domestic flights. Ask us!

Departures from Santiago de Chile. Duration of the flight: 5-6 hours approximately.

 

What the tour includes/excludes

Single supplement will be added if single accommodations are requested.

The trip price includes: All accommodations, meals and guide services as stated in the itinerary, meet-and-greet at Mataveri airport, park and museum entrance fees, transfers and private ground transportation during the tour. One bottle of mineral water per day.

The trip price excludes: Domestic flights, transfer to and from Santiago airport, boat trip to the 'motus' (volcanic islets, weather permitting, ask for rates), tipping, travel insurance, entrance tax to Chile, excess baggage charges, drinks, à la carte dishes, laundry, telephone calls and anything else of a purely personal nature.

 

Tour Registration

To book this tour, please complete our online registration form. We will process your booking form and will send you (within 24 hours) a note with space confirmation and a deposit invoice with payment instructions. The deposit amount is US$ 500 per person.

Full payment of the tour fee is due 90 days prior to tour departure.

NOTE: Inquires received on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays will be replied during the following working day.

 

Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation can only be accepted IN WRITING from the person who signed the booking form and takes effect on the day such noticed is received by us.

 

Refunds are made according to the following schedule:

If cancellation is made 120 days or more before departure date, the deposit less US$ 200 is refundable.

If cancellation is made between 120 and 60 days before departure, the deposit is not refundable, but any payments covering the balance of the fee will be refunded.

If cancellation is made fewer than 60 days before departure date, no refund is available.

This policy and fee schedule also applies to pre-trip and post trip extensions, as well as any transfers from one tour to another. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself.

 

LODGES

The Lodges

 

Hotel Altiplanico, Hanga Roa, Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

Check out our photo gallery of Hotel Altiplanico, Hanga Roa, Rapa Nui. Click here.

 

TripAdvisor Review here.

Hotel Altiplanico, Easter Island, Rapa Nui - www.fsexpeditions.com

 

GALLERY

Photo Gallery

 

Check out our photo gallery from recent trips to Rapa Nui / Easter Island.

 

Easter Island moai, Rapa Nui © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

FACTS

Facts: Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

 

Rapa  Nui, Wildlife and Landscapes by Enrique Couve & Claudio F. Vidal ©  Fantastico Sur Expeditions, ChileNearly 2,000 nautical miles of Pacific Ocean separate Rapa Nui from the American continent, thus Easter Island is geographically the most isolated of Chile’s National Parks.

 

The island, located at 27°09’S and 109°27’W, was discovered on Easter Sunday 1722 by a Dutch fleet led by Jacob Roggeveen, and received its European name because of the very important religious day. Islanders did not seem to have a name for it, but began to call it Rapa Nui in the early 1860’s.

 

Unlike other protected areas, which are created primarily to protect the endemic flora and fauna, the Rapa Nui National Park was established mainly to protect its archaeological sites.

 

In order to stop the pilfering of the island by foreign visitors in the early 20th century, a special status of the island was needed. The first step consisted in its declaration as a National Historical Monument and later as a National Park in 1935. At that time the islanders had been confined to the southwestern part of the island in what is now part of its “capital” Hangaroa. Most of the island’s land was used as grazing ground for a foreign sheep-ranch, and scientific expeditions had helped themselves to objects of great archaeological value. A first inventory of important sites and artifacts was prepared by Juan Tepano, local informant to many expeditions to Easter Island; this was checked and improved by Father Sebastian Englert (the numbering of the statues can still be seen today), and eventually refined by the University of Chile, which in 1981 published an archaeological atlas containing almost 7,000 archaeological sites, located on approximately 50% of the island’s surface.

 

When tourism started in 1967, the extension of the park was reduced, and two areas of the island were declared parks: one on Maunga Terevaka and the other on Rano  Kau,  with a combined area of 11,750 acres – just a forth of the island’ s surface. Surprisingly, these parks contained hardly any archaeological features, and were incorporated with other parts of the island into the actual Rapa Nui National Park at a later stage. The park has undergone a number of changes in its size, and is likely to decrease again in the near future based on the need of agricultural, industrial, and habitable land for islanders. While the original idea for a park was to protect the archaeological features a nd the island’s culture, today a number of areas are included or of special interest because of native flora, seabirds, and marine creatures. CONAF (The National Forestry Agency) has run the park since 1972.

 

In 1995 the Rapa Nui National Park has been declared a “World Cultural Heritage Site”, and today not only Chilean authorities but also the islanders are very committed on the upkeep of the conditions within the park. Beginning in 1955 with legendary Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl, several foreign and local scientists have worked to restore part of the island’s archaeological treasures. As a result some 40 Moai (statues) have been re-erected on their original ahu (platforms), village sites have been restored, and the islanders have revived part of their traditional and ancestral Polynesian life.

 
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