Easter Island - Rapa Nui Premium Explorer US$3,240

Highlights: 
  • Superb Moai Stone Statues
  • South Pacific Beaches
  • Bizarre Ancient Ruins
  • Beautiful Volcanoes
  • Mysterious Craters and Lakes
  • Private Services
  • Eco Luxury Hotel
Brief Itinerary: 
Day 1: Arrive Easter Island
Day 2: Trek to Orongo and sunset at Tahai
Day 3: Ahus Vaihu, Akahanga, Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki, Ahu Te Pito Kura, Anakena, Ahu Nau Nau
Day 4: Horse riding Ahu Akivi 
Day 5: Leave Easter Island

 

Day 1, Island Arrival
Santiago to Easter Island, Chile

After the flight from Santiago to Easter Island, we're met at the airport by our friendly local guide and taken to the main town and capital of Easter Island, Hanga Roa, where almost 90% of Easter Island's inhabitants live. We arrive at our exclusive boutique hotel where we'll be staying for the next 4 nights and enjoy a welcome cocktail while our guide tells us about the upcoming itinerary. Then we enjoy a good night´s rest, ready for tomorrow's adventure.

  • Overnight Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa 5*, Hanga Roa
 
Day 2, Trek to Orongo and sunset at Tahai
Easter Island, Chile
After breakfast we leave the hotel, walking past meadows and little forests in front of the Pacific ocean horizon. At the end of the trail lies a breathtaking view of Rano Kau, extinct volcano, with its crater lake. After appreciating the enormity of the crater we walk to the ceremonial village of Orongo, home of the famous birdman competition, and see unique petroglyphs related to local culture, as well as admiring the three little islands facing the coast. We then walk down to the Ana Kai Tangata cave and enjoy its beautiful cave paintings before returning to the hotel for lunch. 
 
In the afternoon we head to archaeological site and ceremonial complex Tahai. The site was restored in 1974 by American archeologist William Mulloy and has three main Ahus - Ko Te Riku, Tahai and Vai Ure. Here we enjoy a spectacular sunset with Moai framing the horizon before driving back to the hotel.
  • Overnight Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa 5*, Hanga Roa
Day 3,  Ahus Vaihu, Akahanga, Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki, Ahu Te Pito Kura, Anakena, Ahu Nau Nau
Easter Island, Chile
 
Today's first stop is at an unrestored Ahu named Vaihu, situated in the Hanga Te'e bay on the island's south coast. From here we head to Ahu Akahanga, where legend has it the famous Hotu Matua king is buried in a tomb. We then drive to Rano Raraku, one of the island's most important sites, where approximately 900 statues where made, 397 of which are still lying there, some left mid way through construction.
 
We visit Ahu Tongariki, restored in 1995 with its 15 statues, and then visit Ahu te Pito Kura before heading to the Anakena beach where there are two restored platforms - Ahu Nau Nau and Ahu Ature Huki. From the beach we have a great view of the Pacific ocean while we wander along the palm tree lined beach. 
  • Overnight Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa 5*, Hanga Roa
Day 4, Horse riding Ahu Akivi
Easter Island, Chile
Our guide will pick us up from the hotel after breakfast and we'll start riding along the north-west coast of the island passing the ceremonial village of Tahai. Along the way we visit attractive caves and enjoy the scenery as we make our way to Ahu Akivi, with its 7 Moai which were restored in the 1960's. Legend has it that these statues represent the 7 explorers who were sent to explore Rapa Nui by king Hotu Matua, the island's first settler and supreme chief.
 
From here we head to the unrestored Ahu Hanga Poukura and then visit the quarry Puna Pau with its red scoria stone, where all the Pukaos (hats or topknots formerly placed on top of some of the Moai statues) were made. Then it's back the the hotel for lunch and free time in the afternoon, with the option of an extra boat trip which can include snorkeling (consult for prices). In the evening we have dinner and a show!
  • Overnight Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa 5*, Hanga Roa
Day 5, Departure
Easter Island to Santiago de Chile
 
After a morning spent packing, relaxing and soaking up final views, we are driven back to the airport in time for the flight back to Santiago...Adios Isla de Pascua!

Accommodation

Our first choice will be the exclusive 75 room Hangaroa Eco Village & Spawhich opened in 2012 and is the first 5* in the town centre. The hotel's style is inspired by ancient Rapa Nui dwellings and its rooms have hand-carved clay baths and volcanic rock desks. The philosophy of Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa is based on the concept of KAINGA, that carries a deep respect for the motherland of Rapa Nui, that physically and spiritually nourishes the world that connects to it. The Eco hotel lives up to its name and generates its own energy with solar panels and small wind turbines.


Included
  • All transportation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Four nights at a 5 star hotel
  • English speaking guide
  • Rapa Nui NP entrance fees
  • Meals: every day breakfast, box lunch on day 3, welcome drink, daily sunset cocktail, dinner last night
  • Acess to the swimming pool
 
Excluded
  • Flight tickets
  • Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Insurance (it is mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip)
  • Voluntary tipping of guides and staff
  • Items of personal nature

 


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