DAY 01 SANTIAGO - EASTER ISLAND
Upon arrival to Easter Island Airport, be greeted and welcomed with leis flower, transfer in shared basis to the Hotel. Rest of afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Bed & Breakfast Hotel. (B)
DAY 02 EASTER ISLAND
Breakfast at the hotel. Private excursion for the whole day. The first stop will be at an untouched Ahu, Vaihu
, located in the Haga Te'e Bay on the south coast of the island (the Ahu are the platforms where the imposing Moai statues were placed). We will continue to the Ahuahu Akahanga region where a legend tells that famous King Hotu Matua is buried along a side of the Ahu. Later, we will go to some very important sites such as Rano Raraku, where some 900 statues were carved, of which 397 were grounded. We then will proceed to the Ahu Tongariki
, restored in 1995, with its 15 Moai. Finalizing the tour in Anakena Beach
where you will find two platforms, the Ahu Nau Nau and the Ahu Ature Huki, both of which will be restored. Here you can appreciate the Pacific warm clear waters and the rest on the beach under the shadow of palm trees or a quick swim. Overnight in Bed & Breakfast Hotel. (B, BL)
DAY 03 EASTER ISLAND
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning go up the slope of the extinct volcano of Rano Kau on shared basis, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view from one side over to the entire island and on the other side a beautiful crater lake that opens to the ocean. Afterwards take a short drive on the outer ridge of the island to the ceremonial village of Orongo
, where the mysterious birdman cult held its annual competition and home to petroglyphs that depicted their ancient gods and myths. Enjoy views of the islands Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao. From here, dramatic cliffs shelter the almost-hidden Ana Kai Tangata cave, where red and white bird petroglyphs appear overhead on the cave’s dome. Drive back to hotel and have free time for lunch (lunch not included). In the afternoon, leave with the group towards the restored Tahai Ceremonial archaeological site. This imposing ceremonial centre has three Ahu, as well as buildings that use to be used as local houses. The tour then heads to the Ahu Akivi
platform with its seven restored Moai. According to the legend, these seven statues represent the first explorers, sent by the king Hotu Matua who arrived first on Rapa Nui. The final stop is the Puna Pau building yard, where the red lava-stone “Pukao” hats of the great Moai were carved. Return to village. Overnight in Bed & Breakfast Hotel. (B)
*Optional Tours: horseback riding
DAY 04 TAHAI - AHU AKIVI ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE - PUNA PAU
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast you will leave for a trip to the Tahai archaeological site. This imposing ceremonial centre has three Ahu as well as buildings that used to be used as houses by the local people. The tour then heads to the Ahu Akivi platform with its 7 restored Moai. According to legend, these 7 statues represent the first explorers, sent by the king Hotu Matua, who arrived on Rapa Nui. The final stop is the Puna Pau building yard where the “Pukao” – the hats of the great Moai – were carved. Free for lunch. Rest of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Bed & Breakfast Hotel. (B)
DAY 05 EASTER ISLAND - SANTIAGO
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to Easter Island Airport. Flight to Santiago-next destination, (not included in pricing)
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OPTIONAL TOURS - UPON REQUEST
Scuba diving, Rent a Jeep, scooter or mountain bike. Horseback riding, Trekking or Sailing.
Also available All-Inclusive programs with the Hotel Explora “La Posada de Mike Rapu”, Hotel Hare Noi, Hotel Altiplanico (incl. round transfers, accommodations, full board and daily excursions).
Contact us for more information regarding rates and availability.