4 Days / 3 Nights
Long a destination of mystery, Easter Island offers a special, off-the-beaten-track adventure. You will explore the ancient moai (sculptures) that have fascinated and baffled history buffs for generations.
Day 1 - Arrive Easter Island
You will be welcomed upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 2 - Easter Island – Rano Kau, Orongo, Ana Kai Tangata & Ahu Akivi and Puna Pau
In the morning visit Ana Kai Tangata, a cave that has many paints made from mineral pigments found on the island. The painting depicts the Manutara bird. The arrival of this bird in spring would initiate the Tangata Manu competition. Next continue to Ranu Kau that was the second of the three main volcanoes to erupt about 2.5 million years ago. It has a height of 310m and a huge crater of 1.6km in diameter and a fresh water lagoon 11m deep. Next travel to the volcano is the ancient ceremonial city of Orongo, where exist the greatest concentration of petroglyphs. There are pictures of the Tangata manu birdman, the creator god. Afternoon visit Ahu Akivi & Puna Pau. Ahu Akivi is the archaeological centre 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 centre 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. Overnight at your hotel. (B)
Day 3 - Easter Island – Akahanga, Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki & Anakena Beach
Full day excursion to visit the ruins of the temple of Akahanga where the hats of the moai are the outstanding feature, they lie where they fell when the platform was destroyed. Continue to the volcano of Rano Raraku, where all the Moai on the island were carved out of the rock. Climb to the edge of the crater of the volcano to appreciate the small lake inside and moai scattered about the inner slopes in various stages of construction. 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 bath in the sea before returning to Hanga Roa in the afternoon. Overnight at your hotel. (BL)
Day 4 - Depart Easter Island
The day is at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your departing flight. (B)